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Preserving History with The Saint Louis Art Museum

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CLEVELAND - eTradeWire -- Understanding Premature Deterioration

Art enriches understanding of the past and present. Museums like the Saint Louis Art Museum play a crucial role in preserving history. TandD data loggers help maintain optimal conditions for artwork, ensuring its longevity and continued conservation.
The Saint Louis Art Museum needed a solution to accurately monitor environmental conditions that can impact art deterioration. By using a real-time, four-in-one TandD data logger to monitor illuminance, UV, temperature, and humidity, the museum can better preserve its artwork and provide comprehensive information to lending institutions.

Recently, the museum expanded and they were looking for a solution to work in a newly built wing that's lit primarily by daylight where it faced the challenge of preserving its art despite high levels of sun exposure. Additionally, it needed an unobtrusive data logger that was compact, had wireless connectivity, and comprehensive light monitoring functionality.

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Improving its Process with TandD

To address challenges, the Saint Louis Art Museum worked with T&D Corporation to monitor environmental exposure. The museum purchased 50 wireless TandD RTR-574 loggers, measuring illuminance, UV intensity, temperature, and humidity. Data is automatically uploaded to T&D's free cloud-based WebStorage Service for preservation records.

"Because some of these works are sensitive, small differences can add up quickly if something isn't right. We sleep better at night knowing we have TandD data loggers for our artwork."– Claire Winfield, art conservator, Saint Louis Art Museum


By using T&D's RTR-574 logger, the Saint Louis Art Museum was able to effectively account for variable light levels due to the museum's daylight lighting. The loggers enabled the museum to view the total light exposure for each piece of art and assess how it relates to the single value standard listed in conservation literature. This was true even for UV monitoring, a factor that's otherwise cumbersome to measure. Because all data can be accessed wirelessly from PCs and mobile devices through T&D's free WebStorage Service, museum employees don't need to directly connect to the loggers to collect data. The completely automated readings provide the museum with an essential record of all conditions, allowing the Saint Louis Art Museum to best preserve its art and present more thorough and accurate data to its lenders more effectively than ever.

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This Application Note has been adapted from an article written by TandD. TandD is the manufacturer of the RTR-574, an ideal museum environmental monitoring solution.

For more information on the TandD RTR-574 data logger, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS DataLogger Application Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit us at https://www.dataloggerinc.com.

CAS DataLoggers
Elizabethe Zala

Source: CAS DataLoggers
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