A new load temperature recorder has been released from Carrier Transicold. The DataLink 2 recorder is for single- or multi-temperature applications and utilizes up to three independent temperature sensors.
An integral thermal printer lets drivers produce numerical and graphical trip reports for receivers. Data can also be downloaded into a personal computer for electronic logging.
“Increasingly, haulers of pharmaceuticals, perishable and frozen foods, and other temperature-critical goods are using temperature monitoring and reporting capabilities, with temperature accountability a growing focus following the release of the transportation rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act,” said Mark Fragnito, product manager, controls, Carrier Transicold. “The DataLink 2 recorder may help food distribution operations easily track and manage this kind of information for compliance.”
When connected to a Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit’s control system, the DataLink 2 can be used as an analytical tool, capturing temperature data from its own sensors and correlating that against activities recorded by the control system, helping to identify potential sources of temperature excursions.
“Setpoint changes, defrost cycles, unit alarms, door openings and turning off the refrigeration unit can affect temperatures, and uniquely, the DataLink 2 recorder can capture and report these events alongside temperature data, providing helpful insight into temperature activity inside the truck or trailer,” Fragnito explained.
Designed for plug-and-play simplicity, the DataLink 2 recorder auto-detects which Carrier Transicold controller it is connected to, whether an APX or Advance controller or the standard microprocessor. Setup is done through a “soft menu” system keyed to four buttons located just below the device’s backlit display screen. Two recorder styles are offered: body-mount models that attach to either a truck or trailer cargo area, and an in-dash DIN-mount version for more convenient driver access on straight truck applications.