Allergen Test

How to Use a Rapid Allergen Test Kit

How to Use a Rapid Allergen Test Kit

Our range of Rapid Allergen Test Kits will support your site in the detection of: Egg (Ovalbumin), Casein, Gluten, Soya, Peanut, Crustacean, and Buckwheat.

Developed with ease-of-use in mind, these Lateral Flow Tests can be completed in two simple steps. Even so, we wanted to produce an online Help Guide that you can return to if you are ever in need of a quick reminder.

In this Help Guide, you will find the relevant instructions for testing both surface residues and rinse water samples. You will also find a quick run down of how to read your results.

How do you use a Rapid Allergen Test Kit to test a surface swab sample?

The allergen tests within this range offer a detection accuracy of at least 0.5ppm, with the Gluten and Casein Allergen Tests offering a heightened accuracy of 0.4ppm.

The test sticks can also detect up to 200ppm. This makes them suitable for testing contaminated surfaces/equipment (e.g. swabbing a surface that has been used to prepare cheese). However, sampling directly from the allergen (swabbing a block of cheese) will produce a reading that sits far outside the 200ppm limits. Although it is unlikely that you would need to carry out an allergen test on an obvious contaminant, it is still worth noting the detection limits.

Now for the two-step testing process:

1. Unscrew the lid of the swab kit. Use the swab inside the bottle to thoroughly swab a 10x10cm square of the specified surface area. Place the swab back inside the bottle and shake vigorously. This result of this action will now be known as the Test Solution.

2. Lay a Test Stick down on a flat surface. Flip open the lid of the swab kit, invert, and squeeze the sides of the bottle to add 200μL (the equivalent of four drops) of the Test Solution to the Test Stick’s Sample Application Slot. Wait ten minutes for the result.

How do you use a Rapid Allergen Test Kit to test a rinse water sample?

1. Collect a sample of rinse water.

2. Lay a Test Stick down on a flat surface. Using a standard pipette, add 200μL (the equivalent of four drops) of the rinse water sample to the Test Stick’s Sample Application Slot. Wait ten minutes for the result.

Understanding the results of your Rapid Allergen Test Kit

Designed with ease-of-use in mind, your Rapid Allergen Tests produce results that can be understood by operatives of all skill levels. They are also suited to team members who do not have English as their first language.

As you would imagine, the Sample application slot is where you drop either your test solution or rinse water, the Test window is where your results show up, and the Confirmation window is the section that changes from clear to a red-purple if the test is valid.


A positive test result is indicated by a red-purple line in the test window. The confirmation window also has to be red, otherwise the test is considered invalid.


A negative test result is indicated by a completely clear test window. Again, the confirmation window has to be red, otherwise the test is considered invalid.


An invalid test result is indicated by a clear confirmation window. If there isn’t any colour in the confirmation window, you will need to retest with a new stick.

Below are a range of resources to support the use of Rapid Allergen Test Kits at your site:

If there are any areas where you would like further guidance, the Klipspringer team would be happy to help with your enquiries. Simply contact our team on 01473 461800 or Alternatively, you can fill out the form below.  

You can also use the form below to register your interest for a range of allergen tests that are capable of testing product samples, along with a range of ELISA tests. Although we do not currently supply these products, we have plans to expand our testing range to reflect the specific needs of our customers. With this in mind, we would welcome your feedback.

If you would like further guidance relating to allergen testing, the Klipspringer team would be happy to help. Share your details below to arrange a free consultation.

    pH meters

    How to Use and Care for Your pH Meters and Accessories?

    In this article, we take an in depth look at pH meters and accessories, answering the most common questions surrounding this subject.

    If you work within a food processing or preparation environment, you will likely have a lot of experience with pH testing. After all, the pH of a product or ingredient can have a huge impact on its quality. For example, if the pH of yoghurt sits outside the suggested range, the result will be a tart flavour and discolouration.

    Consistency can also be impacted by pH. If it differs from batch to batch, the flavour and texture of products such as wine will be totally unreliable. This is likely to result in the dissatisfaction of your customers and the destruction of your brand’s reputation.

    Perhaps most important of all, pH has a direct link to the safety of your product. In some instances, sites will aim for a low pH level in the interest of preventing the growth of deadly bacteria. If this reading is inaccurate or overlooked, there is every chance that this bacteria could result in serious illness or fatality for the consumers of your product.  

