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A Low-Cost Monitoring System and Operating Database for Quality Control in Small Food Processing Industry

DICCA–Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Università di Genova, Via Opera Pia 5, I-16145 Genova, Italy
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J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2019, 8(4), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan8040052
Received: 27 August 2019 / Revised: 16 October 2019 / Accepted: 17 October 2019 / Published: 20 October 2019
The use of completely automated systems for collecting sensor data with the aim of monitoring and controlling the quality of small-scale food processes is not widespread. Small and micro-enterprises usually do not carry out their own precompetitive research or prototype development as regards to automation technologies. This study proposes a web-based, low-cost monitoring and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system whose kernel is available for free, as a possible solution that could be adopted by these food producers. It is mainly based on open SW/HW so as its configuration is adaptable to the application and type of plant. It presents a modular architecture and its main functionalities encompass the acquisition, management, aggregation and visualization of process data, providing an operating database. It also provides food tracking and process quality control: The time series are browsable due to QR-Code generation and different early warning detection strategies are implemented. A tool for solving migration problems based on Fick’s equation is offered as a packaging decision support system. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart-SCADA; open-source; sensor networks; early warning; food quality control; migration models smart-SCADA; open-source; sensor networks; early warning; food quality control; migration models
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Paladino, O.; Fissore, F.; Neviani, M. A Low-Cost Monitoring System and Operating Database for Quality Control in Small Food Processing Industry. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2019, 8, 52.

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