Heat Alternatives for Cleaning

I have stressed the importance of temperature to cleaning processes many times in previous blogs.  This blog will discuss the heat source options for achieving and maintaining the temperatures required for effective cleaning. Electric – Electric heat is, without a doubt, the most prevalent heat alternative used for cleaning applications.  This is because electric heaters are relatively inexpensive, relatively small, …

Heat Capacity and Temperature Control

How Much Heat? – It is common for the design engineer to calculate the heat requirement for the tanks of a cleaning system based on the tank volume, the target operating temperature and the desired heat-up time from ambient temperature to operating temperature taking into account, of course, heat losses through the tank walls and …

Temperature Sensor Selection and Placement

Meaningful temperature measurements depend on the selection of the proper sensors and controls and the proper placement of sensors to accurately measure the targeted temperature.  For example, it was previously stated that bimetallic sensors, in most cases, ultimately sense the temperature of air around them.  This makes bimetallic sensors a good choice for measuring air …

More Temperature Sensors – Electrical

Preceding blogs have described a number of mechanical means for measuring temperature based on the expansion and contraction of liquids and solids.  Another major classification of temperature sensors are based on electrical phenomenon. Thermocouples – A thermocouple sensor utilizes a junction of two dissimilar metals to measure temperature.  The principle is based on the fact that an …