    With this in mind, we have put together an article that explores everything you need to know about pH meters and the relevant accessories. There are interesting takeaways in each section, but you can also click the links below if you would prefer to skip to the subject most relevant to your site:   

    What is a pH meter and how does it work?

    What is the right pH meter for my application?

    What accessories accompany a pH meter?

    How do I take care of my pH meters?

    How do I calibrate my pH meters?

    What is a pH meter and how does it work?

    Put simply, a pH meter can be used to determine the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. PH is measured on a scale of 0-14. If a reading sits between 0-6, the substance is more acidic. If a reading sits between 8 to 14, the substance is more alkaline. And, if a reading sits at 7, the substance is neutral.

    When it comes to the production of food and beverages, pH meters play an essential role in quality control – helping operatives to find out if a product has the optimum pH level and is consistent with other batches.

    Whether you are new to this process or would like a quick refresher, here are four important points that you should keep in mind when discussing pH:

    1. The letters ‘pH’ stand for the ‘potential of Hydrogen’ or the ‘power of Hydrogen’. This is because pH indicates the activity of the hydrogen ion in a substance.
    2. The concentration of the hydrogen ion and pH measurements are inversely proportional. This means that the more hydrogen ions there are, the lower the pH value. Equally, the fewer hydrogen ions there are, the higher the pH value.
    3. The activity of the hydrogen ion is greater in an acidic solution than it is in an alkaline solution. Consequently, it has a lower pH value.
    4. Temperature can significantly impact the pH of a solution, so you should always measure your ingredient or product at the temperature it is going to be used at. You could also use a pH meter that offers automatic temperature compensation.

    What is the right pH meter for my application?

    If you are going to enhance your production process, secure accurate results, improve your product, and make life easier for your operatives, it is essential that you select the right pH meters for your site.

    When making this decision, you should ask yourself the following questions:

    Do I need a handheld pH meter or a benchtop pH meter?

    If your operatives are measuring pH on the go, you will need to equip them with handheld pH meters. Built to withstand the demands of factory life, these devices tend to be shock and scratch resistant, non-slip, waterproof, and dustproof. Handheld meters are also likely to be super-speedy and easy-to-use. This is all true of our Handheld pH/Temperature Meter Kit.

    Bench meters are a great pick for routine testing that requires unparalleled levels of accuracy. Suited to heavy duty and regular use, these models tend to feature a USB interface and often have the ability to log an increased number of readings. For example, our pH/Temperature Logging Bench Meter can log up to 4,000 readings.

    How much am I willing to spend on my pH meters?

    Typically, the more complex a piece of equipment, the higher the cost. Take the PC700 Bench Meter. This multi-parameter unit measures pH, ORP, conductivity (PC700 only) and temperature. An all-rounder in quality control, it combines the functions of multiple devices into one unified system.

    When compared to the portable Pen Type pH meter, the cost is significantly higher. However, if it suits the specific requirements of your site, the larger investment could save you money in the long run. Equally, if lightweight and speedy devices are needed at your factory, investing in a higher number of low-cost devices could be the way to go.

    What applications are my pH meters intended for?

    If your pH meter is intended for multiple applications, the best device for your site will have a Universal Connector that allows for a choice of electrode. As mentioned previously, these electrodes cover a wide range of substances including, but not limited to:

    • Jams & Preserves
    • High Fat Foods e.g. sauces, dressing, mayonnaise, and dairy products
    • Semi-solid samples
    • High protein samples
    • Soft meats and cheese
    • Semi-frozen meat and fish

    Does my pH meter need to have any special features?

    From an IP67 Waterproof rating and a backlit graphic display to a Temperature Compensation Sensor and a built-in memory, another way for you to assess the pH meters available is to take a look at their special features.

    Consider the specific needs of your site and speak to your operatives about any problems they are facing. Say your team is struggling with calibration, the one touch auto calibration of the Pen Type pH meter could be the answer. Or, perhaps your current devices have an issue with clogging, the pH Pocket Tester Plus features a chemical resistant Kynar porous junction that will resolve this problem.

    What accessories accompany a pH meter?

