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September 19, 2018

Why are you waiting to update your humidity sensors?

The R&D lab of a global pharmaceutical company has recently committed to replacing all of their humidity sensors with Setra’s SRH300 and SRH400. The customer’s team was thrilled to learn that the Setra high accuracy humidity and temperature sensors are enabled with BACnet MS/TP and will seamlessly connect to their current building automation system.

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September 11, 2018

The importance of accurately measuring humidity in healthcare facilities

In hospitals, pharmaceutical compounding centers, and other sensitive healthcare environments, one of the biggest threats to patient health is the spread of pathogens. Exposure to viruses, bacteria, pollen, and fungi all pose hazards to patients and care providers and can compromise critical spaces like operating rooms and other procedure areas.

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June 29, 2018

How to protect transducers from electromagnetic and radio-frequency interference

Design engineers have a lot to consider when selecting components for use in end-user products and equipment. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that follow a strict Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) methodology will have few, if any, problems with pressure transducers. However, OEMs that do not adhere to DFMA practices in their factory increase the likelihood of reoccurring issues, including transducer failure.

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June 06, 2018

What can a non-viable particle counter do that viable air sampling cannot?

In most hospital pharmacy cleanrooms, standard operating procedure includes sampling of air quality for viable particles (i.e. particles that include or are composed of microorganisms). These tasks are traditionally executed with an air sampler containing agar strips or simply by placing agar contact plates on surfaces throughout the facility. These samples are then left to incubate and are then analyzed to determine the environment’s air quality.

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May 21, 2018

How can voltage spikes damage a pressure transducer?

Design engineers have a lot to consider when selecting components for use in end-user products and equipment. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that follow a strict Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) methodology will have few, if any, problems with pressure transducers. However, OEMs that do not adhere to DFMA practices in their factory increase the likelihood of reoccurring issues, including transducer failure.

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May 07, 2018

How do extreme temperatures in the factory affect transducer performance?

Design engineers have a lot to consider when selecting components for use in end-user products and equipment. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that follow a strict Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) methodology will have few, if any, problems with pressure transducers. However, OEMs that do not adhere to DFMA practices in their factory increase the likelihood of reoccurring issues, including transducer failure.

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May 03, 2018

Why should compounding pharmacies continuously monitor particles?

Hospital pharmacies are unique because of the critical role they play in maintaining patient health and safety. Pharmacies that perform compounded sterile preparations (CSPs), in particular, must meet specific clean room standards to ensure sterile conditions are maintained. While there are many established environmental requirements in these spaces, some pharmacy managers are choosing to go the extra mile in exchange for added peace of mind.

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April 12, 2018

3 Overlooked Design Considerations When Choosing a Pressure Transducer

When first selecting a pressure transducer for a new project or piece of equipment, designers typically focus on key design parameters such as pressure range, electrical output, media compatibility and environmental conditions.  However, those parameters are not the only ones to consider when making a smart choice for an application. There are three design considerations that are often overlooked when selecting a pressure transducer: transfer medium (oil filled vs. non-oil filled), construction, and type of sensing technology.

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February 22, 2018

Why should healthcare facilities care about particle counting?

Hospitals are one of the most tightly-controlled spaces in terms of monitoring the indoor environment. ASHRAE Standard 170 is used by both The Joint Commission (TJC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the fundamental reference for adequate levels of temperature, humidity, differential pressure, and air change rate in many spaces within a hospital. The ability for healthcare facilities to monitor, verify, and control these conditions is crucial not only for passing these rigorous inspections but also for protecting the health and safety of their patients and staff.

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January 04, 2018

Setra to showcase new innovations at 2018 AHR Expo

Setra Systems, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 2018 AHR Expo in Chicago, IL from January 22 to January 24. This year at AHR, Setra is excited to showcase several new monitoring and sensing solutions to our customers, adding to its extensive line of premium HVAC sensing products.

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