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.

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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.