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How to Reduce Avoidable Festive Food Waste

How to Reduce Avoidable Festive Food Waste

Insight from Unilever highlights that the UK throws away more than 4 million tonnes of perfectly edible food during December (30% of our total annual volume). This includes 263,000 turkeys, 7.5 million mince pies and more than 170 tonnes of sprouts. With food production being 

How to optimise your energy usage by temperature monitoring your home

How to optimise your energy usage by temperature monitoring your home

Monitoring the temperature of your home is important financially and environmentally. Simply keeping track of accurate readings and being more mindful with your heat usage can save you money, maintain good health and reduce your carbon dioxide emissions. Last year we looked at what temperature 

NEW state-of-the-art UKAS calibration laboratory for ETI

NEW state-of-the-art UKAS calibration laboratory for ETI

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new UKAS Calibration Laboratory and Service/Repair centre. In the company’s latest and purpose-built factory, ETI has again invested considerably in providing improved facilities with additional space, staff and state-of-the-art calibration equipment. Greg Hills, Laboratory Manager says “We have always enjoyed excellent laboratory facilities, but the new building and instrumentation has provided us with unbelievable opportunities for the future.” The new UKAS, Temperature, Humidity and Electrical laboratories, together with the administration facility are more than three times the size of the previous laboratories.

This, combined with the support and increased capabilities of the Service department, will undoubtedly benefit the outstanding turn-around times already achieved. Managing Director Peter Webb explained “Obviously accurate and traceable temperature and humidity measurement is core to our business, and I, and my fellow Directors, had no hesitation in providing the tools for the job, in support of an excellent laboratory team.”

Alongside our UKAS accredited  in-house temperature and humidity calibration services, we also offer a selective range of calibration equipment for checking the accuracies of your digital instrumentation. You can view them all here: Calibration Equipment

Should you require any additional information, please contact our sales office
on 01903 202151.

ThermaData Studio – Viewing & Exporting Data & TD Link App

ThermaData Studio – Viewing & Exporting Data & TD Link App

The final installment in our three-part ThermaData Studio blog series today we will be talking about how you can view and export data from the Studio software, as well as the great features of our TD Link iOS app.   VIEWING DATA Opening Saved Files 

Why ETI Installed an Evaporative Cooling System

Why ETI Installed an Evaporative Cooling System

Here at ETI we have recently installed a new system to help keep our staff and factories at a comfortable temperature throughout the warmer months. After a little research we contacted the guys over at ‘Clean Air Group‘ and decided to install an Evaporative Cooling 

ThermaData Studio – Auto Archive Feature

ThermaData Studio – Auto Archive Feature

Following on from our ThermaData Studio Walk Through Setup Guide today we are discussing the fantastic auto-archiving feature in the ThermaData Studio software. It is a very handy feature in which you can set the software to automatically download and archive data which has been transmitted by the unit and captured by ThermaData Studio. Auto Archiving is a fantastic time saving feature which is perfect for HACCP compliance and audit checks. You’ll never forget to download your data – it does it for you!

To set up Auto Archive simply locate the button in the top bar on the Home tab. You can see here that the third row down within the new window says ‘Instruments’, from here you can choose which logger unit you want to add and enable Auto Archiving on.

We can then set the intervals at which we want the unit to record the temperature; however you cannot set the interval for which the unit transmits the stored data to the Studio software. Auto Archive will automatically transmit the data and archive it accordingly every 4 hours, this is to maximise the battery life of each ThermaData WiFi instrument.

Although the recommended transmission rate may seem too long period for some people, if at any stage the recording interval registers a temperature outside of the present high or low alarm limits, the instrument will automatically send a new transmission containing all the latest data, allowing you to be notified as soon as possible. If you would like the data to be transmitted more frequently then you must turn off Auto Archive and change the settings accordingly in the Instrument Settings, this however will mean you have to manually save and archive your data.

Within Auto Archive you now also have the ability to create groups. NEW for 2019 this addition to Auto-Archive allows you to group multiple loggers together when the data is archived. For example; Fridge & Freezer loggers may be one group and within that group it will archive the data by Year and then Month. To create a group select the Group tab while in the Auto-Archive window and enter the name of the groups you are creating one at a time.

Once a group has been created simply drop down to the ‘Instruments’ tab and click on which ones you would like to add like so:

The final page on the auto archiving section is arguably the most important:

Firstly, you choose the location (file path or “directory”) for all auto archived data to be saved. This can be anywhere on a local PC or on a shared drive. To change this directory, simply click on […] icon.

Then, you have a choice of customisable ways to sort all your data. There are 3 options, and each will create a folder within each other for you to easily managed all your auto archived data.