    Once you have decided on the right pH meters for your factory, it’s important that you explore the accompanying materials. Otherwise, you are going to struggle when it comes to the storage, maintenance, and calibration of your equipment. Equipping your team with the relevant resources will help to develop a culture of care – protecting your pH meters, speeding up production, and saving your site money. Below are four important additions for you to consider:

    pH Electrodes

    Depending on the pH meter you select, you could use different electrodes for different applications. Here are just three key examples from the wider range. A Knife Electrode has a strong, stainless steel blade to pierce through semi-frozen meat and fish. A High Fat Food Electrode has a flat surface with a porous Teflon junction to prevent fouling. Suited to liquid and semi solid liquids up to 80°C, there is also a Jams and Preserves Electrode.

    pH Buffer Solution

    You will need at least two Buffer Solutions to calibrate your pH meter. You will need a neutral solution with a pH of 7. You will also need a solution with a pH that sits as close as possible to the pH of the product you test most at your site. You could also enhance your testing with the introduction of a solution with a pH at the upper limits of your testing range. Here at Klipspringer, we supply these solutions with a pH of 1.68, 2, 4, 7, and 10. We also have dosing bottles for easy use and increased efficiency.

    pH Electrode Cleaning Solution

    You can extend the life of your pH electrodes by using a suitable cleaning solution.

    This solution will remove any contaminants from the glass membrane of your electrode. This ensures faster and more accurate readings. A pH Electrode Cleaning Solution will also come in handy when you are calibrating your pH meter, as you will need to use it before and after the calibration process. Failing to do so could compromise your results and make it impossible for you to ascertain if your equipment is working correctly.

    pH Electrode Refill Solution

    If the reference (electrolyte) levels within your electrode drop, this could impact the performance of your pH meter.

    However, if your pH electrode features a replaceable liquid junction, you will be able to top up these levels with an Electrode Refill Solution. This will ensure your electrodes are always working at their best performance levels. Here at Klipspringer, we stock a KCI (Potassium Chloride) refill solution for this purpose.

    pH Electrode Storage Solution

    With most electrodes spending more time in storage than in use, they need to be properly cared for during this part of the process.

    Use an Electrode Storage Solution to keep the glass bulb and the junction of your pH electrodes moist. This will help you to secure faster response times and more accurate results. It should also minimise clogging and extend the lifespan of your equipment. These efforts will impress discerning customers and auditors. They will also speed up production times and help you to raise standards at every level.

    How do I take care of my pH meter?

    The best way to extend the lifespan of your equipment is to take excellent care of it. It’s essential that you:

    • Train your operatives to use it correctly
    • Ensure it is stored safely
    • Carry out regular checks to determine its accuracy

    When it comes to the care of your pH meter, you should remember the following seven tips:


    1. Leave your electrode in a Cleaning Solution for up to 30 minutes before transferring it to a Storage Solution. This cleaning procedure is especially important for electrodes that have been used with high-protein products such as mayonnaise. This is because high-protein substances can build up and block the electrode junction over time.

    2. If the electrode requires additional cleaning to remove the external sample material, use a soft tissue soaked in a mild detergent or methyl alcohol. Do not wipe the glass; use a dabbing technique instead.


    3. It’s important that pH electrodes are wet when they are in storage. ​

    4. If you are storing an electrode for a short or medium length of time, you will need to soak it in an Electrode Storage Solution. If you are storing an electrode for a long length of time, fill a soaking boot with Electrode Storage Solution, pull it over the end of the electrode, and seal it with parafilm.


    5.  Electrodes should never be stored in deionised water, samples, solvents, hydrofluoric acid, or pH buffer solutions containing mercury-based preservatives.​​

    6. Regularly inspect your electrode’s sensitive glass membrane for cracks or chips. Just make sure that you never touch the electrode glass bulb with your fingers. You will also need to keep it away from other oily or abrasive objects.​​

    7. Reference cells should be kept topped up with Electrode Refill Solution, and connectors must be kept clean and dry.

    How do I calibrate my pH meter?

    To extend the lifespan of your equipment and improve the accuracy of your results, you should regularly calibrate your pH meters. As mentioned above, you can do this with the help of two or more Buffer Solutions that are applicable to your testing range.​​ The video below provides a step-by-step guide:

    Alternatively, if you would prefer to work through written instructions and would like to learn more about the validation of your essential equipment, simply click the button below:

    We hope that you have come away from this article with an in depth understand of pH meters and accessories. Hopefully, you can now make a decision about the best model for your site and will be able to establish a clear plan for using, maintaining, and calibrating your equipment. However, if there are any areas where you would like further guidance, the Klipspringer team would be happy to help you with your enquiries. Simply contact our team on 01473 461800 or Alternatively, you can fill out the form below.  

