The Synergy Nano temperature controller helps to achieve the above goals with automation plus precise temperature control. Just one instrument required to produce printed results where in many cases these results might require several expensive pieces of equipment and hands-on data manipulation.
This unit is primarily marketed as an uncalibrated tool but I found that the Flir One give some very useful relative readings for testing and evaluating purposes. As for absolute temperature readings there is still a little something to be desired. The unit’s instructions are a little vague regarding measurement accuracies but the on screen spot reading is quite useful.
Testing at extreme temperatures requires considering several options. Testing at hot temperatures has its issues, however, testing at ultra cold temperatures – below -40 C in most cases requires the use of expensive and sometimes failure prone cascade refrigeration systems or alternately applying expendable cryogenic fluids such as liquid Nitrogen or liquid CO2.
A heartfelt Congratulation is in order for the happy and successful union of two distinct thermal testing methods that are finally sharing the same dance floor together – as the first true Hybrid. To better understand the specific benefits from both sides of this collaboration of two testing methods, please review of the following white paper:
The question is often asked “what is the best temperature sensor for my temperature testing or environmental testing application?”
The answers can vary a lot but the two main leaders of the pack are RTDs (Resistance Temperature Detector) followed by Thermocouples.
If you are looking for the short answer of which is best, it is RTD’s but here is a little more to the story
When using temperature chambers or thermal platforms to do thermal testing, heating of devices tends to be more or less straight forward. Generally electrical resistance heating, be it conductive or convection (or even radiant) is the best, cheapest and most easily controllable method.
When an instrument eventually goes obsolete or for any other reason a new instrument is put in place of one that is already a part of an automated test system, some programming work will follow to make the transition complete. Even if the instruments are supposed to be software compatible, there are often minor details to tend. The good news is that it is usually not that difficult or involved. Of course exceptions can be noted but usually it is not as big of a project as some anticipate.
There are many ways to do thermal testing right, many ways to do thermal testing wrong and many ways to do a mediocre job with it.
In the world of Test and Measurement, there are numerous options for your temperature testing equipment. They can have a significant impact on costs, up front and ongoing as well as ease and quality of results. For maximum value from your equipment, it is helpful to better understand the methods and choices available to you.
I am sure there are quite a few different answers to that question depending on what you are trying to accomplish.