A short history of refrigeration – Part 1

refrigerationAppropriate refrigeration is very important for B2B business, for example those who provide fresh food to supermarkets, or those who are looking to transport pharmaceutical equipment to healthcare providers. Where did cold storage and refrigeration come from?

  • The obvious reason for cold storage is that if food is kept cool, it lasts for longer and the less likely a community is to fall to starvation
  • The initial attempts at cold storage were rather basic, often involving the practice of gathering ice from mountainous regions and placing it into a well insulated box
  • This means that ice (and salt) was a valuable commodity during warmer months
  • Burying food in sealed containers deep underground was also a common practice until the 19th century
  • The first advancement to creating cold storage were made in the Middle Ages
  • Alchemists found that adding sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate to water created a chemical reaction that reduced the temperate which creating a cooling fluid
  • In 1756, a Scottish scientist called William Cullen succeeded in creating a primitive refrigeration device involving the boiling of diethyl ether
  • Volatile liquids such as alcohol and mercury were use as a thermometer to prove that they could bring temperatures down to below freezing point.
  • The first patent for a refrigeration system was obtained in 1820 by Jacob Perkins
  • Over two decades later, John Gorrie an American physician,, design the first system to refrigerate water to produce ice.
  • Commercial refrigeration began to take shape with the first successful delivery of refrigerated goods by sea in 1886

See the full article – A short History of Refrigeration – Part 1

For more information about refrigerated containers visit cold storage experts CRS 


How to manage employee documents digitally

Do you struggle with too much employee data still being stored in paper format, then its time to switch to digital employee document management.  Switching is easy and will save your HR team time and money find out how.

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Are you swamped with too many paper documents

Your HR team can use document scanning and capture software such as Kofax Capture to convert employee documents to digital format not only that, but the software allows you yo add file metadata such as name, department, employee ID number, start date and other criteria used in the management of employee information. This makes each file easy to locate and store correctly.

You can scan and index a wide range of employee related documents including:

  • Contracts, appraisal documents, time sheets, absence request slips and other signed forms and documents.
  • Paper correspondence and résumés.
  • Copies of qualification certificates, work permits, visas, passports.
  • Insurance documentation
  • Accident books

Once in digital format, these documents can be stored in a networked folder or ideally in a dedicated document management system.

A dedicated document management system helps you store your electronic data correctly and securely while also allowing for easy access and retrieval by searching on the indexed fields or conducting keyword searches within documents.

Benefits for the HR department

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benefits of digital employee documents

Systematic scanning and capture of employee documents offers numerous advantages to HR departments:

Less paper storage – Reclaim office space and reduce paper document management costs.

More efficient admin – Spend less time searching for documents plus share data quickly and securely online.

Automation of document-based workflows – Easily track documents through workflows giving managers greater visibility of document-based HR processes.

Centralised records management – Using a document management system gives you a single centralised platform for managing all staff documents including scanned documents, emails and other electronic files. You can also link these records with back end databases and HR software.
Also web-based document management systems such as FileStore allow authorised staff to view documents from any web-enabled terminal using standard browser software.

Improved security and compliance – Systematically digitising employee documents improves traceability from receipt to final archive. Features like complete audit trail are inherent to mature document management systems such as FileStore from DCS.

Data Capture Solutions and HR Document Management

For assistance in assessing and finding the right HR document management and scanning solutions that full meet your requirements including industry regulations and legal compliance talk to DCS on +44(0)1753 616720.

DCS are experts in a wide variety of document management and document scanning software, systems and services that will not only improve your productivity and reduce costs, but also keep you on the right side of document compliance requirements – visit Data Capture Solutions at  http://www.dcs.co.uk for more information.

Cold Storage in Labs and Pharmacys

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Having the correct laboratory equipment can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to the preservation of pharmaceutical products. Perhaps the most important piece of equipment is the pharmaceutical cold stores in the lab or pharmacy. Experiments, vaccines and medicines are handled in tightly controlled environments. If the environment cannot be controlled then it will have an adverse effect of the final products and eventually, the health of whoever is using these products.

