When you are managing a building then getting an accurate temperature reading is important. You need to know this information for a number of reasons. Environmental management is a great example. If you don’t know the peak temperature times then how will you know when to adjust the heating or air conditioning? For storage buildings this is an important factor as well. Certain materials have optimal temperatures that they need to be stored at or they can start degrading. In today’s article we are going to discuss temperature standard and battery powered temperature indicator tech so that you can understand them a little better and get a look at the current tech available to meet these important functions. Without further ado, let’s talk temperature indicators and their building management applications!
Applications of Temperature indicators
As the years have progressed we’ve come a long way from gauging temperature with a simple thermometer hung on the wall. While you can certainly still go ‘low tech’, a decision like that can cost you money. In the age of ‘internet of things’ devices, which can tie together electronic data from a number of sources, as a building manager you cannot afford NOT TO research a little into what a good temperature indicator can do for you. If you aren’t familiar with the technology, imagine that you have an assortment of temperature sensors in place throughout your buildings, all reporting their readings to centralized device. This device, in turn, manages the heating and air conditioning and can make adjustments based on this data so that your buildings are all kept at optimal temperatures. This doesn’;t just apply to HVAC technology, either. With the proper equipment you can monitor water temperature in your pipes to make sure that your tenants or other users of your building aren’t at risk for legionella. These bacteria can live and thrive at temperatures between 20 and 45 degrees Celsius and as the building manager it is your legal responsibility to protect the people who use your building from it. So it’s not just a matter of a comfortable environment perspective that you need good temperature indicators but also from a safety perspective. Let’s take a look at some popular models of temperature indicators so that you can get a better idea of what is out there and what applications these sensors are best suited for.
Series BPI Battery Powered Temperature Indicator
Our first entry is designed to meet temperature monitoring needs for locations that do not have power. These battery powered temperature indicators are excellent for monitoring the temperature of newly purchased buildings or buildings which are going to be ‘powered down’ for large portions of time. These units accept thermocouple or RTD input and are capable of displaying either remote or local readings at a glance. Housed in a polycarbonate Nema 4X enclosure these units are durable and resistant to environmental factors that can wear some sensors down and they come with password protection as well for added security. If you would like to read more about this unit then feel free to click the link below:
Series DPMX Extra Large Digital Panel Meter
If you don’t need a battery powered indicator then the Series DPMX is a great option for monitoring temperature both locally and remotely. The extra large display gives you the information that you need at a glance and with high visibility to boot. These units come with multiple input types so they will be compatible with most applications and the units are powered by a universal power supply that comes
“The units are powered by a universal power supply”
with the purchase. The LED display 2.3” numbers so it is easy to view in the dark or from a distance. If you would like to read more about these units then feel free to click the link below:
Model LPI Loop Powered Indicator
Our third entry for temperature indicators is the Model LPI loop powered indicator. This unit takes a 4-20 MA input and can display a number of variables, such as:
These variables may be viewed from local readings or remote readings, depending on your need, and it can be custom programmed by the use of 3 buttons on the unit. Programming options allow you to set the scaling parameters, decimal point places, and the unit comes with password protection as well for added security. Linearization options are also standard with these units, allowing you to display square root, straight linear, X 3.2, X 5.2, and a 19 point user defined linearization curve. If this model fits the sophistication requirements for your buildings a little better than the previous models you can read more at the link below:
Series LCI308 & LCI408 Panel Meter Indicator
Our last entries for your review are the LCI308 and LCI408 panel meter indicators. These models are a standard 1/8 DIN and both come with their perks. The LCI308, for instance, has a 4 ¾ digital display which is scalable within +32,000 counts and is available with a number of process inputs, temperature inputs, and more. The LCI408, by contrast, has a universal input for load cell, process, and temperature inputs, and also comes with a Potentiometer input as well. The LCI408’s display is a 5 digit which is scaleable to 99,999 counts and comes with a dual display so that you may view additional values as required. If you would like to read more about these units, feel free to click the link below:
Some final words on temperature indicators
In today’s article we have discussed the importance of temperature indicators when it comes to proper building management. Maintaining proper temperatures not only protects your investment but it also helps to ensure that your buildings are both comfortable and safe. With devices measuring the temperature then changes can be made in an instant, ultimately saving you a lot of money and second guessing, so be sure to take a look at these indicators. It’s only good sense!