13 Oct

Use Case: Crystal Springs Fisheries

Crystal Springs Fisheries

Monnit wireless sensors have a wide range of applications and can be installed in any environment. The internet of things can be used in any industry, there is no limit to what an IoT network can monitor in your environment. Should there happen to not be a standard version of the product you are looking for available, our engineering department can create a custom solution for your specific needs. One recent customer Monnit was introduced to is a fish hatchery in Salt Lake City, Utah that needed sensors for monitoring water temperatures. While their solution was not custom engineered, there were some specific atmospheric conditions to consider.

Josh with Crystal Springs Fisheries uses 180-degree geothermal water from a 1000’ well to breed and grow exotic fish which he then sells all over the world. The only potential issue is the geothermal water supplied from the 1000’ well requires piping to remain running and equipment to ensure proper temperatures. Due to the constant running water, there is much higher humidity inside the greenhouse compared to the dry outside air and Josh’s old temperature monitoring system was not able to remain functioning in these conditions.

There were a couple of hurdles to jump for this solution, and Monnit was able to set Josh up with a complete network for both his hatchery and store for around $1,000. Monnit’s water temperature sensors come with a three-foot probe and are able to record temperatures from -40°F – 257°F (-40°C – 125°C). This allowed Josh to place a temperature sensor directly where his well water exits the ground at 180°F and not have to worry about equipment damage or failure. Monnit also provided Crystal Springs Fisheries with a IP65, NEMA 4X, CE rated, sealed, and weatherproof housing capable of withstanding the high humidity levels.

Monnit creates sensors which are able to adapt to any company’s specific environment. Whatever your application may be, Monnit sensors will be able to track and record data. The real benefit of our system is not only the data generated, but the ability for users to set up custom notifications based on environmental conditions. For example, Josh will receive a text message on his phone should the water temperature drop below safe levels for his tropical fish. Monnit wireless sensors are not just a passive data collector, our technology will alert you of potentially dangerous conditions allowing for a quick response. For a fraction of the cost of repairs or damaged inventory, Monnit wireless sensors and secure cloud networks keep an eye on your home or business 24/7.

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18 Jul

Monnit IoT Solutions Protect Cranberry Farms

Hilltop Cranberry Farms

Hilltop Cranberry Co. was searching for a reliable solution to help them protect their temperature-sensitive crops. The requirements were that it needed to be wireless (with a long enough range to span their fields), weatherproof,  be battery powered (without the need to change batteries often) and provide timely alerts via phone call or text message when temperatures drop below a specified point. They found the exact solution they needed with Monnit’s new ALTA Internet of Things Sensors. The solution consists of temperature and humidity sensors that transmit measurements wirelessly to a receiver. The Monnit cloud-based solution can then issue alerts to the company at any time, day or night, when conditions are such that the plants and their berries are at risk. The system, installed this spring, not only prevents the potential loss of an entire crop if the temperature dips too low, but also provides owner Travis Tritz with a better night’s sleep, since he doesn’t need to spend cool nights watching the temperatures.

Read The Full Article on IoT Journal

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06 Dec

Monnit IoT Sensors Help Protect U.S. Food Supply

Lineage Logistics uses Monnit Corporation’s IoT temperature and vibration sensors to cut energy costs and protect billions of pounds in warehoused food.

Food safety is a priority if you warehouse and ship billions of pounds of food destined for Walmart, Costco and local grocery stores in the U.S. Product must be protected in the most energy-efficient way.

This is a daily challenge for San Francisco food processing, warehousing and distribution company, Lineage Logistics, a Top 2 North America temperature-controlled warehousing company with more than 518 million cubic feet of freezer and cooler capacity, serving roughly 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. third-party cold food chain.

IoT Sensors Protect Food and Reduce Energy Costs

Due to the size of their refrigerated warehouses, Lineage was seeing temperature gradients from one side of the warehouse to the other. Doors opening and thermal load from rooftops can cause temperatures to vary outside ooptimal range in some areas of the warehouse. Rather than lowering the temperature of the entire warehouse to account for warm spots, they use Monnit’s wireless temperature sensors to create a heat map of the warehouse and adjust airflow to address the warmer areas without needing to over cool the entire building, providing significant cost savings.

Lineage is also using Monnit vibration sensors to monitor refrigeration compressors, helping them predict issues and avoid high repair costs and compressor breakdowns. Monnit sensors can also prevent another common refrigeration problem called “liquid hammer,” a pressure spike caused when fluid in the refrigeration pipes is forced to stop or change direction suddenly.

