OptoNews: CalCA delivers fresh produce to you

Posted by Jean Femia on May 11, 2016 5:18:05 PM

Case study: CalCA industrial refrigeration systems If you live just about anywhere in the U.S.A., you can probably thank California Controlled Atmosphere (CalCA) for some of the fresh fruits and vegetables you buy. 

In fact, CalCA's industrial refrigeration systems for storing produce can be found throughout the world, reaching to India and China. 

But how do you keep produce fresh before it ships to a local market? You have to hold it in precise environmental conditions, including:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Carbon dioxide levels
  • Nitrogen levels, and more

CalCA's engineers provide mechanical systems design, installation, and maintenance for these complex cooling and cold storage/freezer facilities.

Each facility is unique, depending on the fruit or vegetable stored and precise calculations for its storage. Even different varieties of apples or pears require different conditions. And quantities of produce can change rapidly based on harvests, so facilities have to expand or contract based on current needs. 

Read our new case study for a look at how CalCA meets the flexibility and scalability requirements for a demanding industrial application—and how they found control products that won't become obsolete in a few years. 

Read the case study

Topics: Energy management, Case studies, Process control, Food & beverage, Remote monitoring, optonews, OptoNews 2016-05-11

Written by Jean Femia

Jean Femia writes about technical subjects and has focused on automation and control systems for more than 15 years. She likes learning about technology and taking corners in her Honda S2000.
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