A thermal data logger is an intuitive tool, designed to collate data sets involving the temperature conditions of a process over time. However, a thermal data logger differs from a temperature monitor, which is an instrument designed for process control and ongoing thermal monitoring. While a typical temperature monitor does not internally store data points, there is a degree of overlap between the two in terms of applicability and functionality.
Similarities Between Data Loggers and Temperature Monitors
Thermal data loggers and temperature monitors both rely heavily on thermocouple sensory inputs to assess the component’s thermal values or a sample under test. They consist of wired metal junctions that are integrated into a variety of laboratory equipment, such as heating chambers or mantles. The alloy wires’ outstanding thermal conductivity thereby enables heat propagation across a broad temperature range. The data logger or temperature monitor then converts this heat into an electrical signal.
Typically, real-time thermal monitoring is made possible by the display of this information on a simple user interface. With a full-color LCD display, Glas-Col’s 12 Channel Data Logger supports continuous process monitoring, facilitating the easy viewing of the twelve separate sensory channels. Moreover, