All temperature monitoring systems today are designed to meet the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations, but there is still a lot to consider when choosing the right temperature monitoring system for your lab. We’ve listed the top features and qualities that you should consider when choosing a temperature monitoring system, and how E-Control Systems’ temperature monitoring system has your lab covered on each.
Imagine purchasing more than one temperature monitoring system for your lab, and then coordinating the receipt of data from those multiple systems, when one system would have done the job. Many temperature monitoring systems may monitor temperature only, or have an otherwise limited range of capability. While temperature is a main component in laboratory monitoring, there will undoubtedly be other equipment and variables that you need to monitor.
Our system will monitor a variety of equipment and variables in your lab. Whether you want to monitor temperature, humidity, door openings, CO2, ULT, LN2, compressor runtime, refrigerant leaks, dishwasher final rinse, differential pressure or power interruption, E-Control Systems has a sensor for all of your needs.
Installation / Support
Many temperature monitoring systems require service installation. Many more, while claiming a “do-it-yourself” or “out-of-the-box” readiness, are anything but easy to setup, and may require a service appointment after the fact. This can be very costly and time consuming for your lab.
From the actual installation, to setting options like alerting thresholds, to retrieving data, E-Control Systems has designed and engineered our sensors to be as easy to install and use as possible. While it is possible to be up and running in minutes, you may require a more advanced system setup or training. In these cases the E-Control Systems support team is here to help with anything that you may need regarding the setup and use of our system.
Fully Automated Data Logging
The system you choose for your lab should automatically and accurately log data from the equipment sensors within your lab. Most lab regulations state that data be kept for a minimum of 2 years. Manually logging this data is wasted hours and room for error when a temperature monitoring system could be doing this for you.
With E-Control Systems, you get a fully automated system that complies with strict regulations. You never have to waste time logging any of the data, as the system does it automatically for you. Data is kept indefinitely, so you can always pull up any data from any point in time when the system was installed.
Cloud-based storage is a must when choosing a temperature monitoring system. Your lab no longer needs to worry about keeping your data safe and secure when it can so easily be done for you.
With E-Control Systems’ hosted solution, all of your data is stored securely in the cloud and available for you to view 24/7 from any computer, smart phone, or tablet. Besides being able to view your operation from anywhere, at any time, some of the benefits of our hosted solution in the cloud include: (1) never having to worry about costly server space, or if your server goes down; (2) E-Control Systems can act as an extra set of eyes, should a problem arise; (3) No need to ever upgrade software.
ECS Cloud-based storage helps you store your critical data securely. Data is stored in our secure private cloud with server redundancy and automated system backups, making sure that your valuable data is never lost. Besides not ever having to worry about losing data due to a system failure, with our secure cloud, your IT resources are not impacted.
Alerts should be provided through a variety of channels to ensure you get the information you need immediately. The ability to get real-time alerts when monitored equipment moves outside acceptable parameters, and the ability to receive these alerts on a number of different devices, is invaluable.
With E-Control Systems’ FusionLive Dashboard, you get real-time alerts on any device you use, whether it personal computer, tablet or mobile. Data can be viewed from anywhere, at any time, and alerts can be sent via text, e-mail, or various other methods that the user defines. We even have a free App to view your data.
Besides receiving alerts and viewing data for equipment that is being monitored, our system comes standard with an Asset Management Module, which allows you to manage all of your equipment and set up preventative maintenance alerts and reports. Some other standard features include asset repair history, calibration alerts and history, and many other configurable reports.
User Interface / Devices
Many temperature monitoring systems require the use of their device to read your data. This means not only purchasing the sensors for your lab, but also the device used to read the data from those sensors. This is not only costly, but inefficient as well. Imagine you need to check your data from home, a restaurant or a hotel while out of town. Would you rather reach into your pocket and pull out a device used only in that application, or your mobile phone to check your data? (We thought so!)
E-Control Systems can be viewed on any computer, smart phone or tablet that you are also using for your other applications. Multiple users on your network can access the program from their computers as well. In addition, secure remote access is available for groups of users if required. If you would like to use your server to host the database or our cloud server, that is up to you.
It’s extremely important to make sure any temperature monitoring system you choose will not interfere with any of your other equipment.
For this reason each IntelliSensor™ is available using either the latest Wi-Fi technology or the 802.15.4 Zigbee® standard, keeping nearly any application interference-free. Existing wireless networks, wireless telecom systems, and other systems remain autonomous and secure using encrypted transmissions.
Overall, manually logging data is very costly, subject to error and embellishment, and lacks the means of alerting when problems arise. Without issue manually logging data will cost your lab money. If mistakes arise you may face fines, loss of material, or closures. Return on Investment, while hard to calculate, is a key factor to consider with any temperature monitoring system.
E-Control Systems know you have better and more important uses of time in your lab. In general we find that ROI data indicates that the average payback through labor savings, energy savings, data consistency, regulatory compliance, and loss prevention is 12 months or less with the use of E-Control Systems’ temperature monitoring system. Real-time monitoring can save you 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.