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MCU Helps Keep Food Fresh During Shipping

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AnandY
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Re: Keeping food fresh?
AnandY   7/30/2014 6:46:50 AM
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@Warren60: I agree, the title is a bit misleading, but if you think about it, food tracking (and also the conditions of the environment in which it is being shipped) will help food from being spoiled. Manufacturers can thus know under what conditions food get spoiled while transporting and can make changes so as to improve the environment.

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AnandY   7/30/2014 6:46:47 AM
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Most food items have the shipping problem and it is not possible to know whether the shipped food is good or bad because in some cases, even in the right conditions the food appears spoilt and the company has to rethink their transporting strategy. This food tracking will be a hit as food vendors would now be able to determine how long the food will last.

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Nancy Golden   7/28/2014 8:58:36 PM
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I still write code in assembly as a personal preference but it is much easier to load programs nowadays LOL

Remember timing how much time you had to make your sandwich and eat while waiting?

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tekochip   7/28/2014 8:28:48 PM
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Ah, the days of writing in Assembly, running the assembler for 10 minutes, burning EPROMs, hoping that it would run, erase the EPROM for fifteen minutes, rinse and repeat.


Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   7/26/2014 1:45:25 PM
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Hmmm...I have to agree with Charles on this one, but then, it is all in your perspective.


As a big fan of microcontrollers, it has been amazing to me to see their evolution. More and more tasks that were once devoted to separate chips are coming onboard. It is very convenient to be able to define what tasks you want to accomplish and then look at the microcontroller specs to find one that will do just about everything you need without adding additional chips to your design along with additional circuitry for the interface. I love the development kits that manufacturers often provide - we didn't have them in the old days and often made our own prototyping boards. I wonder if young engineers today realize how much easier they have it - I wonder if any of them ever burned an EPROM?

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Charles Murray   7/25/2014 5:07:44 PM
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I don't know...it seemed fair to me to say that the MCU "helps" keep food fresh. But you're right; you can't store perishable food inside a microcontroller.

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Keeping food fresh?
warrens60   7/25/2014 11:18:32 AM
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Misleading title!

As an engineer that has been responsible for producing a package which would keep products cool for several days, I opened this article hoping to see new technology that would actually aid in keeping food fresh... maybe hydrated, cool or have some other environmental impact. 

But, the title was misleading and talks about monitoring electronics that will identify environmental changes the monitor is subject to. 

So, it really doesn't do anything in the way of being an active participant in keeping food fresh.

 

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