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Guaranteed Results Through Direct Oversight - Factors in Temperature Transmitter Calibration

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While your industrial process may eventually be judged by the products which come out of your hard work, the process itself needs to be thoroughly protected. Without sufficient oversight, you might be faced with long delays and unfortunate breakdowns that can leave you scrambling to bring your operation back up to the level of performance you expect.

One important tool in that oversight is your temperature transmitter. Without being able to successfully monitor rising temperatures, you might not be able to identify a potential problem before it manifests as a serious issue. Below, you'll find a guide to some factors which may affect your transmitter calibration that you should keep in mind throughout the process.

Temperature Sourcing

Perhaps the most important factor in accurate measurements is being able to verify the source of the temperature increase. If your transmitter records a spike but that jump isn't from the equipment you're attempting to monitor, you may find yourself making adjustments that are unnecessary or counterproductive.

An important part of calibration is comparing current results to past results. Use your temperature transmitter to create a long log of temperature readings that can help you identify whether a new reading appears to be an aberration or merely the result of a potentially accelerating trend. 

Loop Power

A strong feedback loop from your transmitter to the equipment and back is the only way to make sure you'll be properly calibrated. Any fluctuations in the power can create spurious readings and can leave you struggling to verify that you've been able to do your due diligence.

Make sure that you only use the transmitter under manufacturer's instructions and that the electric leads which are attached to your calibration wires are totally clean and free of debris. This will allow them to make full contact to guarantee an accurate measurement and can help wipe away any residual doubt from your mind.

Output Current

Ultimately, the current that your temperature transmitter puts out is one of the most important variables in making sure your temperature is properly calibrated. A precise current application is necessary to measure any potential fluctuations in temperature, as an inaccurate application can generate unnecessarily high readings. You should also take special care in handling your calibration equipment while current is being pushed outward, as exposing yourself to electrical flow has the potential to cause some very real health problems that will leave you frustrated.

If you need additional help, contact a professional like the experts at Cooper Controls Inc.