Below is a great example of one easy way to sort, but it is entirely up to the user.

The last box out of the 3 is always what the data file is saved as. So, in this instance, each saved file will contain a month’s worth of data. If the last selection was “week”, the saved file would only contain a week’s worth of data, and so on…

Also, if you do not choose to sort by instruments at any stage, multiple instruments will be saved within the same file. This may be useful if you have grouped your loggers together.

If you click on preview, it will provide an example of how the chosen options are laid out.

For every file that is saved in auto archive, you will also get a pdf report automatically saved. This show any alarms that have been triggered during the time period of that file. Each time each logger transmits data to ThermaData Studio, these files will be updated, so they may not populate as soon as you finish set up, or when you first turn on ThermaData Studio.

Handy Tip: If you accidentally close ThermaData Studio, or your PC performs an automatic update overnight, when you next turn on ThermaData Studio, and each logger successfully transmits data, auto archive will collect any unsaved data that is within each of the loggers internal memory, and update all your saved files.

Creating Hot Compost – A Temperature Guide

Creating Hot Compost – A Temperature Guide

A hot topic today is waste, food waste specifically. Did you know that approximately one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — roughly 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers 

A Guide To Taking Accurate Temperature Readings

A Guide To Taking Accurate Temperature Readings

Digital thermometers are easy to use and quick to respond. Dial thermometers are mainly being replaced with Digital thermometers, although some still prefer the perceived reliability and robustness of the older technology. A Digital thermometer consists of a probe, a display, and an electronic means 

Moisture Meters for Measuring Damp

Moisture Meters for Measuring Damp

Here at ETI we manufacture a range of portable, pin-type (resistance) moisture meters for both the professional and the craftsman. Pin-type moisture meters are acknowledged as a reliable way to obtain percentage moisture readings in a wide range of building materials. The relationship between moisture content and electrical resistance provides consistent and accurate results over the range of 4% to the fibre saturation point, which is approximately 30%, dependent on the material.

Building Materials

Some moisture is unavoidable and may even be necessary in certain building materials, but too much moisture can cause mold, decay and other problems. Our moisture meters are cost-effective instruments that can easily determine moisture levels – allowing the user to diagnose problems and make informed decisions with regard to remedial actions.

 

Problems in Measuring Moisture

The main problems arise from the ‘structure’ of the material being tested, in particular, the presence of other conductive material that can affect the reading.

Therefore when measuring the moisture content of a material it is important to appreciate a number of factors:

  • Surrounding environment
  • Density of the material
  • Grain size or direction
  • Ability of a material to absorb moisture

Why Measure Moisture in Floors & Walls?

Many of today’s flooring materials use water-based adhesives, which are more likely to fail than the older, traditional, solvent-based adhesives. Moisture can cause laminates to fail, tiles to lift and hardwood floors to warp or split. A newly poured concrete floor slab is usually the slowest-drying element of a building. Therefore it is important to measure the moisture content accurately to ensure a successful floor. Measuring the moisture content of walls is a traditional method for locating damp and other related problems, i.e. damaged pipework, breached damp-proof courses etc. It is important to ascertain the cause of the dampness, i.e. rising damp, penetrating damp or condensation before any remedial action is undertaken.

 

Products Available

7250 Moisture Meter

The 7250 is a compact, general purpose moisture meter designed specifically for building professionals and tradesmen to check the moisture content in a variety of construction materials. The moisture meter features a 20-LED bar graph within the keypad which displays current moisture levels; green for ‘OK’, amber for ‘WARNING’ or red for ‘DAMP’. The digital meter incorporates five scales of measurement. Read more here.

7000 Moisture Meter

The 7000 is a compact, general purpose moisture meter designed specifically for building professionals and tradesmen to check the moisture content in a variety of construction materials for moisture content diagnosis. The 7000 also features the same 20-LED bar graph indicator as the 7250, however the 7000 has interchangeable  2-pin probes.  This allows you to use the General Purpose Probe, Heavy Duty Hammer Probe or the Deep Wall Probe. Read more here.

 

 

Moisture Meter Kit

Designed specifically for the construction industry and based around the 7000 moisture meter, this moisture meter kit is a complete solution for measuring the moisture and dampness in a variety of building materials. This kit represents excellent value for money as it is supplied in a FREE carrying case and includes a two-pin probe, two packs of pins and a FREE protective boot. Read more here.

 

 

 

 

Thermadata Studio – Walk Through Set Up Guide

Thermadata Studio – Walk Through Set Up Guide

This blog has been designed as your one stop shop for setting up your new ThermaData WiFi instrument and ThermaData Studio software. You’ll find below a handy guide walking you through step-by-step how to download the ThermaData Studio software and connect your unit to the