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Temperature Monitoring Buyer's Guide
January-February 2018 - Vol. 7 No. 1 - Page #18

Kooltrak Temperature Loggers from Factronics USA are housed in waterproof stainless steel and, hardly larger than a dime, they contain a complete recording system with microcomputer, memory, communications circuitry, temperature sensor, clock, and lithium battery power supply. The wide temperature range, long recording time, and 10-year life make this product an excellent choice for compact, low-cost temperature recording. Kooltrak temperature loggers can be used as stand-alone loggers in packages, secondary containers, and pallets to monitor temperature. With a recording temperature range of -40°F to 185°F, the loggers cover sample transport requirements. Comprehensive, user-friendly software supplies ready-made solutions to most problems. Temperature data reports can be handled locally, across a network, or over the Internet.

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VersaTrak wireless temperature monitoring system from Veracity Group offers both 900 MHz and WiFi transmitter solutions, as well as a large selection of probes for most laboratory applications. The system allows monitoring of refrigerators, freezers, room temperature and humidity, differential pressure, real-time particle count, and more. VersaTrak was created specifically for the compliance needs of the health care industry, and its Auto Node Calibration (ANC) is the only self-calibrating transmitter on the market.

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TraceableLIVE Refrigerator and Freezer Datalogging and the Traceable Thermometer from Traceable Products allow users to monitor cold storage from any desktop system or handheld device. TraceableLIVE provides real-time measurement data via a Web-based mobile application so that users can receive real-time alerts through text, mobile push, or email when any refrigerator or freezer temperature moves outside of its set range.

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The Standard Temperature Sensor from SensoScientific features WiFi sensors for monitoring hot and cold applications from -200˚C to +200˚C. It offers an LCD display, dual power, dual probes, auto snap calibration program, A2LA certification, perpetual data storage, and a three-year warranty. Automated reporting and alerts can be sent via text, email, pager, phone, or fax. The secure cloud offers perpetual data storage and stores calibration certificates while allowing remote access to enable a temperature monitoring compliance program.

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Timestrip Blood Temp 10 from PDC Healthcare, a convenient temperature indicator used to enhance the quality control process for blood transportation. The device monitors the temperature of a blood unit and clearly indicates when a temperature of 10°C has been breached. Timestrip Blood Temp 10 is an easy option thanks to its unique design, which is simple to activate and does not need pre-conditioning prior to use. It also does not need to be refrigerated or cycled. Blood Temp 10 features a push-button activation and the display is clear and easy to interpret. The device helps ensure regulatory compliance with AABB Standards for blood banks and transfusion services, and the FDA’s CFR 600.15(a) for monitoring temperature of whole blood during transportation.

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The FreshLoc Temperature Monitoring System from Mesa Labs is customizable and easy to use, allowing the user to monitor and document a range of environment information such as temperature, pressure, humidity, and others, depending on the sensors installed. The system can monitor refrigerators, freezers, and warmers, and record temperatures at configurable intervals (eg, 2 or 15 minutes) to ensure products are stored at the appropriate temperature and the equipment is working properly. This feature is useful in maintaining regulatory compliance, especially when clinics are closed and staff members are not available to check and record unit temperatures. FreshLoc’s system also can indicate the length of time a unit was out of range in the event of a power failure.

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The DLSA11 from Accucold is a portable USB temperature logger designed for use when transporting patient samples or other sensitive materials that require careful monitoring at every stage of the cold chain. This compact logger has an LCD screen that displays the current, minimum, maximum, and average temperature to the nearest tenth of a degree. With its Windows-based platform, it includes downloadable software that lets users set the recording interval from 10 seconds to 24 hours and export all data to Excel, Adobe, or PDF. The internal USB can hold up to 32,000 readings. With +/-.5˚ accuracy when recording in a -20 to 40˚C (1˚C outside range), the DLSA11 can be calibrated to NIST standards in Accucold’s ISO 17025:2005 certified laboratory, with a certificate of calibration included. It is powered by a replaceable lithium battery and includes a low battery indicator on the display screen. The reusable logger can be set to display temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit during setup, and the system’s dimensions are 5.25” H x .75” W x .75” D.

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The Solid Simulator Probe from Cooper-Atkins mimics real product conditions to represent actual product temperature. Air temperatures fluctuate when refrigerator doors are opened and closed, but true product temperatures are not affected unless the door is left open for a significant period of time. The simulator probe includes a calibration port that enables on-site recalibration while the probe and transmitter remain within the cabinet, allowing for a more accurate calibration process.

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The Temperature Data Logger with LCD from Health Care Logistics is a standalone solution that allows users to store and track a variety of temperature data while protecting the integrity of temperature-sensitive materials. This compact data logger with 2.5-digit LCD display measures and stores more than 16,000 temperature readings within a -31º to 176ºF (-35º to 80ºC) range. View temperature and humidity readings directly on the display and monitor the logging and alarm status using the device’s two high-intensity LEDs. At the touch of a button, users can cycle among current, maximum, and minimum stored temperatures. Easily set up the logging rate and start time, define alarm thresholds, then download the stored data by plugging the logger into a PC’s USB port and running the companion software. Data can be graphed, printed, and exported to other applications for easy audit-trial review and reporting.

