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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.

Discover testo’s measuring solutions for food safety at Commercial Kitchen Show

We’d like to invite you to visit Testo at the NEC, Birmingham on the 6th and 7th of June, where we will have our latest food safety solutions on display. At Commercial Kitchen show we will be exhibiting some of our bestselling solutions for the restaurants and catering sector: including the award-winning testo 270 cooking oil tester, our Saveris 2 wireless temperature monitoring system and testo Saveris Restaurant; a brand-new solution which provides a fully integrated quality management system, specifically for the restaurant sector.

If you’re attending the show or you have some availability in your diary to attend, come and visit testo on stand D15 to see for yourself the solutions we can provide. Below is a bit more information about what will be on our stand.

 

Cooking Oil Quality – the Award-winning testo 270

Many people are unaware of this, but there are a number of risks associated with using cooking oil that is past its best; from high saturated fat content to unpleasant tastes. As cooking oil deteriorates fried products become hard, oily and the food inside might not even cook properly. This raises issues regarding food safety.

 

Testo’s 270 Cooking Oil Tester allows you to determine within seconds whether cooking oil needs changing. To do so, it measures the ‘Total Polar Material’ (TPM) content in the oil, which is a sure indicator of its quality. As well as guaranteeing clean cooking oil and a consistent quality of product, extensive tests have proved that regular measurement with the testo 270 reduces overall oil consumption by up to 20%. Therefore it’s not just productivity that will be improved, but also costs can be significantly reduced.

 

Wireless Temperature Monitoring – testo Saveris 2

As well as in the food distribution and manufacturing industries, temperature monitoring is an important factor in the catering sector. If food is stored in the incorrect conditions the consequences can be devastating and cooking conditions are also important. Using a climate monitoring system like testo’s Saveris 2, you can be certain the temperature in your kitchens and storerooms is continuously monitored.

Testo Saveris 2 Wi-Fi Data Loggers continuously measure temperature and humidity and wirelessly transmit the measurement data to the cloud. You can access these readings at any time using your smartphone, tablet or PC. You are immediately provided with an alarm by text or e-mail in cases of critical temperature or humidity values and can react quickly to threats of damage.

 

Automated Quality Management – testo Saveris Restaurant

Testo have 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.

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 can also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

 

Come and see us at the show

Visit testo on Stand D15 at Commercial Kitchen, NEC Birmingham, 6th-7th June.

Click here for your free tickets

See you there!

 

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, 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. 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.

5 advantages of using a temperature monitoring system

There are a number of ways to keep track of indoor climatic conditions. The most frequently used of these is the use of a small, basic data logger. For certain applications a data logger is sufficient, for instance building monitoring where there is no danger of damage to stock and you simply need the records for reference purposes.

If you have climate sensitive stock however, particularly if you’re not going to be on site 100% time, an alarm fitted system which monitors conditions continuously will benefit you massively.

There are a number of advantages to using a temperature monitoring system, below we have put together 5 key factors why they have been proved such an effective method for keeping conditions stable.

 

1) Save money

Employing a temperature monitoring system will save you money in the long run, on wasted stock, product recalls etc. If there is a potential problem, you will be notified immediately, before it is too late.

 

2) Efficient and convenient

All reports are put together for you automatically so you don’t have to lift a finger. These will be collated and sent to you each morning via email.

 

3) Accessible from anywhere

Reports can be sent directly to you via email, SMS or App so you don’t need to waste time checking each individual logger (or even going to the site for that matter).

 

4) User friendly

Some monitoring systems require time-consuming installation and maintenance but with a wireless system such as testo’s Saveris 2 it is very simple to get set up and started.

 

5) More affordable than you think

With testo Saveris 2 systems available from just £89 (ex vat.) it doesn’t cost as much as you’d think to ensure your peace of mind.

 

All in all temperature monitoring systems offer a low cost but reliable solution for those who need to monitor indoor conditions continuously. We hope the 5 advantages listed above go some way in helping you to find the solution that best suits your requirements.

