Placing Sensors Outside the Warehouse - Is it needed? Plus: How to reduce the total number of sensors in Validation/Mapping
In this week's blog, we feature two questions our regulatory expert Piritta Maunu received on environmental qualification. Piritta describes why placing an external sensor outside storage areas is important, and outlines a method for reducing the number of sensors in thermal validation of large spaces.
Dear C,Thank you for joining our webinar and thank you for emailing me your excellent question:
"Do you suggest also locating a mapping sensor external to the warehouse i.e. outside to assess the challenge during the study?"
Yes, we definitely suggest to locate one sensor at ambient conditions outside the warehouse. This is really important, as you already seem to understand, in case you have some fluctuating mapping results or even out of specification (OOS) mapping results inside the warehouse. When you have one sensor outside the warehouse you are able to understand a bit more of the "big picture" of your warehouse.
- That externally located sensor can answer these questions (among others):
- How different ambient environmental conditions affect your mapping results?
- How should you plan your product storage areas inside the warehouse?
- Do you need some preventive actions related to your processes to overcome some extreme ambient conditions?
I hope my answer is helpful and if you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me again.
Reducing Sensors in Mapping Studies - Two Methods
Dear A, Thank you for joining our webinar and forwarding your question: "Please repeat how you reduce sensor quantity?" Usually, when we talk about warehouses we mean large areas. So in mapping an area ≥ 20 m3, reducing sensor density can save a significant amount of money and effort.
There are a couple approaches to reducing the number of sensors. You could do it by mapping only the locations where the product is stored (shelves, racks). Or… by using in the three-dimensional (3D) area stacks of three sensors - but in practice, you remove every other sensor. From a presentation my colleague Paul Daniel gives on this method, please see the following three images:
- Note1: The balls represent the sensor locations.
- Note 2: Faint balls represent the sensor locations that can be removed.
- Note 3: On the right hand side you see the amount of sensors before and after the reduction.
The maximum distance between the "stacks of three" shouldn't be more than 15-25 meters (RT, room temperature) or 5-8 meters in cold storage areas (+2…+8˚C). For a more in depth discussion on how to use this method to decrease sensors in mapping applications, we offer a webinar and a white paper on the topic.
And here is Paul's webinar on the same topic. Hope that this answer is helpful ;) In case of any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or Paul!