    If you would like further guidance relating to pH meters, the Klipspringer team would be happy to help. Share your details below to arrange a free consultation.

      Setting up and using the A3 system

      How to set up and use the A3 system

      The A3 Lumitester Smart is a quick and simple device designed for hygiene control and rapid detection of food residues on surfaces. It can be used in conjunction with the app available on PC, mobile, and tablet devices for effective use and analysis.

      The following guide will take you through how to set up and use the A3 Lumitester and its app, so you can quickly get started and begin measuring.

      Installing and Setting Up Application

      To download the software, click here or visit Lumitester A3 SMART – Klipspringer. Once software has been downloaded, you will be able to click on the installer package and follow the steps on the screen.

      When first opening the Lumitester app you well need to fill out the account details and create an account:

      Once this has been filled out you will be ask to type in temporary password.
      Then you can move onto selecting the type of location the unit will be used in, select the location based on your use.

      Setting up the test point can be done at both the initial set up stage or accessed through the dashboard. Click here to see the guide on setting up test points.

      A tester is the person who is performing the test, this is important for traceability on the person performing the tests.

      Tester can be set up by clicking on the plus (highlighted in green):

      Once tester has been added you are able to rename it.

      The device can be connected both wired and wirelessly. To connect it wired, it is simply a case of plugging in the device with the wire attached. To connect wirelessly, follow the steps below:

      1. Ensure the Bluetooth Function is turned on, on the A3 unit:

      2. Open up the app and select the menu option at the top left hand corner:

      3. Now press the ‘Not Connected’ button below the unit image:

      4. Now on the unit, hold down the power button on the side of the unit until the below screen appears:

      5. To connect a new device you will need to press start twice:

      6. Now you will need to go to the app and back to the connection page. Press on the banner highlighted in green, the device should appear:

      7. Press on the device that appears below the banner:

      8. Once the device is connected, the below will appear on the unit:

      Adding Test Points

      Test points are the specific points/surfaces that are being tested. If these are defined, this will help keep reading fully traceable and easy to track results over time.

      The ‘Test Points’ tab can be found, as displayed below:

      Click the add button, to add or amend current test groups and test points.

      Once you have added a Test Point Groups, you are able to rename and delete a Test Point Groups

      Press to rename a Test Point Group:

      Press to delete a Test Point Group:

      To add a test point you will need to press the below add button:

      Next, you will be asked to choose the most relevant Test Point. If the test point icon isn’t relevant you are able to load your own image:

      Once you have added a Test Point you are able to amend the benchmarks or delete a test point:

      To amend the benchmarks:

      To delete the Test Point, press of the below:

      To view suggested benchmarks click here.

      Press ‘OK’ to save the Test Points:

      Setting up a PLAN

      The PLAN function lets you test individual test points on the unit. It displays a pass or fail result according to the benchmarks set for those points. Additionally, the PLAN function provides a history of test point readings for tracking purposes.

      The ‘Setting up PLAN’ tab can be found under the ‘Setting up’:

      To edit current plans and a new plans you can press on the below:

      After this you will be able to edit a PLAN, or create a new PLAN by pressing the below:

      To rename the PLAN:

      You will need to give the PLAN a name on the unit, this is limited to 11 characters:

      To delete the PLAN:

      To duplicate the PLAN:

      You will need to add a tester to the PLAN, this will show you who is the user of the PLAN. This can be done by selecting the below:

      Test points can be added by selecting the below:

      Now you will be able to select the test points, the selected test points will be highlighted in blue. Once you have selected the test points you want to include in the plan, you can press ok to continue:

      Ensure that the test points have a unit name. This can be achieved by selecting on the test point.

      To save the PLAN, press:

      First, you will need to connect the unit to your device, click here for a guide to connecting your device.

      After you device is connected, you can select ‘Send PLAN’ this will upload all PLANs to the device:

      Performing and Uploading Measurements

      Learn how to use the swabs to take A3 measurements:

      To prepare the swab, you will need to firstly remove the swab from the reagent:

      Once you have removed the swab, soak the swab in water.

      To perform the swabbing, simply swab the target surface with an even coverage.

