Tag Archive: wireless dataloggers
T&D’s High-Quality Data Loggers Protect Prescription Medicines
CHESTERLAND OH—April 26, 2012
CAS DataLoggers recently provided the temperature monitoring and alarming solution for a nationwide security company with a pharmacy client who required additional alarming for their 3 medical refrigerators. These storage units contained extremely temperature-sensitive prescription medicine such as amoxicillin which required continual monitoring at a high level of accuracy, and manual recordings had proved to be inaccurate and time-consuming. The security company installed a T&D RTR-500NW Wireless Data Logger Network Base Station adjacent to the alarm panel and connected them. 3 T&D RTR-502 Wireless Temperature Data Loggers were then installed atop the storage units, with each logger’s external temperature sensor placed inside the fridges. Read more on our T&D technical article page.
Wired and Wireless Automated Monitoring and Alarming
CHESTERLAND OH—April 25, 2012
CAS DataLoggers is pleased to announce its new server management and support of the Accsense product line of automated monitoring and alarming systems. CAS DataLoggers now manages the Accsense Rackspace servers and server software, and will also be taking over hardware management in the near future. CAS DataLoggers already has all the necessary developer equipment and has successfully made the first software update for customers’ secure accounts. Read more on our general news page.
Accsense A1-01a Wireless Environmental Data Loggers
CHESTERLAND OH—April 9, 2012
CAS DataLoggers recently provided the wireless pressure and temperature monitoring solution for a hospital maintaining a surgery cleanroom to protect patients from a variety of environmental contaminants. Staff entered and exited through airlocks and were required to wear cleanroom suits before entering. Air blew into the room through HEPA filters to maintain a particulate-free environment, which also had to be maintained at a positive pressure so that in the event of a leak, air would leak out of the chamber, preventing unfiltered air from entering and contaminating surgeries–otherwise, microbes and other contaminants wouldn’t be forced outside. Read the entire article on our application note page.
Accsense Monitoring Systems Come Complete with Voice Alerts
CHESTERLAND OH—March 19, 2012
CAS DataLoggers recently supplied the wireless datalogging solution for a commercial kitchen the size of a large restaurant which handled proprietary ingredients for its corporate clients. The kitchens comprised several large 40 x 15 ft. walk-in freezers, deli freezers, and meatlockers which often fluctuated in temperature due to uneven cooling and staff frequently coming and going. This extensive facility contracted out to high-profile brands to develop recipes and blends including coffee, frozen foods, salads, and more. These ingredients were costly and troublesome to replace, so staff worked constantly to minimize product loss due to negligence. Read the entire article on our applications note page.
Accsense Cloud-Based Wireless Solution Monitors Medical Freezers
CHESTERLAND OH—March 14, 2012
Pharmacies across the country constantly work to comply with increasingly demanding FDA regulations, especially 21-CFR part 11, in the storage of their temperature-sensitive life science products. Unfortunately, medical freezers often fluctuate in temperature due to uneven cooling and prolonged door opening among other causes, and these risks can be tough for staff to identify–is the door opening too frequently or is something else to blame? CAS DataLoggers now offers pharmacies an ideal solution with the Accsense A1-08 Wireless Temperature Data Logger, an automated wireless temperature monitoring and alarming system designed to protect customers’ life science materials. Read the entire article on our product announcement page.
Wireless Thermo Recorder Makes Temperature & Humidity Management Easy
CHESTERLAND OH—March 5, 2012
CAS DataLoggers and high-quality manufacturer T&D are proud to announce their joint exhibition at the upcoming Pittcon Conference & Expo 2012, the world’s largest annual laboratory science conference and exposition, from March 11th-15th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. A regular exhibitor since 2006, CAS DataLoggers will be setup at the T&D booth #1166 showcasing a wide variety of wireless datalogging solutions designed for common life sciences applications including temperature/humidity monitoring of lab/environmental airspace, preserving tissue samples, and monitoring vaccines and other extremely sensitive material. Read the entire article on our product annoucement page.
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.
