Show Floor Education

Show Floor Education highlights technology innovations in the cold chain and showcases new products and technologies that are impacting the future of the supply chain.


Oxy Reduction Fire Prevention Systems
10:25 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Frank Siedler, Wagner, President
Jonas Swarttouw, NewCold, North American Business Developer

A refrigerated warehouse fire has the potential to be catastrophic as sprinkler systems damage goods beyond recovery and low temperature conditions make fire difficult to extinguish. Fire protection with low oxygen systems is a proactive and preventative method to reducing fire risk in cold storage warehouses, archives, IT and data centers. Learn about low-oxygen fire protection and hear about a current partnership between companies to build a new, low-oxygen facility in this session.

Improving Condenser Safety in Cold Chain Facilities
11:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Gerry Anderson, Baltimore Aircoil, East Regional Sales Manager

Safety is a top priority for any company to protect the welfare of employees and meet regulations. This is particularly true in cold chain facilities involving refrigerants and equipment with many moving parts. Evaporative condensers designed with safety, reliability and ease of maintenance in mind will benefit the installer, operator, end-user, and owner. There are various condenser system alternatives on the market. This presentation will provide an overview of safety, reliability, and operational maintenance considerations in selecting evaporative condensers.

Protecting Your Customers’ Product After a Warehouse Emergency
1:15 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Dr. Dennis Heldman, The Ohio State University, Professor
Dr. Michael Jahncke, Virginia Tech, Professor
Dr. Faris Karim, Kansas State University, Food Toxicologist
Dr. Barbara Rasco, Washington State University, Professor
Dr. Paul Singh, Michigan State University, Professor Emeritus

In the face of a refrigerated warehouse emergency, immediate and strategic action is imperative for a quick recovery. For one company, this lesson was clear when a warehouse roof fire resulted in smoke infiltration, and posed a potential odor threat to the number of dairy products being stored. Hear how experts came together to mitigate this warehouse crisis and learn how you can do the same in this session.

Collaborating with Supply Chain Partners to Increase Efficiencies
2:05 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Chris Owens, Americold Logistics, Vice President Business Development, Retail and Food Service

Leveraging your supply chain provider and collaborating with your partners to break down the traditional barriers to efficiency is one key to elevating your company to success. With visibility across more of the supply chain, and the interest of all partners at heart, it’s possible to reduce inventories without any reduction in service standards or on-shelf availabilities. Chris Owens will share his insights into how working with key players in every part of the supply chain can provide a win for all.


Pick-to-Pallet Pick Error Reduction
10:25 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Sue Rice, The Raymond Corporation, Product Manager

Batch picking can boost productivity rates, but also has the potential to increase pick errors when selectors mix cases between multiple customers. A simple put-to-light system incorporated into pallet truck forks can integrate the customer's warehouse management system and voice pick application with the pallet truck. Join this session to learn how this can significantly reduce pick errors and their costs.

Low-Cost, Low-Charge Ammonia Refrigeration
11:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Bruce Nelson, Colmac Coil Manufacturing Inc., President
Rick Watters, AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc., Vice President Refrigeration/Food Process Piping

A number of new low-charge ammonia refrigeration technologies are now available to the refrigerated warehouse market. Advanced Direct Expansion (ADX) ammonia uses a central engine room approach with its associated low cost and ease of maintenance combined with extremely lowcharge, direct expansion evaporators. Based on a growing number of installations in the USA, the total installed cost of these systems has been shown to be less than other ammonia refrigeration systems. Hear insights from a case study involving a large, new ADX refrigerated distribution center in the Chicago area.

Designing Cold Storage with High Density Racking
1:15 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Rob Adams, Tippmann Innovation, Partner

Several considerations come into play when choosing the right racking system for your facility. Operators must factor in product shelf life, the inventory system in use, ceiling height and potential for increased efficiency. Join this session for a discussion on how to handle the various design aspects of building layout when utilizing HDR. Investigate Human Resources’ impact on HDR as well as HDR’s impact on return on investment, and learn how to ensure your facility can accommodate racking and HDR technology changes in the future.

Solutions from Future Industry Leaders: Graduate Institute Case Studies
2:05 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Graduate Institute Students

For a third-party logistics company, responding to customer requests and creating total cold chain solutions is a process that is both a science and an art. The participants of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Graduate Institute have spent the past week evaluating customer requests and creating a plan that includes a customer profile and implementation considerations. The participants have also participated in a series of leadership sessions to help them discover and develop their strengths, effectively manage teams, and lead within their own cold storage facilities. Don’t miss this special show floor session that highlights these participants and the future leaders of the cold chain!



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  • If your business is in any way related to the perishables industry, the Global Cold Chain Expo is a can’t-miss event.
    Angelo Antoci
    President, U.S. Growers Cold Storage, Inc.



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