Using temperature probes to maintain proper food refrigeration and storage is critically important. It is well established that food products are perishable. Storing them at a consistent cool temperature helps preserve their freshness, saves businesses money and provides good value to consumers. Failure to store these food products properly can lead to heavy losses. Any business or organization that handles or sells food products, ranging from restaurants to grocery stores and convenience shops, ought to have a carefully planned storage system to ensure that everything is maintained in the appropriate conditions.
When food is exposed to extreme conditions or temperature changes, bacteria can grow, which can either lead to foodborne illnesses or spoilage. Since the time it was invented, refrigeration has proven effective at slowing bacterial growth in fresh food products. Most bacteria grows faster in temperatures between 40 and 140°F according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, for that reason, they require that all refrigerated food should be stored at 40°F or lower.
To ensure that commercial refrigerators and freezers are set and stay in the right temperature range, you need to put in place a robust monitoring system. A few years ago, putting a thermometer in the freezer and having individuals manually collect and record data from it at certain intervals was enough to help you monitor temperature changes. However, the advancement in technology has led to the development of top-notch monitoring systems that can automatically track, record, and analyze temperature fluctuations.
Temperature sensors, primarily thermistors and thermocouples, are excellent solutions for consistently accurate and reliable refrigeration. In particular, thermistors are the most commonly used and best option for ensuring refrigeration systems remain within a narrow temperature range. Thermistors gauge temperatures and then react based on the readings. For instance, cooling cycles will be activated when the refrigerator temperature rises so the consistency is maintained. Customization of these temperature sensors is another important factor to consider. Probes designs and produces custom thermistors and thermocouples for many different applications.
The FDA recommends using a temperature monitoring system that respond to changing conditions, send alerts if there are problems or potential equipment failure. Modern temperature monitoring systems can be enabled to ensure that restaurants or food stores get real-time information straight to their computers, smartphones, or tablets. Without thermistors, it would not be possible for modern refrigerators and freezers to work effectively.
Please contact us to purchase our standard temperature probes or to discuss a specific application that may require a custom temperature sensor solution.