Temperature monitoring is essential to ensure that food is delivered in a safe condition and for maintaining records for accreditation purposes.
BAKO North Western Ltd is a wholesaler and distributor to the
artisan baker and associated food sectors including the NHS, local
authorities and national brands. The business has a turnover of
some £65 million p.a. and is a subsidiary of the BAKO North Western
(Group) Ltd., with three additional sites based throughout the UK
also using Tinytag products.
The temperature controlled storage and distribution of food is
of paramount importance in all sectors of the industry. It is vital
to ensure the safe condition of food delivered for consumption at
all levels. In order to maintain its accreditations, the company is
required to monitor the temperature of the food it processes at all
Jane Clarkson is the Site Quality Manager for BAKO North Western
and is using four Tinytag Transit 2
temperature data loggers which are placed within a box of
product. The box is then 'picked' as part of a pallet of goods to
be delivered, so the logger is then put through the same process as
all the products to be delivered to customers on the chosen
vehicle. This means the core temperatures of products placed in the
temperature controlled compartments of the vehicle can be more
closely monitored, which is important because the vehicle's own
temperature logger monitors the air temperature only, and not the
actual temperature of the goods themselves.
The loggers provide data on an on-going basis, testing all the
vehicles in the fleet on a rota system. The data is kept as part of
BAKO's quality records and is used to ensure that goods are
transported at the correct temperatures. Daily downloads are
analysed and any discrepancies used to prompt maintenance on a
vehicle, if required, or to assist in the case of a customer
The Tinytags were chosen as they are small, robust and reliable.
They can be placed within the pallet and left all day, not
requiring any further attention from the driver, who is then able
to get on with his daily duties. The ease of downloading the data
also ensures efficient and prompt analysis is possible.
Jane comments, "BAKO North Western is very satisfied with this
product, in that it meets all the requirements of a busy, large
scale storage and distribution company. We would recommend Tinytags
for their ease of use and reliability, which is why we have rolled
out their use to all sites within the BAKO North Western
The Transit 2 data logger is an ideal solution for this
application. Its lightweight and compact design means it can be
placed unobtrusively with temperature sensitive consignments. It
also has the advantage of being BS EN 12830 compliant to meet
the demands of the frozen and chilled foods storage and
Bako North Western uses the Transit 2 loggers with the inductive pad offload
connection which plugs into a PC via a USB cable, facilitating the
offloading of multiple loggers without the need to directly connect
a cable to the logger.