Another company is testing RFID for its nationwide home delivery fleet, Allaway said.
While ensuring that perishable foods are delivered fresh helps get dinner on the table, making sure medical products arrive unharmed can help save lives. At Cavalier Logistics in Chantilly, Va., company officials have equipped some of its trailers with temperature-sensing probes supplied by Hi-G-Tek Inc., a company based in Rockville, Md.
Clifford Wyllie, vice president of Cavalier’s Bio-Pharma Healthcare Services division, said the system is popular with shippers of pharmaceuticals that require precise temperature control at all times.
“It protects us,” Wyllie said. “You can have $250 million worth of product on one truck.”
Wyllie said most refrigerated trailers are “static validated,” which means they are tested one time and validated for use for two years.
“How do you know if it stays qualified?” Wyllie asked. “The cargo world is tough and forklifts are merciless.”