Temperature Measurement is a Critical Need for Power Plants (Part 2)

After establishing the essential need to employ the proper temperature measurement devices in a power plant’s industrial environment, selecting the right device is just as important

For several decades, Temp-Pro has applied its knowledge of temperature measurement dynamics to deliver the right solution for specific needs. This may be an oversimplified way to state it, but the fact is that many factors influence the type of device—namely RTDs or thermocouples—including temperature ranges, vibration, pressure, and other forces acting on the device.

We are known as specialized temperature measurement device manufacturers, but an integral part of the process is communication with our customers. Determining the type of temperature measurement device needed has a direct relationship with the type of material used (such as nickel, copper or platinum) and whether an RTD is needed or alternatively, a thermocouple.

Instances where temperature measurement devices must monitor extreme heat may require a thermocouple—rather than the more fragile RTD option—to effectively measure temperature shifts. However, thermocouples can be considered to have lower stability and often require additional thermocouple extension wire, which can increase the cost of this solution.

Regardless of whether you need a thermocouple or an RTD for temperature measurement, Temp-Pro works with you to establish the custom programming with the curves and linearization data to ensure the device’s maximum reliability. Expert insight has been developed over our exposure to many scenarios, data collected and the direct communicating with customers who share the same challenges you may experience in using RTDs or thermocouples.

Temp-Pro works closely with power plant managers, engineers and technicians whose input drives the potential solution for temperature measurement device design and manufacturing. In addition, power plants are known for the potential of interference by EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) and (RFI) Radio Frequency Interference. These can cause a trip or a false alarm, due to the fact mV output from a thermocouple can eclipse the measurement.

We also employ the latest technologies and engineering knowledge to ensure transmitters work properly and effectively in the industrial environment of a power plant. Case in point, Temp-Pro is known for ensuring redundancy and backup functions are incorporated into the design—including the ability to warn of low voltage, including a drop below a selected level—to ensure accuracy and precision in the temperature measurement.

Last, we also anticipate the threat of corrosion and age in the temperature measurement devices we manufacture. For this reason, we stress on the monitoring of environmental temperature and electrical pressures to ensure the optimal operation of RTDs and thermocouples. Furthermore, we design our temperature measurement devices to monitor

other threats, such as short circuits and cable damage or breaks, which can also lead to measurement failure.

Our goal at Temp-Pro is to reduce the chances of a drop in availability while ensuring our power plant customers can remain operational without having to worry about the quality and performance of a simple temperature measurement device, such as a thermocouple or RTD. Every one of these devices is manufactured to the highest level of quality and by incorporating best practices and proven engineering methods to assure our customers’ satisfaction.

Trust Temp-Pro to deliver the right solution for your power plant’s temperature measurement needs. Contact us today at 800-991-9093 for more information or to evaluate your current RTD or thermocouple specs.

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