IFCO North America Adds SmartGuardian™ Technology to All Six U.S. Facilities with Commitment to Food Safety

Thu. May 5th, 2016 - by Laura Hillen

TAMPA, FL – In an effort to keep closely aligned with company and industry standards, IFCO North America has announced that it has finished installing SmartGuardian technology in all six of its Reusable Plastic Container (RPC) service centers in the U.S.

Daniel Walsh, President, North America IFCO SYSTEMS

“Forward-thinking North American growers and retailers utilize IFCO RPCs to get their products to market, and SmartGuardian is the latest in a long list of factors that make IFCO RPCs a wise choice for the packaging, transportation, storage, and display of all categories of fresh food,” said Daniel Walsh, President of IFCO North America, in a press release.


Facilities now equipped with the monitoring technology are located at the following listings, as of these reported dates: 

  • McDonough, GA (August 2015)
  • San Antonio, TX (December 2015)
  • Bolingbrook, IL (January 2016)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA (January 2016)
  • Portland, OR (January 2016)
  • Fresno, CA (February 2016)

SmartGuardian is proprietary software that controls the company’s RPC cleaning and santitation process. By monitoring water pressure and temperature, detergent and disinfectant concentration and contact time, IFCO can ensure that each RPC is processed correctly. SmartGuardian sends an alert or stops the machine if one of those parameters is out of line.


Pallets of clean RPCs that have passed inspection receive a label with the wash location, machine, and date and time. From here, these up-to-code pallets are given to distribution where they are tracked until delivery.

“IFCO RPCs have developed a well-deserved reputation for safety, efficiency and sustainability,” finished Walsh. “As the market leader in reusable fresh food packaging, we constantly strive to improve our products and services, and SmartGuardian is the latest example of our commitment to that core principle.”

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