Accsense Data Loggers

Monitoring the Storage of Semen for Artificial Fertilization

Accsense Wired A2-05 Ethernet Temperature Dataloggers

CHESTERLAND OH—February 14, 2012

CAS DataLoggers recently provided the temperature monitoring system for a farmer breeding cows via artificial insemination methods to guarantee optimum fertility and herd quality while avoiding the cost of keeping or borrowing a stock bull. To ensure high fertility rates, the farmer kept a supply of bull semen stored at the required temperatures and ready for implantation. Read the entire article on our applications note page.

New Wireless Monitoring Solution for Freezers and Meat Lockers

Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Pods Save Time and Cut Costs
CHESTERLAND OH—February 6, 2012

Restaurants and frozen food suppliers constantly work to comply with demanding FDA regulations in the processing and storage stages of their products, including 21-CFR part 11, to guarantee food quality and safety. Restaurants need to closely monitor products kept in walk-in freezers, deli freezers and meat lockers which often fluctuate in temperature due to uneven cooling and staff frequently coming and going. CAS DataLoggers now has the ideal solution with the Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Data Logger, supplying a highly accurate yet hassle-free device protecting clients’ cold chain integrity via automated temperature monitoring. Read the entire article on our product announcement page.

CAS DataLoggers Chosen by Alaska Clinics to Monitor Vaccines

Providing Accsense Wireless Temperature Monitoring and Alarm Systems
CHESTERLAND OH—January 23, 2012

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services recently chose CAS DataLoggers and its advanced Accsense systems to provide the temperature monitoring solution for the extensive Alaska Immunization Program which had distributed vaccines to Alaskans for over three decades, all at no cost to providers. The program’s 26 remote public health centers handled both storage and dispensation of critical medicines and vaccines as part of an ongoing universal vaccine distribution program for childhood and adolescent vaccine-preventable disease control and prevention. Read the entire article here.

CAS Offers In-House Temperature Calibration Service

Fully-Calibrated Temperature Dataloggers Prove Regulatory Compliance
CHESTERLAND OH—January 12, 2012

CAS DataLoggers is proud to announce it will soon be offering in-house temperature calibration service to customers, utilizing its wealth of electrical engineering knowledge and experience to offer a complete datalogging solution to meet the demands of any temperature monitoring application. Read the entire article here.

CAS Names Dana Kennedy as New Product Manager for Accsense

Cost-Effective Wireless Solutions for Temperature, Humidity, and More
CHESTERLAND OH—January 5, 2012

CAS DataLoggers is proud to name Dana Kennedy as its new Product Manager for Accsense, continuing an ongoing commitment to provide customers with low-cost wireless solutions for all their critical applications. Dana has extensive familiarity and enthusiasm for the Accsense product line and brings his many years of experience in manufacturing and marketing industrial solutions to help customers find exactly the right datalogger for their needs. Dana is always onhand by phone or the website to listen to customers’ applications and to find the best solution.

Accsense data logging systems provide wireless or wired monitoring using internal and external sensors to measure vital parameters such as temperature, humidity, voltage, current, light and vibration. Easy to install and setup, Accsense systems allow users to monitor and log readings with the ability to view data in real-time and automatically send data to the manufacturer’s secure server for storage. Using a standard web browser, users can sign in to retrieve reports and graphs or modify the system configuration from anywhere an internet connection is available. These monitoring systems also offer sophisticated alarm capabilities including sending email, pager or phone alerts whenever an alarm goes off. Accsense fully complies with FDA, JCAHO AABB, and other industry standards. Dana explains, “In the healthcare industry, patient privacy issues including HIPAA are often a problem when considering installation of other wireless systems, but Accsense entirely eliminates this risk with its secure data encryption. We’re as non-intrusive as possible to our customers’ existing infrastructures.”

Dana is hard at work meeting the increased demand for wireless monitoring in a wide variety of fields where customers want a hassle-free solution for their compliance regulations problems (such as 21 CFR), and Accsense systems are their most affordable and reliable choice. CAS also provides solutions across the life sciences field in general, including biomedical, drug research, and vaccine storage in immunization clinics. Dana comments, “We’re currently focused on matching the capability of our wireless Accsense system to the market’s needs. Many of our customers have a few freezers or fridges they need to monitor wirelessly, and the Accsense system is an extremely cost-effective buy for them. Accsense is the least expensive way to get into wireless monitoring at this advanced level of functionality.”