This video explains the advantages of using a temperature monitoring system such as Saveris 2

 

Like some more info?

If you’d like some more information on testo temperature monitoring solutions or you’ve got a potential requirement you’d like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to us. You can either send us a message, leave a comment, visit our website www.testolimited.com or give us a call on 01420 544433 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

How to identify Damp and Mould risk – Your Free Guide

When old buildings are restored, this is of course done with the best intentions. The restoration is carried out in order to correct defective heat insulation and to avoid the increased energy costs caused by this. This usually involves installing new windows. While this solves the problem of the heat insulation, modern windows seal so well that the necessary air exchange is hindered. The consequence: The air humidity increases, forming the basis for the feared mould growth on walls and ceilings.

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Mould risk isn’t always clear to the naked eye

Identifying damp walls and avoiding mould

It is often difficult to determine exactly who or what has caused mould: the inhabitants or defective building construction? This is where modern measurement technology comes in. It is in fact rare that mould growth is caused by constructional deficits. The cause is more often the living habits of the tenants, for example incorrect or insufficient heating and ventilation of the living quarters.

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With the correct measures not only are you able to locate dampness, but you can prevent it from happening again

We’ve put together this short guide to help landlords and those responsible for facilities management to not only identify damp build up, but also to identify the route cause early, before mould or damage becomes visible. It includes a number of approaches to prevent dampness such as continuous, remote monitoring and non-contact methods. Download your Free guide to damp detection via the link below:

 

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3 essential questions to ask before buying a temperature logger

It’s fair to say building and facilities managers are paying more attention to indoor temperatures now than they have in the past.

Evidence has shown that office temperatures directly impact employee productivity. A study conducted by researchers from Helsinki University of Technology and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that personnel performance may decrease 2 per cent when temperatures rise by one degree Celsius.

It’s not surprising then, that organisations are taking an interest in climate control. As a building manager, you depend on temperature data loggers to monitor facilities. Based on that subject, we have put together three questions you should ask yourself before employing such a system, to make certain you are getting the right system to suit your requirements. These are detailed below:

 

1) How many rooms am I monitoring?

Asking this question helps you not only determine how many data loggers you need, but also identifies the functions they must possess. You may install one instrument in a walk-in refrigerator and another one in a call centre. Each room has its own climate requirements.

Thanks to smartphones, it’s not difficult to receive information from anywhere with an internet connection. Some temperature data loggers, such as testo’s Saveris 2, can connect to local Wi-Fi networks. This allows the instrument to send information to testo’s cloud, from which you can pull room temperature data. All in all, this workflow is much more convenient than visiting each room at a time.

Monitoring systems such as Saveris 2 can send findings directly to smartphone

 

2) What kind of facilities are you monitoring?

The World Health Organization (WHO) advise technicians to purchase loggers that match their facilities. For instance, let’s say you’re the building manager of a large food production plant or pharmaceutical warehouse. Such a facility may consist of vaults, cages, cold rooms, walk-in coolers, primary warehousing and mezzanine floors.

In this situation, you’d do well to purchase temperature data loggers that are easy to configure. Additonally, you might want to consider buying a data logger that can also calculate indoor humidity levels.

Some facilities must adhere to strict temperature standards

 

3) What are the requirements for wireless connections?

In relation to the first two questions, it’s possible you’ll need temperature data loggers that can connect to your Wi-Fi. Now, you need to think about the back-end functions and protocols associated with this convenient function.

Consider the differences between accessing temperature data from a secure website or a smartphone app. In addition, note WHO’s recommendation to buffer data. This means your data loggers will store information for a set period of time before sending it across networks. The process ensures data isn’t lost in the event of a network outage.

As with any business process decision, you should of course consider a number of other factors before buying a logger. We hope 3 key factors outlined above will help you address the fundamentals.

 

Want more information about testo data loggers?

If you’d like to find out more about testo data loggers or any of our solutions please visit our website www.testolimited.com/data-loggers or give us a call on 01420 544433