Performing chamber thermal mapping and heat penetration studies are very important in validating your equipment and processes, and are an important part of a GxP compliance program. The time involved in setting up and performing these activities makes it extremely important that the information generated in these activities is viable and highly accurate.
Preparing for a study with thermocouples requires the user to create an entry point into the chamber being tested and careful consideration must be taken to ensure that internal pressure must be maintained and not affected by the introduction of the thermocouples. Under pressure, steam can condense within the thermocouple sheaths and travel back to the connection point with the data acquisition system causing system damage and creating a potential for worker hazard.
The RTD technology featured in the DataTrace® RF data logging systems will retain its calibration over a longer period of time compared to thermocouple based systems. Preparing the chamber is also much simpler as there is no need to introduce an entry point as the loggers can simply be placed within the chamber to transmit data via IR, preserving the integrity of the chamber.
A recent autoclave thermal mapping study performed by a Mesa customer found that the user was able to reduce set up time by 65% by using a wireless data logging system. To read more about the cost savings that a wireless system can provide, please read our white paper on the subject here: