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CAS DataLoggers Impresses at AHR 2012

Offering T&D Datalogging Solutions for HVAC&R Applications
CHESTERLAND OH—February 1, 2012

CAS DataLoggers has returned from presenting at the 2012 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition on Jan 23rd-25th, the world’s largest HVAC&R marketplace. This year’s show was one of the largest in the convention’s history, with over 1,800 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVAC&R systems and products from all over the world. Over 50,000 attendees came to see the latest wireless and wired solutions from T&D products monitoring many parameters including temperature, humidity, voltage and current, among many others. Read the entire article on our General News page.

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

Cocoa Fermentation Using Wireless Monitoring

Wireless Data Logger w/ Temperature & Humidity External Sensors
CHESTERLAND OH—January 4, 2012

CAS DataLoggers recently provided the datalogging solution for a cocoa manufacturer which needed to record temperature and humidity in cocoa fermentation boxes in the tropics. The beans had to be carefully fermented to bring out the best flavors and give chocolate its richness. After farmers gathered the cocoa pods and scooped the cocoa beans out, the cocoa beans were fermented inside wooden boxes or “sweatboxes” for a period of six days. A 220 lb. batch of beans along with their pulp was placed in these boxes, and given the amount of fermentation, the temperature would rise quickly, often climbing to 122°F (48°C). Throughout the process, the beans also needed to be rotated within the sweatboxes. However, if they were rotated too often, the beans would be too oxygenated, overheating and causing dark blotches. If the beans were rotated too infrequently, though, fermentation would be incomplete since beans in the center of the sweatbox got less oxygen than those on the sides. The entire process was extremely painstaking, but without closely-monitored fermentation, the cocoa beans would not result in high-quality chocolate. Therefore the manufacturer required a wireless monitoring solution which could communicate with office computers to ensure that the temperature and humidity inside the sweatboxes did not exceed specifications.

The cocoa manufacturer installed 4 T&D RTR-503 Wireless Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers, along with a T&D RTR-500 Wireless Data Logger USB Base Station, atop the wooden sweatboxes. The external sensor on each RTR-503 datalogger was placed inside each box and began measuring and recording the temperature and humidity levels while the cocoa beans fermented inside. Each wireless unit had a temperature measuring range of 0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F) and a humidity measuring range of 10% to 95% RH. The loggers measured in both Celcuis and Fahrenheit and were housed in water-resistant cases, with a clear LCD display and options for screw terminals or wall mounts.

The loggers’ wireless communication ranged up to 150 meters (500 feet), and their data could be collected remotely via USB, GSM technology, LAN and handheld data collectors. Current readings and recorded data from the sweatboxes were downloaded from the RTR-503 data loggers (Remote Units) via wireless communication with the Base Station, and then by connecting them to a PC with a USB cable, the data was easily downloaded to an office computer. By registering another RTR-500 as a Repeater, the wireless range could be expanded even further. Each logger had an 8,000 data set memory and a battery life of about 10 months that could be upgraded to last about 4 years. A Base Unit could download via wireless communication one RTR-503 Remote Unit at full logging capacity in about four minutes.

Additionally, by registering the RTR-500 as a Base Unit, it was possible to download recorded data and current readings from the remote units and send the data by e-mail or FTP to a designated address. The unit was also set up to monitor for warnings and send warning reports via e-mail. Moreover, by sending the recorded data to the online T&D WebStorage Service, the manufacturer carried out monitoring of all current readings and/or warnings as well as shared the data via a PC web browser.

The wireless base station also included software for automated download, real-time monitoring, and email alarm. By setting the Warning Monitoring Function to “ON”, if the set upper or lower limits were suddenly exceeded and that occurrence had been judged by the RTR-500 to qualify as a warning, a Warning Report Mail containing warning details was immediately sent to up to four specified addresses, providing total transparency to the temperature and humidity profiling process.

