The logistics of food preparation and distribution make the modern world possible. As we saw in the global supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic, every link within the supply chain is essential.
It’s impossible to get such a large system to start or stop on a dime. When challenges do arise, it can mean food prices rise sharply in a short time – or, worse, food supplies can get squeezed, leading to dangerous food insecurity. Even as those global supply chains heal, many people are still concerned.
To protect the food supply, some business leaders are taking a closer look at the part that their own operations play. The further food needs to travel from harvest to destination, the more likely it is that problems will arise. Average consumers are starting to call for efficient and reliable approaches, as well.
Yuma, AZ is one place where a fresh vision for America’s food system is taking shape.
America’s Most Popular Dates Are Grown Right in Yuma, AZ
Dates are the oldest cultivated fruit in the world. Originating between Egypt and Mesopotamia around 4000 B.C., they have been praised in modern times as a nutrient-dense “superfood.” The health benefits are many: They are rich in antioxidants and fiber, support gut health, and even strengthen bones.
Of all the different types of dates available today, Medjool dates are by far the most popular here in the United States. Medjool dates are naturally sweet, dark, and larger in size than many others. They trace back to Morocco and are now grown in the U.S., Israel, South Africa, and several other countries.
As with many crops, a relatively compact region of the U.S. meets the climate and soil requirements for dates. They need a warm and dry environment with mild weather. Southern California is the biggest of America’s date-producing regions, followed by Arizona – Yuma is the “date capital” of the United States.
More crops are being harvested with automated equipment these days, but dates are an exception. They must be harvested very carefully. A reach lift transports workers up the date tree and enables them to harvest the fruit by hand. Most dates are pre-sorted, cut, and moved to a packing house.
Remanufactured Compressors Are Vital to Packing and Transporting Dates
Medjool dates can last for months if they are stored in a controlled refrigeration system, so it is important for them to get to the refrigeration system as quickly as possible. Harvesting takes place between mid-September and October, and there’s only a brief window to make sure ripe dates are secure.
In Yuma, September temperatures can skyrocket past 103° and will often reach highs above 91° even in October. With that in mind, it’s critical for sufficient cold storage to be ready for the harvesting season.
With remanufactured commercial compressors, farmers can rest assured they will have the cold storage support they need. Likewise, dates and other fruits that use refrigerated (“reefer”) trucks often rely on a remanufactured commercial compressor to make the journey from farm to market.
What is a remanufactured commercial compressor? The compressor is at the heart of any refrigeration or HVAC system. It does the mechanical work necessary to make refrigerant gas available to the rest of the system so the refrigeration cycle gets completed hundreds of times over with the same refrigerant.
The more efficient a compressor is, the more able the system is to meet performance demands while minimizing environmental impact. The compressor is the main determinant in how much electricity a system uses in operation and, indirectly, how much it contributes to pollution and greenhouses gasses.
In the effort to streamline the supply chain while meeting growing demand for delicious local produce, more organizations are looking to remanufactured commercial compressors for their crucial equipment.
Why a Remanufactured Commercial Compressor Is Better for Performance and the Environment
A commercial compressor will need to be replaced sooner or later, typically after an 8-10 year lifespan.
Traditionally, many enterprises source an all-new compressor through an OEM-affiliated wholesaler. This can take weeks or months and often leads to higher expenses. A remanufactured commercial compressor is the best way to meet your performance and environmental commitments at a fraction of the time and total cost.
Like most OEM's, a remanufactured compressor utilizes an existing compressor core, which is completely inspected and receives necessary updates to ensure it’s ready for another decade of work.
A remanufactured commercial compressor offers a discount of 10%, 20%, 30%, or even more over the alternative while sacrificing nothing in the way of performance or environmental impact. Through the complete re-engineering process enacted by your remanufacturing team, every function is fully tested.
Just as in Yuma, a remanufactured compressor can help you do right by your people and the planet.