Q&A: 10 Factors to Consider When Buying a Temperature Data Logger
12628 Chillicothe Rd., Unit J
Chesterland, OH, 44026
Press release date: September 30, 2013
CAS DataLoggers Helps You Speed Through the Selection Process
CHESTERLAND OH – At CAS DataLoggers we talk every day with callers looking for the right data logger for their temperature monitoring application. Often people are new to datalogging and aren't sure which manufacturer or feature to go with. If you're researching based on functionality, price, or specifications, check out these 10 factors to help you find the right logger for your application:
1. Q: Which data logger is the best for my industry (food, product testing, etc.)?
A: Data loggers can measure nearly any physical or electrical value, so they're used in just about every industry you can name. For example, temperature dataloggers are used in food processing, equipment monitoring, medical monitoring, environmental datalogging and more. However we can help you narrow down your search with a few questions about the product, equipment or room you're monitoring and where it's located.
2. Q: Which data logger connects to this sensor type?
A: If you know in advance what sensor type you'll be using, this will further help you find what you need. Some specialty data loggers are designed to take data only from thermocouples, significantly lowering your cost, while others connect to a broader range of temperature sensors such as RTDs and thermistors. We also offer dataloggers with their own internal sensors for plug-and-play monitoring.
3. Q: How can I achieve compliance with our regulations?
A: Dataloggers perform continual monitoring, alarming and electronic documentation to aid with compliance and best practices in your industry. We have dataloggers to help you achieve compliance with many common regulations including Accsense data loggers for HIPAA patient privacy, Lascar loggers for CDC medical storage guidelines, T&D dataloggers for ASHRAE guidelines in HVAC applications, and more.
4. Q: What can I get for my price range?
A: Data loggers are available from many different manufacturers in a wide variety of models. We offer temperature data loggers from $20 and up for most applications including cold chain supply, life science monitoring and ambient temperature monitoring.
5. Q: I don't know what sensor types I'll be using—what covers all the bases?
A: When this is the case, or when you'll be using multiple sensor types, it's often more cost-effective to use a datalogger with universal inputs for connection with many different sensors. We have dataloggers from dataTaker and Grant which can record and store temperature readings from thermocouples, thermistors, RTDs, and many other kinds of sensors.
6. Q: What'll survive being outside/dropped in water/damage from accidents?
A: That's easy—dataTaker! Our dataTakers have survived falling off of moving trucks, being splattered with pet food in a processing plant, and even travelling into the eye of a tornado! Many of our other manufacturers including T&D, Electrocorder, and Lascar have devices featuring IP and NEMA-rated protection from liquids and dust.
7. Q: Which software is the easiest to use?
A: This depends on who will be using the software. For example, you'll want to keep it simple when transporting product, so our ECCS temperature loggers make it easy for drivers to give
proof of best practices to receivers. In the medical field, our Accsense data loggers are simplicity itself and are accessible by staff who can view all the temperature data in real time.
8. Q: Where will my alarms be sent?
A: This is one of the most important things to consider: when your temperatures go outside the safe window, do you want a logger that shows its alarm state by LED, or do you want an email sent directly to your mobile device in case of emergency? We have you covered with models from over 16 manufacturers which let you choose how you receive these business-critical alerts.
9. Q: Should I go with a wireless or wired setup?
A: This depends on the network in your facility, your effective wireless ranges, and where the logger will be installed. For a hassle-free solution we also have standalone dataloggers which perform unattended recording completely independent of a PC.
10. Q: What happens if I run into a problem?
A: You can always call our FREE expert technical support for assistance with setup, configuration and downloading data. Unlike many other distributors, we work with these products every day and also provide you with repair and custom programming.
To go into more detail in these and other questions, give our Applications Specialists a call today at (800) 956-4437.
For more information on our wireless and wired temperature data loggers, available for connection with any temperature sensor type, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026