Also known as T-mapping, temperature mapping is done by those who work in sensitive industries who need a constant update on the existing temperature to ensure their vulnerable product is safe from being ruined.
What is Temperature Mapping Study?
T-mapping studies a closed room whose environment is highly controlled to protect the contents stored in it. The purpose of temperature aping a room is to make sure that the temperature is distributed evenly throughout and meets specification requirements.
How Does It Work?
The simple explanation is that temperature loggers are used to record the existing temperature. This monitoring is done continuously throughout the day or weeks depending on how long the assessment must be done. Different temperature loggers are placed throughout the monitored room in specific locations in order to get the most accurate readings. When the assessment period is over the data is then retrieved from the loggers and analyzed. These readings are also done under different conditions in order to obtain the best information possible for an accurate assessment of the temperature-controlled room.
Where is T-mapping conducted?
T-mapping is done wherever there is a controlled environment. These environments are found in Vans, Vehicles, Reefers, Cold Rooms, Fridges, Freezers, Warehouses, Boxes and wherever sensitive products are stored or transported. It is vital for any business to keep a watchful eye on their controlled environments as any spoiling of the product will cost them money and business.
Also, T-mapping can be conducted on furnaces other heat producing machines where a controlled temperature is necessary to manufacture different products.
The types of products that need T-mapping
Not all products need to be stored or transported under finely controlled environments. These measures are reserved for such items as medicines, vaccines, body cells and tissues, food items and much more.
The preservation of these items can mean the difference between life and death which makes T-mapping an essential aspect of any business storing or shipping sensitive materials. It is also vital to have perfectly maintained and functioning temperature loggers in order to do the job correctly. The condition of the temperature loggers is as important as the performance.
The Problem Areas
The implementation of temperature loggers is designed to look for problems in a given temperature controlled room. These units are designed t help the business look for problems in the following areas:
- The location of the hottest and coldest spots in the room
- Temperature distribution. This is analyzed through graphs produced by the information provided
- Power failure issues- what happens to the environment when the power goes out
- Entry issues- this means these loggers gather information on what happens to the controlled environment when the entry door is opened and closed.
- Risk analysis- the data recorded by these temperature loggers help analysts to determine what risks are imminent or possible.
Proper temperature analysis goes a long way in keeping good business relationships sound and effective. It is also one great way to avoid costly mistakes.
This is conducted in much the same manner as temperature mapping. Sometimes it can be done with the same loggers. It can always be done at the same time so there is no lose in data collection or distortion of the information
Should you do a humidity mapping procedure? That is a question that is best left up to you to answer. A word to the wise- ‘it is better to be safe than sorry.’ In other words, studying the humidity levels in your controlled environment at the same time you do a temperature analysis would be an intelligent move. It is more efficient, less expensive and can easily be done at the same time as the t-mapping. There are many units available that can handle both tasks with ease.
When should a Humidity Mapping Study be conducted?
One of the best ways to know when this study is warranted is to check the products stored in a controlled room environment. You should also check the storage instructions provided by the manufacturer of the different products. If one of the requirements state that the product needs t be stored at a certain humidity level then you should conduct both mapping procedures.
If there are no specific instructions concerning the humidity levels, then the decision is left up to you and your judgment. One thing is certain nothing is lost by conducting a humidity mapping study at the same time a T-mapping study is being done.
A few final words
T-mapping is an integral part of any business that handles very sensitive products like medicines, human tissue, vaccines, food products and much more. A good T-mapping study will save the business costly expenses in the long run.
It is also a good business move to ensure that all controlled storage facilities and shipping containers be watched for any problems. Embarrassing business situations can be avoided if all controlled storage and shipping environments are maintained and operating at peak efficiency. No business wants to be responsible for delivering the ruined vitally needed product. To keep the importance of T-mapping and humidity mapping in perspective, it is not a waste of time or money. It is vital procedure as lives are on the line.
As has been stated both T-mapping and humidity mapping can be done at the same time so that the storage and shipping facility knows that their controlled environments are doing their job. Keeping an eye on one’s business is a good business decision.
If you are in doubt as to which unit will best meet your needs and the demands of your manufacturers or customers, then call the experts. They are ready to guide you to the right unit so you can make the best decision for your business needs. Our experts are more than willing to help you out as they understand the severity of the situation. They are on your side as when you look good we look good. Your business health is what it is all about.