Airflow Sensors for Produce Storage

January 13, 2022 | Posted By: Degree Controls Inc.
f400 air velocity and temperature sensor

Is maintaining the quality of your harvest important to you? In the commercial storage of fruits and vegetables, airflow is a key factor in extending shelf-life, maintaining freshness, and reducing waste. Airflow, and airflow sensing technology, are used to help keep temperature and relative humidity at the proper levels for storage facilities. The USDA Agricultural Handbook 66 “The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks” provides guidance on optimum temperature and relative humidity requirements for storing produce.

Embedded airflow sensors from Degree Controls track air velocities in real-time to identify issues which could compromise the shelf life of fruits, vegetables, and other goods. F-Series air velocity and temperature sensors monitor or speed control the ventilation and exhaust fans used to regulate relative humidity, along with the forced-air cooling fans which move cold air through storage containers. To ensure air is being distributed uniformly, air velocity transmitters are strategically placed to monitor airflow in zones throughout storage areas. Airflow sensors are also installed behind filters to detect filter clog, where air filtration systems have been put in place to prevent contamination.

Use F-Series transducers to monitor airflow, help keep storage conditions at optimal levels, and provide alerts to any disorders which could lessen the quality of your marketable goods. Sensors measure air velocity and temperature simultaneously, and with conformal coated electronics and sealed enclosure, are well-suited for demanding applications. F-Series airflow sensors are configured to order to meet your unique application needs. We offer choices for air velocity range, supply voltage, probe length, analog output type, and I2C or UART digital communication.

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The embedded sensing platform from Degree Controls also includes probe style sensors with humidity built in, as well as sensors to detect airflow direction.