Ethylene Innovations Discussed In Gas Analysis, Ripening & Postharvest Webinar

The management of atmospheric gases plays a critical role in the development of harvested fruit in ripening, storage, and packaging, while progressive strategies in this area add value, enhance market access and reduce losses. Galen George of Felix Instruments and Greg Akins of Catalytic Generators will share various methods for gas analysis, real-world cases, best practices, cutting edge research, and the future of gas analysis in a live postharvest webinar November 5th at 11 am (EST). Viewers of the webinar can expect to learn and discover how organizations can retain and deepen their post-harvest competitive advantage.

Tune in to the live postharvest webinar discussing gas analysis Nov 5th at 11 am (EST) to learn the latest information about ethylene and industry innovations. Greg Akins, President & CEO of Catalytic Generators, will be sharing recent case studies with ethylene during the 8 am webinar.

Reserve your spot by clicking here!

Gene Akins Of Catalytic Generators Awarded Florida Tomato Man Of The Year

Gene Akins of Catalytic Generators was announced Florida Tomato Man of the Year at the annual Florida Tomato Committee Conference on October 4, 2019.

Tomato Man of the Year

Board members of the Florida Tomato Committee recognized Akins with this award for over 40 years of dedicated support to the tomato industry and Florida tomato growers. David Neill, a long-time tomato grower and Committee member spoke on behalf of the Florida Tomato Committee sharing, “Gene Akins and Catalytic Generators have been a constant supporter of our industry and we thank you for this long-term support.”

Once awarded, Akins spoke to the conference attendees stating, “It is an honor to accept this award. Our company and employees will continue to promote Florida tomatoes and mature greens.” Akins continued, “It is also our pleasure to help the industry effectively apply ethylene to promote the natural degreening and ripening of the fruit.  Mature green Florida tomatoes, properly handled along the cold chain, are some of the best-tasting and highest quality tomatoes around!”

After serving on the Florida Tomato Exchange board for over 25 years, Akins will be stepping down. Catalytic Generators will continue to support Florida Tomato as a resource for post-harvest handling of tomatoes and effective ethylene application.

Ethylene Solutions at Fruit Attraction Madrid


Find our Catalytic Generators team at Fruit Attraction Madrid, Booth 10AO4F October 22-24, 2019. 



Catalytic Generators will be exhibiting with Fresh Produce Instruments at Fruit Attraction Madrid featuring the most recent addition to our collection of ethylene generators: the 230v Model Easy-Ripe®. For ripeners large or small in size, the Easy-Ripe® offers adjustable ethylene output for multiple room sizes. Adapting to any ethylene PPM requirements is quickly achieved by simply placing the ethylene generator in the ripening room, plugging into a grounded electrical outlet, selecting a conversion rate, pouring one or two liters of Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate, and letting ethylene production begin!


Access for External Control by PLC or Ripening Room Control Panel

Access for External Control by PLC or Ripening Room Control Panel

The 230v Model Easy-Ripe® features a newly designed, liquid-indicating cap and tank that holds the all-important Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate itself.  The spill-proof cap integrates a liquid level indicator, making it easier to know how much Ethy-Gen® II is in the tank.

Additionally, ethylene sensors can be connected to our equipment by PLC or other Ripening Room Controllers. With setpoint control of ethylene, ripeners can have more exact ethylene levels, as the generator will to react to any changes in the ethylene levels in a room and modify ethylene production to maintain the desired setpoint.

Input Control Options are shown here:

  • Ethernet (Modbus TCP / IP)
  • Pulsed Voltage (3-12VDC)



Catalytic Generators has two products that will work together with the Easy-Ripe®: 

SmartRipe Ethylene Generator Controller (50-1000 ppm)

EMC Ethylene Management Controller (1-10 ppm)

New Booth at PMA Convention & Expo 2019


Catalytic Generators will celebrate the 38th year exhibiting at the PMA Fresh Connections Convention & Expo with a brand new booth. Like the design of our new European ethylene generator, our 20′ booth features a sleek white design with three large display tables for our ethylene generators, plus plenty of space for the postharvest equipment sold by our sister company, QA Supplies.

The redesigned Easy-Ripe® Ethylene Generator and new Easy-Ripe® XT will be on display for the first time at the PMA this year. These generators feature a specially designed tank that holds Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate. As part of the improved tank, a new liquid-indicating cap provides better security, it also integrates a liquid level indicator, making it easy to know how much Ethy-Gen® II is in the tank. Discover ethylene measurement options from Felix Instruments at the booth, as well.

View our full collection of ethylene generators at Booth #2634!