Data loggers are used throughout the food industry where it is critical that temperatures are accurately maintained at specified levels and recorded for ongoing documentation, verification and validation. Loggers are used throughout the cold chain to help ensure compliance with industry-wide environmental, health and safety regulations including HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) measures.
The BS EN 12830:1999 European Standard specifies the technical
and functional characteristics of air temperature recorders for
equipping the means used for the transport, storage and
distribution of chilled, frozen and deep-frozen/quick-frozen food
and ice cream. It specifies the test methods which allow the
determination of the equipment's conformity to suitability and
performance requirements. It applies to the whole
recorder-temperature sensors(s). The temperature sensor(s) may be
integrated into the recorder - data loggers with built-in sensors;
or remote from it - data loggers with probes.
The Tinytag View
and Transit 2
temperature data loggers are BS EN 12830:1999 compliant to meet the
demands of the frozen and chilled foods storage and transportation
industries. To become accredited, the loggers were required to go
through various validity tests, which verified all of their stated
specifications. An independent report was satisfied that all of the
conditions had been met.
Transit 2 data logger is very popular for use in the food
industry, measuring temperatures from -40 to +70°C using a built-in
sensor. Cost-effective and lightweight, it has a slim line design
and can be placed unobtrusively next to items in storage and
transit as required. It has a splash-proof (IP54) case in either
yellow or grey, and has a red flashing LED which activates if
temperatures fall outside the user-defined range.
Recorded data is downloaded to a PC, where it is presented
initially in graphs and tables in the Tinytag
Explorer Software. It can easily be exported to popular
software packages and results from separate logging runs can be
combined for comparison and analysis. The Transit 2 is very quick
and easy to use with the Tinytag ACS-3030 inductive
pad: simply place the logger on the pad to configure it, and
offload data. If timing is important, this allows the data to be
reviewed and verified quickly: similarly, when working with
multiple units, a feature in the Tinytag
Explorer Software allows the bulk offload of data from more
than one logger at a time.
The Tinytag View
2 TV-4020 temperature logger is also BS EN 12830:1999
compliant. With a splash-proof case (IP65) it is ideal for use in
chill cabinets and fridges for example. As well as recording data,
the View 2 has an integral digital display to show current
readings. It monitors temperatures from -40 to +125°C using one of
our range of thermistor
probes, making it ideal for awkward to reach areas or where a
fast response time is required.
The digital display includes a flashing alarm icon, and an
audible alarm box is also available as an option which will sound
which if temperatures fall outside the user-defined limits.