Imperial Cold Logistics, a prize winning company that has built a reputation for high quality in an effective and purposeful way, is located on the east coast of South Africa, in Durban. They are specialized in the logistics of refrigerated and frozen goods for the retail and wholesale trade.
Problems with humidity
Geographically, the company is perfectly located in a large port, but they suffered major problems due to the hot and humid climate experienced on the coast. Every time the transport vehicles arrived or left, the hot, humid air flowed directly in and met the 10ºC air in the dispatch area. This caused condensation and fog to form, which added to the difficulty in keeping the cold and freezer rooms free from humidity and thus, free from pools of water and the formation of ice. When the humidity was over 95%, the visibility became very bad due to fog, which also meant it was not possible to prevent ice from forming on the floor, walls and ceilings. The fork trucks were sliding and destroyed the premises, the electronic systems were destroyed by the humidity and the environment was generally hazardous to work in.
Dehumidification as a solution
The solution was that Specialized Climate Engineering (SCE) offered them an efficient climate controlled technical solution with training and running service agreement. They installed three DST RZ dehumidifiers, which can keep the humidity in check, and counteract ice formation and pools of water on the premises.
The result of dehumidified premises
Once the dehumidifiers had been installed, Imperial Cold Logistics’ equipment lasted longer, because the fork trucks can now be stored in a dry environment, which means they no longer suffer from short-circuiting. Nevertheless, the greatest relief for these areas is that the concrete and walls can finally dry out after years of exposure to high humidity. Which in turn means it is possible to keep everything clean and safe once again. The improved work climate has also contributed to happier and more satisfied employees.