Food, beverage and agriculture Save energy, cut costs, optimize processes, and ensure safety with accurate and stable measurement instruments. The food, beverage, and agriculture industries are required to adhere to strict safety guidelines and regulations to prevent contamination and preserve the high quality of end products. Compliance to safety is so critical that even minor issues can impact produce quality, food safety and result in low yields, unexpected downtime and low quality end products. Measurement instrumentation helps to prevent issues when growing or processing food and when producing beverages. Reliable and accurate process monitoring and the ability to provide tools are crucial to optimizing the entire production process, from growing the food to preparation, manufacturing, filling, packaging, and storage. Vaisala’s measurement device portfolio includes instruments for measuring in-line Brix, total solids and liquid concentration, humidity, temperature, dew point, carbon dioxide (CO2), vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and barometric pressure Optimizing drying process Accurately measuring the humidity in the drying air is essential to optimize the drying process. It is important to keep the air dry enough to avoid microbial growth and keep products safe, and optimal conditions can only be achieved with accurate dryer controls. Optimizing the drying process provides a competitive advantage to manufacturers, saves energy and costs, and improves process consistency and end product quality. Typical applications include monitoring fluid bed and spray drying and controlling humidity levels in baking ovens. Interactive drying simulator In-line Brix measurement for food and beverage process monitoring In-line monitoring and control of Brix, total solids (TS) and liquid concentration can help to improve quality, safety, energy efficiency and yield in food production. The trend is for increased traceability, together with equipment that can handle the strict hygiene requirements of food and beverage processing applications. Vaisala K-PATENTS® sanitary refractometers are 3-A Sanitary certified and designed for hygienic conditions in liquid food and beverage processing. Appropriate certification reduces the risk of bacterial growth and cross-contamination, and contributes to safe food processing. Vaisala's refractometers are ideal for controlling filling lines and waste streams, and for monitoring processes in the production of: • Wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages • Juice, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee, and tea • Dairy and infant formula • Sweeteners and confectionary • Egg products • Fats and oils • Fish and meat products • Food ingredients, additives and flavors • Fruits and vegetables • Ready-made desserts Learn more about the in-line Brix measurements Storage and safety Optimal storage conditions must be constantly maintained for fresh produce. Proper humidity and CO2 control protects goods against loss of moisture, decay, and aging. Controlling humidity and temperature levels in refrigerated warehouses reduces frost buildup and condensation, improves energy efficiency, and decreases defrosting costs. Accurate monitoring of moisture levels in the air can reduce unnecessary heating and also reduce energy costs. Monitoring CO2 levels is essential to ensure safety of people in fermentation facilities, breweries, wineries, and fruit and vegetable warehouses. Also CO2 refrigerated facilities require measuring CO2 levels in areas where potential refrigerant leaks can occur Learn about the benefits of measuring CO2 in cold storage facilities Agriculture Today's farmers are managers who to need to control CO2, relative humidity, and temperature in greenhouses and vertical farming facilities to ensure stable conditions for a good yield of high-quality produce. Consumers want guarantees about animal welfare, making it important to monitor temperature, relative humidity, and carbon dioxide (CO2) inside livestock facilities to ensure comfort and adequate ventilation. Also outdoor conditions can be monitored by measuring wind, precipitation, various humidity parameters, and temperature. Learn more about greenhouse CO2 measurement, controlling indoor air in livestock facilities, and agricultural water management. Get tips on how to measure CO2 in demanding conditions Why choose Vaisala? Vaisala is a leading provider of industrial measurement and instrumentation solutions for the food, beverage, and agriculture industries. We have over 80-years’ experience in designing and manufacturing reliable, high-quality instruments and can help you achieve efficiency and sustainability with accurate, high-precision control and monitoring equipment that complies with the strictest hygiene requirements. All Vaisala products are manufactured under strictly controlled conditions at our manufacturing facility in Finland. As an equipment manufacturing member of the 3A SSI Steering Committee, Vaisala is committed to applying the highest standards of hygienic engineering when designing and constructing its food contact materials and in-line process equipment.