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Happy New Year ! Happy New VAT !

Just as we’re finishing celebrating the new year, some news on tax rates to bring us back down to earth with a bump. Our UK customers will probably be aware that the VAT rate will increase to 20% on the 4th of January.

Our online customers should experience no difficulties, but if you spot any discrepancies then do please let us know. If you are from an EU country other than the UK and your company has the local equivalent of a VAT number then the online ordering system allows you to enter it, deducting the tax from the final amount.

We’re going to be adding some new liquid crystal thermometer products to the site this week. They’re the same technology as our existing products, glass-free, safe and accurate, with some great designs to make the ideal for use in the home. We’re also running some tests on other new temperature and humidity indicators in order to properly evaluate them before we decide to make them available to purchase.

In the meantime, enjoy the remaining time of the festive period and we look forward to assisting you through 2011. Best wishes from all at TI.

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Urgent shipments!

It’s been an interesting few weeks, keeping on top of the usual busy period before the festive period starts. We’ve added a few new products to the site and some more will go on in the next couple of weeks: liquid crystal thermometers for use in the home. More on that soon.

We had an interesting request this week – to ship some indicators to a cruise ship docking in New York within 2 days. After we’d checked the logistics, the labels shipped out the same day (yesterday) and were delivered today in NY. We normally work to process and ship an order in 24 hours – but when asked, and it’s possible, we do our best to work faster.

The unfortunate irony is that, whilst one courier can sometimes be great at getting a package to the US in 24 hours, another might let us down on a delivery travelling only 30 miles. We’ve been struggling with leadtimes this week due to UK couriers being swamped by Christmas freight. Sorry if you’re one of the small number who’ve been affected; for the next 2 weeks please let us know of your order is urgent so we can plan accordingly. Stay safe in the bad weather!

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Vehicle interior temperatures in warm weather

Tempsafe Safety Label

Tempsafe Indicator reacts to high temperatures

About this time last year we conducted a very basic set of tests to find out how hot a car interior can get when in direct sunlight, with outdoor temperatures reaching 25 to 30C.

We parked a car with a black interior outside our office and lined up our liquid crystal and Tempsafe indicators on the dashboard.

The liquid crystal labels start to react at low temperatures, and we weren’t surprised when the colour change went to 55C. What was very worrying was that the Tempsafe very rapidly changed colour at about 70C. The other indicators then continued to react until an astonishing maximum temperature of 85C was recorded in the car.Liquid Crystal Thermometer

The car windows and doors were all closed, the car had been in direct sunshine for 2 hours before the tests commenced and we then observed the colour changes through the windscreen.

A roast chicken is said to be cooked when the centre reaches 80C. A pet left in the car would survive only minutes.

The BBC got in contact about the tests – they had recently reported a story about two dogs dying in a hot car – and we went on Radio 2 to help warn people about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles. Even if the windows had been left open to allow air to circulate, the car interior would still have reached dangerous temperatures very quickly.

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Thermochromic Liquid Crystal Reversible Temperature Indicating Strips

The Thermochromic Liquid Crystal (TLC) range of reversible temperature indicating labels forms a fast, easy to interpret indication of actual temperature. They are also convenient, easy to use and in-expensive. Read More »

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