Ten Factors to Consider Before Buying a Temperature Datalogger

CAS DataLoggers takes calls every day from people looking for the right temperature datalogger for their life science monitoring application, whether they need alarming for medical refrigerators, freezers, or incubators. With a datalogger, businesses and organizations can significantly decrease response times to potentially prevent disasters such as spoiled vaccines and ruined products. Many callers do their own research online but see a bewildering variety of models, manufacturers, and features. To help them find the exact device they need, experienced Applications Specialists from CAS Dataloggers have put together these 10 factors to consider before buying to help pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals find the right temperature datalogger for their applications:

  1. How accurate are dataloggers?
    Dataloggers eliminate manual measurement mistakes using high-accuracy technology to automatically collect data without human error or reminders. Temperature recording significantly reduces labor costs and time previously wasted on manual methods, freeing up staff for other duties. Many models from CAS DataLoggers are suited for medical monitoring in the most critical applications.
  2. Do I need to provide my own sensors?
    The company can provide dataloggers that have built-in sensors, including Accsense VersaLog Temperature and Humidity Dataloggers and ECCS I-Plug+ BIO Dataloggers. All you need to do is plug them in and let them log! If instead you have a preferred temperature sensor type such as thermocouples, RTDs, or thermistors, many models are designed to connect to a broad range of types; universal dataloggers such as the Grant Squirrel series have universal inputs for connection to nearly any sensor.
  3. How many monitoring points can I cover on my budget?
    Although this depends on the model you choose, dataloggers can be incredibly cost effective for covering multiple monitoring points, such as a pair of medical refrigerators. Many dataloggers have two or more inputs for temperature sensors, and these are an affordable way to monitor everything in your facility.
  4. How long can dataloggers operate?
    Several battery-powered solutions are offered for monitoring remote sites and/or critical health-care applications, several of which have lithium batteries that ensure operation for a year or even more. Your inventory is safe when you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries every month!
  5. Is certification available?
    ECCS I-Plug+ Temperature Dataloggers offer certification for the pharmaceutical and food industries, helping you achieve compliance with regulatory demands. Your datalogger can double as a compliance solution. Lascar Dataloggers offer a low-cost way to comply with recent CDC medical storage recommendations and are useful when you just want to monitor and alarm a storage unit or two.
  6. Do I need to learn how to program the logger?
    The quick answer is no. Many models from CAS are designed for new users: For example, ECCS temperature dataloggers start with just a pull of the tab. For the medical field, Accsense Dataloggers are easy to install and operate, letting you view all your temperature data in real time.
  7. How is alarming usually handled?
    Reliable alarm functionality is the most important feature for many callers. Dataloggers can send a wide variety of alarm notifications including LED lights, text messages, and e-mails. For an additional layer of security, real-time Accsense systems phone you the moment your temperatures rise or fall enough to trigger an alarm. This voice alert capability gives you peace of mind that your products are monitored 24/7.
  8. Should I get a wireless or wired datalogger?
    This depends on a few considerations, including your building’s particular network/wiring setup and where you’d like to place the datalogger. As an example, a popular wired solution when wireless would be too costly is the Accsense Ethernet Temperature Datalogger, which features Power Over Ethernet for convenient temperature monitoring. CAS Applications Specialists can guide you as to which setup is ideal for your needs.
  9. What if we need tech support?
    Not every distributor offers this service, or they may charge for it. CAS DataLoggers offers free postsales technical support to help callers with any issue, from recommending sensors to configuring the loggers to working with the software.
  10. Can I print out the data?
    Several CAS dataloggers include software that lets you organize your data in graphs and tables, generate reports, and print everything out, usually via USB connection to a PC.

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