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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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The 9th testo Smart Probe?

Testo have just released a new version of a classic HVAC hero, the testo 552 Digital Vacuum Gauge has been re-released with added Bluetooth capability, opening the door for a number of new features.

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The testo 552 is a digital vacuum measuring instrument for the evacuation of refrigeration systems and heat pumps. It measures even the smallest absolute pressures and provides highly precise information on the status of the dehumidification of a system (removal of foreign substances, incl. oils or foreign gases).testo-552-Vacuum-measuring-instrument-front-0560-5520

 

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Although not an official member of the ‘Smart Probe‘ range, the new version of the testo 552 connects via Bluetooth with the testo Smart Probes App on your smartphone or tablet.

This allows you to monitor the absolute pressure reached during the evacuation, conduct in depth analysis, create measurement reports and send these by e-mail report.

 

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With the new testo 552 App function, results are downloadable as a PDF report

 

The testo 552 is the only digital vacuum measuring instrument whose absolute pressure sensor, in contrast to other sensor technologies, no longer needs to be serviced, and still provides highly accurate measurement results. Thanks to the battery life of up to 2400 hours with two conventional AA batteries, you can use the testo 552 in continuous operation for 100 days without changing the battery. Its robust construction makes it suitable for daily use, and protects from dirt and water.

 

Other features and strengths of the testo 552:

  • Maintenance-free absolute pressure sensor
  • 2400 hours’ battery life
  • Measurement of H2O evaporation temperature
  • Optical alarm when limit values are exceeded

 

For more information on the New testo 552, testo Smart Probes or any other testo products please visit our website: www.testolimited.com or give us a call on 01420 544433

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The UK’s largest Plumbing and Heating trade show – visit testo at Installer 2016

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When: May 10th – 12th, 2016

Where: Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Stand no: E66

 

About Installer 2016

Next week the “UK’s largest plumbing and heating trade show” comes to Coventry. Installer 2016 gives plumbing and heating engineers the chance to have a look at the industries’ latest products and technologies.

The idea of Installer is to give professionals the opportunity to speak face-to-face with technical experts, rather than just sales people. This gives the show a unique feel, and offers the perfect place to touch, test and compare the latest products and tools to hit the market in 2016.

Walk away with a testo on the day!

Testo will be exhibiting at Installer 2016 and you can find us on Stand E66. Over the years testo have built up a reputation as the premier brand for all areas of HVAC instrumentation. Come and talk to our specialists to get the latest news, hands on experience with testo products and find out about our special offers.

At Installer testo will be showcasing some of our newly released products, including the much-publicised testo Smart Probes, our full range of Flue Gas Analysers, as well as our best ever value thermal camera, designed specifically for contractors – the testo 869.

We are also offering visitors the opportunity to purchase products on the stand, with a limited amount of stock available at the event. This means if you see something that could benefit you, you don’t have to wait – walk away with your new recruit on the day!

Below is some more information on what we will have on display at the show:

Testo Smart Probes

Introducing the New range of Testo ‘Smart Probes’. These pocket-sized, professional measuring instruments are operated directly from your smartphone or tablet. Each instrument has been designed for its own specific application, measuring temperature, humidity, pressure or flow velocity.

Eight compact measuring instruments which can be connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and are operated entirely via the Free Smart probes App. Competitively priced, Testo Smart Probes are the ideal instruments for contractors with an enthusiasm for technology. However, thanks to the user friendly App, even the least tech savvy engineer shouldn’t find them difficult to use.

All Smart Probes are operated via the ‘Testo Smart Probes’ App. It offers the user many practical functions including:

  • Ability to clearly read the measurement values
  • Option to display the measurement data in either graph or tabular form
  • Downloadable measurement data as a PDF report or Excel file, at the touch of a button
  • Application-specific measurement menus, depending on the instrument
  • Take readings from up to 6 Smart Probes at a time, making comparisons between multiple measurements easier than ever

The App itself is completely free and is available for iOS from the App Store and Android via Google Play.

 

Gas Analysis

Testo’s internationally trusted range of Flue Gas Analysers and Gas Leak Detectors can provide the right instrument for any application. Testo provide analysers ideal for smaller companies working on domestic boiler gas analysis through to gas analysers and emissions monitors for large industrial applications such as oil and gas installations.

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Testo analysers’ quality is recognised across the globe

At Installer our experts will be on hand to talk you through each of our analysers, and whether any of them might be suitable for your application.

Thermal Cameras

Having a thermal camera at your disposal really is invaluable for many professionals in the heating industry, but deciding which camera is best suited to your requirements can be difficult. Depending on your individual application, somewhat careful selection is required to ensure the camera provides the necessary features and is right for you.

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Using thermal imaging you can visualise leaks or faulty radiators in an instant

Testo provide cameras ideal for smaller companies right through to large industrial applications. Come and talk to us about the many uses of thermal imaging and how it might benefit you in your day to day work. Here are some of the advantages of employing a testo thermal camera:

  • Non-Intrusive – If you suspect a problem in for example pipework or underfloor heating, you can detect and locate the source of the issue immediately, without causing any damage
  • Don’t let it become a problem – In many cases you can locate potential problems, before they become an issue
  • Show customers the issue – They provide the user with the facility to show customers the source of the problem immediately

Interested in attending?

For more information on Installer 2016 please click here

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To find out more about Testo instruments why not visit our website www.testolimited.com or call us on 01420 544433

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