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ECCS data logger provides cold chain monitoring

Steve Rogerson
May 12, 2015
 
Providing cold chain monitoring for products in transit, the IPlug PDF single-use logger from Ohio-based ECCS measures environmental temperature from -40 to +65ËšC with an accuracy of 0.3ËšC and resolution of 0.1ËšC. The unit uses high and low alarm LEDs to indicate temperature excursion and automatically generates PDF reports to document best practices.
 
The logger includes an 8000-point memory capacity, 60-day user-programmable duration, and built-in USB interface that enables connection to a PC for downloading data.
 
In the food and beverage industry or pharmaceutical applications, a reliable yet affordable cold chain monitor is needed. Easy to setup and operate, these temperature data loggers alarm the product and automatically generate PDF reports to give to receivers as proof of best practices. They are for use in lorries, refrigerated compartments and warehouses.
 
Travelling with product palettes and lorry shipments, the loggers continually monitor product while it is on the go and save drivers the hassle of having to stop and take manual temperature measurements. The built-in USB interface makes connection to a PC for downloading data easy as there is no need for a USB driver.
 
The logger is compact and lightweight for easy placement and retrieval. Dimensions are 73 by 15 by 33mm and weight 30g. The start and stop buttons make operation easy even for new users.
 
The logger is EN 12830, CE and RoHs compliant and is fully recyclable.
 
To operate, the user plugs it directly into any USB port to read the data. No interface cable is required and no software is needed. As well as the immediate self-generated PDF temperature report, data can be sent and stored to the web with just a click.
 
The logger’s high and low alarm LED indicator lets users know if there has been a temperature excursion at any point in the trip. Users can select alarm settings and temperature sampling rate – default is once every ten minutes.
 
Using the manufacturer’s web portal, users can enter the serial number of the device and see if it has been downloaded by the receiver. If the receiver has selected the send-to-web feature while reading the device, the user will get instant access to the temperature report.
 
The pharmaceutical version supports online calibration.