The mushroom discovered in 1750 is the most famous cultivated mushroom in the world. The demand for regionally produced edible mushrooms is correspondingly high. The Rheinische Pilz Zentrale recognized the high demand and is one of the largest mushroom farms in Germany with more than 58,000 square meters of cultivation area. At two locations 88 fully automated and air-conditioned cultivation areas are used for mushroom cultivation. Both locations supply around 350 tons of mushrooms a week, mainly to German food retailers and discounters. The Rheinische Pilz Zentrale relies on state-of-the-art technology. GesySense was the best choice for the Rheinische Pilz Zentrale for monitoring the temperature in different areas of the location in Geldern, after testing different solutions from different suppliers.
The vertical farming system
The Rheinische Pilz Zentrale pays particular attention to sustainability and ecological responsibility, which includes the considerate use of resources. In order to save cultivation area in the interest of the environment, the Rheinische Pilz Zentrale uses a so-called "vertical farming system" for its cultivation, which consists of shelves that are vertically stacked from several compartments. The Rheinische Pilz Zentrale has copied the cultivation from nature and works without genetic engineering and under strict requirements of the International Food Standard. GesySense helps the Rheinische Pilz Zentrale to keep up with this high standard through automated temperature monitoring in compliance with standards. GesySense products are used in many ways at Rheinische Pilz Zentrale, e.g. for cold store monitoring, sensors in compost material and for testing in trucks.
GesySense also monitors the delivery vans
Mushrooms in particular require continuous recording of temperatures, as interrupting the cold chain can have devastating consequences. If the cold chain were interrupted, the mushrooms could continue to grow, which would reduce their quality. The cooling monitoring must comply with the guidelines and is subject to strict conditions, which is why a temperature of 7° Celsius must not be exceeded.
Gesytec has developed a battery-powered, radio-based system for mobile use, with which the temperature profile in the vehicle can be continuously recorded. At the location, i.e. within the range of the receiving station, the data flows via radio into the data system.
The champignon, the most cultivated mushroom worldwide, has high demands on the temperature at which it grows, as well as on its storage. Mushrooms need a pleasant temperature and a humid climate. Previously, temperature monitoring was strenuous because employees had to read the temperature manually each time. With GesySense, this process is fully automated and not only makes work easier, but also helps to comply with the standardized values. Rheinische Pilz Zentrale is certain: "What Gesytec delivers is what the customer wants." Since other automated temperature monitoring systems could not convince either technically nor in the flexibility of the suppliers, Rheinische Pilz Zentrale specifically searched for a solution on common search engines and became aware of GesySense. The original system had no data loggers in between and was therefore not convincing in terms of security. GesySense, on the other hand, offers multi-level security. In the future GesySense will also be used in the branch office and in other areas.
Gesytec as a supplier was also able to convince
The Rheinische Pilz Zentrale is highly satisfied with the cooperation and the products of Gesytec. Gesytec convinces by the continuous improvement of its own products and systems and by the flexible development of customer-specific solutions. Because of the long distances, the Rheinische Pilz Zentrale was dependent on a good radio solution. GesySense scored right from the start, as the engineers from Gesytec support provided important assistance during the tests and the initial installation. Gesytec offers technical know-how and expert advice. GesySense will soon also be used at other locations.