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Point Six Wireless Joins MesaLabs

By Kim Piroli

Point Six Wireless, LLC (Point Six) is proud to announce the acquisition of its continuous monitoring business by Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLAB) (Mesa). Read the full press release or our transition FAQs.

“Working with a larger organization is an exciting opportunity for Point Six, and we’re committed to maintaining our customer relationships and providing uninterrupted hardware, software and support services. In other words, Point Six customers are in control of their experience. If you’re interested in learning about the extensive knowledge and services provided by Mesa, then let’s talk about it,” said Dan Piroli, Senior Vice President.

Your technical support will still be conducted by Point Six. And, if your service contract is with a third party, it will remain there. Moving forward, new contracts will be purchased directly from Mesa.

Get to Know Mesa
Mesa is a U.S. based public company headquartered in Colorado with additional domestic and international locations. With over 350 employees, Mesa has a global footprint to serve a broad set of industries that require dependable quality control and calibration solutions.

The Continuous Monitoring division designs, develops and markets environmental monitoring systems. Parameters include temperature, humidity and differential pressure to maintain critical environments in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, laboratories, pharmacies and industrial facilities.

For the past 36 years, Mesa has helped companies protect vulnerable environments and ensure the safety and efficacy of the products we use every day.

Point Six Is Steeped in Rich History
For over 22 years, Point Six has been known for its incomparable offering of proprietary and standard wireless sensors featuring both RF and IR technology. The ability to customize application-specific solutions has driven Fortune 500 OEMs and organizations across market sectors to partner with Point Six.

Now, as part of Mesa, Point Six temperature and humidity sensors, dataloggers, people-counting and energy-monitoring sensors help organizations monitor energy usage, optimize operations and maintain regulatory compliance. Wireless sensors can be found in healthcare, hospitality, food service, retail, data center and refrigerated transport applications.

Point Six Wireless Launches CDC Compliant Temperature Sensor

By Kim Piroli

Point Six Wireless introduced their latest wireless temperature sensor at HIMSS 2018. A battery powered, WiFi enabled, multichannel temperature sensor with a display was well received at the show. Vizzia Technologies will be the first to deploy the temperature sensors as part of the CDC Vaccine for Children guidelines.

The Point Six Wireless temperature sensor meets and exceeds the newest recommendations set forth by the CDC for the Vaccine for Children program. Under the new requirements, all providers must use continuous temperature monitoring devices to monitor vaccines. This applies to routine onsite storage, transport of vaccine, and mass vaccination clinics.

Additional CDC requirements include the use of primary and back-up temperature sensors with a temperature probe, an active display that can be easily read from outside of the storage unit, and continuous temperature monitoring and recording with routine data download. The Point Six Wireless temperature sensor with display meets and exceeds CDC requirements. In addition to local visual and audible alarms, it supports -40°C, -80°C and -200°C temperature sensors.

To learn more about Point Six Wireless temperature sensors contact Mark Fauber at mfauber@mesalabs.com or call 404-834-8294.

Executive Chef Applauds Secure-Temp Monitoring System

By Kim Piroli

The best product promotion by far is the endorsement of a client with recognized expertise in their field. Executive Chef Jean-Claude Philon at the Grand Hyatt, DFW is one of those consummate professionals in the industry.

Executive Chef Jean-Claude Philon applauds the Secure-Temp monitoring system for providing him with both time efficiencies and peace of mind.

Accomplished Chefs like Executive Chef Jean-Claude Philon know too well the benefits of proper temperature maintenance and the time required to maintain manual records to ensure compliance.

The Secure-Temp monitoring system installed in every Victory refrigerator and freezer saves time and money while ensuring compliance with food safety standards.  To learn more call Mark Fauber, Director of Sales at 404-834-8294.

Secure Victory for Food Safety and Energy Savings

By Kim Piroli

Victory Refrigeration elevates food safety technology to unparalleled levels with the introduction of Secure-Temp 1.0™ Technology. The global storage refrigeration leader since 1944 has earned a reputation unrivaled in the industry. Now, the Secure-Temp Technology leads Victory Refrigeration to the forefront of the industry in the advancement of food safety and energy savings.

Foodservice professionals know too well that maintaining proper temperature is a key element to the prevention of foodborne illness. Unfortunately, many commercial kitchens still rely on antiquated pencil and paper systems to comply with HACCP and  other compliance requirements.

Save Energy. Improve Food Safety. Protect Assets.

The first application of its kind in the foodservice industry, Secure-Temp 1.0™ Technology will save energy, optimize maintenance schedules, improve food safety, and protect valuable assets.  All Victory Refrigeration products include Point Six Wireless temperature sensors as a standard feature.  The Point Six WiFi sensors provide real-time, around the clock reporting and monitoring of temperature breaches that could lead to asset loss and unsafe food.  A preventive maintenance service alerts the operator to potential problems that could lead to costly downtime.

Secure-Temp 1.0™ is the only temperature monitoring and reporting system in the industry that does not require additional costs for monthly monitoring services and software.

