Vaccine Data Logger
The VFC320 is part of our line of continuous data recorders for monitoring vaccine storage. Geared for fast-paced clinical settings this temperature data logger provides 24/7 temperature monitoring of your vaccine supply. The digital display provides at a glance feedback on min/max and current readings
- K-Thermocouple probe with Glycol bottle
- Jumbo Display with min/max option
- Audio/Visual Alarms
- Calibrated and Certified
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DicksonWare Software is needed to communicate with this product and is sold separately.
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- Alarm Type Audio/Visual on High/Low Temp Limits
- Ambient Operating RH Conditions 0-95% RH non-condensing (Logger only)
- Ambient Operating Temperature Conditions -4 to 158F (-20 to 70C)
- Approvals CE
- Battery Backup 4 AA batteries
- Battery Life (Avg) 6 Months
- Cable Details USB - Male Series A plug to 5 pin Male Series B mini plug. Serial - 9 pin female D-shell to male 2.5mm stereo plug
- Cable Length 6ft
- Calibration Options N100, N300, N400, N520
- Channels CH1: Temperature, CH2: Temperature
- Data Capacity 32,000
- Dimensions 1.6 x 3 x 4in
- Display Dimensions Height 1.375
- Display Dimensions Width 2.0
- Display Resolution 0.1 from 0.0 to 999.99; 1 over 1000
- Display Type LCD
- Display Update Rate 10 Seconds (Battery Power), 1 Minute (AC Power)
- Download Time 1 Minute (USB), 3 Minutes (Serial)
- Download Type USB / Serial / Flash Card
- IP Rating 20
- Included Accessories Four AA Batteries, Quick Start Guide, 4' Bead-Wire Probe and Glycol Bottle. *Software is not included.
- Memory Type EEPROM, Removable Flash Storage Device
- Minimum Software Version Required 8.0
- Mounting Options Wall Mount (With Keyhole)
- Network Connectivity MP100
- PC Requirements Microsoft Windows 98 or newer, 16 MB RAM, 1 free COM (serial) port with dedicated interrupt or 1 USB root hub, CD drive, VGA monitor or better
- Power Source 4 AA Batteries
- Power Source Notes AC Power is optional, and sold separately
- Power Status Indicator LCD Display
- Remote Probe Accuracy 0.3% of Full Scale
- Remote Sensor Length 4
- Remote Sensor Type 1 K T/C with Mini Connector
- Response Time 30 Seconds to 63% of Full Scale
- Sample Interval User Selectable (from 5 minutes to 20 minutes, in 1 minute increments).
- Software Options A015, A016, A025, A026
- Temperature Accuracy +/-1.8F from -22 to 122F 3.8F Remaining (+/-1C from -30 to 50C 2.1C Remaining)
- Temperature Range -20 to 158F (-29 to 70C)
- Temperature Sensor Type Thermistor/Thermocouple
- Unit Weight 3 lbs
- Units/Pkg 1
- Warranty 12-Month Limited
Why should I calibrate?
All instruments lose accuracy over time due to normal usage and the environmental conditions to which they are exposed.
How often should I calibrate?
For most applications, the recommended calibration interval is every twelve months.
What is NIST Calibration
NIST stands for the National Institute for Standards and Technology. This organization is responsible for maintaining the master for different measurements, such as the standard "foot", standard, "second", or standard "pound". NIST also maintains the standard for temperature, humidity and pressure.
NIST Traceable means that the measuring standard can be traced directly back to the master standard maintained by the NIST organization.
NIST-Traceable does not tell you the measurement accuracy of a metrologty service in any detail. Only metrology services that can document their ISO 17025 standard provided data on their best measurement uncertainty.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I insert the probe into the glycol bottle?
- How do the Alarms Work?
- No Communication - Serial / USB Connection
- Unit will not turn on or frozen display
- The display reads Prob on RF (remote probe)
- Channel shows extreme reading on the graph
- Err 14 Code Displayed
- The alarm parameters are preset, can they be changed?
- Can the preset sample rate of 5 minutes be changed?
- Will the logger stop recording data when it's full?
- Is there a way to set up my logger at my desk without the alarms going off?
- Can channel 1 or channel 2 be disabled?
- The alarm delay is preset at two minutes, can this be changed?
