Occasionally when reading a DataTrace data logger, interference from a number of sources can temporarily interrupt communication between the logger and the interface. Though a rare incident, there are some things a user can easily do to reestablish communication that will not affect data collection or storage.
If the logger that you’re reading through DataTrace (DT) Pro Software is not immediately communicating with the interface, try these tips, 1 by 1 in this order until communication is restored:
- Rotate the logger in the interface and retest.
- Close DT Pro Software, unplug USB reattach USB cable and retest.
- Try a different USB port on the computer.
- Reboot the computer.
- Open battery chamber and replace battery. Don’t forget to replace the O-ring.
If none of these work for you, the next best step would be to contact Mesa for repairs. To complete an RGA form for repair submission, click here. To learn more about DataTrace, visit our website at www.mesalabs.com.
Our first ever on-campus DataTrace Pro training was a huge success! Check out what some of the attendees had to say. If you’re interested in attending the next one click here to contact us for more information.
Mesa has been very busy highlighting its recently expanded cap torque analyzer product line at 2 of the most influential global beverage packaging trade shows in the past three weeks. Drinktec, which attracted around 67,000 visitors from 183 countries, and Pack Expo, which has more than 27,500 processing and packaging professionals in attendance, provided an opportunity for Mesa to showcase the full breadth of its torque analyzer products.
Mesa’s cap torque analyzer products consists of Torqo and SureTorque which are durable, industry-leading and reliable computerized cap torque analyzers. Mesa also highlighted our latest addition to the product line, the ST-Inline. The Model ST-Inline torque tester is designed for multiple industries, such as food, beverage and pharma, and will perform full testing to protocol including release, apply, release and re-apply, tamper-evident break and strip torque tests.
For more information on Mesa Labs cap torque analyzers and to explore our torque product comparison chart, please click here.
When utilizing more than 1 data logger, identifying the location of each specific logger becomes very important to the project itself. Without this, it becomes very difficult to trace what set of data is attributed to which logger at a quick glance. Identifying each logger becomes imperative to the task at hand, yet that doesn’t make the task of doing so any easier.
To facilitate this, Mesa now offers identification sleeves to be able to locate and position the DataTrace Loggers in autoclaves, smokehouses, various chambers, etc. Available in yellow, red or white, the sleeves are pre-numbered from 1-25 making the job of identifying your loggers very simple.
Positioning the loggers in conjunction with a schematic of any vessel allows the user to quickly identify any cold or hot spots within the process cycle. This allows users to configure the loggers with the corresponding sleeve number within DT Pro Software meaning the logger will have the same number in its firmware when programmed or read as the identifying sleeve.
It is much more efficient to place the logger with the corresponding sleeve number in the appropriate location laid out in the schematic of the users’ vessel, etc. Logger one always goes in location one and so forth.
In addition, DT Pro Software has a placement tab that the user can scan in their vessels schematic with the appropriate points to place the DataTrace data loggers. This makes the use of loggers in any type of project 100% easier to organize. For more information please contact us today! firstname.lastname@example.org
Depending on your specific process, data logging can have varying significance for the user. For some processes, the user is simply concerned that the products were exposed to the process and the particulars (though noteworthy) are simply an afterthought. However, this is not the case for most of those monitoring temperature in critical food and pharmaceutical processes. A slight variation in time and/or temperature can mean the difference between a successfully processed batch of product and a very expensive donation to the landfill.
When monitoring temperature in critical processes, the effect that the temperature has on the product being processed is of paramount importance. Prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures can have a detrimental effect on everything from vaccines to canned soup. These items must be processed to make them safe for commercial consumption; however, too much exposure to elevated temperatures may do more harm than good. In order to minimize the chances of damaging product (along with ensuring product safety) it is of primary importance to get accurate readings from within the product during the process. Not only must the data acquisition tools be accurate, but their placement and implementation must also be well thought out.
It is very important to receive readings that represent what the product is exposed to–not what the chamber is reading. Much like you wouldn’t monitor a cooking turkey with a thermometer situated next to the bird, temperature readings from within the product itself are the only indicator as to what is actually happening to the product within the process. If the sensor is not within the product, one is simply taking a reading of the inside of the chamber/process.
