In a time when people look for ways to automate everything they do, the Data Logger takes a top spot. Since now we live in the 21st century, we can’t rely on unreliable data measuring and monitoring methods. So, if you have been looking for a reliable way to monitor the temperature in your commercial freezer; the compact device called the Data Logger can help you. Well, thanks to the modern technology; now you can monitor the temperature in your commercial freezer from anywhere in the world. What a convenience? We, humans; are amazing inventors of the today’s world. In this article, we talk about the useful Data Logger for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Enjoy the article!
OK, let’s get to know about the Data Logger a bit better first. It comes in many shapes, colors, sizes, and types. Some devices just look like your mobile phone (compact and small.) Anyway, it can do more for you when compared to its size. How can we define the Data Logger? Well, it is a battery-powered device equipped with a few internal parts. Data storage, internal microprocessor, and the sensor are the main parts of this useful device. Some loggers come with more than one sensor to measure more than one parameter. For example, temperature/humidity Data Logger. This device can measure both the temperature and humidity that are critical parameters in many industries such as food, textile, and so on. Where can you set the device? Indoors or outdoors? Don’t worry! Modern manufacturers design their products in such a way to use for indoor and outdoor applications. So, your Data Logger can stay on the rooftop for years doing what it has to do.
What are the applications of this useful device? Well, it is difficult to say the exact number of applications (it can be hundreds or thousands.) Common applications include measuring the air temperature, light, dissolved oxygen, AC/DC current/voltage, water level, wind speed, rainfall, water level, soil moisture, and many more. So, a Data Logger is available for all your residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Most data loggers are single units that fit in your palm. Yes, robust devices are there that come with more than one external sensors.
How can you use a Data Logger?
Choose the right type of logger according to your requirement. As mentioned, modern devices come with more than one sensor, so you can measure more than one parameter with a single device. The sample rate is a thing to consider. Set the sample rate using the accompanying analysis and graphing software (it is not rocket science.) Place the Data Logger in the place you want to measure. The device will measure and record the data unattended for days, weeks, or months. Well, depending on the sample rate, the battery power may diminish sooner. For example, setting the sample rate to every minute will drain the batteries sooner than setting the sample rate to every hour. Also, the internal memory will run out sooner, depending on the sample rate you choose. Now, what does that mean? You should buy a Data Logger, which comes with a higher internal memory for high sample rate applications.
What you do with the stored data in the logger?
OK, retrieving the data from your modern Data Logger is a piece of cake today. You can retrieve the data on your laptop or a mobile device for further analysis. For example, the temperature in your commercial freezer. Monitoring the temperature in food storage areas (commercial freezers) is mandatory by the law. You can take printouts of the graphs and data you obtain from your Data Logger as proofs. Thanks to the new technology, now you can connect your device to the laptop or a mobile device wirelessly. The wireless connection has made it more efficient today (no hassle with wires and cables.)
More applications of a Data Logger
As mentioned, you can set your device indoor, outdoor, or even underwater to measure and record the parameter that you want. Should you buy it for home use? Yes, many residential applications are there to discuss here. For example, humidity and the temperature. Monitoring these two parameters is crucial for optimal comfort in your home. A data Logger can help you lower energy usage in your home. Frequent temperature and humidity changes are a common issues house owners come across, which can easily be monitored by a Data Logger. So, from the data you obtained; you can find the cause easily.
We are living in the digital era now. Modern manufacturers have managed to improve their products to match this digital era. You don’t have to write the data from a pen manually anymore. Bluetooth, USB, Wireless, and web-based are the modern types of loggers available on the market today. Well, we should talk about the web-based Data Logger in detail here. Connecting the logger to the cloud is the latest technology. The logger measures and transfer the data to your cloud account. You can login to your cloud account and monitor the data from anywhere in the world. Cloud data storage is a very secure platform, so all your data will be protected, and only you can access it.
USB loggers can easily be connected to your PC or the laptop like a pen drive. The Bluetooth connection allows you to connect your Data Logger to a mobile device easily. All these additional features have made this device a very reliable and efficient method of data measuring, monitoring, and storing.
How can I buy the right logger type?
What is your application? Talk with the manufacturer or the distributor first. You can find necessary information on their websites. Homeowners can buy cheap loggers for general applications. Anyway, buy your Data Logger from a reputable manufacturer.
Some final words
I am sure now you have understood the Data Logger after reading this article. Talk to a professional in the industry if you are not sure about the application and the right type. Buying a device that comes with modern features such as wireless connection is advisable for more convenience. Yes, such devices are expensive than general devices. Anyway, you can consider it as a long-term investment. Your Data Logger will serve you for years, no matter the condition it is being used. My research on this device showed me that not all the manufacturers are giving the cloud data storage facility yet. So, do your research about it if you want the cloud data storage facility.