Find out about some of the key roles that data loggers perform and why they are so important.
Where are data loggers used?
Data loggers are used for a wide range of applications in many
industries worldwide. These include, for example:
- Environmental research into climate change, weather patterns,
seasonal changes, wildlife habitats, oceans and rivers.
- Building/facilities/energy efficiency management: monitoring
power usage, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in
houses, schools, offices, warehouses, industrial premises and
- The preparation, storage, transportation and display of
- Laboratories and healthcare: sterilization processes, cryogenic
applications, and environmental controls; in transportation of
vaccines, blood products, organs and medical equipment; and for
medical storage in fridges, freezer and culture rooms.
- Logistics industry: monitoring temperature and humidity during
storage and transportation and throughout the cold chain (including
- In agriculture, horticulture and livestock rearing: monitoring
growing, storage, transportation and animal health conditions.
- Composting process monitoring.
- Manufacturing, including process applications,
environment/processes, energy and facilities management.
- Museums and galleries: display and transportation of sensitive
items; artifacts and archives monitoring.
Why are data loggers required?
Data loggers are required for a multitude of reasons, frequently
to ensure compliance with industry specific regulations, and
quality and environmental control procedures. They also help to
save costs through energy efficiency/environmental management or
reducing wastage of non- compliant or damaged goods. Here are some
- The food industry EC Directive 92/1 indicates that any
organisation involved in the preparation, storage or transportation
of food should be able to verify that the temperatures have been
maintained at the specified levels (Due Diligence). Data logging
can give total traceability from initial preparation through to
delivery at the final destination.
- Data loggers help ensure compliance with WHO recommendations
that vaccines are regularly monitored and kept within a temperature
range of +2 to +8°C during storage and transport and until the
point of administration. In the compost industry, data loggers
assist in achieving stringent environmental regulations, including
BSI PAS 100: 2005, requiring compost processes temperatures to be
monitored and recorded accurately.
- Energy, temperature and RH data loggers can be useful tools in
helping organisations monitor energy consumption in line with ESOS,
ISO 50001, and other energy management requirements.
- Accurate environmental monitoring helps companies ensure that
HVAC systems are used to maximum advantage, ensuring the wellbeing
of occupants and keeping energy use and costs to a minimum.
- Carbon dioxide data loggers help to verify that HVAC systems
are performing correctly, and can help with adhering to BB101
recommendations concerning ventilation and CO2
concentrations in school buildings. HM Government Building
Regulations state the importance of controllable ventilation in
maintaining indoor air quality and avoiding energy wastage, and
highlight the use of CO2 detectors as one means of
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