Temperature Measurement And Monitoring System

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Though some industrial-use temperature measurement and monitoring systems may be large, stationary devices, there is a broad range of handheld non-contact thermometers also available for industrial use. The vast majority of these are small enough to fit easily into any toolkit, and many are small enough that they can fit comfortably in pockets and work belts. Some manufacturers also produce extremely small temperature measurement and monitoring systems that consist of little more than an infrared sensor and a microchip as small as a common pushpin.

Infrared Temperature Measurement and Monitoring Systems

Infrared temperature measuring technology is suitable for many industrial monitoring systems because it can gauge the temperature of an object without contacting the surface of the object directly. It does so by measuring the amount of infrared radiation that an object is emitting. All materials above absolute zero emit enough infrared radiation to be measured with an infrared temperature measurement and monitoring system.

Many infrared temperature monitoring systems are also equipped with the capacity to measure and compensate the for errors that would otherwise result from changes in ambient temperature. In many cases, they are compatible with a thermocouple, which measures temperature by creating a current across two dissimilar types of metal. Thermocouples are popular in many industrial applications because they are rugged, reliable, and capable of measuring temperatures to an acceptable degree of accuracy.

Many industrial IR-based temperature measurement and monitoring systems are accurate to within a fraction of a degree Centigrade. In general, they are capable of operating in conditions up to 50° Celsius, and can accurately measure temperatures hotter than 1,000 ° Fahrenheit, depending on the type of device. Other IR thermometers are designed for portability and affordably, and may be more suitable for professional food service applications, where it is less important that the device be capable of operating in extreme conditions or at long distances.

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