Calibration Plays an Important Role in Industrial Temperature Measurement

When we mention calibrated sensors from a technical standpoint, we are usually referring to a more accurate piece of equipment or measuring device that increases temperature accuracy with minimal human interaction. In the area of industrial measurement of temperature, calibrated sensors with instrumentation are built to be able to gather and relay more accurate information to a monitoring source.

Temperature measurement technology continues to evolve. And with the incorporation of calibration, it has taken a leap forward. Temperature measuring devices can now be set up for remote reporting, diagnostics and automatic adjustments especially when

Incorporated with computer technology

Industrial Temperature Measuring

In industrial arenas such as manufacturing and chemical processing where precise measurement is critical, resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), thermocouples and thermistors have been developed out of necessity. These are very accurate temperature measuring devices, each having advantages and disadvantages. For instance, a thermistor has more longevity than a RTD. But a thermistor isn’t able to measure the wide range of temperatures that a RTD can.

The nature of a accurate temperature measuring device differs greatly from that of everyday temperature reading instruments. This is because industrial temperature devices are built to measure and monitor temperature with so wide a range that they might not be able to report their findings accurately. This means that accurate temperatures cannot just be taken and read from a device such as a regular thermometer or a conventional temperature indicator. Accurate measurement readings can be taken and converted (digitized) into electronic information that can be transferred to remote monitoring equipment for analysis or incorporation into a program.

The Reason for “Calibration”

This is where “Calibration” comes in. With the latest microprocessor and sensor technologies working in conjunction with calibrated sensors, industrial and commercial temperature monitoring equipment can perform almost autonomously.

An example of this type of cutting-edge temperature monitoring and reporting equipment would be Instrulab’s Model 4312A Multichannel RTD Temperature Monitor. This programmable RTD unit monitors temperatures and records data from multiple sources. All readings and findings from this unit can be sent to a personal computer on demand with minimal programming required.

“Calibration” can also enhance standard industrial measuring devices. A system calibration of these devices can be performed at various temperatures used by a customer. A temperature offset correction can be used to determine the temperature reading at those points more accurately.

Looking Forward

Even in a sluggish and uncertain economy, companies are paying very close attention to ways they can increase the accuracy of their temperature requirements. Highly accurate temperature measuring equipment will play a big role within industries producing goods that depend on precise temperature readings. It’s all about efficiency and the need to optimize the manufacturing or processing environment for economic purposes.