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
T&D Real-Time Temperature Monitoring Dataloggers
CHESTERLAND OH—November 7, 2011
CAS DataLoggers recently provided the real-time wireless data logging solution for the Bay State Milling Company in Indiantown, Florida, a food processing company serving Central and South Florida producing baking flour in bulk and packaged products. The flour mill’s stringent Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) ensured that the plant’s superior wholesome products were not contaminated with insects. As part of its IPM program, the mill regularly used a powerful industrial-strength fumigant to fumigate its flour storage silos and processing buildings, which was extremely effective but very temperature sensitive. During deployment, the fumigant needed to be kept at temperatures greater than 85°F (29°C) for a period of twenty-four hours. However, with the plant’s equipment shut off for the fumigation process, the flour silos and processing buildings cooled down rapidly and the temperature fluctuated as a result of ambient weather conditions. To combat the loss of heat, the mill was able to add supplemental heat from unit heaters. In order to control internal temperatures, the mill had to have contracted personnel suited in protective gear enter the buildings to manually read the interior temperatures and adjust the unit heaters. Therefore, an efficient real time extended temperature monitoring solution for the flour bins and interior building spaces was needed. Keeping this requirement in mind, the mill began searching for a wireless temperature monitoring solution that would allow personnel to view readings in real-time from outside the buildings. What made this application especially difficult was the reinforced concrete construction of the five story flour silos and processing building.
Bay State Milling Company installed 6 T&D RTR-501 Wireless Temperature Data Loggers enclosed in canvas bags inside each flour silo; the bags were then lowered by rope about halfway down into the 50 ft. deep bins. 2 T&D RTR-500 Wireless Data Logger Network Base Stations were used for a higher frequency so they could daisy-chain with the loggers, acting as Repeaters to extend their range. The data was collected far outside of the concrete silos and processing buildings using a T&D RTR-500DC Wireless Data Logger Handheld Data Collector which accompanied an engineer on his rounds to check the loggers’ real-time readings.
Each RTR-501 wireless datalogger measured and recorded their bin’s temperature using an internal temperature sensor providing optimum waterproof and dustproof protection with a measuring range of -40°F to 176°F (-40°C to 80°C) and an average accuracy of ± 0.5°C. Featuring an LCD display and a water resistant case, the data loggers measured in both Celcius and Fahrenheit at a measurement display resolution of 0.1°C onto a large-capacity 16,000 point memory. Additionally, the loggers came with options for screw terminals or wall mounts and had a wireless communication range of up to 500 feet (150 meters). Utilizing a low-energy consumption design, each logger included a lithium battery with a life of about 10 months and which could be upgraded to last about 4 years of operation.
The temperature data could be accessed in several different ways: via USB, GSM technology, via LAN or the handheld data collector, which proved to be the most convenient method. The wireless base units could download one RTR-501 remote unit at full logging capacity (16,000 readings) in about two minutes, or act as Repeaters. Even from outside the reinforced concrete silo walls and processing buildings, the handheld data collector was able to pick up the loggers’ real-time data from about 200 ft. away, all the way across the mill’s parking lot. Software was included with the base stations for automated download and real-time monitoring as well as email alarm.
By registering the RTR-500 as a base unit, operators downloaded recorded data and current readings from the remote units at a set interval and sent the data via e-mail to specified addresses or by FTP to a server such as T&D’s WebStorage Service, carrying out monitoring of current readings and/or warnings as well as sharing the data via a PC web browser. Up to 20 groups of remote units could be registered to a single base unit, providing easy and efficient management. If the set upper or lower limits were exceeded, a warning report email containing vital details could be sent to up to four specified addresses.
The 500DC portable data collector monitored, managed, started and stopped recording, graphing all the data from the remote units for immediate on-the-spot checking of the building’s temperature data without the need for a computer. The collector wirelessly gathered the data at set intervals to monitor current readings and status from each of the remote units inside the silos without anyone having to go in and manually gather them, saving a great deal of time and removing the safety risk presented by the still-active fumigant. The collector was able to simultaneously manage a large number of remote units, storing up to 15 units of data from the RTR-501 dataloggers on its easy-to-read LCD display. If necessary, the remote units could also be grouped to register even more, with a maximum number of 7 groups of 32 remote units each. The RTR-500DC also eliminated the need for any troublesome preparation such as having to create a network environment or to carry out wiring. The collector’s LCD backlit display let the engineer easily read the data even in the dark. The simple dial made operation easy, with a quick menu structure enabling intuitive operation onsite.