Dana has also gathered extensive feedback from customers who found their Accsense systems to be practically turn-key, especially installation and setup. Users confirm that there’s no need to get IT involved, no software to install, and no server to maintain, since the load on a company network is minimal. Dana paraphrases their experiences: “Other systems on the market require servers and space on those servers, and rely on additional hardware set to run constantly, while Accsense doesn’t need anything but an Internet connection!” Additionally, transactions made on data transfers within the system are completely safe, using the same encryption used by major credit card companies: there’s zero risk in terms of data security.

Check out the entire Accsense product line of wireless and wired systems here.

For more information on the wide range of Accsense wireless temperature monitoring systems, other Accsense dataloggers measuring humidity, light, vibration and more, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com
http://www.dataloggerinc.com

Wireless Monitoring For Meat and Poultry Cold Chains

To Meet Critical Regulations , Guessing Has to Go!
CHESTERLAND OH—January 3, 2012

Every worker in the Meat and Poultry industry recognizes the need to meet FDA compliance in the processing and storage stages of their products to guarantee safety and vendor reputation. Now CAS DataLoggers has partnered with trusted manufacturer Accsense to supply an affordable wireless solution for meat processors by offering the Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Data Logger, a convenient and cost-effective device for automated cold-chain temperature monitoring. Paired with the Accsense B1-06 Wireless Data Logger Gateway, these pods form a complete wireless monitoring system which sends all recorded temperature data online for easy storage and analysis, empowering personnel to easily access all the data from one source and further ensuring the meat products under monitoring. The system requires an RJ45 Ethernet connection with open internet access—and that’s all! The Accsense system is easy to setup and entirely eliminates the need for expensive training. The economic advantage is considerable: compared to having to take manual recordings of the temperature, automated monitoring is much less expensive, more dependable, and offers more data storage and documentation for future reference. This new wireless solution combines superior data logging reliability and accuracy with customizable alarm settings to maintain meat and poultry cold chains all the way from ‘farm to fork’.

Operating on battery or AC power, each Accsense sensor pod features an internal ambient temperature sensor that detects a wide temperature range of -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to 158°F) with an accuracy of ±1.4°C at 25°C. The A1-13 pod is specifically designed to connect to three RTD sensor inputs, allowing an increase in the amount of sensors per pod and reducing the cost per measurement. Each pod also features two digital inputs and can be connected to a broad range of digital sensors. Diagnostic LEDs give users clear indication of power, wireless status, and more. Each pod’s memory can store up to 32,000 samples with a user-settable sampling frequency anywhere from every 30 seconds to every 24 hrs.

Forming the connection between the user’s data and the internet, the wireless gateway features built-in 10/100BaseT Ethernet and supports up to 16 temperature sensor pods. The Accsense wireless system ranges out to 250 feet unobstructed and 90’ indoors, and its 1900-point sample buffer automatically backs up the data in case of emergencies.

FREE software and feature upgrades are included with the wireless gateway, with no software installation or firewall configuration needed. Users work with a customizable interface with dashboards of the most recent measurements from all sensor pods. Manual vertical scaling allows for consistency across multiple graphs and samples, and users get instant access to charts depicting measurement history with ranges as narrow as 5 minutes or as wide as 90 days. Measurement data can also be downloaded for offline analysis, and users can allow password-protected, limited access to certain users.

All of the measurements acquired using the Accsense solution are immediately available on a completely secure online Accsense Account, backed up at the manufacturer’s Rackspace™ servers. Data can also be sent as a local ASCII stream, either of which the user can incorporate into custom software including LabView. Each gateway requires an online account subscription. With measurements updated in real-time, users can plot measurement history, analyze tabular data, and set alarms to watch their data. The secure servers can also send out voice, text or email alerts (with premium subscription) to inform the supplier and authorized staff when a temperature reading falls out of range. The same alarm can even be sent to multiple locations! Additionally, data sent online can be downloaded as a CSV file and loaded into most database applications. The gateway’s internal data storage can even compensate in the event of Internet outages.

Optional accessories for the A1-13 temperature pod include an external battery pack allowing extended monitoring up to 2-3 years, a temperature RTD probe with an external sensor measuring -100°C to +100°C (-148°F to 212°F), and an ambient temperature RTD probe measuring from 0 to 100°C (32°F to 212°F).

Check out the Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Data Logger product page here.