      After this place the swab stick back into the main tube. Push the swab stick downward into the tube to break the capsule:

      Shake to tube to ensure all the liquid in the capsule falls into the reaction tube and dissolves.

      To start the measurement open the chamber cover on the unit and place the reagent tube inside the unit:

      Now close the unit and press ‘START’, you start the measurement.

      Learn how to load data from the unit and perform test from the app:

      To load the data from the unit, once the unit is connect click on the below:

      Proceed to the ‘Test Point’ tab:

      Press on the specific test point you wish to test and then press start:

      Follow the procedure and press start to initial the measurement:

      Data Logging Jargon Buster

      Data Logging Jargon Buster

      Data logging is a complex topic! As the food industry logging specialists, customers regularly ask us to explain some of the key we use in our data logging literature and product info. To help, we’ve decrypted some of the most common ones in the list below.

      Can't find the term you're looking for? Just contact us and we'll be right back to you.

      Alarm Delay

      User-defined parameter which is set so that when alarms are activated they only alert if this length of time is exceeded.


      The piece of hardware which connects a logger to a computer to download data and programme the logger.

      Logging Channel(s)

      Number of different points monitored by a data logger. This is normally the number of probes/thermocouples plus any internal sensors.

      Measuring Range

      The reading range of the probe/logger – not to be confused with operating ambient temperature. For example, LEBI-310 probes will read higher than the operating temperature that the logger unit can withstand.

      Operating Ambient Temperature

      The temperature range within which the logger unit can safely be used. This range may be different to the range for any external probes.


      Setting up the data logger with the variable functions (e.g. logging interval, start times, alarm points etc).


      Data can be viewed as soon as it has been logged, normally whilst the logging process is continuing – especially useful when monitoring remote locations or for process validation.


      This is the smallest interval that the logger can measure to. The simple way to check this is how many digits are displayed after the decimal place on the logger screen or data readings. The more there are, the higher the resolution.

      Thermal Barrier

      A protective shell or casing in which a data logger is housed to allow it to be used within cooking or cooling processes without damage.


      The national accreditation body for the UK. Klipspringer operate a UKAS-accredited laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025 standard, which calibrates thermometers, data loggers and other technical instrumentation.


      In this context, this means that logging data can be accessed without having to ‘plug in’ the logger vis USB, interface or other wired means.

      How to use your Klipspringer Gas Analyser

      How to use your Klipspringer Gas Analyser

      Klipspringer’s Gas Analyser unit provides a quick and reliable way to record levels of Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen, making it ideal for modified atmosphere packaging and other gas measurements within the food industry.

      Watch the video below for a demonstration on how to measure the gas levels in modified atmosphere packaging.

      How to use your Bostwick Consistometer

      How to use your Bostwick Consistometer

      Klipspringer’s Bostwick Consistometer is the preferred industry method for measuring the flow rate and viscosity in a variety of food products such as jams, soups and sauces. It comes in three different sizes to best suit the consistency of the product you are measuring: 24cm, 30cm and 50cm.

      Watch the video below on how to correctly measure the viscosity of your product using our Bostwick Consistometer.

      LEBI-20 Range Overview - a Food Industry Favourite

      LEBI-20 Range Overview - a Food Industry Favourite

      Klipspringer’s range of LEBI-20 data loggers have become a tried and trusted favourite throughout the food industry. With five different models, they provide the solution for many of the most common logging applications across environmental, in-transit and process monitoring.

      In this video, we look at the following data loggers in the LEBI-20 range:

      Watch the video below for further information on each of these loggers.

      How to take care of your infrared thermometer

      How to take care of your infrared thermometer

      Infrared thermometers are an excellent method to obtain fast and non-destructive temperature readings, especially for intake and despatch areas that require quick checks for packaged product.

      How can you ensure your infrared thermometers stay in good working order for the longest time possible?

      Learn some top tips from our technical team in the video below.

      Checking the accuracy of your infrared thermometer

      Checking the accuracy of your infrared thermometer

      Making sure you check your thermometers regularly is vital for both food safety and quality. This applies to infrared thermometers as well as probe thermometers!

      There are two main ways to do this – the budget-friendly comparator pot method, or more commonly (and accurately), the using a dry-block calibrator such as the LazaPort8.

      Watch the video below to learn how to ensure your infrared thermometers are reading correctly.

