Introducing the new testo 320 Flue Gas Analyser at PHEX Manchester

 

 

This year at PHEX Manchester, on the 4th & 5th October, we will be introducing the new testo 320 Flue Gas Analyser. Designed to provide the domestic engineer with all the functionality to provide a complete heating system diagnosis, the testo 320 Flue Gas Analyser has a colour graphic display, providing a unique user interface experience to allow simple access to measurement menus for flue gas analysis, draught measurement, pressure, ambient CO measurement, letby & tightness testing, and many more. Use the testo 320 to quickly determine and eliminate malfunctions, monitor legal limit values and spot checks in daily work on servicing heating systems.

The testo 320 Flue Gas Analyser comes as standard with bluetooth communication to android devices such as a smartphone or tablet device using the testo combustion App. This allows users to control the analyser remotely, view graphical data on set parameters, and also provide fast and efficient reports on measurements direct from site via email.

The 320 can also be equipped with optional probes to provide the abilty to carry out gas leak detection on pipework, and also if required measurement of ambient CO & CO2 values.

Also on the stand

Other technology we will have on display includes our award winning testo Smart Probes.

Smartphones and tablets make our day-to-day life easier in almost every situation, so why can’t this apply to contractors’ measurement tasks? That’s precisely what testo’s product developers asked themselves – and the result was the Smart Probes range.

The testo Smart Probes range makes measurement easier, more mobile and more productive than ever before

The eight pocket-sized professional measuring instruments, which can be connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, are operated entirely via the free Smart Probes App. Each instrument has been designed for it’s own specific application, measuring temperature, humidity, pressure or air velocity. Competitively priced, testo Smart Probes are the ideal instruments for HVAC contractors with an enthusiasm for technology.

Come and see us at the show!

Visit testo on stand 29 at PHEX Manchester, Old Trafford (Manchester United FC) on the 4th & 5th October.

Come to the stand and speak to the testo sales team to find out about the testo 320 and the many other products that we can provide to heating system engineers, and get hands on with the instruments to see and feel the quality.

Click here to register for free tickets to the show

Like some more info?

Want to find out more about testo HVAC instruments? 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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Testo pledges its support for Gas Safety Week 2017

Testo Limited has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (18-24 September 2017).  The seventh annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK work together, to encourage all gas consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and protect against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

With 21 deaths and over 800 gas-related injuries in the last three years1, it’s crucial that people have their appliances checked each year to be assured they are working safely and efficiently. People should also Trust the Triangle and check that their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.

Mike Murley, Marketing Director at Testo Limited commented, “As a leading manufacturer of gas safety instruments, Testo is proud to support Gas Safety Week. Testo instruments, such as flue gas analysers and gas leak detectors, are used by Gas Safe registered engineers to ensure that domestic boilers are operating safely and efficiently and to provide consumers with evidence of this”.

 

Testo instruments are used by Gas Safe registered engineersto ensure that domestic boilers are operating safely and efficiently 

 

Stay Gas Safe at home this Gas Safety Week by following these top tips:

  • Sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at staygassafe.co.uk
  • Be aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance may cause such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else
  • ‘Trust the Triangle’ and always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check it to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question.

Like some more info?

For information on testo’s Flue Gas Analysers and Gas Leak Detectors 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

 

 

1  21 people died from gas related incidents in the UK in the last three years and 815 non-fatalities were reported (Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/#riddor (Gas Safety section) statistics 2013-16 (provisional))

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