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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!

Testo at Restaurant Tech Live 2017

At Restaurant Tech Live, Excel, London on the 26th and 27th of September, testo will be exhibiting some of our latest solutions for the restaurants and catering sector as well as offering our industry knowledge.

On our stand, testo will be running a ‘how hot is your sausage’ competition, where we will be giving away free sausage samples, with prizes for those who are able to guess the core temperature correctly. This is also to show off our new testo Saveris Restaurant quality management system, and how easy it is to visualise results of spot checks and monitoring.

 

 

Other technology we will have on display includes the award-winning testo 270 cooking oil tester, our Saveris 2 wireless temperature monitoring system as well as our full range of food safety equipment, including data loggers, thermometers, pH meters and more.

If you’re attending the show or you have some availability in your diary to attend, come and visit testo on stand 5154 to see for yourself the food safety knowledge and solutions we can provide.

Show highlights

Theatre Hall 6: How to avoid being the next food scandal! – 15.30 – 16.00

On Day one our very own Warren Mansfield-Smith will be giving advise on how restaurants can use modern quality management technology to avoid being the next food scandal. With ever increasing demands on food service establishments and consumers’ ability to quickly and publicly share their thoughts and opinions on the quality of their experience, food service businesses need to ensure quality checks and all associated documentation are kept up to date and completed correctly.

Warren is a Certified Food Service Professional and has Level 3 Award in HACCP from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. He will discuss some of the consequences of not keeping accurate records and ways to reduce the risk to businesses while also improving efficiency and reducing long term costs.

Panel Theatre Hall 10: Shaping the Restaurant of Tomorrow – 12:00 – 12:30

With the restaurant industry ever-evolving due to an influx of emerging technologies, it could be easy to forget the importance of investing in innovative back-of-house solutions, which can streamline operations and boost your bottom line.

Listen in to gain unique insight into the back-of-house trends that are shaping the restaurant of tomorrow.

Testo’s solutions for food safety

Testo offer 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, thermal cameras, 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.

In 2017, testo have also launched a brand-new solution, specific to 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 includes a fully integrated temperature monitoring system, and control unit(s) allowing all paper documents to be converted into a digital format.

 

By automating checks required in a restaurant, operating costs can be reduced

 

This 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 will also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

Come and see us at the show

Visit testo on Stand 5154 at Restaurant Tech Live, Excel, London, 26th-27th September.

Click here for your free tickets

See you there!

Like some more info?

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.

Smart Instrumentation for Heating Engineers

Heating engineers, like all HVAC engineers, of course depend massively on effective measuring tools to do their jobs correctly. After all, an instrument that isn’t giving the right data can lead to inefficiencies in heating systems and potentially even undetected issues.

There’s a new solution with a unique set of instruments from testo – the newly released Smart Probes Heating Set. Let’s take a look at how heating engineers can take advantage of this unique set of instruments, aimed specifically at making the working lives of plumbing and heating engineers easier. With the introduction of ‘Smart’ tools, job efficiency should significantly increase and incorrect measurements will become a thing of the past.

 

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With the introduction of new smart instrumentation, taking measurements has never been so efficient & accurate

 

What’s included?

Testo offer a number of useful measuring instruments, but it’s the kits where technicians are able to really benefit. These are collections of useful tools that work extremely well together, and have been designed with the needs of the heating industry in mind.

Like the other kits available from testo, this set includes a number of useful instruments. There’s the testo 115i clamp thermometer. This device stands out when it comes to temperature measurements at widely spaced measuring points. It’s also capable of measuring the flow and return temperature.

 

With testo Smart Probes all measurements are recorded directly via your Smart Phone or tablet

 

testo-smart-probe-805iThere’s also the testo 510i differential pressure measuring instrument (Manometer). This device is also capable of measuring gas flow temperature and static pressure, as well as being able to carry out pressure drop tests. Setting it apart from other instruments, this device allows heating technicians to measure air flow velocity and volume flow.

Finally, this set also includes the testo 805i infrared thermometer (Pictured Right). This unique thermometer includes a laser circle to make measuring spots and the ability to measure surface temperatures without coming into contact with them.

So, to clarify, this set includes the testo 115i, testo 510i (including a hose set), an adapter, the testo 805i, the testo Smart Case, batteries for the devices and the calibration protocol.

The testo Smart Probes recently won “Gas Safety Product of the Year” for 2016

 

Smarter tools, smarter heating

testo-limited-510i-differential-pressure-gauge-bluetooth-smart-probe-application-2A truly modern set of instruments, the Smart Tools Heating Set can transmit data wirelessly through to the testo Smart Tools app. This essentially means that any measurement data recorded by the instruments is readily available on either a tablet or smartphone.

The app also offers additional functionality, including the ability to carry out practical functions such as timed and multi-point mean calculation. If required, users can then send this measurement data via a PDF or Excel document to a computer for review and analysis.

There’s really no easier way to take the valuable data gathered by using these instruments and transmit it to a computer for use down the track.

 

Understanding the importance of the right equipment

As noted at the beginning of this article, accurate measuring instruments are essential for heating engineers. By having a set of tools capable of capturing the right data, as well as an app to make analysis a significantly easier undertaking.

 

Want to find out more about Smart measurement?

For heating engineers wanting to get starting with reliable instruments that can deliver the necessary data every single time, reach out to testo UK today. We’ve also got a diverse range of other tools available, including devices for refrigeration, Ventilation & AC, and thermal analysis. You can either visit our website www.testolimited.com or give us a call on 01420 544433

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Free guide to Legionella testing (whitepaper download)

Time and time again, Legionella in drinking water leads to cases of Legionnaire’s disease. In the UK alone there are typically 300-400 cases a year, 10-15% of which are fatal. And what’s worse is these deaths are caused by a disease which is totally avoidable, simply by regular legionella testing.

The danger often goes unnoticed, but neglecting health regulations can have very far-reaching and devastating consequences. Legionella spread through hot and cold water systems and, if inhaled, they can cause Legionnaire’s disease – a particularly serious lung infection.

If you are an employer, landlord, or anyone in control of premises, you are responsible for health and safety and therefore need to take the correct precautions. Understanding the health risks associated with legionella is the first step, but you must also make certain to monitor your systems effectively.

 

How can I make sure I’m testing for legionella both regularly and effectively?

To minimise the risk of legionella, water temperature must be properly regulated and monitored. Testo provide a number of instruments for legionella testing and to help make sure water temperature is correctly monitored. The testo Saveris 2 T3 Wi-Fi data logger for example, monitors hot and cold water temperatures continuously, ensuring the correct temperature can be maintained and the Legionella bacteria is unable to survive and multiply.

 

Example: Legionella monitoring with a testo Saveris 2 Wireless Data Logger

 

Want to further understand the risks and importance regular legionella testing?

Download our Free application guide to Legionella testing. This Free whitepaper offers practical guidance on managing and controlling the risks in your system whilst covering how instrumentation can help. Click here to get your free guide now.

 

For more information on the testo’s solutions for legionella testing or any testo products please visit our website: www.testolimited.com or give us a call on 01420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help

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