Category Archives: Data Loggers

How to ensure pharmaceuticals are kept in the right conditions during production

Do you want to avoid a WARNING LETTER under all circumstances? And therefore substantial consequential commercial losses or high compensation claims as well? With testo Saveris you are on the safe side: meaning you have a reliable, proven and audit-safe solution – specially for climate monitoring in a GMP-regulated environment.

 

Expertise you can count on.

For 60 years Testo have produced high-precision, reliable measuring instruments and solutions for measurement data management. With comprehensive services in the area of measuring technology, which are perfectly customised to your individual requirements.

 

 

Reliability you can depend on.

Monitoring and documentation of quality parameters is mandatory when manufacturing and storing pharmaceutical products. Testo Saveris records and documents these, triggering a central alarm when there is a violation of the defined limit values.

 

Service which doesn’t let you down.

Once a testo Saveris system is implemented, our service doesn’t stop there: we also support you both before and after purchase with a wide range of services.

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have – get in touch with us!

Or for more information on climate monitoring you can now easily download an interesting trade article on the topic of “Automated climate monitoring in a validated environment”. It includes important information on the following:

  • Goals of climate monitoring
  • Current measurement technologies
  • The validated environment
  • Combine flexibility and security

 

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If you’d like more information on testo and our solutions for the pharmaceutical sector please go to www.testo.co.uk

 

Testo Saveris Restaurant provides food service operators the ultimate solution for quality and food safety management

When it comes to the food industry, no matter which area a business operates in, food safety is always a major concern. The sheer scale of end-customer demand, coupled with strict time restraints, puts a huge amount of pressure on the food industry to ensure all produce is carefully monitored and regulated from farm to fork. Near enough every point of the process, throughout production, preparation, storage and transport, has potential danger areas regarding spoilage through mismanagement or poor quality regulation.

Testo have long provided some of the most reliable instrumentation to the food sector, to help ensure food safety. Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, testo instruments help quality managers throughout the food industry to meet their HACCP requirements and give reassurance they are storing and cooking food safely.

 

Testo instruments for spot checks and long-term monitoring help quality managers to meet HACCP requirements

 

Whilst testo equipment has consistently proved extremely effective across a range of industries, in a globally networked world, simply taking accurate measurements is only half the battle. The larger, more advanced companies are now seeking comprehensive management of all quality parameters, with intelligent and complete solutions.

Up until now, quality management in quick-service restaurants has involved huge amounts of paperwork and manual documentation, which can be very time-consuming and not at all cost effective. With this type of methodology there is also a high risk of human errors, and quality data can be difficult to analyse properly. This only adds to compliance risks should a quality audit be required.

 

With the testo Saveris Restaurant’s digital format you can ensure quality checks are completed on time and correctly

 

In 2017 Testo have launched a brand-new solution, for the restaurant and catering sector, called ‘testo Saveris Restaurant’. Combining intuitive software and precise measurement technology, Testo’s latest solution aims to make daily job processes noticeably easier, safer and more efficient. It allows all paper documents to be converted into a digital format and will help operators demonstrate the highest level of due diligence and ensures quality checks are completed on time and correctly. By removing the need for paper and automating many checks required in a restaurant, it can also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

 

Key advantages of testo Saveris Restaurant:

  • Paperless thanks to digital integration of the quality handbook
  • Automatic temperature monitoring, immediate alarms and stored correction measures
  • Comprehensive analysis and reporting options

The system itself includes a fully integrated temperature monitoring system, control unit (tablet), probes for spot checks, and a cockpit where all quality data can be accessed. With a testo Saveris Restaurant system in place, you can also incorporate alarm triggered monitoring, which will notify the correct person within the company immediately, should there be a critical temperature fluctuation in one of the fridges for instance. Businesses often leave themselves at risk of incurring needless costs should there be a power cut, or system malfunction. This can lead to wasted stock or worse; a legal dispute. Such costs can be detrimental to both production and reputation (should the tainted stock be distributed) and will ultimately have a negative effect on profit margins.

