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Calibrating devices

The importance of calibrating temperature sensors

Temperature sensors monitor the most common quality metric in the manufacturing industry: temperature. These temperature measurement devices play a key role in ensuring temperature conditions are constantly kept at an optimal level during production, storage, and transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. Regular calibration of temperature sensors ensures the long-term accuracy of measurements and eventually, product quality

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Food: safety/integrity/sustainability

Food Quality Best Practices for Sourcing Raw Materials

Raw materials are a cornerstone of your final food product. It is, therefore, essential that these ingredients meet your quality specifications as well as regulatory food safety standards to ensure that you deliver high-quality end products to your customers. As part of food quality best practice for sourcing raw material sourcing, consider these following factors

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Automation

5 important points to consider when choosing a digital quality and production management system

Digitising your quality management and production management improves workflow efficiency, decreases costs, increases visibility, and reduces business risk. However, choosing the right quality and production management solution might be challenging given the high number of different automated workflow systems on the market. The following 5 important considerations assist you in choosing the right workflow solution

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Remote Monitoring

The Importance of the Vaccine Cold Chain

Note: The vaccine cold chain. Adapted from the New Zealand Ministry of Health. The importance of the vaccine cold chain in battling Covid-19 Covid-19 vaccinations started to roll out beginning of December with the United Kingdom being the first country administering a Covid-19 vaccine after national regulators had given emergency authorisation, followed by countries such

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Remote Monitoring

5 Easy Steps to Avoid Cold Storage Breakdowns in Summer

Hot summer days regularly lead to cold storage breakdowns that can happen across the whole cold chain – in supermarket freezers and refrigerated distribution centres as well as in cooled transportation units. Recordings of iMonitor’s temperature monitoring devices show how important proactive temperature management is, especially in the summer months. The impact of ambient temperatures

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Food: safety/integrity/sustainability

How to Prevent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in the Food Supply Chain

Foodborne illness outbreaks can have serious health consequences for customers. The involved food businesses also often face high costs as well as significant reputation damage. Each day, almost 500 New Zealanders fall ill from food poisoning, according to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). Foodborne illness can cause mild to severe symptoms, ranging from stomach

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Case Study

More time to serve patients with digital monitoring solution

How Glen Eden Pharmacy freed up staff by digitising time-consuming safety tasks with iMonitor’s Pharma Check safety and monitoring solution. As patients depend on their medications and vaccines and costs are high, storing these at optimal temperatures is obligatory to preserve them and minimise risk. Pharmacists are also required to perform regular temperature control checks

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Case Study

High food quality and reduced risks with a digitised Food Safety Plan

When Oh Calcutta wanted to protect their reputation by making food safety compliance easy for staff iMonitor’s Food Safety Plan software was able to help. “The essence of iMonitor’s Food Safety Plan is that it reduces mistakes, it reduces business risks.” The challenge Meena Anand and her team at Oh Calcutta restaurant had already implemented

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Artificial Intelligence

How AI Powered Chatbots Revolutionise Customer Service

AI chatbots have become a key technology trend, revolutionising customer service by enabling businesses to provide real-time and automated 24/7 support. Forecasts predicted that the chatbot market would grow from $2.6 billion in 2019 to $9.4 billion by 2024 at a mean annual growth rate of 29.7%. Businesses have increasingly adopted AI powered chatbots in

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Internet of things

How IIoT creates a stronger cold chain

Each year, almost one third of the world’s produced food is lost or wasted somewhere along the food supply chain, according to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). It means that 1.6 billion tons of food valuing 1 trillion US-Dollars are thrown away every year. This incredibly high amount illustrates the

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Food: safety/integrity/sustainability

The 8 most important Food Safety Factors every Food Business Should Know

Not taking food safety practices seriously can pose significant business risks to food businesses. The lack of food safety compliance might not only affect the health of customers and staff but can also cause serious damage to the food company’s reputation. However, improper handling and preparation of food are still causing most of the occurring

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Calibrating devices

4 Risks of Not Calibrating Your Measurement Devices

Digital monitoring devices such as remote temperature monitoring sensors or Bluetooth thermometers help businesses increase efficiency and enhance data accuracy significantly. However, irregular calibration of these measurement devices poses several risks. The importance of regular instrument calibration When it comes to measuring quality metrics to ensure product safety and smooth production, accurate and reliable measuring

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Audits

How to Pass Each Food Safety Audit with Ease

Corporate kitchens are busy environments and the staff working finds squeezing food safety processes into their busy daily routines a common challenge. Maintaining quality and hygiene standards, managing food safety issues on top of preparing food, and serving customers often impedes the chefs, kitchen hands and waiting staff from filling out the mandatory food safety

