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Case study: Automated temperature monitoring in Stansted Laboratories with testo Saveris 2

Stansted Laboratories is a highly successful UKAS accredited laboratory of 20 staff analysing over 50,000 samples a year in a purpose-built facility.

Maintaining precise temperatures within its devices, including incubators, fridges, freezers and water baths and cold room is essential to ensure accuracy and for compliance with the stringent UKAS requirements, as is maintaining a detailed record.

Stansted Laboratories found that they were spending an inefficient amount of time recording manual readings. Testo recommended the cost-effective and flexible Saveris 2 system to help solve the problems faced by Stansted Laboratories,  and a range of 15 Saveris 2 wireless temperature data loggers are now in use.

Read the full case study to discover how Stansted Laboratories utilised the testo Saveris 2 data monitoring system, saving them time and ensuring accuracy.

 

 

 

 

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Further information about Stansted Laboratories can be found on their website https://www.stanstedlabs.com/ or telephone +44 (0)20 8594 5104

 

 

Automated temperature monitoring in the Secret Smokehouse

All food producers must adhere to numerous regulations, and standards, with the end goal of ensuring the quality and safety of food. A key requirement for HACCP and food safety is continuous temperature monitoring. This involves recording and documenting the temperatures of all fridges, freezers and areas where climate sensitive foods are stored.

The Secret Smokehouse supply high quality smoked fish to some of the UK’s top Michelin star chefs and restaurants, as well as Delhi’s and a small group of direct customers. A small, but rapidly growing operation, they were actually nominated for ‘Best Producer’ in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2017, and are proud to work with the likes of Jamie Oliver, Claude Bosi and the Clove Club in Shoreditch, to name a few.

 

The challenge.

As a small-scale food producer, the EHO (Environmental Health Organisation) expect the business to be able to demonstrate how it manages HACCP and records what it does to make the food safe. A major part of this, is documentation of temperature values to show produce is stored correctly. The EHO also favour a method where they are able to see the checks have been done, without having to visit the premises physically each time.

Before implementing testo Saveris 2, Secret Smokehouse were checking temperature using a combination of spot checks with a thermometer and reading the fridge/freezer thermostats. This means all checks are done so manually, and recorded with a pen and paper. Also, as they have since discovered, fridge thermostats aren’t always completely accurate. When opening the fridge or freezer door, the temperature reading on the thermostat dropped very quickly. This would indicate the produce was at a high risk of not being stored correctly. The smokehouse suspected this might not reflect the true temperature drop, so wanted to explore installing a monitoring system to prove this.

The other issue with the previous methodology, was if there was an issue with a temperature deviation (from a loss of power or freezer door being left open for example), they wouldn’t know until the next check. This could be too late to save valuable stock.

This drove Max Bergius, owner of Secret Smokehouse, to explore options to simplify and, if possible, automate their temperature control. Research lead Max to Testo Saveris 2, with the standout advantages of using cloud software to demonstrate due diligence and the removal of taking measurements manually.

 

The solution.

Testo’s Saveris 2 is an automated temperature monitoring system that stores all measurement data in one central place. Multiple measuring points can be incorporated into the same system, meaning all fridges, freezers and storage locations are monitored simultaneously, with measurement data being transported directly to the cloud. This removes the need to collect data manually and the results can then be accessed by the dedicated person remotely, via PC, tablet or smartphone. This means there is no longer a potential for readings to go missing.

 

 

Testo Saveris 2 loggers are used to monitor temperature in refrigerators and a freezer.

 

In the Secret Smokehouse’s case, they are using a total of 4 loggers to monitor their 3 fridges and 1 freezer. They also use the probe from one of their loggers to spot check on each fish, once smoked. Speaking to Harri Walters, production manager at Secret Smokehouse, he explained how with the introduction of testo Saveris 2, they are already reaping the benefits of an automated monitoring system:

Before introducing a testo Saveris 2 monitoring system, Harri would need to perform a series of temperature spot checks; once in the morning and once at closing. Harri estimates that by removing the need to check the fridges manually, they save 5-10 minutes per day. Admittedly, as a relatively small operation this time saving isn’t enormous, however, with only 2 employees in the business, any additional time is precious. And as a former chef, Harri knows all too well that in a high-pressure kitchen environment these time restraints are only amplified. In either case, Harri concluded, the last thing you need is additional tasks to worry about.

