What you need to know when chosing a cold chain data logger?
Last passage we have talked about some important features that a good cold chain temperature data logger should have. Actually, the following four feature are also need to be considering when chosing a cold chain data logger.
1- Easy and Fast Data Transfer
Another important function is to record each individual data bit and access the measurements stored in the temperature data recorder.
Most stand-alone temperature data loggers use built-in memory, which can be accessed via a removable SD memory card or USB port.
However, in most cases, it is not easy to take the computer to the freezer and use it, nor is it easy to collect the data recorder and send it back to the office. Especially if you're dealing with hundreds of devices a day. Retrieving data using this manual process is tedious and time consuming.
To simplify and speed up the data collection process, wireless technologies such as WiFi and low-power bluetooth (BLE) have been applied to data recorders to establish wireless connections to mobile devices or receiving stations between 50 and 50. A 100-foot device can now send data.
This type of wireless data acquisition system is especially useful when you need to read multiple devices in batches or when you need to place temperature data recorders outside the facility.
Systems that send alerts generated by wireless data recorders over the Internet are also the first line of defense against cold chain disruptions. Wireless data recorders can be combined with mobile access points to track the temperature of goods in transit. Using the connected data logger, you can edit and record data. Information can be automatically transferred to stakeholders in areas where action is needed. This will give an early warning to intervene immediately in case of temperature fluctuations and to control damage.
Wireless cold chain data loggers are always required for quick and easy operation.
2- Installation and Ease of Use
Time is money, so make sure the data recorder is easy to install and set up.
Most cold chain data loggers are easy to deploy and operate and can be operated independently of computers and other devices. The factory temperature data loggers is preprogrammed. All you have to do is press a key to start or stop recording. Some wireless data recorders are set up with loggers, which require no special device to download data from applications other than smartphones and tablets. This saves time and money.
Wireless sensor networks running over WiFi or stand-alone cellular data connections can also send accurate real-time temperature monitoring data from multiple points to a central server or cloud for more efficient aggregation and processing.
This is another advantage of the wireless temperature data recorder. No wiring is required throughout the warehouse, and no sensors need to be connected to trucks or shipping containers. In addition, the tedious task of manually retrieving data from a single data recorder is eliminated, and you no longer need to work elsewhere.
3- Reporting and Analysis
In addition to simple data transfer and sharing, look for time-saving features when analyzing your data.
Some temperature data loggerss continuously show the highest, lowest, average or average training temperature (MKT). Others simply record data and display temperature fluctuations by using LED lights as an external queue of rising temperatures. With this simple system, there is no need to connect the recorder to a computer or download data to a handheld device. You can tell which cold chain products are damaged at a glance.
On the other hand, a wireless temperature data recorder allows real-time remote access to temperature data and other data types via a cell phone, WLAN, or other communications system. Data can be easily streamed or accessed on secure Web servers and can be relatively easily integrated into ERP, TMS, WMS, or corporate software systems.
The ability to integrate real-time cold chain data into cloud-based data storage and analytics solutions also provides the benefits of big data. You can track patterns and use past events to predict the amount of coolant required in, for example, a stationary storage area for intermodal transport or hot spots.
4 - Flexibility
The main advantage of using temperature data recorders, especially wireless ones, is that they can be used when needed. When evaluating the temperature data loggers, make sure that you achieve the accurate and reliable performance you expect in a variety of environments, for example, indoors, outdoors, and on the road.
The best option is a wireless data recorder with no wiring or installation, easy access to data over a WLAN, mobile network, bluetooth and other connections, and a long life battery that can be used for long periods of time.