Industrial thermometers are very different from any other thermometer. They are not purchased for home use like weather thermometers, food thermometers, or medical thermometers. Their purpose is for use at industrial sites.
What are Industrial Thermometers
Industrial thermometers measure temperature and humidity in many industrial processes. Even the slightest change in temperature can cause problems so having an accurate thermometer is crucial. For instance, they monitor the core temperatures in the reactor in a nuclear plant to prevent a nuclear meltdown.Mercury thermometers have been used for most applications until recently. They are being phased out by other, safer types of industrial thermometers. The exception is in high temperature devices such as autoclaves where other alternatives are not commonly used.
Options to mercury industrial thermometers include liquid-in-glass, dial, and digital thermometers.
Non-mercury thermometers are accurate but do not have as wide of a temperature range as mercury ones. The thermometers usually have a probe that is inserted into a source of heat or cold and is connected to a sensing device that displays the temperature.
What are Industrial Thermometers Used For
An industrial thermometer is also used in mechanical rooms in factories and businesses. They provide climate control in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They are usually attached to boilers and commercial hot water heaters.
Another application for an industrial thermometer is in the refrigeration industry. They can be used in cold storage such as a locker or ice plant because they can register at extremely low temperatures. They can also be used to set concrete or for other construction purposes.
Laboratories also use industrial thermometers because many of the chemicals and biological substances they work with can have high ranges of temperatures. Specialized thermometers are used that can handle the combination of chemicals without damaging them.
Many commercial machines require thermometers to keep their engines from over-heating from constant use. They can be used to measure oil, petrochemicals, and other substances. Special thermometers are needed to handle high vibrations in diesel machines, turbines and shipping applications.
Each application has certain requirements that they need in a thermometer and the manager must buy the right kind or the application won’t work. Serious consequences can occur if a thermometer doesn’t read correctly.