A familiar industry issue for distribution centers is the infiltration of increased outside moisture-laden air into warehouse areas, specifically cold storage areas that trigger an influx of humidity-related problems.
When warm, wet air comes into contact with the cold floors and walls of the loading docks, condensation begins to form. These wet and slippery floors can put a strain on the facilities throughput, which can reduce production. The influx of humidity into the docks also produces negative effects in adjoining freezers. Ice forms on the freezers’ racks and walls at the entrance, as well as on the high speed roll-up doors causing staff to have to chip ice off the doors to make sure they continue operating properly. Also, more defrost cycles are required to stop the ice buildup on products.
In highly automated facilities, elevated humidity levels cause automation equipment to malfunction.
Many electric eye and proximity sensors fog up resulting in product loading interruptions until the sensors dry. Unproductive interruptions lead to a decrease in profits.
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