Radio data loggers are used in vehicles and for warehouse temperature monitoring, as well as at various stages of the production process to help maintain strict quality control standards.
Award-winning Brewery Timothy Taylor has been using the Tinytag Radio Data Logging
System to help ensure that its Yorkshire Beers are always
enjoyed in perfect condition. The Keighley-based family brewery has
produced premium cask beers since 1858, and is the last of its kind
in West Yorkshire. Its main brands are Landlord, Best Bitter &
Golden Best - all prize winning cask ales, and the loggers are used
at various stages of the production process to help maintain strict
quality control standards.
Senior Brewer Nick Berkovits is responsible for Timothy Taylor's
Quality Management Systems, and as part of this role initially
deployed stand-alone Tinytag data loggers to monitor temperatures
in the company's delivery fleet. Quality of product is paramount at
the brewery, and extends to the delivery fleet which has been
fitted with coolers since the mid 1990's. The Tinytags were
essential in helping to ensure that the coolers worked effectively
and efficiently. This in turn provided evidence that the beers were
well kept throughout the supply chain and offered a fast and simple
traceability tool that could be referenced in the company's
Despite the loggers' success, accessing them for downloading the
recorded data on the back of the lorries was not particularly easy,
especially as timing was critical. Nick's attention was drawn to
the Tinytag Radio
System as an alternative. The Radio System is ideal in
situations where manually collecting data from multiple logging
points may be impractical, as data is automatically sent to a
receiver connected to a PC for immediate viewing and analysis.
Loggers monitoring temperature in refrigerated delivery vehicles
will store data locally when the vehicle is out, then automatically
offload it once returned to the depot and within range of the
Radio System's mesh
The company switched to using radio loggers which proved robust
enough to sit securely on the vehicles, standing up especially to
the rough and tumble of third party fork lift truck activity. And
as Nick points out, best of all no more climbing onto the back of a
wagon armed with a PC and cable!
Primarily the loggers ensure that the coolers are working
correctly and where problems arise they allow faulty equipment to
be rapidly identified. They have provided additional benefits in
terms of traceability, helping with the tracking of the vehicles
and also their load times. Over the years Timothy Taylor has
expanded the coverage to include all of its warehousing facilities,
currently utilising around 16 loggers in total. The latest
additions monitor not only the temperature but also the humidity of
its hop stores: the company pays premiums for its whole hops and
the loggers again provide the confidence and knowledge required to
preserve their quality.
Nick concludes: "Tinytag
Radio Data loggers have proved irreplaceably useful in allowing
us to move the company's quality standards forward and even helped
us to achieve Cask Marque accreditation for our warehousing depots!
Don't know what we'd do without them!"