Life Science Temperature Monitoring Systems
At the heart of our system is our Intellisense™ family of products. Using our Patented Intelligent Sensor (U.S. Patent No. 9,064,389) and our free App for your iOS Apple and Android devices, you will be able to automatically and effortlessly monitor all of your equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and receive alerts should any of your equipment readings fall out of range. The system will send the alerts before any critical failures occur, allowing your facility to take preventative measures and thus saving a loss of inventory and money. This is especially important in the life science field, as a critical failure can cost you years of research and work.
ECS enables you to collect all of your FDA required data by simplifying 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance. With our system, you can automatically monitor all of your equipment 24/7. A variety of sensors can be used to monitor temperature, humidity, CO2, room differential pressure, as well as monitor when doors are opened and closed.
Covid-19 Vaccine Cold Chain Monitoring
The CDC has issued initial guidelines for Covid-19 vaccine storage and handling, to minimize vaccine loss and ensure maximum efficacy. The cold chain storage and handling requirements for Covid-19 vaccines will vary in temperature from refrigerated (2 ⁰C to 8 ⁰C) to frozen (-15 ⁰C to -25 ⁰C) to ultra low temperature (-60 ⁰C to -80 ⁰C). The initial vaccines will need to be stored in -80 ⁰C freezers and shipped in dry ice thermal shippers.
Keeping precise temperatures and other parameters is the only way to ensure the efficacy of the vaccine. ECS has been working with vaccine manufacturers and the CDC over the years and our software has built in analytics to analyze all the necessary parameters to determine if vaccine efficacy has been affected throughout the entire cold chain: from distribution, through travel, to delivery, and up until the point of administration of the vaccine.
ECS uses NIST Calibrated probes in glycol and also special probes designed specifically for ultra low temperatures to ensure accurate and precise temperature readings. Each piece of hardware has a datalogger incorporated into it making sure that no temperature is ever missed throughout the entire cold chain.
Why is environmental control important for life sciences?
For the life science and Lab industries, managing the environment is imperative. Keeping precise temperatures, humidity levels, and other parameters can ensure the stored products, like critical vaccines, remain effective. ECS has been working with various vaccine manufactures and the CDC to help our suite of products maximize their potential. From this experience, our software has built in analytics to measure all necessary environmental parameters to ensure product efficacy and sustainability.
Here at ECS, we use NIST calibrated probes in glycol and special probes specifically designed for ultra low temperatures to provide accurate and precise temperature readings. In the life science industry, accuracy and precision can be a make or break situation. Each piece of ECS hardware includes a datalogger incorporated to make sure the temperature is consistently accounted for and measured. So you’re never missing a beat throughout the ENTIRE cold chain.
Don’t leave anything to chance. ECS can be your perfect temperature regulation solution.
Are there risks in life science settings if temperature is NOT monitored?
Did you know that roughly 44% of labs don’t have a temperature monitoring system? Meaning that almost half of labs are assuming the risks associated with mismanagement of temperature regulation.
Monitoring temperature and other critical environmental influences has become a growing need for many life science industries. To address this, ECS has evolved into a full-service monitoring solution. ECS innovations and solutions are designed to meet the ever-changing market needs and constantly evolving regulatory requirements related to food, drug, and manufacturing processes and controls. These manufacturing processes and controls can include HACCP, the Joint Commission, AABB, GLP/GMP, FCC, and FDA.
If you need to keep all laboratory specimens or products in a monitored environment to sustain their potency, temperature monitoring is a daily responsibility. The CDC highly recommends logging lab refrigerator and freezer temperatures at least twice a day. Malfunctions and environmental disruptions can be a constant risk, so incorporating a system to record temperatures is absolutely necessary as an added fail safe.
Utilizing our temperature monitoring solution and taking advantage of our mobile application can not only keep you from losing your valuable materials or products, but also helps protect time and money investments too. Furthermore, it supports your ability to serve patients and customers, thus potentially saving or significantly impacting lives.
There isn’t a universal temperature for biological materials, samples, or vaccines. The necessary stored temperature requirements can vary depending on what you’re storing. Monitoring your life science items through detailed recordings and logged data enables your facility to know actual sample temperatures.
At the start and end of each work day, you can record the minimum and maximum temperature. If temperatures or other environmental factors, like humidity or CO2 levels, aren’t where they should be, you’ll need to take immediate action. Afterall, there is no such thing as caring too much about your units’ content. Being able to frequently check your systems with ECS can put your mind at ease while minimizing risks.
What are the different types of alerts I can set up for life sciences?
