Sensaphone Monitors Freezers in Critical Applications

April 29, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

Sensaphone energy manageBarlow Scientific, which provides biomedical refrigeration equipment to laboratories in North Carolina, relies on Sensaphone’s wireless WSG30 and wired 800 devices to monitor temperatures and send immediate alerts when problems arise.

Among Barlow Scientific’s customers are research institutions Duke University and North Carolina Central University, where its freezers are installed in dozens of medical laboratories. Temperature monitoring, immediate alarm notification and secure data logging are essential because these units can contain decades of research and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets.

For example, the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute depends on the Sensaphone WSG30 and 800 to double alarm 22 cold storage units and eight tissue culture incubators. The freezers run as cold as -112˚F and hold vital material for medical research: tissue, blood, plasma and genomic libraries. One experiment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, so the university is motivated to alarm these freezers. And sometimes the cost goes beyond dollar figures. Often the genetic samples are one of a kind.

Sensaphone’s wireless sensors can page the lab technician if a freezer temperature is changing, giving them time to solve the problem before a total failure.

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