What is a data logger? Data loggers are automated monitoring instruments which track and record environmental parameters. These parameters can include air temperature and humidity, water temperature and level, current/ voltage, pressure, light intensity, rainfall, pulse signals, wind speed and direction, CO2 and much more. They are used to monitor conditions and record the parameters at set intervals. Within a data logger is a sensor which receives the environmental information, and this data is then stored using a chip. Stored information can usually be accessed on a computer via a USB port connected to the data logger or it can be transferred automatically to a cloud or dedicated software platform using features such as Bluetooth or radio signals. Typically, software will have a range of analysis features and reporting options, allowing the user to identify any trends or drill down into areas of concern.
Data loggers are used across many different industries for various applications. A data logger will be used in any instance where there is an advantage or requirement for recording the environmental conditions over a period. Whether that is for research and development, protecting product integrity and efficiency, optimising a production process or as a control input for an environmental management system. Applications range from forecasting the weather to temperature mapping warehouses containing sensitive goods or even monitoring CO2 levels in an office.
There are many benefits to using data loggers however the main benefit must time savings through automated sample collection removing the possibility of any human errors. Logging data can be achieved using more manual methods, but it would require consistent monitoring and could provide less accurate results due to human oversight. Using a data logger is more effective, accurate and reliable than taking intermittent manual readings. Some requirements for recording data can be in time spans as short as 1 second intervals, which would be impossible to complete manually. Instead, using a data logger means the hard work is taken care of, saving a great deal of time and energy, and providing a much more clear and concise storage of the data. Data loggers also offer operational benefits such as the ability to configure alarms, meaning a user will be notified if any problems occur during monitoring. Another operational benefit comes from the ability to analyse the data much more effectively allowing the user to identify trends. Regulations may also require that accurate records are maintained and made available for audit purposes, again having this process automated makes regulatory compliance much easier and robust.
As temperature and humidity specialists- we offer several data loggers for monitoring these two parameters. Using our extensive knowledge of the market we have carefully selected some of the leading brands to offer you the right equipment for temperature and humidity monitoring applications. You can view those here or alternatively give us a call, fill in our contact form or chat to us on live chat and speak to one of our specialist engineers.