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Temperature-control needed for more than just food

Temperature-control needed for more than just food

Chelmsford, MA, US: Temperature-control for goods such as electronics is vital but something that may not be top of mind, says Jim Holmes, director of sales, Kewill writing in EBN.

“Temperature control is crucial to ensuring that some products arrive in pristine, brand-new condition. Just as ice cream won’t be edible if shipped at any temperature other than 20 degrees below zero, electronics need to be shipped within a certain temperature range in order to arrive in working condition,” he says.

“Generally speaking, electronics need to remain at average room temperature – between 50 and 75 degrees – to make sure that batteries don’t melt and  electronic casings don’t overheat. Ideally, larger electronics like computers are shipped and stored at 72 degrees.

As with food products, it is imperative that electronics aren’t shipped in too cold of an environment, so as not to freeze the batteries or crack the casings.

The consequences of not preparing electronics equipment for temperature and moisture control often leads to unhappy customers getting a shiny, new piece of technology that doesn’t work.

“Safely shipping electronics is no different than shipping perishables or even fine china – it is all about smart planning – from the packaging and shipment methods to the storage and handling.”

“Once a seamless process is created, it can be executed over and over again to get electronic equipment to the right people, on time and in perfect condition. Sound impossible? With the right software solutions in place, it is not.” Holmes says.