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MadgeTech Cooling Flags Benefit the Meat and Poultry Industry

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The cooking of meat is a regulated process that requires temperature values to meet standards within the regulated period of time, even throughout the cooling process. Exclusively used in the meat and poultry industry, cooling flags can track the cooling of smoked or cooked meats.

Verification of the cooling process must be available for compliance validation. Data loggers are used to record and track the specified cooking and cooling temperatures. Within the MadgeTech 4 Data Logging Software, the cooling flags feature inserts annotations within a graph that specify (flag) when certain temperature thresholds are met as the meat cools.

When the temperature drops and a cooling flag is reached, but the temperature then rises above this cooling flag by 5 degrees or more, the software knows something is wrong. An alert is then generated and any other cooling flags that are set will be cancelled. This notifies the user immediately, providing the opportunity to correct the problem before the product is compromised. 

In the meat industry, the RFOT Wireless Meat Data Logger is widely used and built to last. This data logger can withstand the harsh smokehouse environment while accurately recording internal meat temperature with its built-in rugged probe.

With a Madgetech wireless data logger, cooling flags are displayed within the software while the data logger is in use, giving you real-time updates. The use of multiple cooling flags allows you to see how much time has passed between each flag while also allowing you to monitor the cooling process for multiple, consecutive cycles.

A cooling flag data summary is displayed in the Report Properties, clearly and concisely, making the information available for records or reference. This feature saves time and simplifies the reporting process required for product safety validation.

MadgeTech continues to develop features and improvements that assist meat, poultry and food processors with simplified compliance and validation. To learn more about the MadgeTech Data Logger Software, click here.

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.