      Storing & transporting thermometers safely

      Storing & transporting thermometers safely

      Taking care of your thermometers and understanding how to best transport and store them will increase their longevity and also reduce the risk of injury for your team.

      In the video below, we will take you through the best practices for storing and transporting thermometers safely.

      Safely storing your thermometers and technical equipment 

      Safely storing your thermometers and technical equipment 

      Instrument damage can easily be avoided by safe and secure storage. In most cases, this means providing dedicated homes for your thermometers and technical equipment, so that they are out of harm’s way when not in use.

      Many food and beverage factories throughout the UK and Ireland have implemented instrument stations to reduce damage and maintain equipment accuracy.  What’s more, they ensure that handheld items are always where they need to be when you need them – reducing downtime and helping embed lean ways of working.

      Watch the video below for further tips on safe equipment storage.

      Maximising the working life of your thermometers

      Maximising the working life of your thermometers

      Klipspringer are pleased to offer the leading range of thermometers for use in food factory environments, including the industry’s favourite ATFX410-1 thermometer unit.  With over 20 years’ experience, Klipspringer technicians have clearly observed that the majority of thermometer damages happen needlessly and can be avoided with a little extra training, care and attention.

      Here are some top tips for getting the most out of your Klipspringer digital thermometer: 

      • Choose the right probe for the job.
      • Make sure the probe is properly connected to the thermometer unit (see video here).
      • Use a silicone boot for added protection.
      • Ensure safe storage with instrument stations.

      Watch the video below for further advice.

      How to calibrate your pH meter

      How to calibrate your pH meter

      Due to the nature of pH measurement, pH measuring devices such as the popular handheld Ebro PHT810 meter from Klipspringer require regular calibration checking in order to provide accurate and reliable readings.

      Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide on how to calibrate your PHT810 pH meter.

      Note: Buffer solution is temperature-sensitive and the temperature at which your calibration check is performed will impact on the pH readings achieved. Manually measuring and inputting temperature will not be necessary for pH meters with Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC) functionality.

      Allergen Test

      How to Use and Care for Your Food Oil Monitor ​

      How to Use and Care for Your Food Oil Monitor

      The Ebro Food Oil Monitor 330 from Klipspringer gives you an objective indication of your oil quality, so that you know exactly when your cooking oil requires changing.​ ​ From a single foodservice kitchen to a multi-location group, it is widely used to maintain product quality, including taste, appearance and texture, as well as critical food safety standards and acrylamide control.​ ​

      As a general rule, we advise checking cooking oil quality at the end of each trading day, while the fryers are still hot.​

      How to Measure Food Oil Quality

      1. Remove any fried product from the oil. If necessary, shut down the circulating system on the fryer.​
      2. Wait at least 15 minutes after frying, ensuring the oil is still hot. The optimum measuring range is between 150°C and 180°C.​
      3. Ensure that the probe is clean and dry before taking the reading.​
      4. Put your hand through the rubber grip and adjust the strap as required to ensure a firm hold.
      5. Place the sensor stem in the oil and ensure the oil level is between the max/min lines on the stem.​
      6. Use a gentle stirring motion until the light at the top of the instrument begins to flash.​
      7. After all readings are taken, use paper towel/tissue to clean the sensor.​

      Caring for your FOM330

      • ​ The sensor uses a highly technical chip and must be cleaned after all fryers have been checked.​
      • We recommend cleaning the sensor while it is still hot, to prevent the oil cooling and forming a hard layer.
      • Use paper towel or soft tissue to remove excess oil. N-Propanol may be used to disinfect and to clean the sensor if required.​
      • Never use wire brushes or abrasive materials to clean the sensor.
      • Do not use solvents such as acetone for cleaning, as these will damage the instrument.
      • Avoid tapping or knocking the sensor stem against any hard object.
      • In line with best practice, use an Instrument Station with a bracket to safely protect your FOM330 from damage when not in use.​

      A clean probe sensor is of great importance for the accuracy of the oil measurements. It is absolutely necessary to remove any water and detergent residues before carrying out your oil checking routine.​ ​

      We recommend that you return your FOM330 to Klipspringer’s Service Department on an annual basis for calibration and service. This will ensure that it is working accurately and is critical to maximise the working life of your instrument. You can arrange calibration by clicking here.​

      Checking the Accuracy of Your Thermometers and Probes

      Checking the Accuracy of Your Thermometers and Probes

      Audit standards regarding the calibration and control of measuring equipment (such as BRCGS Clause 6.4.2), state that measuring devices must be checked at a predetermined frequency and to a defined method traceable to a recognised national or international standard.

