Timestrip time-lapse indicators, which are visual reminders for timely replacement or servicing, and Timestrip PLUS temperature-threshold indicators, which enable convenient and cost-effective monitoring of temperature sensitive perishables have been announced by RS Components.
The patent-protected Timestrip indicators are activated with finger pressure and fixed like a label to the item being monitored. A red colour moves irreversibly against a scale to reach the end when the specified duration expires. One, three, six, and 12-month versions are available, accurate to within ±15% (when used at room temperature), making them ideal for numerous professional and domestic applications.
These include simple visual reminders to replace filters or other components in accordance with manufacturer-recommended cycles, or to perform regular maintenance such as heater descaling, inspection of electrical appliances, or servicing of industrial equipment.
Timestrip PLUS temperature-threshold indicators show the length of time an item has been exposed above a pre-set temperature threshold.
They are ideal for verifying compliance with regulated standards and are used widely for monitoring products whose quality or fitness for use is affected by excess temperature such as pharmaceuticals, perishables such as foodstuffs, and industrial or laboratory chemicals.
Temperature and time indications are accurate to within ±1°C and ±15% respectively. They are inert until activated and each unit has a unique serial code, which helps manage large numbers of assets. Thresholds of 8°C, 10°C, 25°C and 30°C are available.
Compared to alternatives such as written maintenance sheets or electronic reminders, Timestrip indicators are direct, intuitive, and provide an instantaneous at-a-glance indication when action is due or if storage conditions have been breached.
They are splashproof, can be stored unused at room temperature, and can be self-affixed to individual products or on packs or pallets.
The indicators support efforts to maximise product quality or improve the performance and reliability of a wide range of equipment, resulting in better end-user experiences.