For more information on the Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Data Logger, the Accsense B1-06 Wireless Data Logger Gateway, other wireless temperature dataloggers, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com
http://www.dataloggerinc.com

Temperature Monitoring Vaccines in Remote Clinics

Using Accsense A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pods

CHESTERLAND OH—November 21, 2011

CAS DataLoggers recently provided the datalogging solution for Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services, providing installation of a new temperature monitoring and alarm system for use in a statewide immunization program. Most of the centers contained at least one medical refrigerator and freezer, with some sites requiring additional monitoring. Across the healthcare industry, refrigerator temperatures were often kept too cold rather than too warm, but freezing temperatures could irreversibly reduce vaccine potency, forming a risk to patient health. Further, these damaging exposures to freezing temperatures were not always obvious afterward, and could lack any visible signs of freezing; therefore these extremely sensitive supplies required highly-accurate monitoring. Heeding a recent Center for Disease Control estimation that anywhere from 20% to 33% of healthcare providers stored their vaccines at improper storage temperatures, the organization kept its commonly-administered vaccines at a temperature constant of 35°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). To help safeguard these precious substances, the organization began searching for an advanced temperature monitoring and alarm system that featured RTD and thermocouple inputs, sophisticated alarm capabilities with alert messaging, and power over Ethernet technology to decrease the number of wires required to install the network. This system would also need to be simple to setup and use without requiring help from the IT department or extensive training sessions.

Alaska’s DHSS installed 30 A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pods in their 26 public health centers handling storage and dispensation of critical medicines and vaccines. The A2-05 pods were connected to medical refrigerators and freezers to provide convenient monitoring for every unit in the clinics and automatically sending their data to the secure servers at Accsense, which encrypted all the data. This automated solution had a quick installation and easy setup since the dataloggers featured centralized management with no software to install–users simply plugged the monitor into a router with a DHCP server or assigned it a fixed IP address with the Accsense utility. Additionally, the pods could be utilized with other Accsense wired and wireless monitors to form the ideal configuration for specific applications.

Specifically designed for measuring temperatures in medical refrigerators, freezers, incubators, and in cryogenic storage, these LAN-wired temperature monitor pods featured inputs for two external RTD temperature probes with a temperature range of -100°C (-148°F) to +100°C (+212°F) for use in refrigerators and freezers, and an additional input for 1 thermocouple measuring from -200°C (-328°F) to -100°C (-148°F) for use in cryogenic storage units. Each monitor included a power adapter and Ethernet cables, supporting power over Ethernet for a lower cost and easier maintenance compared to traditional wiring. In case of a power failure or network connection loss, the Accsense system could keep running for 6 hours on its internal lithium battery, during which the data loggers would continue to buffer data. During outages, the pods could store up to 256 data points or until connection was restored, ensuring that the vaccines remained under monitoring.

Clinic personnel used the pods to access both live and historic data and to set local and remote alarms to trigger whenever fridge or freezer temperatures went out of specification. Alarm levels and contacts could be sent by phone, email, and text message. For convenience, multiple wired monitors could all be viewed from a single screen, even located across the clinic’s statewide remote health centers. Users could also login using any Web browser to retrieve reports and graphs or modify the system’s configuration from anywhere Internet connection was available.

The State of Alaska’s Dept. of Health and Social Services benefitted immediately following installation of the Accsense temperature monitoring system in several key ways. The A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pods performed continual temperature monitoring for the medical refrigerators and freezers across the organization’s 26 remote locations, offered advanced alarming features, and automatically sent the data to secure servers. Additionally, the dataloggers supported power over Ethernet for simple installation and setup, and personnel soon became knowledgeable in every aspect of the system’s operation. The Accsense temperature pods entirely replaced the clinics’ old alarm systems, increasing safety measures and decreasing staff response times. CAS also provided value-added tech support to the program as it got up and running with its new monitoring and alarming technology.

Check out the Accsense A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pod product page here.

For further information on the A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pod, for a selection of wireless Accsense monitoring and alarming systems, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com
http://www.dataloggerinc.com

CAS Installs Temperature Monitoring System For Alaska Immunization Program

Accsense A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pods

CHESTERLAND OH—November 17, 2011

CAS DataLoggers has recently provided the datalogging solution for the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services, providing installation of an Accsense temperature monitoring and alarm system for their new statewide immunization program. The organization acquired over 30 A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pods for their 26 public health centers handling storage and dispensation of critical medicines and vaccines. Most of the centers contain at least one medical refrigerator and freezer, with some sites requiring additional monitoring. The Accsense system entirely replaced the clinics’ old alarm systems, thus increasing safety measures and decreasing staff response times.