Admittedly, in the first instance investment is needed for such a system. In the long run, however, it will likely save the business valuable time and manpower. For example, if in the current regime a member of staff is required to go around and take checks at numerous locations, this is a needless additional task which could be used for something more productive. And of course, as mentioned previously, the overriding advantage of employing such a system is to act as a contingency measure and protect your operation in the event of a problem or system malfunction. This could end up saving money in the long run, on wasted stock, potential product recalls etc.

All in all, investing in a digital quality management system like testo Saveris Restaurant will help foodservice providers to maximise efficiency, minimise labour and paper costs, whilst demonstrating the highest level of due diligence at the touch of a button.

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If you’d like more information on testo’s Saveris Restaurant, or any of testo’s solutions please go to www.testo.co.uk

Testo will be at the Pharmacy show discussing the importance of pharmacy temperature control

Next week testo will be at the Pharmacy show in Birmingham (8th-9th October), discussing how to ensure constant indoor climate for pharmaceutical storage. Testo will be offering our industry knowledge and displaying our range of solutions for pharmaceutical safety, which help manufacturers meet quality requirements and give the reassurance they are storing and distributing produce safely.

Why is pharmacy temperature control such a hot topic?

Effective temperature monitoring is an absolute necessity for modern day pharmacies. In order to guarantee the safety of patients, pharmacies must ensure drugs and vaccines are stored at certain temperatures, with all such measurements properly documented. The pharmacy guidelines on temperature monitoring, as issued by the MHRA, outline that controlled drugs and vaccines stored in pharmacy fridges must meet benchmarks to ensure the maximum efficacy and shelf-life.

With pharmacy audits becoming more thorough, compliance to guidelines in terms of climate control has become a key part of the regulatory process. To meet such strict protocols, both temperature monitoring and accurate record-keeping are absolutely vital for any facility storing prescription drugs.

The problem is, with the absence of an automated system in place, this not only requires time-consuming work from the pharmacy team, it also increases the risk of mistakes or oversights. Some pharmacists for example, simply perform a daily check on their fridges to see they are still working. What they fail to recognise however is, not only does this fail to reveal any fluctuations, for instance when the fridge door has been open too long, but more importantly it doesn’t give you the chance to react quickly should there be a malfunction.

This can have a hugely negative effect on a pharmacy’s reputation, not to mention the loss of expensive drugs means an enormous financial burden. More concerning still, is the risk of prescriptions not having the intended effect, due to the product themselves being tainted because of improper temperature control. Not everyone is aware, but if pharmaceutical products aren’t stored correctly, this can drastically reduce their effectiveness.

 

With the testo Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoing has never been simpler

 

How Pharmacies can control this

So, what can pharmacists do to be sure their pharmaceuticals and therefore patients are kept safe? In the past, fully integrated temperature monitoring systems have been complicated to install and are often very expensive. However, with the availability of new wireless climate monitoring solutions such as testo’s Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoring has never been simpler and more cost effective.

The biggest advantage of such a system is its simplicity. Saveris 2 for example can be installed quite easily without the need for studying complicated instructions. And just a few minutes after commissioning it, the wireless probes start transmitting the first measurement values by WiFi. Done.

Here is a short overview of the key advantages of a wireless climate monitoring system:

  • Allows you to ensure pharmaceuticals are always kept in correct conditions thanks to 24/7 continuous monitoring
  • Automatic alerts if there is a fluctuation, via email or SMS
  • Low cost and simple to use, with systems now available from under £100

Testo’s aim is to help people to understand just how important it is for pharmacies to monitor temperature. We so often hear about the need to monitor conditions in pharmaceutical production and logistics, but as with all delicate produce, quality control must continue right through until it is the hands of the end-customer.