Once you’ve mounted your IntelliSensor on your equipment that requires monitoring and plugged in the IntelliGate, you can start to view your data and receive alerts in real-time. From the receipt, you can also print customizable reports.
Your data can be viewed from anywhere and at any time! From the collected data, you can receive alerts via text, email, or through notifications from the easy to use app. Our system also comes with an Asset Management Module, which allows you to manage your equipment and set up preventative maintenance alerts.
With our hosted solution in the cloud, all of your logged data is stored securely in the cloud and available for you to access 24/7 with the help of any computer, smart phone, or tablet. The ECS cloud means you never have to worry about costly server space, server space malfunctions, or upgrade your software.
ECS not only acts as an extra set of eyes for you, the system can safely track and record data AND notify you immediately if anything goes array.
What are the benefits of life science temperature and humidity control?
Life science industries require precise control of atmospheric conditions, including temperature and humidity. This type of monitoring is essential to keep facilities running safely and efficiently. The main benefits for monitoring atmospheric conditions can include:
- Airborne infection control. Regulating humidity and temperature ensures aerosols and other hazardous airborne materials cannot spread as easily. Proper humidity control is essential to the wellbeing of facility workers as well.
- Equipment protection. Proper environmental regulation protects sensitive equipment from electrostatic discharges, and also reduces the risk of damage from excessive moisture buildup on the equipment.
- Data accuracy. Lab data is directly tied to the source material that you’re examining and regulating. If the humidity and temperatures are either too low or too high, it can cause negative effects and possibly result in inaccurate results.<
- Energy efficiency. Equipment in life science facilities are abundant. With that, the power needed to run these types of facilities can be immense. Regulating and monitoring the temperature and humidity can help with a facility's energy consumption. This can lead to reduced energy and saving facilities valuable resources.
ECS can offer you and your facility a turnkey solution which guarantees that valuable data will be transmitted to your network, before our installer leaves the site. Additionally, ECS features and benefits include cell Phone Alerts, fusionLive Dashboard, 24/7 Continuous Monitoring, and daily summaries. The easy to use ECS solution is fully functional and accessible on any device. Enjoy the exceptionally designed interface of ECS and ensure your facility is securely monitored.
Is temperature monitoring a legal requirement for life sciences?
Today, temperature monitoring equipment can be affordable and easily accessible with the help of ESC. The CDC mentions that temperature monitoring systems are like insurance for your facility, and could possibly be the best protection for your vaccines and samples.
If you don't have a temperature monitoring system, now can be the perfect time to get one with ECS. If you're in the food service, healthcare, life science, or retail industry a temperature monitoring system can be absolutely essential for your operation. Many companies rely on a temperature monitoring system to uphold quality assurance, maintain operational efficiency, or meet regulatory compliance. In some cases legal requirements exist, enacting the need for life science companies to maintain temperature records.
Facilities handling vaccines, pharmaceuticals, tissue samples and other medical assets that must remain at certain temperatures need to follow best practices for storage. Inventory must be in compliance with regulations and these must be proved when audited. Proper storage is critical for these items, and loss of potency due to improper temperatures can reduce the safety and efficacy of the assets.
A temperature monitoring system that includes a data logger solves these issues. Data is automatically stored that personnel can download, print and export for use in reports for internal and external regulators.
With ECS, you have the flexibility to monitor a wide array of items based on your custom application. Operate with integrity when you invest in sophisticated temperature monitoring systems, not just for compliance reasons, but with the care to run the best establishment possible.
With ECS, you have the flexibility to monitor a wide array of items based on your custom applications, including but not limited to:
- 4 °C Refrigerator
- -20 °C Freezer
- -80 °C Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) Freezers
- Liquid Nitrogen Tanks (LN2)
- Oxygen Levels
- Incubators (Temperature, Humidity, CO2)
- Pressure of CO2 Tanks
- Differential Pressure
- Moisture/Water Leak
- Clean Room (Temperature, Humidity, Differential Pressure)
- Main Power Interruption (On/Off)
- Emergency Power Generators
- Room Monitoring (Ambient Temperature & Humidity)
- Cold Storage
All data is stored in our secure cloud with server redundancy and automated system backups. Each sensor is available with or without a display, and comes standard with data loggers, which will store data in case of a network or power outage. As soon as network/power is restored, the data loggers will transmit all of the data to the system.
With ECS’ temperature monitoring solution, you receive a complete operation management system, which comes standard with Preventative Maintenance and Asset Management modules. The result is a cost effective, easily installed solution that simplifies your compliance requirements, improves safety, prevents inventory loss, and ultimately reduces your overall workload.
At ECS, we provide temperature monitoring for the following industries:
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