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New features added to SmartStor controller

January 30, 2020 by  
Filed under Crops

Crop Systems has added new features and improved functionality to its SmartStor controller – helping to reduce storage costs while improving store monitoring and management.

New features include a heating and drying system, a power control feature to avoid store equipment running at peak energy prices, two independent energy saving programmes and an ethylene control feed system that reduces loss of the sprouting suppressant during purging and ambient cooling.

The new SmartStor control system also features a new selection and graphing element that enables store operators to select which parameters they need to monitor to manage their stores remotely via a mobile device, as well as a new interface.

It then displays these figures on an easy-to-read graph, so they can track them in real time in a form that can be read on any mobile device or computer, says Ray Andrews, managing director of Crop Systems.

“This system enables users to concentrate on the information they really need without being diverted by any other data, but secure in the knowledge that it is all being recorded should it ever be needed.”

All the features are being introduced in response to user feedback, adds Mr Andrews. “The heating system is being introduced in response to requests from customers who need to dry wet crops and cure them quickly before they go into long-term storage.

“With energy prices varying widely – and the charging periods used by energy companies changing regularly – other customers told us they need to optimize use of lower-cost energy, and particularly to avoid running major equipment operating automatically during ‘peak rate’ periods.

“The new feature will avoid that by turning all equipment off when those key high-cost energy periods occur, and turn it back on when costs are lower.”

With ethylene increasingly used as a sprouting suppressant, another new feature reduces wastage by turning off supplies during store purging and ambient cooling. It includes a CO2 accumulator, so operators have a complete record of their crop’s accumulated CO2 exposure.

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