I was lucky enough to visit the Greater Boston Food Bank, and see how they operate on both their charitable side and their more industrial side. I took some real world vibration measurements from their compressors, and this post describes the basics of how to interpret the data.
I have been a supporter of the Greater Boston Food Bank for years now, and I am always looking for new ways to help them. I first got involved with the GBFB because I am a big fan of food and I think everyone should have some, but the more I learn about them and the fight against hunger in general, the more invested I become. The GBFB does great work for everyone from city children to rural seniors, but I want to talk about a different side of their operation.
Greater Boston Food Bank Operations
The GBFB is a giant storage and transport operation. In 2017, the GBFB sent 60.7 million pounds of food to families and food pantries in 190 cities and towns across eastern Massachusetts. The GBFB is based out of their 117,000 sqft office/warehouse in Boston, where they tend to have 3-5 million pounds of food on hand every day, all ready to be sorted, packaged, and then delivered. The GBFB is a very modern organization, with 120 employees working throughout the organization, 9 trucks making pre-routed, fuel optimized deliveries, and a whole automated wireless system for organizing the warehouse operation.