The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

A CAS DataLoggers White Paper

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Online?? –?? Increasingly businesses and healthcare organizations are using temperature monitoring systems to safeguard their products and satisfy regulatory demands.

You may know that you need a monitoring and/or alarming system but aren???t sure how to purchase or use one.

To complicate matters this technology comes in the form of many different models with different features.

Whether you???re a purchasing agent or you???re going to be the end user, you can ensure that you???re getting the right system by learning a bit about the most important parts.

At CAS DataLoggers they???ve put together a basic tutorial covering the 6 parts to a typical Temperature Monitoring System so you can choose which is best for your application.

Consider each of these six factors when specifying/selecting a temperature monitoring/datalogging?? system:

  1. Temperature Probe or Sensor???The specific probe type will affect the measurement accuracy and the suitable temperature range. Common sensor types include:
  1. Thermocouple
  2. RTD
  3. Thermistor
  1. Thermal buffer???A buffer helps smooth rapid temperature fluctuations at the sensor due to compressor cycling, door opening, loading/removing products:
  1. Nylon block
  2. Glycol bottle
  3. Glass bead bottle
  1. Measurement device???Connects to the probe to measure and record the temperature:
  1. Standalone datalogger
  2. Networked/LAN WiFi measurement device
  3. Wireless measurement device and base station or gateway
  1. Data Storage???Controls how much historical data will be available locally:
  1. Internal memory
  2. Local base station or gateway
  3. Local PC
  4. Cloud-based service
  1. Software???Used to control operation of the system. Functions include:
  1. Charting
  2. Configuration
  3. Data retrieval
  4. Alarm management
  5. Reporting
  1. Alarming???Provides immediate notification of temperature excursions. Alarm delivery methods include:
  1. SMS???Text message
  2. Email message
  3. Audible alarm
  4. Visual indicator
  5. Phone call

You can read the rest of the article on the CAS Dataloggers website at: http://www.dataloggerinc.com/content/resources/white_papers/728/the_6_most_important_parts_of_a_temperature_monitoring_system/.

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