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By Lalit Agarwal, India Region Managing Director, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration

Many refrigeration systems require reliable processes that are more efficient, compact, environmentally friendly, easy to install, and easy to maintain. The cooling requirements vary over a wide range during the day, night, and year due to ambient conditions, product storage variation, occupancy and use, lighting, etc. Three different market trends are converging to create new opportunities for efficient, sustainable solutions.

By Madhavi Ramachandran, Managing Consultant – Procurement Strategy and Supply Chain Transformation IBM Global Business Services – India, Pune

The modern-day supply chain is a complex system with non-linear, multi-tier relationships and real-time digital processes essential for remaining competitive and profitable in the global marketplace. New distribution models, higher number of SKUs, shorter product lifecycles, increasing levels of customer service and volatility in demand planning have increased the complexity of supply chains.

By Dr Mahesh Kumar, Department of Processing & Food Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana
Dr Gagandeep Kaur Sidhu, Department of Processing & Food Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana
Dr Preetinder Kaur, Department of Processing & Food Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana

Food security is an economic access to food along with food along with food production and food availability. India, with 2.4% of the world’s surface area, accounts for 17.5% of its population, which means one out of every six people on this planet lives in India. With a population growth rate of 1.58%, India is predicted to have more than 1.53 billion people by the end of 2030.

By Arvind Surange, CMD, ACR Project Consultants

Cold chain is an integral part of our lives. In fact, it is a lifeline for the modern human race. It covers the journey of food and pharma products from the point of production to the point of consumption. The article deals with the gamut of cold chain current trends in technology, various refrigeration systems options, renewable energy application, and sustainable features.


By Atul Khanna, India Representative, Global Cold Chain Alliance

In the agriculture and food processing sector, presence of a robust cooling infrastructure has the potential to save lives and livelihoods, limit food waste levels and bridge the
nutrition gap in countries like India. India was successful in setting up one aspect in the cold chain in terms of long-term temperature-controlled storage of specific commodities like potatoes, spices, pulses, apples

By Ramesh Paranjpey, Distinguished 50-Year Member and Fellow, ASHRAE

Maintaining a plant well is more about attitude than the actual work involved. Increased productivity coupled with energy conservation is the prime objective for capital equipment. If this is not taken care of, performance is almost certain to suffer at some point of time due to plant failure or breakdown or inefficient operation. It is not advantageous for anyone if a plant becomes a repair liability before its due time or otherwise fails to operate in other than a satisfactory manner under its design conditions.

By Dr D. B. Jani, Associate Professor, Government Engineering College, Dahod; Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Ahmedabad

A cold chain in the HVAC industry is a temperature-controlled supply chain mainly related with refrigerated production, storage and distribution facilities supported by equipment that can constantly maintain the required low-temperature range of perishable products during transportation time frame. However, it is far more complex than it sounds. For example, some pharmaceuticals require
constant maintenance of an ultra-low temperature range from the time they are manufactured until they are used by the end-user customers. The requirement is so exact that if the temperature deviates slightly from this range, even for a short time, it could lose its potency and become unfit for use.