Tempurity™ System Self-Installation

  • The Tempurity System is designed to be self-installed by our customers if needed.  Self-installation will require a knowledge of basic networking, including an understanding of IP addresses. 
  • The Networked Robotics proprietary network hardware, the NTMS4, is about the size of a cell phone and attaches to the back of a freezer or to any wall.  A single NTMS4 enables data collection via any of four universal combinations of our supported interfaces; either  through data communication directly with a scientific instrument or via Networked Robotics' advanced sensors.  Connection to the "monitored device" is different for each interface and each interface or sensor is capable of collecting data from a different set of parameters. For example a direct connection to a Chart Biomedical® MVE cryofreezer collects a different set of parameters than a direct connection to a Thermo Fisher Scientific® Cryoplus cryofreezer. Click "details" on each item on our product page for more information.
  • After you plug in the NTMS hardware,  from any computer our simple configuration wizard scans your network for all Networked Robotics Corporation hardware and allows remote configuration of both Ip addresses and the kind of device from which data will be collected. This is true regardless of whether our hardware initially has a valid IP address for your network. Each NTMS4 has a unique ID marked clearly on the unit and these IDs show up in the network scans returned by the configuration wizard.
  • Connections from NTMS4 hardware to monitored devices can be up to 300 ft long and can be extended with standard CAT5 or phone cable. One of several installation options is to place NTMS units in a network closet and "patch" in the connection through your existing cable plant.
  • For standard refrigerators, freezers, and incubators the Networked Robotics advanced digital temperature probe, about the size of a postage stamp, is mounted on the interior wall of the monitored device. Very flat wire that will maintain the integrity of the seal of the door is utilized to connect the probe to the NTMS network device.  A green glow - not just a power light - but a true signal that data collection is occurring - tells you that the probe is properly connected and that you are ready to monitor.
  • For some types of high-end instruments that have the ability to communicate digitally, a direct connection can be made between the instrument's serial port and the Networked Robotics NTMS hardware. Connections are available to ultracold freezers, incubators, cryofreezers, and shaker/incubators. See our product page for more information.  When collecting data by this method the reading on the front panel display of the instrument is the same as the data that is stored in Tempurity. If your ultracold freezer or other instrument does not have a serial port, an advanced Networked Robotics digital temperature probe, designed for low temperatures, is mounted inside the freezer using Networked Robotics-proprietary methods.
  • For wireless installations, the Networked Robotics network hardware is connected to a commonly available low-cost wireless access points or bridges. You can also use ethernet-over-power modules if needed to connect NTMS units in areas with no other form of available network access.
  • All mounting of probes and Networked Robotics hardware, are made with industrial hook and loop fastener called dual-lock® so that attachments are instant, no drilling or special connectors are required. No special wiring is needed. CAT5 is used for connections to all instrument types.
  • Tempurity Servers and Tempurity Monitor client computers may need to be configured with certain Windows options that enhance reliability, including power and Windows Update options. These machines are best protected by universal power supply and may require connections to reliable mail servers.
     

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