DataTrace has developed a series of accessories that aid in placing the wireless data logger temperature probe within the product being tested. These accessories help the user place the data logger in the center of the product which gives the user specific information about what is happening to that product throughout the cycle. This gives the user the tools needed to design the most effective and efficient process while allowing the product to maintain its viability. For more information on DataTrace accessories, see our accessories page here.
Mesa is preparing to exhibit at the Interphex expo, a top pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show held each year. Many key people in this industry attend to see new products, meet new customers, and to network with fellow community members. There are over 1000 product lines that represent every product category at the show and 650+ supplies that come to feature their latest innovations.
This year it will be held again at the Javits Center in New York, New York. The show exhibits will be open Tuesday April 23, 2013 through Thursday April 25, 2013. There are also 52 conference sessions that can be attended in 3 days.
While there, Mesa will be highlighting 2 new products: Intenna and Thermowell. DataTrace® InTenna is attached to the vessel by using a standard clamp fitting and sealed inside the vessel through any common service outlet. This enhanced capability means that retort cook cycles will always be able to hit their mark using the real-time feedback of the wireless data. DataTrace® Thermowell Data Logger allows for the addition/removal of the logger without breaking the seal! This logger is ideal for monitoring temperatures in a sealed container such as a can or bottle or for an SIP or CIP system at the typical monitor points where the Thermowell can be welded directly into piping allowing the logger to be easily removed and replaced when desired without shutting down the process. (more…)
The time spent developing a validation series for a retort or an autoclave, trying to get just the right cycle time, vacuum dwell, or steam injection, can be expensive and nail-bitingly tense. For retorts it’s the grueling cycles that may prove to be wasted labor due to an insufficient dwell time.
A typical problem that occurs in the sterilization and cooking industry is the expense of time and labor involved in performing a process that ends with an unsuccessful kill of the target organism or incomplete cooking. This can occur for a variety of reason such as incorrect calculations, miscommunications, or thermocouple sensor failures or malfunctions. This can lead to wasted product and labor, repair costs, re-performing cycles or validations. When forced to make decisions about the cycle without the proper, up-to-date information necessary, the costs go up and they add up quick.
A common need and challenge in the smokehouse industry is the ability to monitor and collect data in a harsh, smoky environment during processes that may take up to several hours to complete. All of this time can be wasted if a process completes and is unsuccessful at the end. Typically a temperature “spot check” is required near or at the end of a process as well, requiring a person to enter a fairly dangerous environment just to collect a data point or two to confirm the process completed successfully. One method that the industry currently uses to aid in the data collection process is wired thermocouple systems. These systems are very costly, require recalibration very frequently and are not very accurate. They also break quite frequently and do not lend themselves well to the industry because a typical worker may not realize the probe is still attached to a cart and damage the probe.
A solution that works very well in circumstances like this would be Mesa Labs DataTrace RF data loggers. Datatrace RF data loggers are well suited to the task of monitoring temperatures in harsh environments. They are made of food safe materials, and are resistant against dropping. They are calibrated very accurately and more importantly, hold their calibration for a year. This can easily reduce the cost of ownership.
Monitoring the temperature of a process or a finished food product presents several challenges for manufacturers today. One must weigh getting accurate readings within the package with the displacement that occurs when placing a data logger within the product. What’s more, no one wants to sift through messy product to locate a data logger but this is what must be done so as not to compromise the seal integrity of the product and generate accurate reading during thermal processing. That is, until now!
Mesa is introducing the DataTrace MPIII Thermowell Data Logger which allows for the addition/removal of the logger without breaking the seal! This logger is ideal for monitoring temperatures in a sealed container such as a can or bottle or for an SIP or CIP system at the typical monitor points where the Thermowell can be welded directly into piping allowing the logger to be easily removed and replaced when desired without shutting down the process. (more…)
Monitoring multiple conditions in a process can be difficult in numerous ways. When the data needs to be logged and stored for immediate retrieval the task can become monumental. This is where the Dual MPRF DataTrace Datalogger comes in handy. The purpose behind this design is to allow two processes to be monitored simultaneously and see that the data captured is stored in the logger and also to broadcast wirelessly for instant feedback on the processes.
A good example of this would be a canning line that requires that the cooker and the food get to two different, but specific temperatures. (more…)