Which Type of Cold Storage is suitable?

Whilst conventional refrigerated containers are very useful, authorities have recognised that they are no longer suitable to store temperature sensitive products which can directly affect the health of consumers. Household fridges, commonly designed to store perishable foods like vegetables and meat are woefully inadequate for lab or pharmacy workers – proper pharmaceutical refrigeration is needed.

The scientific reason behind this is that vaccines, samples and other pharma products are effective because of the proteins in which they contain. Proteins called ‘enzymes’ – the same proteins responsible for every metabolic proccess in the human body – need to be kept in climate controlled conditions in order to keep them from ‘denaturing’ and changing shape which loses all functionality. Pharmacy fridges are essentially designed prolong its shelf life, along with any other substances that are unstable at room temperature.

Some argue that pharmaceutical cold storage is an unnecessary expense. However, this is not the case as the loss of one sample could lead to thousands of pounds worth of samples lost or wasted which could have been prevented with the installation of proper cold storage. Keeping pharma substances in appropriate cold storage can literally mean the different between a published essay and a loss of various limbs. As such cold storage to keep those substances in can be invaluable and will quickly pay back its initial costs several times over during the course of its service.

Features of Pharmaceutical cold storage

The selection of medical fridges is an essential component of a pharmacy or scienfic businesses success. There are specific features that need to be high on your list. For example, some cold storage providers such as CRS guarantee the first use of pharmacy fridges and other pharmaceutical cold stores. This was you can ensure that there will not be any contamination from the contents of previously populating the unit. Other features that need to be considered are advanced alarm systems, tighter climate control, faster temperature recovery and storage flexibility. Pharmacy fridges come in a range of shapes and varieties and can be adapted to fit any size and requirements.

CRS Cold Storage is a company operating in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to providing cold storage solutions nationally. CRS has a wide range of pharmaceutical cold stores containers available for purchase, rent or lease. Visit them at http://www.crscoldstorage.co.uk and decide for yourself whether CRS Cold Storage is for you.

Not For Profit Marketing

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Advertising and marketing not for profit organisations

Advertising and marketing for not-for-profit organizations should involve promoting goodwill and showing an unselfish side of the organization. Charities and fund raisers for causes like overseas hunger crisis and cancer research don’t always promote their product in the same way as a commercial brand might.

The problem for charities and some not-for-profit organizations is that they are working in a very competitive environment. There is an ongoing uphill battle for charities and organizations to win over the hearts and minds of the general public or donations from corporations.

This is why it is very important for charities to make use of the same tools used by commercial organizations when marketing, advertising and trying to win over customers. Take any brand like BMW, Pepsi, Sony, Nike or Evian, like so many top brand names they will all make use of email mass marketing, powerful commercial television campaigns, and social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and public relations. You’ll see advertisements linked along side high traffic web sites and magazines in a spirited attempt to market and promote the wares it wants to sell to you. Charities and not-for-profit organizations must follow these same routes if it is to become successful.

However a charity is not a business so spending vast sums on advertising may impact too deeply on its efforts to raise money for the very cause it is trying to help. So how do not for profit organizations get round this area? It needs to be a case of winning the confidence and trust of those who regular donate, or may potentially give.

There are some charities that are involved in doing work that confuses potential donors and those who may want to give. The Salvation Army in the UK for instance looks after people who are homeless people and also helps out the poor, hungry and alcoholic members in our community. Help for Heroes is another not for profit organization that raises money for injured soldiers. It however has bolstered a powerful marketing campaign using Facebook and Twitter to highlight what it does and the way it has approach its need to raise funds.

For many charities, working a marketing strategy in the same way as corporate brands do is not always easy and often it cannot be applied. Charities and not for profit organizations must employ its members to talk to the general public about what it is that they do, how they do it and who exactly they are trying to help. This can either be done with a good in house marketing team or by using an external agency with not for profit marketing expertise.