Pharmacy Inventory Management Using a Temperature Monitoring System
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The manufacturer installed a Grant Squirrel SQ2020 Portable Universal Input Data Logger (https://www.dataloggerinc.com/
The Squirrel data logger offers users a highly accurate (0.05% accuracy) battery-powered solution featuring 24-bit analog-to-digital converters for precision measurements. Grant data loggers are capable of measuring a wide range of physical values including temperature, humidity, current, voltage and resistance. In this particular application, the data logger is wall-mounted, but the lightweight and portable design of this unit make it just as convenient to use for numerous applications within industry and research. Additionally, Grant's Squirrel series is world-renowned for its ruggedness and durability.
The Squirrel data logger has a built-in LCD display and keypad enabling operation either as a stand-alone recorder or as a PC-linked data acquisition system. The SQ2020 data logger offers 8 to 16 universal analog inputs and 8 digital inputs as well as up to 16 derived/calculated channels and 4 pulse rate/ counter inputs.
The SQ2020 is easily configured via the front panel buttons or via PC and supports both USB and Ethernet connectivity with WiFi options as well. The SQ2020 data logger was chosen for its ease of use and standard USB connectivity. USB provides fast downloading of data which is critical in the pharmaceutical industry where regulatory compliance is so important. Users can also deliver setup and configuration files, download the up to 14 million readings of logged data by using removable SD memory cards, or simply plug the data logger into a PC and download the data for inspection to determine if optimal storage conditions have been maintained.
The strict monitoring criteria are set in the configuration process with automated alarms to notify personnel when any temperature or humidity measurement crosses the pre-determined thresholds. A loud buzzer was connected as a local warning device to the logger's alarm outputs. This way personnel can take immediate corrective action to help preserve their life science products by relocating inventory to safer areas until the underlying issue can be addressed.
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The Squirrel data logger is a cost-effective solution for this application given that it covers multiple monitoring points and records both temperature and humidity for pharmacy inventory management. Testers found that the Squirrel logger offers hassle-free data management and trouble-free operation at an affordable price. Easy to use and portable, the Squirrel's LCD lets users configure the system independent of a PC–meanwhile, the Squirrel's alarming feature helps protect at-risk products. This directly upholds the brand's reputation for quality and streamlines the QA process, saving both time and money.
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