What is Safepod?

Storage Control Systems, Inc. has developed an entirely new way to test your storage process, the
SafePod. This patented system creates a chamber comprised of representative samples of fruit inside a
larger CA storage, allowing the operator to test for the lowest possible oxygen level of the stored
produce without the potential risk of damaging the entire CA store. The units have high-resolution
built-in analyzers and an automatic RQ (respiration quotient) measuring system, all of which tie back
to our highly popular and remotely-located 6000 controller. We even offer a variant of the system
called LabPod, which adds the ability for the unit to regulate its own O2/CO2 with or without being
inside the larger CA room.

The process is simple. When loading a room, pull a few samples of fruit from each bin as you load,
filling the totes inside the SafePod. The SafePod is then placed inside a bin or left separate of the bin
stacks inside the CA storage. The built-in, remotely operated SCS Electric Slide Valve on the bottom of
the SafePod is opened and the fan is turned on. The fruit inside the SafePod automatically pulls down
with the rest of the room. When desired, the SafePod valve can be closed, creating an air-tight and
completely independent chamber within the larger CA store, free of any outside influences. This leaves
the storage operator the opportunity to experiment on samples of the exact fruit in the larger storage
without risking the investment of the entire room. This freedom from risk allows the operator to push
the ULO limits to find the best balance for the fruit. ULO levels can be achieved easily, then controlled
and indicated by any number of methods, including ethanol sensors, chlorophyll fluorescence,
respiration quotient or even gas chromatograph. After an indication of stress on the fruit is noticed,
simply raise the O2 levels by a tenth of a percent or two until the desired results are achieved and the
indications of stress disappear.

Once safe levels are dialed in using the SafePod, the entire storage can then be pulled down to match
these safe, predetermined ULO levels. Never before has it been so easy, and more importantly relaxing,
to run very low oxygen levels. The valve on the SafePod is then opened, marrying the SafePod and
larger CA storage atmosphere. The operator can then repeat the entire process later in the storage
period to test for additional stresses and possible lower level as the fruit matures.

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