The lettuce is soggy, the tomatoes moldy, and the onion even more pungent than usual. Yes, that produce that set visions of salads and sauces dancing in your head has gone bad again, victims of an improperly regulated crisper drawer. Crispers are nothing new, but the ability to keep relative humidity at a higher level than in the rest of the refrigerator is a development that’s saved many an apple. Unfortunately, keeping that humidity set at the wrong level can lead to some ugly outcomes.
At Etratech, our controls are used to enable some of the most forward-looking new features of traditional technologies, like boats and RVs. Our specialties stretch beyond recreational and transportation applications, though: many of our controls are used in the displays of appliances, including refrigerators. And controls for the crisper are just the beginning for some of the refrigerators on the market today.
A far cry from the one-door models you may have once seen, the latest refrigerators can have up to four doors, and a multitude of compartments, each with varying temperature and humidity capabilities. This article talks about a fridge with an outer drawer with a wide range of temperature settings – want easy access to your Diet Cokes? Keep it around 40 degrees. Need to store some extra chicken that was on sale? Go below freezing, into the 20s.
That’s an exciting development, but it’s got nothing on the wifi-enabled refrigerators that Samsung and LG have out now. Of course, all of these features need exacting controls, chips, and displays to make them operate, and that’s where Etratech comes in. We can’t make you eat your veggies, but we can make sure they stick around in the fridge for as long as possible.