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The DL2 from Accucold is a USB temperature logger designed for use with most refrigerators and freezers. The NIST-calibrated temperature probe is encased in a glycol-filled bottle to better simulate the temperature of refrigerated items. Users set their own recording intervals, and temperatures are recorded to a 4GB USB flash drive for easy analysis on any PC or Mac, with a +/-.5º accuracy when recording in a -10º to 10ºC range (and 1ºC outside that range). The LCD display shows the current, minimum, and maximum temperature to the nearest tenth of a degree, and the temperature display can be switched from Celsius to Fahrenheit at the touch of a button. A high/low temperature alarm sounds and flashes if the temperature rises or falls out of the user-set range. The unit is powered by an included 5VDC power adapter and rechargeable lithium battery that records up to 20 hours in the event of a power failure. The DL2 is sized to fit easily on top of the refrigerator.

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Safe-T-Vue temperature indicators from Temptime provide nonreversible temperature indication for blood products, plasma, and RBCs. The indicators easily adhere directly to blood bags during refrigeration, transport, and temporary storage. They are ideally suited for use by blood banks, blood collection centers, and transfusion services to maintain quality control in transport and storage of blood products. Available in 6ºC and 10ºC indication temperatures, Safe-T-Vue changes color from white to red when the indication temperature has been reached or exceeded. Because it is nonreversible, Safe-T-Vue will indicate that a high temperature condition existed, even if the temperature has since returned to a lower level. Easy to follow videos for use and validation, and customizable validation documents are provided on the company’s website.

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The TempTrak Enterprise wireless monitoring system from Cooper-Atkins offers two visual display sizes (7 and 10 inch) in a durable hard case for use in a variety of hospital environments when paired with a TempTrak transmitter(s). Up to six probes can be assigned to each display, and the units offer color-coded alarming and a reading acknowledgement button. The display indicates how long a reading has been out of range, the current reading and time, and the min/max temperatures since the last reading was logged. Temperature logging intervals are fully configurable in the TempTrak software. Additional features include the ability to toggle between Fahrenheit and Celsius as well as a low battery indicator.

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Lab Sensor Solutions provides an automated, real-time, wireless, cloud-based unified monitoring platform for tracking temperature and location of laboratory materials. The system monitors continuously and alerts whenever an excursion event occurs (based on customizable parameters). The system is administered remotely through a secure Web interface, including sensor configurations and alert conditions and distribution (email, SMS, etc), remedial actions, notations, and historical reporting. In-transit reporting includes automated pick-up and delivery confirmations. There are no infrastructure requirements; no hardware, software, or wiring to install; and no local configurations, portability limitations, or on-site calibration requirements to manage. Sensors feature NIST-traceable certification for up to +/- 0.5°C accuracy, on-sensor data cache; battery life of greater than 1 year; and highly accurate GPS and interior room level location. Applications include: refrigeration, freezer and incubation systems, walk-in units (multi-sensors for monitoring zones), controlled room temperature environments, plus real-time, in-transit monitoring with multi-use and single-use sensors available.

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The Sentinel Next solution from Argus Labs communicates via the user’s existing WiFi network to a robust cloud service. There is no additional hardware needed onsite; only the environmental sensors. No additional software is required as the data is available via Web interface or via Argus Labs’ mobile applications (compatible with both iOS and Android devices). The sensors monitor a variety of parameters including temperature, relative humidity, CO2, differential pressure, dry contact, and leak detection. The cloud service offers live monitoring with customizable alerting capabilities and historical records for regulatory compliance. The system is 21 CFR part 11 compliant and includes an IQ/OQ validation protocol.

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The Guardian Monitoring Solution from Isensix can seamlessly monitor all devices, enterprise wide, across buildings and remote locations, with no limit to the number of devices. Guardian sensors provide local audible and visual alarming at the appliance and now offer documentation of event, and personnel and corrective action at the point of occurrence, with no need to go to a computer to close and document an event. Isensix can help reduce operating costs, enhance efficiency, and ensure quality assurance. Guardian hardware supports sensor types to monitor virtually any piece of equipment in any facility including temperature, humidity, O2, CO2, and differential pressure. Guardian software provides real-time alerts, multiple reporting formats, and notifications by text, email, or pager.

The new Guardian software concentrates heavily on security to satisfy the most stringent IT requirements. Isensix Support provides hotline support and assistance in maintaining the system, even monitoring uptime and health of the infrastructure to ensure seamless and continuous system operation.

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The Centron Wi-Fi System from Rees Scientific is designed to mitigate the overall adoption process, as the new line of WiFi transmitters utilize existing infrastructure to minimize site impact and enable quick installation. The WiFi system is available with Rees Scientific’s full line of sensors, including temperature, humidity, light, and differential pressure. It is able to accept up to four industry standard inputs, and each module can buffer up to seven days of readings history recorded at 15-minute intervals. The modules are FCC-certified and have battery backup.

