COLD CHAIN - Working in the cold chain gang ?
||Today, fresh produce
is sourced from across the globe. Whether it's cut flowers from Colombia
or frozen prawns from Thailand, the cold chain is under increasing pressure
to perform more efficiently, both to meet the demands of the giant retailers
and to enhance the margins of all concerned. Just-in time supply, continuous
replenishment, reduced wastage and field-to-shelf visibility are critical
challenges facing the industry. How are producers and suppliers responding
? What do they expect from their logisitics and transport providers ?
The single most
important aspect of the cold chain is the control of temperature.
industry demands an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective
means to verify that their produce has been stored and transported at
the correct temperature.
||LogTag products provide ample capacity to record time and
temperature for the longest delivery. LogTag's unique sensor arrangement is highly
responsive to minor changes in temperature, and the Alert function provides
the receiver with instantaneous warning of a temperature issue. The
entire memory of time and temperature readings can be downloaded in typically under 5 seconds for detailed analysis.
Most visible at the start of the food supply Cold Chain are the farmers
and growers. Over the past few years, many advances have been made in
the development of farms and packhouses, enabling produce to be harvested
and stored quickly and efficiently. Hydro-cooling systems and chilled
water plants maintain consistently low temperatures so that when the produce
is taken from the cold store, it is not damaged by fluctuation in temperature.
LogTag provides the supplier and customer with cheap and effective validation
of process and storage temperatures.
With increasing outbreaks of
virulent diseases worldwide, the rapid and reliable distribution of vaccines
assumes major importance. However, many vaccines are sensitive to temperature
fluctuations and can be seriously damaged if not stored and transported
within the approved temperature range. Once potency has been lost through
exposure to heat or cold, it cannot be regained by returning the vaccine
to the recommended storage temperature. In many cases, even when the vaccine
has been irreversibly damaged, there is no change in its external appearance.
How can the user be confident
that the vaccine they are administering will be effective ? LogTag provides
the answer. A compact LogTag temperature datalogger packed with the vaccines
gives the user a complete time and temperature record of the shipment,
providing confidence that the vaccine will be effective. The small size
and light weight of LogTag mean that maximum space is available for vaccines
in the container.
Alarm settings can be easily
set to suit the requirements of different types of vaccine, and the LogTag
will provide instant visual warning via a flashing red light if an alarm
condition has occurred. This feature is especially important when shipping
vaccines to third world countries who may not have easy access to a PC
to download a detailed time and temperature report.
Transfusion Authorities in
Europe and the United States recognise the critical importance of monitoring
temperature of blood, blood components and organs during storage and transportation.
Ease of use- With its user-friendly
Windows software, LogTag is quick and easy to configure with sampling
frequency, temperature range and alarm limits. Where multiple trips are
required, the settings can be stored in the despatch PC, and simply downloaded
to the LogTag for each new trip.
Once configured, LogTags are
activated by simply pressing a button. A flashing green light confirms
activation. This means that multiple Logtag dataloggers can be configured
in advance, but only activated when actually packed. As an added safety
feature, if the packer forgets to press the start button, LogTag can be configured to
record temperature readings according to the factory-set parameters.
Rapid readout of data on arrival.
Logtag provides information in two ways:-
1. If a violation has
occurred, a flashing 'Alert' red light provides instant warning.
2. A full memory of time/temperature recordings can be downloaded to a PC in typically
under five seconds, providing a virtually instantaneous record of the
Compact Size. LogTag's credit-card
sized case makes it ideally suited for packing between the blood bag and
Low cost. LogTag is the most
cost-effective electronic datalogger on the market.
LogTag Temperature dataloggers
are ideal for HVAC system verification and trouble-shooting. Multiple
LogTag dataloggers are cheaper and more versatile than a single conventional
multi-channel logger, and can be set up on site in a fraction of the time
required for competing monitoring systems. The external sensor provides
sensitive and responsive performance, and temperature records can be downloaded
in a few seconds for immediate analysis.