- Why does my logger stop logging when I use the Flash Memory Card?
- Why doesn't my display min/max match my min/max alarm settings?
- Why is my displayed Temperature or RH reading 0?
How do I insert the probe into the glycol bottle?Remove the existing cap from the bottle and use the septum lid with the rubber center. Push the probe through the small hole and tighten the lid onto the bottle. If a hole in the lid is not evident, puncture a new hole.
How do the Alarms Work?When an alarm condition occurs the display will automatically display ALRN. The alarm will not sound until the two minute alarm delay period has passed.
If the alarm condition clears before the alarm delay period has passed, the display will automatically clear the ALRN notification.
If the alarm delay period has passed and the alarm sounds before the alarm condition clears, the alarm will continue to sound and the display will flash ALRN until the ALARM button is held down till CLR is displayed. This will clear both the audio and visual alarm notification. NOTE: Once the alarm sounds, it will continue to sound regardless of whether the alarm condition still exist.
No Communication - Serial / USB Connection
Verify that you have the correct version of DicksonWare software installed on your PC. Version 10.0 or higher is required.
Verify that the correct COM port is selected: From the main Dicksonware screen, click on Logger then Communication, a black dot will appear next to the selected COM port. You may need to select a different COM port. Should you get an error message stating that Device Is Already Open, this could mean that you have the proper COM port selected, but another device, or its software, has it allocated. Palm pilots, for example, will cause this problem, in which case the port is not actually available and you may haveto disable that device.
You may need to relocate the download cable to another serial port on the back of the PC and possibly try changing the COM port again in DicksonWare.
If communication has not been established with the previous steps, you may need to open the logger and press the reset button and then try all COM port and cable combinations again.
If possible, try another PC
Make sure that either Serial or USB is unplugged, and that either Serial / USB is NOT checked in File > Preferences > Serial / USB.
Unit will not turn on or frozen display
Unit may be locked up, try removing the battery and then replacing after a few moments.
Battery may be to low or dead, replace batteries
The display reads Prob on RF (remote probe)
- This means that the unit does not recognize the external probe, check to see that it is connected properly. If it is connected properly, there may be a weak internal connection and should be returned.
- Is there an extension cable being used? It could be defective. Omit the extension cable and try another K-type probe.
Channel shows extreme reading on the graph
- This is normal when an activated channel has no probe connected at the time a sample is taken.
Err 14 Code DisplayedThis is a generic fault code. There is something wrong with the MMC card (full or not formated correctly) or there is a hardware issue (a bad connector or no card present - can''''t see any card). Try another card (make sure is is an MMC card not an MMC Plus card), and that it has been supplied by Dickson.
The alarm parameters are preset, can they be changed?
- Yes, they can be changed using Dickson software.
Can the preset sample rate of 5 minutes be changed?No, the sample rate cannot be changed.
Will the logger stop recording data when it's full?No, the logger is preset to WRAP which means that it will start to log new data over old data.
Is there a way to set up my logger at my desk without the alarms going off?Yes, chill the glycol bottle, attach it to the probe and then proceed to set up the logger using Dickson software.
Can channel 1 or channel 2 be disabled?
Channel 2 can be disabled by doing the following: Open DicksonWare software. Choose "Setup". Choose "Channels" tab. Choose "Adjust" for channel 2. Under the "Enable" tab, uncheck the check mark. Choose "Adjust" to accept the change. Choose "OK" in the dialogue box to clear and restart logger. Channel 2 will be grayed out under "Channels" tab. Disabling this channel will not make the alarm inactive. Be sure to disable the alarm or set it to an unobtainable min/max.
The alarm delay is preset at two minutes, can this be changed?Yes, the alarm delay can be set according to your product storage instructions.
Why does my logger stop logging when I use the Flash Memory Card?
The Flash Memory Download Feature was designed to work with standard MMC cards. MMC Plus cards can cause the unit to stop logging when used to download data. If you think the unit stops logging when the Flash Memory Download Feature is used, you might be using a MMC Plus card. We recommend using Dickson Flash Memory Cards.
Why doesn't my display min/max match my min/max alarm settings?The min/max on the display is not the min/max alarm settings. The min/max on the display shows the temperature or temp/Rh min/max only.
Why is my displayed Temperature or RH reading 0?
Replace the batteries, they may be low.