Bay State Milling Company benefited in several key ways following the installation of the T&D wireless real-time monitoring system. Most importantly, personnel were able to check the temperatures in the flour silos and the interior spaces within the process buildings with the handheld data collector instead of having to rely on manual means. Together these sophisticated devices formed a practical and cost-effective solution for the mill’s temperature monitoring application, and the dataloggers’ compact and lightweight design meant they could fit easily in the bags or be placed just about anywhere in the plant. The remote data allowed mill personnel to efficiently manage the efficacy of the fumigant’s deployment.
Bay State Milling Company’s Plant Manager, Mr. Bill Raiola, commented on the convenience of the T&D wireless system: “We were all very pleased to have the real-time data, especially considering where the devices were located inside the flour silos. Our engineer was even able to collect the temperature readings from as far as 200 feet away from the silos and buildings.”
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For further information on the T&D RTR-501 Wireless Temperature Data Loggers and RTR-500 Wireless Base Stations, the RTR-500DC Wireless Handheld Data Collector, 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.
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
Grant SQ2020 WiFi Portable Universal Input Datalogger
CHESTERLAND OH—November 3, 2011
CAS DataLoggers has teamed up with trusted manufacturer Grant Instruments to offer the new Grant Squirrel SQ2020 WiFi Portable Universal Input Data Logger, a wireless portable datalogging solution capable of highly accurate measurements and offering users the flexibility to measure several different physical values including temperature and current. This 8/16 channel features highly accurate 24-bit analog to digital converters, removable memory and adds Wi-Fi wireless Ethernet networking to the renowned Squirrel family of dataloggers. Supporting high-speed 100Hz logging rates, the SQ2020 WiFi device is the ideal datalogger for wireless applications in many industrial and manufacturing fields, scientific research projects, and quality assurance. Delivered with the free SquirrelView comprehensive software suite, this latest Squirrel datalogger provides standalone data acquisition, simple Wi-Fi networking, real-time metering and data analysis straight out of the box.
These new SQ2020 WiFi dataloggers offer users the simplicity of Wi-Fi networking matched with high performance and universal inputs, all in one compact and easy-to-use portable device. The SQ2020 WiFi logger features 8 to 16 universal analog inputs and supports many different types of analog inputs including thermistors, thermocouples (types B, C, D), Pt100/Pt1000 (at a maximum of four 3 or 4-wire Pt100/1000 sensors), voltage, current and resistance. The data logger also includes 2 high voltage, 4 pulse rate/counter inputs and 8 digital event/state inputs with measurements made at a high 0.05% precision. Additionally, 4 alarm outputs trigger external devices to immediately notify personnel whenever measurements go out of specification.
Fully configurable via the integrated keypad, the SQ2020 WiFi logger has a clear 128*97 dot graphical LCD display and utilizes a simple 4-button user interface. The device’s large non-volatile internal memory stores up to 14 million readings, and the Squirrel logger supports download of internal data to a removable MMC/SD (Multi Media Card/Secure Digital) memory. World-renowned for their dependability and durability, Squirrel dataloggers excel as battery-powered lightweight solutions, allowing them to be used in applications requiring portability and stand-alone operation. Additionally, the SQ2020 WiFi dataloggers offer flexible communications options including integral Wi-Fi Ethernet networking, USB, and RS232 connectivity.
Every new Grant Squirrel datalogger also includes the FREE SquirrelView universal software package, utilizing a user-friendly, spreadsheet style interface enabling quick set-up of the data logger for any application, speedy data downloads, and direct export to Excel™. SquirrelView Plus offers users even more benefits such as graphical data analysis and advanced reporting options. Taking advantage of Squirrelview’s streamlined and intuitive interface, users are able to easily reconfigure the Squirrel loggers to do a wide range of jobs in a variety of different environments. The loggers can be configured via integral interface or via PC.
Pete Martin, Sales Manager for CAS, commented on the new logger’s release: “Grant Squirrel loggers are always a great value, and now we’re happy to offer our customers this new wireless solution featuring all the performance and ruggedness of the Squirrel family. Combining the convenience of WiFi with lightweight portability, these dataloggers are a great fit for so many of today’s applications and projects.”
Additional wireless dataloggers can be found here.
For further information on the Grant Squirrel 2020 WiFi Portable Universal Input Data Logger, other Squirrel series data loggers, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Analyst at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026