Bluetooth helps ATI track temperature of sensitive products
October 2, 2018
Tracking temperatures of sensitive products en route to their destination could be more accurate, easy and reliable with American Thermal Instruments’ Log-IC 360 data logger that uses Bluetooth.
The addition of Bluetooth is said to provide multiple advantages for the cold chain system worldwide.
During transport, products such as food and beverages, medical devices and pharmaceuticals no longer need to be opened, be it a box, a lorry or even a shipping container. The electronic data logger measures less than 5.1cm by 7.7cm and can read individual temperatures up to 90 metres from the unopened product. The lithium coin cell battery has a minimum one-year capacity, a temperature range of -20 to +70°C and relays the critical data to Android, iOS or any other Bluetooth-enabled device.
Temperature accuracy is ±0.25°C. The logger tracks a humidity range of 0 to 80% RH with communications certifications that include FCC, CE and Nist platforms.
“At the very beginning stages of product development, we put a priority on the various needs of our customers,” said Rob Snyder, technology director of ATI. “We plan to advance this technology as fixed asset monitoring with our added app technology.”
The device has an easy-to-read LCD screen, is programmable for up to four distinct alarms and is scalable for temperature and humidity readings. Such data can be viewed using ATI’s DataNow Cloud service and mobile applications, which make the readings available to anyone of interest.
Any excursions or thermal alarms will display when and for how long the product was not in range of the acceptable temperature and humidity levels.
“Since the FDA and the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) can audit temperature records at any time, the customer today looks for an automated record and distribution system,” said Randall Lane, chief strategy officer for ATI. “Shipments are tracked direct to store and through various distribution channels. Customers want to quickly connect to their temperature data and immediately determine if the product may have been exposed to critical temperatures. Bluetooth technology streamlines this process for our customers and saves them time and money, and also allows them to assume responsibility more accurately.”
Over the past decade, many regulations have been set or modified regarding temperatures and the monitoring of goods moving through the cold chain. The logger was designed to help verify compliance throughout the entire distribution channel, and the critical temperature and humidity data can be shared with decision-makers.
Recognising that temperature and humidity excursions will occur, the logger provides the critical information the cold-chain process needs to decide what to do when an excursion happens. The industry has the ability to identify where and when such excursions occur, troubleshoot potential problems areas in the supply chain and take action to reduce financial risk to goods and lower future risk. The logger is said to provide accurate temperature and humidity readings along with safe, secure data retrieval and storage.