monitoring systems make taking measurements, recording and
analyzing data less time consuming, tedious, and inefficient.
Computerized systems are ideally suited to the task.
Controlled Atmosphere Storage
performed by scientists at the USDA determined that certain fruits
(primarily apples and pears) could be stored for much longer periods
of time with less deterioration at low oxygen levels, but if the
oxygen levels where allowed to go too low for too long it would
ruin the fruit quality. Since fruit respiration and other factors
are constantly at work altering the amount of oxygen in the storage
rooms it is necessary to continuously monitor the oxygen and carbon
dyoxygen levels. Operators of controlled atmosphere storage facilities
soon found that it was much easier to monitor and control these
levels using a computer system.
several countries to whom the United States exports fruit have
programs in place that require some form of proof that the fruit
was stored at or below certain temperature levels for a specified
number of days. Once again the computer control system has proven
an excellent tool for monitoring, recording, and reporting to
meet these requirements.
here for a summary of these and other benefits of a computerized
monitoring system for controlled atmosphere storage facilities.