Monitoring Flower Storage Temperature Remotely
By: CAS DataLoggers
CAS DataLoggers provided the remote flower storage temperature monitoring solution for a fresh flower supplier who needed to monitor the temperature in three remote storage sheds. Like everyone in the floral supply business, she was always expected to deliver reliably, and a single failure to keep the fresh-cut flowers cool enough could mean a missed shipment and a major loss of reputation. After harvesting, the fresh flowers needed to be kept at temperatures close to freezing yet could not be allowed to freeze or they would be visibly damaged.
The customer installed four Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Data Loggers in each of her three storage sheds, placing them in the packing rooms and in the main coolers. Each sensor pod monitored the shed using an ambient temperature sensor capable of detecting a wide temperature range of -40°C (-40°F) to +70°C (158°F). The A1-13 pods were specifically designed to connect to three RTD 100 Ohm sensor inputs, allowing an increase in the number of sensors per pod and reducing the cost per measurement. This model also featured two digital inputs and could easily be connected to a wide range of digital sensors.
The wireless data loggers, with up to 90' indoor range, were then activated, operating on either battery or AC power. An Accsense B1-06 Wireless Data Logger Gateway with built-in 10/100BaseT Ethernet was then installed for each wireless group of pods in each of the three sheds to make the online data easily accessible.
The B1-06 gateway sent all of the data to the cloud-based, secure servers. The Accsense cloud server's software included a graph that showed her a high-temperature alarm period. The secure servers could also send out voice, text or email alerts to inform the supplier and authorized staff when a temperature reading went out of range. Additionally, data sent online could be downloaded as a CSV file and loaded into most database applications.
The floral supplier benefitted from installing the Accsense wireless temperature system in her fresh-cut flower storage sheds. Her new wireless system was cost- and time-effective compared to manually recording the temperature since automated monitoring was far less expensive and much more reliable while also being historically stored for future reference. The supplier could also set the system's warning limits for a narrower temperature range if required.
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