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 This month, i
n our September Newsletter we present a case study which describes how Fourtec's DataNet and DaqLink Solutions are used simultaneously to monitor the temperature of stored and pres erved blood samples in a Hospital Trust blood bank facility off the coast of Norway .
 
 In our Market Research and News slot we link to an item discussing the loss and quality deterioration of perishable produce caused by the absence of adequate cold-chain capacity in India, the world's second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, after China.
 
 In our regular Tip of the Month section we review procedures for saving calibration files for future use, for both DataNet and DaqLink data loggers, by following some simple steps.



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THE FOURTEC TEAM
 
CASE STUDY
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DataNet and DaqLink Solutions - Monitoring Temperature of Stored Blood Deposits 

Application:  Blood Deposit Storage

Organization :  Hospital Trust


Background:
 
A  blood bank is a cache or bank of blood or blood components, gathered as a result of blood donation or collection, stored and preserved for later use in blood transfusion. Blood banks in Norway are integrated to hospitals and owned by regional health trusts. This explains the high amount of some 50 blood centers. 75% of blood is collected by 14 blood banks. Plasma is provided by the 14 larger blood banks and fractionated by a commercial company .


About the Customer:

In an area on the coast of Norway surrounded by islands stands a modern, state owned hospital trust complete with full blood bank facilities. The hospital blood bank has freezers for storage of blood deposits at up to -90°C which are situated at various locations within the facility hence the simultaneous coupling of both the DataNet and DaqLink solutions.  


Key Customer Challenges:
  
  • Monitor real-time temperature parameters inside refrigerators
  • Transparent processes with data reports to regulatory bodies
  • Meet budget and resource restrictions with uniform handling
 
Solution Implementation:

DataNet : Temperature is monitored with multiple DNL910 temperature loggers, one DNR900 Receiver and the 50116, an external PT100 temperature sensor, set up to monitor the laboratory's refrigerators. 
Data is transmitted to the PC, from which reports are submitted.

Rather than compensate for the distance between locations by connecting multiple repeaters to the DataNet system the customer chose to use the DaqLink system which was connected via LAN receiver with LAN USB connection. 

DaqLink : Temperature is monitored with the DBSA710 and the 50116 external PT-100 temperature sensor (-200 to 400 C˚) monitoring system inside the laboratory refrigerators where blood samples are stored.  Alarm notifications are sent automatically if thresholds are crossed while DaqLab software reporting facilities compile reports to regulatory bo dies.
 

Measurable Results:
 
Uniform handling - a range of products, complete with a strong and flexible system are used simultaneously, from one supplier providing efficiency and lowering costs across the board.

Recurring report delivery - data is transferred into report format in both Excel and PDF and delivered at regular intervals to a selected distribution list.

Minimizing error - four alarm levels, SMS and email alerts, together with emergency night procedures all protect the banked blood's quality and integrity

 

   
MARKET RESEARCH & NEWS


 
 

India may be the world's second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, at 91.29 million tonnes (Mt) and 163.39 tonnes (Mt), respectively, in 2014-15, next to China. But the absence of adequate cold-chain capacity means that a significant part of this perishable produce goes waste or suffers quality deterioration. Both farmers and end-consumers lose in the bargain - the former by being denied a wider market and better prices, the latter through having to pay more for lower quality produce.

 
Published:  Sep 10, 2015, 3:18
Source: The Indian Express
Author:  Harish Damodaran 


A recently-released report by NABARD Consultancy Services Private Ltd (NABCONS) has assessed the gap in cold-chain infrastructure capacity at an all-India level for fresh horticulture produce (requiring chilling, mild-chilling or sub-30 degree temperatures storage) and frozen meat, dairy and other processed food products. 



 
September 2015

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Tip of the Month
 

Saving Calibration Files

  • After performing the calibration with sensors attached for both DataNet and DaqLink data loggers, the file created can be saved for future use by following a simple process. 

  • Following calibration, exit the calibration window and go back to the calibration option in the logger icon right click menu. Select "Save calibration".
 
  • Please note that calibration file will be saved according to the logger comment and this file can later be loaded in the same menu.

  • Therefore, if additional comments other than default were not set up, be sure to designate the file for the correct logger when naming it. 


 
Please contact the Fourtec Help Desk with further questions on this or any other issue.