How to monitor beet mountains with a Raspberry Pi PLC
Industrial Solution for agriculture applications with OpenMote and an industrial Raspberry Pi PLC
The main sugar beet growing areas are in the temperate regions of Europe and North America, with average heat wave temperatures between 16-25 ° C and annual rainfall of at least 600 mm.
Before the beet is processed, its is stacked in huge mountains outside.
Although the mountain hold the beets well, those on the inside of the pile are more affected by heat and moisture to the point of damage.
Our customer is a major Spanish sugar manufacturer who wanted to implement a system to control and monitor his beet mountains. He realized that the beets at the bottom centre of the mountain were spoiling even before being removed to start the sugar conversion process.
As a result, a percentage of the raw material had to be discarded, losing significant amounts of money at the end of the year.
In short, they wanted a system that could detect when the beets were about to start rotting and, therefore, prevent it and extract them in time. It must be taken into account that the system will be outdoors, so it must face possible climatic adversities.
Benefits of using Raspberry PLC for monitoring solutions
Thanks to the implemented solution, the customer has minimized the economic losses caused by the deterioration of the products.
Control of temperature and humidity helps the customer to keep the product in good condition.
Saving time and resources
Since the product is kept in optimal conditions, it is not necessary to allocate resources to the handling and disposal of products in poor condition.
Why Industrial Shields?
Industrial Shields won this project and beat its major competition thanks to:
Open solution. No license fees.
Wireless system with low energy consumption. The batteries of the equipment have a long life.
Modular solution: if the customer requires it, there is the possibility to extend it in the future.
Safety of the installation: being underground, the sensors are safe from damage that could be caused by excavators.
Equipment designed and manufactured for industrial use at a lower and affordable price than competitive products.
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