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MadgeTech Demolition Derby Car Records Crash Data

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Here’s a throwback from six years ago today, when MadgeTech engineers and staff installed several data loggers in a car destined for destruction. MadgeTech was proud to sponsor a Demolition Derby car for the 2013 Hopkinton State Fair, driven by then 20-year-old, Roddy Tanner, of Warner.

Installed in Roddy’s blue Ford LTD were an UltraShock-50G, two TSR101-50G shock loggers for monitoring the G forces of the crashes, three TC101As for monitoring the temperature of the engine block, radiator and transmission and a Pulse101A for monitoring the engine RPMs. The loggers were secured to various positions within the vehicle using industrial strength high powered magnets. There’s no need to worry about the shock loggers themselves, their steel enclosures are built to be virtually indestructible.

Since then, MadgeTech has released the new UltraShock, available for preorder now, which replaces all of our older shock models. The UltraShock contains powerful improvements and an all-in-one functionality capable of recording shock, temperature, pressure and humidity. Featuring a smaller, lighter design, the UltraShock has a battery life of up to 90 days and uses a USB-C cable, making it easily rechargeable.

If you would like more information on the new UltraShock, please email MadgeTech at [email protected] or give us a call at (603)-456-2011.

Optimizing Your Data Logger with One Simple Step

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It’s safe to say that if you own or ever owned a computer, then you’ve most likely gone through the struggles of keeping your data organized, secure, and relatively easy to access.

The same goes for owning a data logger. With constant feeds of information, data, and analysis, it may seem almost impossible to monitor. Luckily, MadgeTech has created a solution in order to keep up with the fast-paced data logging segmentation.

The MadgeTech 4.2 Data Logging Software offers customizable features that provide users with up to date, real-time monitoring, keeping all the data logger information integrated and easy to find in one location. The software interface allows users to manage devices, review data, and offers endless reporting capabilities. Data provided from the software can be exported into Excel for further analysis.

Installing the software can be done in minimal steps and is available in two versions. The MadgeTech Secure Software ensures standards in which electronic files are considered equivalent to paper records, saving time and effort. Containing criteria such as access codes and electronic signatures, MadgeTech Secure Software meets the requirements of 21 CFR Part 11 and helps provide data integrity.

The latest 4.2 Software come equipped with several new features:  

  • Time Markers – Want to keep track of the time on your report? Easily mark a desired point on any report using the time markers. They can help organize different stages or cycles within a process or can be used as reference points
  • Cooling Flags – Cooling flags are automatic reading annotations that specify when certain temperature thresholds are met. This is ideal for anyone measuring certain temperature readings
  • Data Table Reports – Using a data table report allows the user to view the data and channels from the current graph or statistics report in a data table format. This makes the information easily legible

Being easily accessible and navigable, the MadgeTech 4.2 software is a great match for your data logger. Looking to view accurate, real-time data? MadgeTech is here to provide the perfect solution!

Hot Cars Kill: A MadgeTech Experiment

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We’re breathing a sigh of relief after a week-long heatwave that consumed the Northeast has finally moved out! But rather than complain, we had some fun experimenting with our data loggers under the extreme circumstances.

To emphasize the importance of not leaving people or animals in the car on a hot day, we stuck an RFRHTemp2000A wireless humidity and temperature data logger inside a parked car and outside on top of a tire. Over the span of 7 hours, we received our highest reading 3 hours into the experiment.

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At 9:00 a.m., both loggers started with a read of 77 °F (25 °C) and by 1:00 p.m. temperatures skyrocketed. Outside it was 94 °F (34 °C), but inside the car is was a blistering 164 °F (73 °C). To put that into perspective, 165°F is the temperature the United States Department of Agriculture recommends for cooking poultry because it kills salmonella, campylobacter bacteria and avian influenza viruses.

A car is like an oven, at 104 °F (40 °C) a child can suffer a heatstroke. Once the core body temperature reaches 107 °F (41 °C) cells are damaged and internal organs begin to shut down, eventually leading to death. According to Kids and Cars, an average of 37 kids in the United States die each year from being left in hot cars.

103 °F (39 °C) is the body temperature at which a dog will show symptoms of a heatstroke. Even with the windows cracked, all it takes in 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to rise.

Outside Temperature (°F) Vehicle Temperature (°F)
  10 minutes 30 minutes
70° 89° 104°
75° 94° 109°
80° 99° 114°
85° 104° 119°
90° 109° 124°
95° 114° 129°

Don’t forget – A car doesn’t need to be hot to be dangerous. Heat stroke can occur in the shade, with the windows down and outside temperatures as low as 57 °F (13 °C)!  Beating the heat is tough but pets, kids and the elderly are especially vulnerable when it comes to keeping cool. So take it from us, don’t take chances with your loved ones. It could lead to deadly consequences.