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Tiny temperature monitors ensure medicine safety

Posted: 26 Aug 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:temperature monitor? ISO13485? medical devices?

Escatec has announced that it is building almost a third of a million temperature monitors a year for Berlinger & Co of Switzerland. The devices, which cost a few dollars each depending on the model, monitor the temperature of goods in transit and storage to ensure that they have not been subjected to temperatures that are outside of pre-set boundaries, stated the firm.

Escatec is one of the few contract design and manufacturing companies to be certified to Class 2 and Class 3 for the manufacture of medical devices, the ISO13485 quality management standards. Although the data loggers are not medical devices, they are designed and manufactured to this very high and exacting standard by Escatec.

There are three models in the Q-tag temperature monitor range, all of which powered by lithium coin cells to give a service life of up to five years. The simplest model, the Q-tag Quad, has a display that indicates if the temperature has gone outside of the pre-set boundaries since it was turned on.

The next model up, the Q-tag CLm, records temperature changes and the times that they occurred, which are displayed on the built-in screen. This enables the cumulative duration of overruns to be determined as, if minimal, the goods may still be usable. Having the times recorded, enables any problems to be investigated.

The top of the range model, the Q-tag CLm doc, enables all this data to be downloaded via USB for detailed analysis by computer

The relationship with Escatec is proving so successful that Berlinger has asked Escatec to design some new products for them that will be launched later this year, added the company.

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