The biggest advantage by far is not having to worry about it as much. As mentioned previously, the EHO (Environmental Health Organisation) expect small food businesses to be able to demonstrate how they manage and records what measures they take to ensure their food is safe. Testo’s Saveris 2 provides a straight forward way of proving due diligence and that they are monitoring temperature effectively.

Testo Saveris 2 – The advantages.

Saves Time – Without an automated system in place, an employee has to go through the whole site manually, checking each location. By automating this, all data is sent directly to cloud storage, allowing you / your employee additional time to focus on other important jobs. Reports are also collated and sent to you automatically so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Saves Money – employing a temperature monitoring system can save you money in the long run, on wasted stock, product recalls etc. If there is a potential problem, thanks to the alarm function, you will be notified immediately, before it is too late.

Secure and accessible remotely – all data is stored in one central, secure place. Reports can be sent directly to you via email, so you don’t need to waste time checking each individual logger (or even going to the site for that matter). Alarms can be set to send via email, SMS or App.

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.

 

“With the Testo system our temperature monitoring is practically effortless, and we no longer need to worry. All kitchens should invest; as a chef or food professional the last thing you need is additional tasks.

Testo have been very friendly and professional during installation and throughout – a pleasure to deal with.”

Harri Walters – Production Manager, Secret Smokehouse

 

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For more information on testo Saveris 2 or any of Testo’s solutions please go to www.testo.co.uk or call us on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

 

 

Temperature monitoring made easy – Saveris 2

Monitoring temperature and/or humidity is particularly important where incorrect climatic conditions can have drastic consequences. Businesses can incur needless costs should a cooling or heating system malfunction, leading to wasted stock or worse. Such costs can be detrimental to production and ultimately profit margins.

Testo’s new and improved Saveris 2 uses revolutionary technology to make temperature and humidity analysis both easier and more accurate than ever before. By using a Cloud-based monitoring system it allows information to be stored and accessed remotely. This means users can monitor and react to issues from anywhere in the world. This will help to reduce pressure, relieving the need to be constantly on-site to keep measurement values under control.

 

The above video explains how Saveris 2 works

 

Saveris 2 data loggers can also measure temperature and humidity values of sensitive goods and products, in processes and during transport. The easy-to-use measurement system delivers safety and savings in time and costs thanks to automated measurement data recording. Your storerooms, for example, can be continuously monitored and the data will be automatically collated, and send to you as a report via email. All this is without you having to lift a finger.

 

Applications

Saveris 2 can be used in a number of industries. Examples of applications include:

  • Food production
  • Facilities maintenance
  • Museums
  • IT server rooms
  • Supermarkets

Food or drink kept at the wrong temperature can be detrimental to produce

  • Metrology
  • Pharmacy storerooms
  • Storerooms & Freezers
  • Food transportation and distribution processes

 

Your storerooms can be continuously monitored, therefore minimising risk

 

Relax – let Saveris 2 do the work for you

Saveris 2 WI-FI loggers have a number of advantages over both conventional data loggers and monitoring systems. Here’s a breakdown of the features:

 

Automatic reports

With Saveris 2 loggers you are sent reports automatically, via email. This way you aren’t required to manually extract any data from your loggers, saving you time and inconvenience. These can be sent daily, weekly or monthly (it’s up to you!).

 

With the new reporting system it couldn’t be easier to manage your data

 

Free email & SMS alerts

Email alerts are unlimited and you will receive 25 free SMS alerts a year (per logger). If you require more SMS messages than this additional SMS bundles are available for purchase.

 

Options to meet your requirements

With 5 logger variants for both temperature and humidity, Saveris 2 loggers can cover a variety of measuring ranges depending on your requirement.

 

Mobile friendly

Reports are accessible via PC, tablet or smartphone, so are able to keep on top of things wherever you are.

 

The Saveris 2 system can be used across all your devices

 

Affordable and simple to use

Monitoring systems are usually expensive and require time-consuming installation, not to mention maintenance. With a Saveris 2 system you can get up and running from as little as £99 (ex vat.) and it couldn’t be easier to set up and get started.

 

24 month warranty

As standard we offer an extended warranty for Saveris 2 loggers so you can also relax knowing you’re covered for a 2 year period.

 

Free advanced cloud license

All customers who purchase in 2015 will receive an advanced cloud license with even more capabilities, completely free of charge.

For more information Testo’s Saveris 2 or any testo products please visit our website www.testolimited.com/testo-saveris-2