The cocoa manufacturer realized several benefits to the fermentation process after setting the wireless Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers and the wireless base station to monitor temperature and humidity levels inside the wooden sweatboxes. The T&D wireless system not only monitored the cocoa beans but also sent the data to an office PC and even sent email alarms when temperature or humidity went out of specification. The recorded data also aided in analysis to make improvements such as finding the optimal rotation time. These dataloggers enabled workers to micromanage the painstaking fermentation process, ensuring a superior chocolate with a taste that made all the work worthwhile.

For more information on the T&D RTR-503 Wireless Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers, the T&D RTR-500 Wireless Data Logger USB Base Station, 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

Tank Temperature Monitoring With a Wireless System

T&D RTR-502 Wireless Temperature Data Logger

CHESTERLAND OH—November 29, 2011

CAS DataLoggers recently provided the wireless temperature monitoring solution for a company storing water tanks which they were temperature monitoring for a supplier. The tanks contained polluted wastewater awaiting treatment and so had to be constantly monitored and maintained at a certain temperature range to keep bacteria from growing. The company began searching for a wireless temperature monitoring device that could perform highly-accurate measurements and automatically download their data to corporate offices in the building as well as to other remote areas.

The storage company installed 8 T&D RTR-502 Wireless Temperature Data Loggers on their water storage tanks. Along with these, a T&D RTR-500NW Wireless Data Logger Network Base Station was also installed to form a LAN-based network and automatically collect the loggers’ data. Each wireless temperature datalogger monitored the tank temperature in real time using an external temperature sensor with a measuring range of -60°C to 155°C (-76°F to 311°F) and a measurement display resolution of 0.1°C. Readings were clearly visible on LCD display and could be given in both Celcius and Fahrenheit. Each T&D data logger was constructed with a rugged, compact design and had a large-capacity 16,000 point memory. Wireless communication between these units and the base unit ranged out to 150 meters unobstructed (500 feet), and the tanks’ data could be collected remotely via USB, GSM technology, LAN and T&D handheld data collectors. The wireless communication range could easily be extended by simply designating the data loggers as Repeaters to improve communication. Additionally, the loggers’ water-resistant cases protected them from accidents, and the loggers came with options for screw-terminals or wall mounts. Each unit had a battery life of about 10 months with an option to upgrade to a large capacity battery pack enabling about 4 years of operation.

The RTR-500NW base station linked wirelessly to the RTR-502 units and automatically downloaded their recorded temperature data using an 10/100BaseT Ethernet interface, sending the data via network to corporate offices within the building and also to remote areas. The data could be sent to an e-mail address, FTP folder or T&D’s own free WebStorage server where it was then available to view and to share the data via a web browser.

After having deployed the base unit and begun the operation, if the company suddenly wanted to make settings changes or add a new Remote Unit, this was still possible from a distance over the network without having to collect the Base Unit. The wireless base station also monitored for warnings and sent warning reports across a network to specified addresses. The Base Unit could download via wireless communication one RTR-502 Remote Unit at full logging capacity in about two minutes. If a measurement exceeded one of the set upper or lower limits, the RTR-500NW/AW would judge whether or not a warning had occurred. If a warning had occurred, notification was shown by the LED lamp, and an e-mail report would be sent immediately.

The storage company benefitted in several key ways from installing the T&D wireless system to monitor their water storage tanks. The highly-accurate dataloggers provided wireless monitoring of each tank’s temperature, with their water-resistant casings providing reliable and durable operation. The loggers’ range was easily extended whenever that proved necessary, and management was always kept appraised of the tanks’ temperature via automatic data downloads. Additionally, the dataloggers provided several ways to send their data and warning messages online, offering a convenient temperature monitoring solution at a cost-effective price.

Check out a comprehensive overview of all our T&D products here.

For further information on the T&D RTR-502 Wireless Temperature Data Logger, the T&D RTR-500NW Wireless Data Logger Network Base Station, other T&D data logging products, 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