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4 Reasons Why a Data Logger Is Better Than a Thermometer

Data loggers are routinely used in a wide range of commercial settings, from agriculture to healthcare and include food and pharmaceutical processing. Data logging devices can accurately record temperature and humidity in real time to ensure critical operations go ahead safely and to avoid spoilage of sensitive products.

Digital industrial thermometers can also measure temperature and humidity, so what are the advantages of using a data logger instead of a thermometer?

1) A wider range of data to suit complex settings and environments

Modern data loggers can display multiple measurements simultaneously. Not only that, but when fitted with additional sensors, some data loggers can even monitor two locations at the same time for comparative analysis.

There are different types of data loggers available to provide accurate readings in settings where some thermometers wouldn’t be able to operate. Right now, the market offers temperature loggers, water-resistant loggers, wireless loggers, as well as devices that log humidity, pressure, and vibration.

Therefore, data loggers are better suited for use in complex settings and allow for a broader range of measurements within a business or industry sector.

2) No need for manual recording

Thermometers can measure temperatures accurately, but the readings must still be collected, recorded and interpreted manually by human operators.

On the other hand, data loggers incorporate automated recording functions, conducting precision readings at user-defined intervals without the need for manual intervention. This eliminates the need for manual recording and periodic readings, which in turn means that data loggers are less susceptible to missed readings or incorrect data collection. This is paramount in industries that require precision readings, and where even small errors could have disastrous effects, such as food manufacturing or pharmaceuticals.

3) Data loggers deliver continuous monitoring

Manual monitoring using thermometers has its limitations, providing at best a moment-to-moment snapshot of environmental conditions, not a real time picture. The reason is that the person doing the readings can only do so at certain times in each location, and can only be in one place at a time.

By contrast, data loggers can work uninterrupted and deliver continuous real time monitoring. This makes them a valuable choice in large facilities, where it would be wasteful to have staff stationed permanently to perform ongoing readings.

4) Automated notifications and reports

Smart data loggers do more than just log temperature and humidity readings. These devices come with built-in alarms that can be programmed to send notifications by email, so the relevant people always know if the device is low on battery, the Wi-Fi is disconnected, or the logger needs to be recalibrated. People can also be alerted to anomalous readings in real time, allowing swift action to prevent product spoilage.

Internet of Things technology makes it possible for data loggers to be configured and send reports on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This is an additional benefit, as it can help improve accountability and compliance by having written records of the exact conditions in your facilities.

What next?

At Signatrol, we’ve been manufacturing and supplying devices that set the gold standard in precision data logging for over 20 years. Get in touch today to find out how our data loggers can improve your operations.

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