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Legislation & Regulation

Starting off with Simply Safe and Suitable Food Control Plan

The New Zealand Food Act (2014) has made it paramount for food retail businesses such as restaurants and cafes to have a comprehensive, easy to use and certified food safety control plan template in place to identify risks and demonstrate how their business prevents food contamination and responds to food safety problems. MPI Food Safety

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Press

Keeping Track, Kiwi Company Leads the Way

Locally designed and manufactured platform iMonitor could be changing the way New Zealand companies record their food safety data – helping to reduce food waste and save money at the same time. With a quick scan of a QR code, the iMonitor traceability system can provide an accurate and in-depth record of the temperature and

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Press

How Automated Compliance Improves Food Safety

Food poisoning causes severe illness for millions every year, but most cases could be prevented – if preparation safety standards were adhered to. That’s precisely what innovative Kiwi ‘regulatory technology’ company iMonitor is helping achieve. Because of the clear risk presented by contaminated food, stringent government regulations and standards are applied across the food chain.

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Remote Monitoring

5 Benefits of Remote Temperature Monitoring

How does Remote Temperature Monitoring work?  Food temperature control is something that is mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the New Zealand and Australian food safety act (FSANZ). However, the issue lies in the fact that most food service or any other food businesses still use old versions of food temperature monitoring

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COVID-19

New Zealand Operating Under Level-2

New Zealand will move from COVID-19 Alert Level 3 to Alert level 2 on Wednesday 13th May, at 11.59 am. NZ government have released guidelines for all industries to operate under level 2 COVID-19 alert. The hospitality industry is most impacted by it due to the higher risk of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus present. The

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COVID-19

Coronavirus Risk Management Guide for Food Businesses

A Food Safety guide for managing Coronavirus Risk Management for food Industry. In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, food businesses are revisiting their food safety plans and hygiene best practices. Moreover, given the uncertainty around COVID-19, risk management involves staying abreast of how the virus spreads and adhering to government’s communique on

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COVID-19

New Zealand’s guide to essential food business practices

What Should You Be Doing in Your Essential Food Operations? The Covid-19 pandemic has led to New Zealand being placed under complete lockdown in the last week of March with the declaration of a national emergency. While all non-essential services are closed, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Primary Industries has clarified that essential

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COVID-19

How Food Agencies around the world have responded to COVID-19?

How Food Agencies around the world have responded to COVID-19?   In the uncertain times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, the critical role played by the food industry cannot be stressed enough. Food services, including groceries, supermarkets, distributors, dairy farms, food manufacturers, and restaurants have been recognized by many countries across

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COVID-19

What are ‘essential services’ around the world?

What are ‘essential services’ around the world? Concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no pre-determined or defined list of what constitutes ‘essential services.’  Given the lack of precedents, the list of ‘essential services’ in many countries is constantly evolving and is updated periodically. Many countries have provided a list of ‘essential services’ that are exempt

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COVID-19

What Is Coronavirus? All your questions answered.

What Is Coronavirus? Every day, new facts, innovations, and statistics are emerging related to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. The infection that began in Wuhan in China reportedly in December of 2019 has now spread all across the world, prompting nationwide lockdowns and social distancing measures. Coronavirus disease is a newly discovered infectious disease. Primarily

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Food: safety/integrity/sustainability

The Cost of High Staff Turnover in the Food Industry

Never before has the hospitality industry been as fluid and dynamic as it is today. As one of the largest employers in the world, it now hires more casual and seasonal employees than in almost every other industry. What is great about this is that it allows young people to make a side-income during their

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Automation

5 Important Reasons Why Going Paperless is the Future

The food industry has always tracked its activities and operations with paper files and records, whether it be recording environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, pressure or time. Even in the technical age, you might ask why industrial food manufacturers and distributors are notorious for resisting new investments into data-led digital software? There are a

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Food: safety/integrity/sustainability

Which food control plan does your business need?

The introduction of the Food Act in 2014 dramatically changed the landscape of the food industry in New Zealand. The law’s well-natured intentions bring a more holistic approach to food safety by ensuring that food is protected, recorded and managed adequately across the supply chain – however, this led to many small and medium-sized businesses

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Remote Monitoring

Manual Recording vs Data logger’s vs Real-time monitoring

Why temperature measurement is important at critical control points Measuring environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and pressure within a pre-set critical control range is fast becoming essential for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in New Zealand. Growing public health consciousness means that nothing short of quality, reliable and safe medical products are considered acceptable by

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