Temperature logger applications
Undoubtedly the most common application of data loggers in commercial enterprise is temperature logging. Temperature logging systems are often used in factories, offices, hospitals, museums, commercial transport and outdoor environmental monitoring.
Here is a brief outline of temperature data logger applications:
Temperature monitoring and logging is vital in many manufacturing processes. In the food industry a temperature data logger is used to ensure that unprocessed food is stored at the correct temperature in refrigerators and freezers. Monitoring is also used in oven and production units to make sure food is heated to correct temperatures for the specified period of time to reduce the risk of pathogen contaminated food.
In the semiconductor industry, rooms and production processes must be kept at a constant temperature to ensure quality. At such locations, temperature data loggers are indispensable
In brick kilns temperature data loggers are used in ovens to ensure bricks are cured through right temperatures.
Several companies install temperature loggers in their offices to ensure that comfortable temperatures are maintained during working hours. Sometimes staff members may complain for the temperature being too hot or cold. A data logger can be used to record the actual temperature so that subjective judgments can be corroborated.
In hospitals, many types of data loggers are used for temperature logging. Refrigerators and freezers where drug and lab samples are stored have permanent data loggers installed. Incubators are also monitored and historical data logs kept.
In museums and galleries
Paintings and artwork are quite sensitive to temperature. In some cases, curators place a temperature logger in storage or display rooms or individual display cases to log ambient temperatures. It is important to understand the specific temperature requirements of each artwork and configure the alert thresholds accordingly to make sure that they are protected from conditions that can accelerate their decay. Humidity conditions are particularly important when working with artwork and paintings with wood frames.
In environmental monitoring
Apart from general weather monitoring, temperature data loggers are used to log temperatures over large areas particularly in labs where scientists and researchers need to maintain temperature ranges for specimens or experiments. Apart from that, these sensors can be used in temperature monitoring in glaciers, rain forests, mountains and Polar Regions where weather is extreme and locations are remote. These temperature logger systems can also be used for monitoring rivers, lakes and soil temperatures.
In Commercial Transport
Perishable goods, like food, can be subject to long transit times that may span several hours or even day. Temperature loggers can be used to check if goods in refrigerated trucks have been stored in the correct ranges throughout the delivery. In some locals, it is now a requirement to have temperature loggers installed in trucks used for transporting livestock.
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