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 to focus on. At ION+ we’ ve put together this 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 system:
1.Temperature Probe or Sensor—The specific probe type will affect the measurement accuracy and the suitable temperature range. Common sensor types include:
a. Thermocouple
b. RTD
c. Thermistor
2. Thermal buffer—A buffer helps smooth rapid temperature fluctuations at the sensor due to
compressor cycling, door opening, loading/removing products
a. Nylon block
b. Glycol bottle
c. Glass bead bottle
3. Measurement device—Connects to the probe to measure and record the temperature:
a. Standalone datalogger

b. Networked/LAN WiFi measurement device

c. Wireless measurement device and base station or gateway

4. Data Storage—Controls how much historical data will be available locally:

a. Internal memory
b. Local base station or gateway
c. Local PC
d. Cloud-based service
5. Software—Used to control operation of the system. Functions include:
a. Charting
b. Configuration
c. Data retrieval
d. Alarm management
e. Reporting
6. Alarming—Provides immediate notification of temperature excursions. Alarm delivery methods include:
a. SMS—Text message
b. Email message
c. Audible alarm
d. Visual indicator
e. Phone call
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