To learn more about Point Six Wireless temperature sensors call Mark Fauber, Director of Sales for Mesa Labs at 404-834-8294 or email mfauber@mesalabs.com. Visit our website at www.Pointsix.com for additional information on our wireless technology for foodservice.

Victory Refrigeration is one of four component companies of the AFE division, which was purchased in January 2008 by the Ali Group – a global leader in the manufacture and sale of foodservice equipment. Due to broad and flexible specification product line, resource-saving designs, technological innovation, unsurpassed build quality, ENERGY STAR® participation and excellent service, Victory has earned its reputation for providing “Refrigeration At Its Best.” Visit www.VictoryRefrigeration.com for additional information.


By Kim Piroli

This is an excellent article by Peter Giacalone, president of Giacalone Associates LLC.  Major players in the security market use Point Six Wireless sensors for temperature monitoring and detection of water leaks. These security companies gain competitive advantage and increased revenue while providing valuable protection for their clients.

By Peter Giacalone

ONE OF THE MAIN ROLES of a security professional is to help mitigate losses and or damages to people and property. So why is it then that many dealers still only offer the monitoring of nonsecurity detectors and sensors such as flood, fire, temperature, etc., only in response to client requests — and usually only as part of a larger, more comprehensive intrusion or life-safety system?

I’ve found that companies that take a more deliberate and proactive approach to monitoring sensors beyond intrusion and fire have experienced great success in closing ratios and increased recurring monthly revenue (RMR). “Environmental” monitoring addresses many events, the most common being high temperature, low temperature, high water, low water and flood conditions. Read more on Peter Giacalone’s insight: https://goo.gl/PfqFe2

To learn more about how Point Six / Mesa Labs Wireless Sensors  provide added value to security companies and mitigate losses contact Mark Fauber at 404.834.8294 or mfauber@mesalabs.com


FSMA. Learn The Rules.

By Kim Piroli

Each year, one of every six people in the United States suffers from foodborne illness – that’s 48 million people per year. Over 100,000 require hospitalization, and thousands actually die from foodborne illness. FSMA is the FDA legislative mandate that transforms the  food safety system from responding to outbreaks to a system that prevents outbreaks in the first place.  Food facilities (both animal and human) are now required to evaluate the hazards in their operations, implement and monitor prevention measures and have a corrective action plan in place.

Rule 1 

FDA inspections will hold the industry accountable and compliance is mandatory.  There are 7 FSMA rules.  Rule 1 requires each facility to have a PCQI (Preventative Controls Qualified Individual) create, implement and manage the facility’s Food Safety Plan. This individual must be available to the FDA within 24 hrs in the event of an inspection or other related food safety issue. Although a 3rd party may act as PCQI, it is highly recommended that at least one on site employee complete the FDA approved curriculum and receive the FSPCA Certificate of Training.

What do I do now?

Learn the rules. Get at least one employee certified. Point Six Wireless partner Waresys, offers training courses with FDA approved curriculum and certified trainers. Two courses are available; an awareness course to familiarize your employees with the Rules, and a PCQI training class to certify an employee as required in Rule 1.

The PCQI Training consists of 2.5 days, or 20 hrs and will cover the 7 FSMA Rules:

FSMA Basics

  • Background
  • Rules
  • Due Dates

Rule 1:  Preventative Control for Human Foods

Rule 2: Preventative Control for Animal Foods Overview

Rule 3: Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Rule 4: Third Party Auditor Accreditation Overview

Rule 5: Produce Safety Overview

Rule 6:  Sanitary Transportation

Rule 7: Food Defense

FSMA Recap

  • Rules
  • How to comply
  • How we can help

Prepare now for your FSMA compliance deadline. Learn more about FSMA training courses at www.waresys.net. Training courses begin in January and are offered in Las Vegas, Nashville and Los Angeles.

To learn more about Mesa Labs Point Six Wireless  temperature sensors and how they can help with your FSMA food safety compliance plan, call Mark Fauber at 404-834-8294 or email mfauber@mesalabs.com. Visit our website at www.Pointsix.com for additional information on our wireless technology for foodservice.


By Kim Piroli

The first compliance date for the  FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has passed. It was September 19, 2016. The Act requires the entire food chain supply to implement standards in an effort to prevent foodborne illness. This first major compliance requires large manufacturers of human and animal food to meet preventive controls and Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMPS) requirements. Processes and procedures will be needed to document and demonstrate that legal criteria is being met. Preventive controls for temperature regulation play an essential role in this legislation.

The FDA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule requires shippers to adhere to strict requirements for temperature-controlled food. Just one degree in deviation from the designated or recommended temperature of food during transport could render the entire shipment unsafe.  A receiving facility cannot accept it, sickness and it can’t be salvaged or sold on the secondary market.  It will be considered waste.  Accurate records of adequate temperature controls during the transportation process will prevent waste and save money.


