Installation Inventory: Not-hot chocolate

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Valos Chocolates has been producing high-quality boxed and novelty chocolates since 1947 in Pennsylvania. As with any fine chocolatier, the quality of their product is of the utmost importance.

Valos purchased a simple Blulog RF temperature monitoring system to monitor temperatures in their factory to ensure that the end product would be produced and kept in ideal temperatures for product quality and consistency. Valos installed one RF temperature logger along with an RF Hub. Since the system is wireless, installation was extremely simple and took less than 30 minutes.

“The RF logger takes a temperature every 10 minutes and sends that information to the hub, which is LAN-connected to their Internet provider,” explained Ted Wilkes from Bluline Solutions.

“The information is uploaded to the cloud where it can be accessed via the customer’s BluConsole dashboard.”

Temperature alerts can be set for high and low temperature limits and the system will send alert emails, texts, or optional telephone alerts. Reports can be generated by date range and printed as pdf or csv files. In case of temperatures outside of ideal ranges, the manager is alerted so that corrective action can be taken immediately, reducing the risk of product quality issues.

Within a few months of purchasing the Blulog RF system, Valos’s owner was alerted to out-of-temperature conditions due to a failed HVAC system. Having the Blulog system in place enabled Valos to take action quickly and have the system repaired.

Blulog RF systems can be utilized in many steps in the chocolate process including raw material storage, production, final product storage, and transportation. A simple two zone monitoring system, like the one installed at Valos, costs under US$500 and has no monthly service fees.