4 questions to address during temperature data logger implementation
Thursday, Oct 31st 2013

Organizations across a number of sectors utilize temperature data logger mechanisms as a way to ensure the safety of their products and to comply with internal and industry regulations. However, before implementing a data logger for temperature monitoring, key employees and administrators must address a few considerations to guarantee the optimum functionality of the device within their facilities.

Does this data logger comply with requirements?
Before deciding upon a mechanism, key personnel must first identify the regulations and requirements the technology must meet within their business as well as in the industry overall. These can include such needs as the frequency at which temperature data should be recorded and the stated parameters for product storage and transport. Industry guidelines that must be met can include complying with HIPAA patient privacy within the medical sector. CDC regulations for medical and food storage and certain requirements for HVAC systems in large buildings. Before a temperature data logger can be installed within a facility, the organization must consider all requirements and ensure the device will be in step with these needs.

Wired or wireless?
Depending on the location and type of storage being monitored, administrators must decide whether to select a hard-wired system, which stays in place at all times, or a wireless mechanism, which can offer somewhat more flexibility and mobility, stated American Laboratory. If the business experiences frequent broadband issues or has an underperforming wireless Internet connection, a wired setup may be best. However, if the device needs to include a mobile factor and will be moved from location to location, wireless is the way to go.

Do I need alarm notifications?
More often than not, temperature monitoring is essential to ensure the safety of the product being stored, as well as compliance with the rules and regulations of the organization and industry. As such, alarms should be set up so that if the storage unit or other item being monitored goes outside of a predetermined rage, key employees are notified as soon as possible and can respond to any incident that may have caused a change in temperature. American Laboratory stated that alarms can be set up for notifications via text, email and other platforms.

Is printing available?
According to American Laboratory, many software options included in a temperature data logger system allow recorded data to be printed. This can be beneficial especially within an organization or industry that requires written records pertaining to temperature readings for a certain time period.