U.S. component manufacturer Emerson has introduced a new collection of analytics software and digital solutions called Lumity to enhance facility management of food retail locations and protect medicines and vaccines via wireless data logging.

The new Lumity portfolio also contains a remote temperature sensing system for restaurants and foodservice in grocery stores.

Emerson’s refrigeration products include a wide range of commercial and industrial components for CO2 (R744),and propane (R290), as well as ammonia (R717) under its Vilter brand. In 2021, the company will open its second R&D lab for transcritical CO2 in Sidney, Ohio (U.S.).

“Maintaining the integrity and reliability of critical supply chains like vaccines, medicine, and food is increasingly important to the industries and the families we serve around the world,” said Jamie Froedge, executive president of Emerson’s Commercial & Residential Solutions business, in a statement. “The creation of our Lumity brand of monitoring solutions and analytics will help essential industries protect their vital goods from production to the point of sale.”

For facility management, the supervisory control platform contains two tools, the Lumity E3 controller, which has an integrated touch-screen display, and the Lumity SS (Site Supervisor) with an optional mounted display. 

The E3 controller has the same form and fit as its predecessor, the E2, meaning that it can be used as a drop-in replacement. Both the E3 and the SS are “fully backward compatible with I/O Net and MultiFlex devices,” Emerson stressed. 

“Our new Lumity supervisory control platform is flexible enough to be used as a stand-alone refrigeration controller, a building management system or a site aggregator across multiple system controls,” said Sam Smith, Director of Product Management for Emerson. “Forward scalability and backward compatibility help ensure that the facility can evolve with ever-changing demands of consumers.”

One of the benefits to the new platform is intuitive navigation, with no special training need for everyday operation, Emerson said, stressing that it is also mobile optimized for remote access. The platform also highlights the information needed for resolution of any operational issues, with priority alerts shown in red.  

Wireless data logger for vaccine compliance

The day before Emerson announced the supervisory control platform, the company announced a new Lumity wireless data logger, with features enabling health care providers to comply with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for vaccine storage.

The data logger provides vaccine temperature monitoring, and enables users to meet stringent regulatory requirements electronically, Emerson said. Lumity units provide the “flexibility and reliability needed to keep healthcare organizations compliant, vaccines safely stored, and patients safe,” the company said on its website. 

“This new logger provides features and data insights consistent with certain CDC guidelines to help give health care providers accurate vaccine storage with rapid data access and extensive record keeping,” said Chris Ashbaugh, Head of Healthcare / Cold Chain for Emerson. 

“This technology plays a critical role in the pharmaceutical cold chain, operating behind the scenes to help protect medication and the people who rely on it,” said Ashbaugh. “Having real-time data across the cold chain helps organizations to meet shifting reporting requirements in a highly regulated industry.”

“Maintaining the integrity and reliability of critical supply chains like vaccines, medicine, and food is increasingly important to the industries and the families we serve around the world.”

Jamie Froedge, Emerson

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