Register and get your Free tickets now

If you’d like some more information on testo’s solutions for the Pharmaceutical Industry or you’ve got a potential requirement you’d like to discuss, please come down and visit testo on Stand PJ16 at the NEC, Birmingham on the 8th and 9th of October.

Click here for your free tickets.

Alternatively, if you’re not going to make it to the show, feel free to reach out to us. You can either visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Hope to see you there!

Food quality and HACCP in restaurants (Free Whitepaper Download)

Would you like to further understand how restaurateurs can ensure food quality and adhere to HACCP regulations? Download testo’s exclusive guide now.

This application guide provides the perfect support for those responsible for food quality in restaurants. Testo discuss adhering to HACCP regulations, temperature limit values, guidelines and practical advice.

Just some of the many topics we cover include:

  1. Which legal limit values have to be observed?
  2. How can such values be measured efficiently?
  3. How can automated climate monitoring save both time and money?
  4. How can the use of alarm functions reduce risks?
  5. In deep-frying, how can money be saved whilst ensuring consistent product quality?

 

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Testo’s exclusive guide helps you to further understand the key factors of quality management in restaurants

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

How the food industry is taking advantage of automated monitoring to optimise working procedures and decrease workloads

When it comes to the food industry, no matter which area a company works in, food safety is always a major concern. The sheer scale of end-customer demand, coupled with strict time restraints, puts a huge amount of pressure on the food industry to ensure all produce is carefully monitored and regulated from farm to fork. Practically every point of the process, throughout production, preparation, storage and transport, has potential danger areas regarding spoilage through mismanagement or poor temperature regulation.

Monitoring temperature is a particularly important part of this process. Incorrect climatic conditions can have devastating consequences, and businesses often leave themselves at risk of incurring needless costs should there be a power cut, or system malfunction. This can lead to wasted stock or worse; a legal dispute.

Such costs can be detrimental to both production and reputation (should the tainted stock be distributed) and will ultimately have a negative effect on profit margins.

Within the food industry more and more businesses are opting to use automated temperature monitoring. For certain applications simply using a data logger and noting down readings manually is sufficient, for instance building monitoring where there is no danger of damage to stock and you simply need the records for reference purposes. When dealing with climate sensitive stock though, as is more often than not the case in the food industry, using an alarm fitted system which monitors conditions continuously is fast becoming a necessary requirement. With such a system in place, if there is a problem, you will be notified immediately, so you are able to react straight away, before it is too late. This is particularly useful if you don’t have staff on site 100% time, which let’s face it, most companies don’t the have resource for.

When first introduced, whilst the logic and practicality behind this type of solution is somewhat undeniable, systems were very costly and the quality manager or person responsible for food safety simply couldn’t justify the cost. This has often proved to be the stumbling block for companies looking to move to an automated system, instead sticking with more traditional temperature loggers, and taking manual readings. To an extent this is understandable, “if it’s not broken don’t fix it”, right? Admittedly, in the first instance investment is needed for such a system. In the long run, however, it will likely save the business valuable time and manpower.

For example, if in the current regime a member of staff is required to go around and take checks at numerous locations, this is a needless additional task which could be used for something more productive. And of course, as mentioned previously, the overriding advantage of employing such a system is to act as a contingency measure and protect your operation in the event of a problem or system malfunction. This could end up saving money in the long run, on wasted stock, potential product recalls etc. Another saying comes to mind: “But we’ve always done it that way”. This has been described as the 7 most expensive words for any business; failure to adopt new methodologies can hurt a business in the long run.

 

The above video explains the advantages of an automated temperature monitoring system

What’s more, as technology continues to advance at an astonishing rate, such systems are now becoming available for a fraction of the cost when this type of system first hit the market. Testo’s Saveris 2 for example offers a fully automated temperature monitoring system from under £100 with no additional costs for software. Therefore, it doesn’t cost as much as you’d think to ensure your peace of mind.

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.