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How Data Loggers Reduce Cost Overhead For Businesses

By Adrianna Noton

A data logger is usually an external device for finding information, often in conditions that it would be impossible to use a standard computer. How data loggers reduce cost overhead for businesses comes from this ability.

The most famous example of a data logger is the so called black box or event recorder. They are also on ships and other event recorders work in a similar way. In this instance, the event recorder can shows us what happens after a disaster and learn from the mistakes, possibly in terms of cabin pressure or core temperature of the vehicle.

The equipment used for this process has changed over the years. In the earlier models before the rise in computers, they were bulky and often either printed their results on large streams of paper or on magnetic strips. Naturally this added to the cost of using them. Modern models tend to have clear LCD displays, allowing you to see the results more easily.

Like a lot of modern digital products, the cost of using this equipment has been massively reduced. On screen data recording and real time clocks have reduced the need for print outs, while many new models have online capabilities allowing them to produce statistics onto websites.

In terms of a business, there are number of applications. Say for example you are transporting perishable goods like food in a truck a long distance. A logger can gauge a vehicle count, allowing the driver to take a shorter route and save on fuel costs. It can also look at the amount of pressure on the delicate cargo, so anyone monitoring the truck can instruct a driver to slow down if need be.

The simpler the program, the more efficient the logger will usually be. Because they are designed to withstand the kind of conditions a computer may not be suitable for, it can save on a lot of costly protection. Many models now come with wireless receivers or a separate wireless receiver can be purchased.

Loggers are often used to gauge environmental factors such as wind direction or gas pressure. If for example you are a company that sells hot air balloon tours, this kind of information would be vital to your business, ensuring that no money is wasted on abandoned flights.

Given the nature of this kind of device it will often be left for long periods of time. Given it is also an external device this also often means they will have to use an external source of power. This means that the manufacturers work hard to produce devices that are very energy efficient compared with standard computers, with some even running on solar power.

It is also vital that any data is handled sensitively and comprehensively recorded. These devices will often be used in hazardous conditions, so the manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure the devices are capably of handling data twenty four hours a day.

It cannot be emphasized enough that with recent developments data loggers have become much cheaper and efficient in recent years and can make a massive difference to your business.

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Noton, Adrianna "How Data Loggers Reduce Cost Overhead For Businesses." How Data Loggers Reduce Cost Overhead For Businesses. 9 Jul. 2010. 29 Dec 2014 <>.

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