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TempTrip launches “one touch” temperature tag

Anaheim, CA, US: TempTrip has introduced a new ‘one touch’ intelligent tag for its web-based, cold chain time/temperature monitoring system.

TempTrip says the temperature tag makes food and pharmaceutical cold chain management simple, yet more “intelligent” than ever before.  The new ultra high frequency (UHF) radio identification tag will be shown for the first time at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Expo, October 26-28, Anaheim, California.

The new credit-card sized tag features a tactile “button” which is pressed to start and/or mark temperature data at multiple points throughout the product’s cold chain journey.  When the button is pressed, an LED light on the tag blinks red if the temperature is out of range or displays a solid green if programmed parameters have been met.

TempTrip’s UHF tag can be affixed to packages, cases or pallets and is capable of logging thousands of time/temperature points. The tag also has a five-year battery life which maximizes use and value.  Its temperature range is -30 to +55 Celsius with accuracy of + 0.2 degrees.

“This time/temperature tag is the first to combine flexible performance with reusability and an affordable price point,” said Phaedra Culjak, chief operations officer, TempTrip. “We believe that TempTrip’s new approach makes the technology desirable and affordable for just about any company which relies on cold chain distribution.”

“Companies can program the tags with time and temperature variables specific to any food or pharmaceutical product so that they have a good handle on remaining shelf life.  This can be done at the beginning of the product lifecycle, whether it be at harvest, manufacturing, or any point in the distribution channel.  The ‘actionable’ data can be used in a variety of ways including providing management information to distributors and grocers so they know which product to rotate out of the warehouse first,” said Culjak.

Tags can be seamlessly integrated into existing RFID infrastructures or TempTrip can provide companies with a variety of stationary or portable readers.  Temperature results such as shelf life and alarm conditions can be pulled from the tags the instant they are read and detailed temperature records can be transferred within seconds, if needed.

TempTrip’s web-based data system allows customers to easily check on the condition of their entire cold chain.  Everything from quick reports to detailed graphs is available on line.  Customers can save reports allowing them to review exceptions that may need attention with one click.  All data is archived and can be reviewed, compared and analyzed at any time.

“Our new tag makes it extremely easy and affordable to monitor how time/temperature impacts the product from the beginning of its journey-from the field in the case of produce or the manufacturing plant for most other food and pharmaceutical products,” said Culjak.