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RODRIGUEZ, Victoria; AMORRORTU, Itxaso  e  ALVAREZ, María Jesús. Setting parameters in the cold chain. Tecnura [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.30, pp.71-81. ISSN 0123-921X.

Breaks in the cold chain are important economic losses in food and pharmaceutical companies. Many of the failures in the cold chain are due to improper adjustment of equipment parameters such as setting the parameters for theoretical conditions, without a corresponding check in normal operation. The companies that transport refrigerated products must be able to adjust the parameters of the equipment in an easy and quick to adapt their functioning to changing environmental conditions. This article presents the results of a study carried out with a food distribution company. The main objective of the study is to verify the effectiveness of Six Sigma as a methodological tool to adjust the equipment in the cold chain. The second objective is more specific and is to study the impact of: reducing the volume of storage in the truck, the initial temperature of the storage area in the truck and the frequency of defrost in the transport of refrigerated products.

Palavras-chave : Cold chain; control; parameter setting; six sigma methodology.

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