With so much attention on temperature control, it is glaringly apparent that technology plays a critical component in FSMA compliance. The Mesa Labs Point Six™ Wireless temperature sensors provide accurate, real-time actionable data and irrefutable documentation, making FSMA compliance for temperature regulation less burdensome. Learn more about Mesa Labs Point Six™ Wireless temperature sensors at www.PointSix.com or contact Mark Fauber at 404.834.8294 or mfauber@mesalabs.com.

Are Your Critical Temperature Sensors Accurate and Calibrated?

By Kim Piroli

Dust, illness humidity, lint and other environmental factors can over time affect the accuracy of even the most precise temperature sensor.  Even a couple of degrees in some applications can have dire consequences. Take vaccine storage as just one example. Improperly stored vaccines lose their potency and become ineffective. Patients are not protected from disease and providers incur significant financial loss. Continuous temperature monitoring is not only essential, but required by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). But that is just the beginning.

How do you know the temperature sensors are accurate?

Calibration is Costly. 

Calibration is essential for all temperature sensing devices and at minimum should be performed annually – the more frequently the better. This comes at a significant cost in time, labor and money. But it’s essential for ensuring regulatory compliance and the accuracy of temperature compliance reports.

Introducing Patented Auto-Calibration

The patented Versatrak™ ANC Validator™ verifies temperature accuracy weekly, monthly, or on demand with automatic calibration. Auto-calibration insures temperature compliance reports are accurate and up to date, ensuring regulatory compliance and patient safety. Financial loss due to improper temperature storage of tissues, medications and vaccines is essentially eliminated.

So, when you auditor asks…”How do you know your temperature sensors are accurate”? Calibration reports are available on demand. NIST certification reports and certificates are available on demand. The ANC Validator™ is NIST certified for 10 years before re-certification is required. Learn more about Mesa Labs Point Six™ Wireless sensors at www.PointSix.com or call Mark Fauber at 404.834.8294.

Our Addiction to Data Requires Enormous Energy. Point Six™ Wireless Sensors Offer A Solution.

By Kim Piroli

Think about this; each time you do a google search, send an email, tweet, save a photo, or download music, you use data. Over 2.5 quintillion bytes per day – and growing.

This rampant dependence on data is fueling an explosion in the growth of data centers. According to Redcentric, about 5.75 Million new servers are installed each year to handle an estimated 204,000,000 email messages every minute. And that’s just the emails. Data centers use energy and water. Lots of it. Over 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and around 200 million gallons of water a year. Google’s data centers alone could consistently power 200,000 homes. The industry is taking heed and aggressively pursuing energy management practices to conserve resources and save money. Mesa Labs Point Six™ Wireless temperature and humidity sensors are playing a dominant role in worldwide data center energy management, significantly reducing operating costs. Point Six™ Wireless temperature and humidity sensors are being deployed in state-of-the-art data centers worldwide.   Wireless temperature sensors communicate with Building Automation Systems, providing real-time actionable data for more efficient energy management. WiFi temperature sensors can be placed anywhere temperature measurement is desired, with no retrofit costs. Learn more about Mesa Labs Point Six™ wireless sensors at www.pointsix.com or contact Mark Fauber at 404.834.8294 or mfauber@mesalabs.com.

Breaking News – DOE Invests $19M to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings

By Kim Piroli

Temperature sensors and controls play a leading role in the government’s newest efforts to improve building efficiency.  $19M will fund 18 projects across multiple technology areas in an effort to reduce energy usage of buildings 30% by 2030.

Buildings are the largest energy consumer in the nation—accounting for more than 40 percent of the nation’s total energy demand and greenhouse emissions, resulting in an annual energy bill totaling $430 billion. On average, nearly a third of this energy is wasted. It’s estimated that if the U.S. reduced energy use in buildings by 20 percent, the nation could save nearly $80 billion annually on energy bills. Mesa Labs Point Six™ Wireless sensors deliver real-time actionable data directly to Building Automation Systems (BAS) enabling them to respond to constantly changing environmental conditions.

The Mesa Labs Point Six™ Wireless CO2 sensors monitor occupancy levels by measuring the amount of CO2 in the air.  The data from the sensors is wirelessly transmitted to the BAS allowing for adjustments in demand control ventilation (DCV) levels. Controlling fresh air levels results in both energy savings and improved indoor air quality –  providing property owners and facilities managers with the tool to meet LEED standards for indoor air qualityWireless Pulse Sensors report real-time energy usage for electric, gas and water meters. Deployed by Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, these intelligent wireless sensors provide instant notification of power outages, allowing for immediate and proactive response to customer needs.

Wireless Differential Pressure Sensors alert facilities management personnel to HVAC malfunctions and optimum filter replacement schedules, maximizing energy efficiency and reducing cost. Mesa Labs Point Six™ Wireless smart building sensors are easily configured OTA and eliminate the cost of retrofit installations by tapping into existing WiFi networks. Learn more about Point Six™ wireless sensors at www.pointsix.com or contact Mark Fauber at mfauber@mesalabs.com.



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