      This means that regular verification is vitally important to ensure audit-compliance and that your thermometers are working correctly. If left unchecked, inaccurate readings could lead to major food safety issues, resulting in product recalls and serious risks to consumers.

      Watch the video below for best practice tips on verifying the accuracy of your thermometers.

      Video Transcript

      It is important to check the accuracy of your thermometers regularly to ensure food safety is not being compromised. Not only is this best practice and a legal requirement, it is also stipulated in recognised industry standards, this includes the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8, which has a whole section dedicated to the calibration and control of measuring and monitoring equipment, such as thermometers.

      This includes the following clause:

      All identified measuring devices, including new equipment, shall be checked and, where necessary, adjusted:

      • at a predetermined frequency, based on risk assessment
      • to a defined method traceable to a recognised national or international standard where possible.

      Results shall be documented. Equipment shall be readable and be a suitable accuracy for the measurements it is required to perform.

      Klipspringer recommend you check or verify your thermometers daily or every shift. What is best for you will depend on your quality and CCP procedures on site. Here’s a few things to look out for when checking your thermometer accuracy.

      First make sure you check your thermometer unit and your probe together. Both have their own accuracy tolerance so it is important to check the combined accuracy of the complete thermometer and probe. Bear in mind that the majority of accuracy drift is with the probe, so checking the thermometer alone, such as with test caps as these, is insufficient.

      Second, check at two temperatures to check the range of the thermometer. This could be at 0 and 100 or whatever is applicable to your testing range. The exceptional quality of Klipspringer thermometers means that when your verification procedure confirms the thermometer is within spec at two temperature points, we can guarantee it is within spec across the whole range. This means checking at 0 and 100, for example, is sufficient for any applications where you may need to measure higher than 100 degrees celsius.

      Third, you need a stable test medium, you need to make sure the temperature of whatever you use to test your thermometer is stable so that the thermometer can work properly. Using boiling water, for example, means you are chasing falling temperatures and this will likely result in inaccuracies.

      Fourth, according to BRC Version 8, ‘It must be to a defined method, traceable to a recognised national or international standard where possible.’ In the UK, this would typically mean UKAS. Klipspringer recommend the most effective way to meet all of these criteria is with a heat source calibrator, such as the LazaPort8 Calibrator which I have here. This also gives you the ability to speed up your thermometer checks by checking probes simultaneously in these top ports here.

      As well as checking your infrared thermometers against a known calibrated medium, which is highly useful for accurate infrared verification. The BRC Standard also states results should be documented, if you wish, you can use one of our free spreadsheet downloads to do this. If your thermometer reads outside of your site tolerance, it should be sent back to Klipspringer for assessment and repair. Pack it up and arrange free-of-charge collection using our returns link.

      As always, please contact the Klipspringer Technical Team with any questions and we’ll be very happy to help.

      Choosing the Correct Probe for Your Thermometer

      Choosing the correct thermometer probe for your application

      With several types of probes to choose from, it can sometimes seem a confusing task to select the most appropriate one for your application. Nevertheless, it is an important process and getting it right will ensure optimum thermometer performance and reduce the risk of damages occurring.

      Watch the video below for an overview of Klipspringer's probe options and to find out which probe is best for your application.

      How to Analyse Your LEBI-20 Logger Data

      How to analyse your LEBI-20 logger data

      As well as their compact size and durability, Klipspringer’s LEBI-20 data loggers allow you to quickly and easily view and download data using the interface, making them a popular all-round data logger.

      In the video below, Travis from our Technical Support Team will take you through how to set up your LEBI-20 software, programme your logger and access your logging data.

      Changing the Probe on Your ATFX410-1 Thermometer

      Changing the probe on your ATFX410-1 thermometer from Klipspringer

      It’s crucial that thermometers are protected from moisture in all forms, including liquid, steam, condensation and humidity commonly found in food manufacturing environments. Hundreds of factories love the ATFX410-1 thermometer unit from Klipspringer for its reliability, even in harsh factory conditions. To maintain full waterproofness, ensure that the probe is properly connected to the thermometer unit before use, so that no moisture can enter.

      Watch the video below to find out how to change and replace ATFX410-1 thermometer probes correctly.