The A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pod is designed for measuring temperatures in medical refrigerators, freezers, incubators, and in cryogenic storage. This LAN-wired temperature monitor pod has inputs for two external RTDs temperature probes with a temperature range of -100°C (-148°F) to +100°C (+212°F) for use in refrigerators, freezers and incubators, and an additional input for 1 thermocouple measuring from -200°C (-328°F) to -100°C (-148°F) for use in cryogenic storage units. Each monitor includes a power adapter and Ethernet cables and supports Power over Ethernet technology to decrease the number of wires required to install the network, all at a lower cost and easier maintenance compared to traditional wiring. In case of a power failure or network connection loss, the Accsense system has an internal lithium battery to keep running for 6 hrs, during which the pods will continue to buffer data, storing up to 256 data points or until connection is restored, keeping the vaccines carefully monitored.

Each pod was connected to a medical refrigerator and/or freezer, providing convenient monitoring for every unit in the clinics and automatically sending their data to the secure servers at Accsense, encrypting all data.This automated solution is designed for quick installation and easy setup since the pod features centralized management with no software to install–users can simply plug the monitor into a router with a DHCP server or assign it a fixed IP address with the Accsense utility. Additionally, the pods can be utilized with other Accsense wired and wireless monitors to form the ideal configuration for specific applications.

Clinic staff can now use the pods to access both live and historic data as well as set both local and remote alarms. Alarm levels and contacts can be sent by phone, email, and text message. Multiple wired monitors can all be viewed from a single screen, even when located in the clinic’s different remote health centers. Users can then login using any Web browser to retrieve reports and graphs or modify the system’s configuration from anywhere Internet connection is available.
Additionally, CAS Sales Manager Pete Martin trained all available staff in the use of the new Accsense system, and the department recorded these meetings for the benefit of absent and future staff members, ensuring a high level of knowledgeability and safety procedures among the entire staff. CAS is also providing value-added tech support to the program as it gets up and running with its new monitoring and alarming technology.

Check out the Accsense A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pod product page here.

For further information on the A2-05 Ethernet Wired Temperature Measurement Pod, other Accsense monitoring and alarming systems, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com
http://www.dataloggerinc.com

CAS Introduces Wireless Temperature Monitoring Solution

Accsense A1-08 Wireless Pod Features Cloud Capabilities

CHESTERLAND OH—November 15, 2011

CAS DataLoggers has partnered with high-quality manufacturer Accsense to announce the A1-08 Wireless Temperature Data Logger, a wireless temperature monitoring and alarming system which provides users with cloud-based data storage and reporting for convenient monitoring. This wireless pod can to connect to 6 NTC thermistor inputs, enabling an increase in the number of sensors per pod and significantly reducing user cost per measurement. When connected to an Accsense B1-06 Wireless Gateway (each supporting up to 16 sensor pods), the temperature pod can monitor and log data with the ability to view and remotely access that data in real-time. The A1-08 datalogger pod also offers users online graphing, reporting, and configuration features. The new datalogger has been specially designed for temperature-critical applications in healthcare, health sciences, research and manufacturing, serving as a convenient temperature alarm system complete with email, pager, and phone alert capabilities.

The wireless pod’s internal ambient temperature sensor covers a wide temperature range of -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to 158°F), with a thermistor input temperature range of -40°C to +112°C (-40°F to 233°F). Offering 2 digital inputs, the A1-08 pod can be connected to a broad range of digital sensors to provide effortless and dependable online monitoring. All temperature measurements are made at a highly precise 0.1°C resolution, and the user-set sampling rate can be anywhere from 30 seconds to every 24 hours, with an emergency buffer of 250 samples per sensor. The multi-thermistor pod’s range extends out to 250’ outdoors and 90’ indoors without obstructions, and the device can run on either battery or AC power.

Additionally, the A1-08 wireless datalogger automatically sends its recorded data to Rackspace, the manufacturer’s completely secure cloud server, where it is immediately stored and available using a backed-up online Accsense Account. The online account gives instant access to charts showing all measurement history, with ranges as narrow as 5 minutes or as wide as 90 days, and also offers a customizable interface featuring a dashboard showing the most recent measurements from all sensor pods.

Users can quickly download measurement data for offline analysis and grant password-protected, limited access to other operators. Using a standard web browser, users can sign in to access reports and graphs or modify the system configuration from anywhere an internet connection is available. Configurable alarms constantly monitor incoming data and can immediately send email, pager or phone warnings to multiple designees whenever an alarm goes off.

