Category Archives: Thermometer

Register now for your free place at the Food Safety Innovators Forum

Testo will be hosting the first Food Safety innovators Forum on the 3rd of November 2017 at Kings Place in London and would like to invite you to join us.

At Testo’s Food Safety Innovators Forum we will be offering our industry knowledge, with guest speakers and a range of notable individuals in the food sector attending.

We are inviting some of the key people in the industry, to get together and exchange ideas and help shape the future of food safety.

This forum is designed to give you the opportunity to network and discuss current and future topics around food safety and quality management.

We are proud to be presenting key industry experts from NSF, HACCP International and Food Safety Services International, as well as our own Testo Global Food Solutions Team.

About the event

There will be two main content sections on the day:

Section 1: The challenges and threats of food safety & quality management 

Section 2: Food safety & quality management goes digital

Both sections will contain a mix of presentations, workshops and moderated discussions.

For the full agenda and more details on the speakers click here.

Book your Free place now

As mentioned, there is absolutely no participation fee, with the venue and catering being sponsored entirely by Testo.

Places are filling up quickly so you’ll have to confirm by 27/10/17 at the latest to ensure you don’t miss out on this exclusive event.

If you want to secure one of the last remaining places, please contact our event co-ordinator Kerry Finlayson (contact details below).

Interested in attending? Contact our event co-ordinator

Name: Kerry Finlayson

Phone: +441420 544433

Email: kfinlayson@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!

Why so called ‘cheap’ thermometers are costing you more than you think

As all those in the Food, Service or Catering industries will know well, the ability to make quick temperature spot checks is an essential part of your daily routine. There are a number of foods which must be cooked at a minimum internal temperature in order to remove any harmful bacteria; from meat and poultry, to eggs and other products. Utilising a food thermometer is the easiest way of taking such measurements; ensuring both safety and that food is cooked to the desired taste. They also provide an easy way of making certain that prepared food is kept at the appropriate temperature prior to being served (although you of course need to make sure you either use a different thermometer to measure cooked foods, or sanitise appropriately).

 

The testo 104 food probe thermometer allows you to carry out quick and easy spot checks during the production, storage and processing of food 

 

Since a food thermometer is such an important tool in food preparation, making sure you have a fully functioning, reliable thermometer available at all times is absolutely essential. The problem is, with so many cheap, poorly manufactured thermometers available, many businesses are tempted by the low price point. To an extent this is understandable, if the person responsible for sourcing the company’s equipment is looking through a brochure or website, it can be hard to differentiate between models when it comes to things like robustness and build quality. It looks the same, so I may as well buy the cheap one, right? In the short term, perhaps this is the case, but a few months/years down the line, try taking another look at the numbers when it comes to replacement units. You’d be surprised.

In many cases, we’ve found the frequent turn-around of thermometers is more of an issue than you’d think, particularly for those facilities and restaurant chains which are buying in large quantities. And with costs continuing to rise in the restaurant industry, any way a business can cut costs and improve efficiency is of course very welcome. According to the latest Benchmarking Report from ALMR Christie & Co. operating costs across all trading styles now stand at an all-time high of 51.5% of turnover, with growth across the entire survey at 1.1%.

Some of the cheaper models are so flimsy, with such poor build quality they can almost be considered disposable. For example, say you’re paying £15 to £20 per thermometer, and these are being replaced every 2-3 months because of it being dropped or getting wet, the battery running out, probe snapping or the unit just packing in all-together because of poor build quality, this soon adds up and isn’t doing much good for your equipment budget. Not to mention the added hassle of getting more equipment ordered on a regular basis, and the risk of a situation where there is no available thermometer to make a simple spot check, leaving you no adequate way of making the required checks, and ultimately putting you and your customers at risk.