Lineage currently uses approximately 1,500 AA battery-powered wireless sensors from Monnit across a few of its facilities, and they look to expand that into many more buildings in the near future.

Click here to read the full article on Network World’s website.

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26 Nov

Hershey’s Ice Cream Uses Monnit and IoT to Keep Food Safe

Hershey's Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of the world’s most favorite treats. Have you seen the face of a child that accidentally drops their ice-cream? It usually ends in crying and a temper tantrum. Just like a child that loses their ice cream, manufacturers of the same delicious treat don’t like to lose theirs either. That is why they are using Monnit’s remote monitoring solutions to track cooler and freezer temperatures and to detect if cooler doors are left open.

The Hershey Creamery Company was founded in 1894 by Jacob Hershey and his four brothers: Isaac, Paris, Ephraim and Eli Hershey (no relation to Milton S. Hershey of the Hershey Company). Since 1894, Hershey’s® has strived to “guarantee quality products, provide excellent service, establish competitive prices and provide a true value to the customer.”

Hershey’s Creamery wanted to update their cold storage temperature tracking and reporting process, which previously used old style tachographical charting (where a pen connected to a physical thermometer scribes a mark on a round chart) to record freezer temperatures. They wanted a reliable and accurate temperature monitoring system that could provide alerts if something was wrong and also relay temperatures back to their headquarters quicker. Their previous process did not provide alerts and took about 3-4 days to manually change out the charts and mail them to their headquarters for review and record keeping. In testing, they found that their existing charts were less accurate in tracking temperatures to Monnit’s wireless temperature sensors which are accurate to within 1-2 degrees.

They are currently using Monnit sensors at 5 of their production locations and will push out to an additional 28 locations in the coming months. Since installing Monnit’s solution this year, the system has already helped them at least 2 times, one of which was a refrigerated storage truck cooler failure where the system alerted them, saving ~$10,000 worth of ice cream.

< Read More About Hershey’s Use of Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions at Food Quality News

< Learn More About Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions for the Food Service Industry

 

 

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29 Jul

Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop Prevents Food Spoilage With Monnit

Remote Monitoring for meat shop

If you are looking for the best beef jerky, many people will say that you can find it in Moab, Utah at Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop. Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop is a family-run business and provides the finest quality of naturally aged beef, chicken, fresh pork, seafood, deli meats, and cheeses.

The company is decades old and has been using the same equipment since 1994. Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop has suffered minimal equipment failure, but due to the fear of a major malfunction The Old Geezer himself installed Monnit temperature sensors to predict any refrigeration failures, prevent spoilage, and prevent any other disasters from occurring. Monnit allows Geezer and his family to spend more time with their customers, giving them the best advice and recommendations, and less time worrying about their stock.

Read the full article from IoT Journal and see how Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop planned their IoT strategy. Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop Chills Out With the IoT

The article has also been published on RFID Journal at www.rfidjournal.com

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28 Jun

Chick-Fil-A Uses Monnit Sensors to Keep Things Fresh

The importance of food safety is not taken lightly by Chick-Fil-A. With the adoption of Monnit and the Internet of Things (IoT), Chick-Fil-A can prevent foodborne illness outbreaks, and keep their customers healthy. With this powerful duo of chicken sandwiches and wireless sensors, we bring you The Internet of Chicken (IoC).

If you are curious how the IoC can prevent salmonella, E.coli, and other food-borne illness outbreaks, then you need to read this excellent article by Clint Boulton on CIO’s website. This article features Chick-Fil-A, and how they are using Monnit solutions to protect their business inventory, save money, and keep their customers healthy.

Read the article at http://www.cio.com/article/3088676/internet-of-things/chick-fil-a-stays-cool-and-safe-with-iot-sensors.html

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17 May

See how Monnit and the IoT Prevent Ice Cream Melt Downs at Ben & Jerry’s

IoT with Ben and Jerrys

If you are curious how Monnit and the Internet of Things (IoT) can help prevent Ice Cream melt-downs, then you need to read this excellent article by Michelle Davidson on Network World’s website, featuring one of our customers, Udder Ventures’ (Ben and Jerry’s ice cream), and how they are using our solutions to protect their business inventory and save money.

Read the article at http://www.networkworld.com/article/3070953/internet-of-things/how-the-iot-keeps-ben-jerrys-ice-cream-safe.html

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