- What is Ethylene gas?
- How does Ethylene gas cause damage to fresh produce and flowers?
- Which items produce the most Ethylene?
- Which products are most sensitive to Ethylene?
- How Ethylene production and sensitivity affects transport recommendations?
- What are the effects of Airborne Pathogens on fresh produce?
- What are the effects of Ethylene and Airborne Pathogens on flowers?
- What are the applications for Eris filter?
- What exactly is Eris?
- What materials is Eris made from?
- What are the benefits of using Eris in a truck or container loaded with fresh produce or flowers?
- Is it difficult to install an Eris filter?
- How should the Eris filter be placed in relation to refrigeration unit dimensions?
- Does the Eris interfere with the refrigeration cycles or is it damaged by freezing?
- How is the Eris filter packaged?
- What is the life expectancy of the Eris filter?
- Are there any environmental concerns when disposing of Eris?
Ethylene gas (C2H4) is a natural growth hormone that is produced by plant tissue and by the combustion of synthetic materials. It is invisible to the eye.
Ethylene accelerates the dying and decay process. Though this is a natural procedure, it creates challenges during the transporting and storing such products.
Some products produce more Ethylene than others. Some of the most common examples of products that produce high levels of ethylene are apples, tomatoes, avocados and pears. Examples of products that produce very little Ethylene are apricots, cherries, grapes, potatoes and radishes.
Examples of products that are more sensitive to the effects of Ethylene gas are apples, bananas, broccoli, carrots, cauliflowers, cucumbers and kiwi. The fact is that most fresh cut produce is in some degree sensitive to Ethylene. Click here to see an extended list of produce sensitive to ethylene. Click here to see an extended list of produce sensitive to ethylene.
Because of the differences in production and sensitivities to Ethylene, fresh produce should be transported carefully taking into account the effects of the Ethylene. For example, a high ethylene producer such as apples should not be transported in the same load as kiwis, which are very sensitive to of ethylene.
Higher levels of airborne pathogens such as bacteria and mold spores shorten the time span that produce can be transported before it spoils. High levels can also result in mold challenges on walls within the cargo carrier.
Flowers are very sensitive to both Ethylene and Airborne Pathogens. Expensive flowers such as orchids are easily damaged or destroyed by Airborne Pathogens or concentrated Ethylene within storage facilities.
Eris is ideal for transportation of fresh produce and flowers. It is designed to be installed in trucks and containers. The purpose is to remove the Ethylene and Airborne Pathogens during transportation and extend the life and quality of the perishables.
Eris is not some bulky piece of equipment. Simply put, Eris is a disposable anti-microbial air-filter pad.
Eris is made from oxidizers and absorbent particles encased in non-woven polyester which is coated with an anti-microbial agent.
11. What are the benefits of using Eris in a truck or container loaded with fresh produce or flowers?
Eris will remove Ethylene gas and Airborne Pathogens. This will help prevent premature ripening and decay, and will reduce odor and discoloration. Testing has demonstrated a reduction of waste by as much as 29% and an increased storage life by keeping perishables and flowers healthier. Results will vary depending on the types of products being shipped.
The Eris filter is typically placed in front of the air intake using zip ties.
Standard size of Eris filter is 49” x 11” x 1/4″. For some applications it may be too large. In this situation the filter can be doubled over or trimmed.
Eris does not significantly inhibit airflow in refrigerated containers and thus has no adverse effects on the refrigeration process. The Eris filter is not damaged by freezing.
The Eris filter is shipped in packages of 25.
Once the packaging of individual filter is opened it should be used immediately. Change Eris Filter after 30 days of usage or after completion of the see voyage (in case of ocean freight). Unopened Eris has a 1 year shelf life.
No, the Eris filter is environmentally friendly. Dispose as you would normal trash.