In simple words, temperature sensors are devices that collect data temperature from a specific source. These devices transform the information to data that can be easily deciphered by another device. Temperature sensors come in a variety of types and are used for a wide range of medical, industrial, defense, and Aerospace applications. These sensors are needed in applications where a specific temperature is required for a range of reasons from avoiding ice buildup to ensuring chemical and blood tests are run at optimal temperatures.

Variations in temperatures during certain processing applications, such as medical testing and industrial reactions, bring about significant changes in profits, quality, and safety. Several applications in industries like oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, power, pharmaceutical, etc. are affected by changes in temperature. Hence, it is important to keep a check on the temperature and monitor its changes to support smooth operations. Choosing the right temperature sensor depends upon the specific application. Please call Birk to discuss your application with one of our experienced engineers so we can guide you to the perfect sensor for your application.

RTD Vs Thermocouple Temperature Sensor

Before calling RTD (Resistance Temperature Detector) a better temperature sensor than thermocouple temperature sensor (TCs) or vice versa, it is important to first understand their respective field of features and applications. For a layman, TCs typically offer a faster response than RTD. This faster response can help keep tighter control of the process temperature.

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Gone are the days when cumbersome heating system used to take up space in any application. Nowadays, a lot of industrial appliances make use of flexible heating systems like mica heaters for better operational efficiency. These heaters are ideal when you are looking for substrate stability and even distribution of temperature. Mica heaters must be securely clamped in place during operation.

General Features of Mica Insulated Heating Elements:

As the name suggests, these space heaters consist of elements that are covered in thin sheet of mica for insulation. Some of the characteristic features of mica heating devices are:

  • These heaters are capable of withstanding very high range of temperature (up to 600°C)
  • These heaters are very reasonable because of the low material costs
  • They can be efficiently configured in a wide range of watt densities (over 150 W/in2)
  • They are available in a large variety of sizes and shapes
  • These heaters show extremely low electrical leakage
  • They are known for fast thermal recovery
  • These heaters can be used for curved surfaces as well
  • They can be manufactured with integrated sensors and thermal switches
  • These heaters can be easily clamped on a flat surface that needs to be heated evenly
  • They are ideal for surfaces which can come in direct contact of the heater Read more…

A wide variety of industrial applications require heating solutions that are reliable as well as efficient. Flexible heaters are ideal for providing such accommodative heating and immense thermal recovery. They can conform to suit the surface that is to be heated and hence they are versatile in nature.

Birk Flexible HeatersBrief Overview of Flexible Heaters

Basic flexibility while heating a surface for a large-scale or small-scale industrial application is the fundamental property shown by flexible heating systems. Rugged and durable in nature, these devices make use of heat sinks, probes, temperature sensors, and electronic circuits for heating a particular surface. Read more…

There is an old story about company policy that goes as such:

Subject: Company Policy

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it.  Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result – all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.


Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

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