A dehydrator is a machine that removes moisture from food by circulating hot air around the trays. This process extends the shelf life of foods and helps preserve nutrients. It also helps reduce energy costs, making it a cost-effective option for businesses.
Preserving food to prepare for leaner times is a practice as old as civilization itself. It is estimated that people in ancient Egypt and China were drying fruits, vegetables, fish and meat to last longer. Today, the industrial dehydrator is an invaluable tool that enables us to dry large quantities of fresh produce at once. It has a large capacity and provides even heating so that the foods will not overcook or burn.
There are several things to consider when choosing an industrial dehydrator for your business. First, look for one that fits your space and budget. Then, decide what kind of food you want to dry. It is best to choose a model that has multiple removable trays for maximum versatility. Finally, make sure that the industrial dehydrator can handle the amount of food you plan to use it for on a regular basis.
This paper focuses on the design of an autonomous multi-farm dehydrator that can be operated using a raspberry pi and a low-cost programmable logic controller (PLC). The PLC handles the hardware interface by connecting all sensors and actuators to the system while the raspberry pi hosts the web app for interaction with the dehydrator over a Wi-Fi hotspot on a smartphone, tablet or PC as well as the HMI of the dehydrator. The heat energy for operation comes from renewable solar while Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) can be used as a backup if the solar source is unavailable. industrial dehydrator