Fresh produce travels the globe to find its way to the end-consumer and in some cases, the product spends three weeks or more in transit before it reaches its final destination. During the transit process, different factors determine the quality of produce upon arrival. In the end, visual quality and safe quality are what matters.
To allow produce to be monitored along the way, Elitech has developed a number of cold chain temperature monitoring products. “These products play a key role in maximizing shelf-life of produce as well as minimizing food waste,” says Olivia Zhu with Elitech. Temperature is one factor that plays a key role during transit. “As soon as the temperature increases, all reactions with a detrimental effect on foods are speeded up,” she commented. Usually, the increase has an exponential impact and Zhu gives microbial growth as an example. “Really, temperature itself is meaningless and it should always be coupled with time.”
Elitech has developed several different data loggers that are able to monitor the temperature of the product, as well as humidity, light, positioning, etc. “Our data loggers are able to monitor produce throughout the value chain.” From the transportation process to storage (refrigerator, cold storage, etc.), but they are also used in constant temperature machine rooms, laboratories, and other scenes. The data can be traced back all the way to the previous storage environment that reported a normal or safe status.
Ease of use
In combination with wireless Bluetooth technology, the Elitech app, NFC, 4G/WIFI, Lora, and other ways, customers are able to read the data on the logger remotely without having to open packages. In addition, the logger can be programmed on a mobile device. Data can be transferred to a local computer or cloud platform, allowing customers to remotely access an encrypted PDF report that includes all recording statistics. Customers with multiple data loggers are able to view or download their data remotely in bulk to provide a more flexible operation.
How easy is it to download and read the data? “According to the requirements of the configuration parameters WiFi devices need to first connect the device to the WiFi network, and then it is a matter of long pressing the start button to open the record." After the recording is completed, the data report can be exported to various formats on the platform or computer. The reports can be shared with colleagues by email, social media, and other applications.