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

Paladino, Fissore, Neviani
2019 Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks  
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
more » ... ould 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.
doi:10.3390/jsan8040052 fatcat:cv6j2kswuzhwrcmntd3kvmacce