The wireless pod comes delivered in a package containing an AC adapter, wall mounting and bracket, a standard antenna, 3 AA batteries, and more, providing a simple yet reliable temperature monitoring system.

Check out the Accsense A1-08 Wireless Temperature Data Logger product page here.

For more information on the Accsense A1-08 Wireless Temperature Data Logger, the B1-06 Gateway for use with Accsense pods, additional wireless data logging systems, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com
http://www.dataloggerinc.com

Monitoring Flower Storage Temperature Remotely

Accsense Wireless Temperature Monitoring System

CHESTERLAND OH—September 27, 2011

CAS DataLoggers recently provided the remote temperature monitoring solution for a fresh flower supplier who needed to monitor three remote storage sheds for temperature. Like everyone in the floral supply business, she was always expected to deliver reliably, and a single failure to keep the fresh-cut flowers cool enough could mean a missed shipment and a major loss of reputation. After harvesting, the fresh flowers needed to be kept at temperatures close to freezing, yet could not be allowed to freeze or they would be visibly damaged. Her product was extremely temperature-sensitive, so when her inventory went out of specification, it not only ruined valuable product, but also disrupted the supply chain flow, causing further shipping delays. Continuous temperature recording could help significantly in preventing losses, but the sheds were constructed of metal and located far apart, so the customer had to note that metal did not absorb radio signals but instead reflected them. With this limitation in mind, the customer needed a cost-effective wireless monitoring system that could work within the metal buildings and send all the temperature data online for easy storage and analysis.

The customer installed four Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Data Loggers in each of her three storage sheds, placing them in the packing rooms and in the main coolers. Each sensor pod monitored the shed using an ambient temperature sensor capable of detecting a wide temperature range of -40°C (-40°F) to +70°C (158°F). The A1-13 pods were specifically designed to connect to three RTD 100 Ohm sensor inputs, allowing an increase in the amount of sensors per pod and reducing the cost per measurement. This model also featured two digital inputs and could easily be connected to a wide range of digital sensors. The wireless data loggers were then activated up to their 90′ indoor ranges, operating on either battery or AC power. An Accsense B1-06 Wireless Data Logger Gateway with built-in 10/100BaseT Ethernet was then installed per each wireless group of pods in each of the three sheds to make the online data easily accessible. Diagnostic LEDs gave clear indication of power, wireless status, and more. Each wireless gateway could support up to 16 sensor pods and matched the pods’ 90’ indoor range (250’ outdoor).

The B1-06 gateway sent all of the data to either the Rackspace secure servers or as a local ASCII stream, either of which the supplier could incorporate into her own custom software, including LabView. For example, the supplier’s custom-made Accsense graphs showed her a high-temperature alarm period. The secure servers could also send out voice, text or email alerts (with premium subscription) to inform the supplier and authorized staff when a temperature reading fell out of range. Additionally, data sent online could be downloaded as a CSV file and loaded into most database applications.

Due to the metal sheds, wireless signal transmission among them posed a potential problem, which was addressed building-by-building; the signals often simply reflected until they escaped the shed through a door seal or other discontinuity in the metal. However, the ability of the Accsense monitoring system to “mesh,” where all the dataloggers also acted as repeaters, greatly improved signal reception and transmission. To deal with the long distance from one building to the next, a directional antenna was connected directly to the B1 gateway. These commonly available antennas, used in pairs, greatly increased the range of the wireless signals, easily achieving distances of over half a mile.

The floral supplier realized several advantages from installing the Accsense wireless temperature system in her fresh-cut flower storage sheds. Her new wireless system was cost- and time-effective compared to manually recording the temperature, since automated monitoring was far less expensive and much more reliable while also being documented for future reference. The supplier could also set the system’s warning limits for a narrower temperature range if required. A typical setting for the customer’s cut flowers was every 10 minutes, with the trigger filter set to require 3 data points in a consecutive order to be out of preset limits before the alarm was triggered. If desired, the alarms generated by the system could be sent to customized phone or email lists. The Accsense system’s many programmable features also increased overall versatility in alarm settings. For example, the wireless system could check for alarms at different intervals than those used to record the data.

Check out the CAS selection of wireless data loggers here.

For further information on the Accsense A1-13 Wireless Temperature Dataloggers and the B1-06 Wireless Data Logger Gateway, other wireless data logging devices, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com
http://www.dataloggerinc.com