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PowerPath Temp from Emanate Wireless provides cold storage monitoring with advanced notice before temperature system alarms. Common cold storage problems, such as laboring compressors and dirty coils, can be detected before temperature is affected. By monitoring AC current in addition to temperature (and applying machine learning), PowerPath Temp identifies how often the compressor and defroster run, as well as the cooling rate when the compressor is active. Based on changes in these parameters, predictive maintenance alerts are issued when the unit needs service, greatly reducing chance of spoilage. In addition to predictive analytics, the solution offers the benefits of not requiring battery maintenance, the user’s choice of wired or wireless probes, and flexible cloud-based reporting and alarms.

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The Alert Monitoring System (AMS) from Hampshire Controls Corporation is a PC-based system for continuous monitoring and data recording of laboratory equipment environmental conditions. Providing local alarms and email notification when connected to a user’s network, the AMS connects to Hampshire’s single- and multi-probe wired and wireless alarms. Log reports and graphs can be easily generated, arranged by date or event, and sent via email.

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The IntelliSensor from E-Control Systems offers a full-service laboratory monitoring solution that comes standard with a large, easy-to-read display, which is always on, as well as an audible/visual alarm, data loggers, and power supply options. One IntelliSensor has the capability of monitoring up to four temperatures, and multiple temperatures can be simultaneously displayed. The system is capable of monitoring cold rooms, 4°C refrigerators, -20°C freezers, ultra low temperature freezers, liquid nitrogen tanks, incubators (temp, humidity, CO2), differential pressure, moisture/water leak, clean room, main power interruption (on/off), and room monitoring (ambient temperature and humidity). IntelliSensors work with FusionLive cloud-based software, which supports 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, and comes standard with asset management, preventative maintenance, and the ability to track SOP tasks and upcoming calibrations, as well as asset calibration. E-Control Systems provides real-time monitoring via any computer, smartphone, or tablet, and provides 24/7 alerts via email, text, page, and optional voice call. IntelliSensors are available in both WiFi and ZigBee.

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The InTemp CX400 Series Temperature-Controlled Storage Monitoring and Compliance solution from Onset is part of the InTemp CX400 Series of high-performance data loggers for monitoring temperatures in refrigerators, freezers, and other temperature-controlled environments. InTemp CX400 series loggers feature a large LCD display to easily keep tabs on current and ongoing minimum and maximum temperatures throughout the day. Everything is displayed at once, so there is no need to toggle through a series of screens. The LCD also displays when daily temperature checks are done, a visual alarm indicator if an excursion occurs, and ambient temperature readings. Because InTemp loggers require very little power to operate, they can monitor temperatures for up to one year without changing the batteries (two AAA batteries). Battery power also reduces the risk of temperature data loss during power outages. InTemp CX400 loggers come with a second, built-in temperature sensor to track ambient temperatures, thereby eliminating the need for a separate room temperature logger.

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The Val-A-Sure Cooler Validation Kit from Temptime combines everything needed for blood transport cooler validations in one simple kit. Temperature assurance is crucial for the safe transport of blood and blood products, and validation of transport containers can be a frustrating and confusing task for facilities of all sizes. Val-A-Sure combines all of the components, instructions, and documentation for validation in a kit, and these components have been tested to work together efficiently and accurately. It delivers the simplicity, accuracy, standardization, and speed of process that blood banks and labs require, in one simple kit that includes electronic data loggers, temperature probes, validation SOPs, video instructions, data logger software, and an instructional video. Using Val-A-Sure helps ensure consistent measurement and recording for each validation and the system can be used for other temperature validations in the lab as well.

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The ViewPoint Temperature Monitoring System from Mesa Labs incorporates a unique design with user-friendly features to facilitate continuous monitoring. This Web-based software can be accessed remotely and has an intuitive interface with the ability to import floor plans and overlay assets with an easy to use drag-and-drop function. The system can alert users of any readings that are outside the programmed acceptable range and will email and/or text message notification of an alarm state 24/7. A variety of built-in reports are available to assist with data management and creating a defensible audit trail with the ability to export reports to either PDF or Excel.

With built-in FDA 21 CFR Part 11 functionality, NIST-traceable calibrations performed in Mesa’s accredited ISO 17025 calibration laboratory and available IQ/OQ/PQ services and documentation, ViewPoint can help ensure that the user’s system and facility are compliant with FDA, AABB, TJC, CLIA, CAP, DHS, USP 797, HACCP, and AALAS.

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The Ambient Temperature and Humidity Sensor from SensoScientific utilizes a WiFi combination sensor for monitoring ambient temperature and humidity levels. Ideal for storage rooms or wherever humidity or ambient temperature compliance reporting is required, the system provides alerts via text message, voice, pager, cell phone, fax, or email. Information can be displayed and recorded in degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius and is time-stamped and cannot be altered. The system can be self-installed and comes with a three-year warranty.

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