 

Only by using top quality thermometers like those from testo can you guarantee both accuracy and longevity

 

In this situation, it may make sense to explore a more robust option, for instance a robust waterproof thermometer which could last 5 to 6 times longer. Some manufacturers, for example testo, offer a 2-year warranty of all thermometers, so you can be sure they have been built to last. In many industries, but particularly when dealing with such delicate substances as you do within the food sector, there needs to be a certain degree of emphasis on ‘quality over quantity’. Like with so many things in life you get what you pay for, and thermometers are no exception.

Further to the issues surrounding longevity, when it comes to cheap thermometers, are issues regarding functionality and, more importantly, accuracy. Cheap thermometers will only offer very basic functions whilst top quality thermometers can offer more than one measuring function, for example infrared for non-contact measurement as well as a penetration probe for core temperatures. In terms of taking accurate measurements, by using a cheap thermometer you can’t be certain you are even getting the correct measurements and of course when using a measurement device accuracy can be critical.

Like some more info?

For more information on testo thermometers please go to www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

All outlets – All flow velocities – One expert.

Install, inspect and service air conditioning and ventilation systems in ducts and at outlets

The correct and efficient adjustment of ventilation and air conditioning systems makes very high demands on measurement technology, due to various measurement locations and different flow velocities. Whether the precise determination of volume flow, quick spot measurements in ducts or the recording of turbulent flows at outlets: without suitable measuring instruments, it is impossible to ensure optimum indoor air quality in residential and non-residential buildings. Immediate effects of indoor air pollution often resemble those from a common cold or illness, making a potential issue even more difficult to detect. There are several illnesses that result from contaminated indoor air. Some of the more minor effects include irritated eyes, nose or skin as well as an increased likelihood of irritation of the eyes, coughing, headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea.

The most accurate measurement results can be achieved by measuring directly in a duct. However, since ventilation ducts are in practice frequently hidden or inaccessible, it is often necessary to resort to outlet measurements. In addition to this, turbulence in ducts and at outlets can often falsify measurements as well. These are just a few of the issues that engineers may encounter when carrying out precise flow velocity measurements.

 

Accurate and convenient measurement in ducts.

Ventilation and air conditioning systems are indispensable for indoor air quality; for them to function smoothly and efficiently, they must be tested regularly, and if necessary readjusted. If the air flows in ventilation ducts are smaller than intended, the removal of indoor loads (hot, cold and substance loads) can under certain circumstances not be guaranteed.

If the ventilation duct is accessible, duct measurement is the best solution. This is because air flows are measured most accurately directly in the duct. However, it must be considered that the flows in the duct are usually non-homogenous and turbulent. To obtain reliable results despite this, measurements should always be taken at several measuring points over the duct cross-section. In these grid measurements, a mean flow velocity is derived from the individual measurement values.

 

With the patented flow straighteners from Testo, even turbulent flows can be measured accurately.

 

The right ventilation measuring instruments support you in grid measurement just as reliably as in the automatic calculation of volume flow. Which instrument suits your application depends on the flow velocity range you wish to measure.

 

Precise measurement at outlets.

The quality of the indoor air depends crucially on whether the air input or output volume flows are optimally adjusted. For this reason, the measurement is taken directly at the outlet during adjustment work. However, inaccessible ventilation ducts also make measurements at outlets necessary. At swirl and plate outlets or ventilation grilles however, turbulence is created, which can falsify the measurement results and which are essential to consider.

To be able to measure these non-uniform flow profiles, it is essential that a funnel measuring instrument includes an integrated flow straightener that converts the turbulence into an almost uniform and easily measured air flow to guarantee the greatest level of accuracy, even in strong air turbulence.

Testo offers the optimum solution for every measurement task and measurement range: thermal probes, vane anemometers, differential pressure measuring instruments, funnel measuring instruments and multifunction measuring instruments. With the patented flow straighteners from Testo, even turbulent flows can be measured accurately. Testo’s free Apps make ventilation measurement also more convenient and less stressful than ever before.

To find more information on how to measure flow velocity more efficiently using testo click here 

Like some more info?

For more information on testo’s Ventilation and  Air Conditiong instruments or any of our products please visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a 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.