Regulatory requirements have evolved quickly in recent years. Most industries are now required by regulatory agencies to comply with strict quality standards. A common requirement is to monitor temperature and other environmental conditions at all times. Real-time monitoring can save your company valuable time by reducing manual labor to a minimum. The system also keeps your valuable data safe, since no documentation has to be kept physically.
But not all systems are created equal. What should you look for when choosing the best system?
Which Environment should you Monitor?
The size and type of environment will greatly influence the solution that is the best suited to your needs. Whether you’re monitoring a warehouse, a cryogenic freezer or any other type of storage equipment, the type of sensors will vary. Sensors can be external or internal, measure temperature or other environmental conditions such as humidity, and be designed for a particular temperature range. The size of the environment and the layout to be monitored dictate the number of sensors required to provide the best coverage.
The calibration process is one of the most important elements to consider when choosing a real-time monitoring system. Over time, even the best measurement instruments will start to drift. Regular calibration and equipment maintenance is the only way to ensure your system continues operating within the original specifications throughout the years. Companies usually offer on-site calibration or an exchange program. An on-site calibration program requires a technician to come to your facility, while an exchange calibration program means that your supplier sends you newly calibrated sensors a few days before the old ones expire.
The industry uses two types of networks: wireless and wired connections. Wireless connections are the most popular option in the industry due to the fact that they are easy to install and set up, and are accessible almost everywhere. However, radio signals can be blocked by walls, sometimes requiring overlapping access points.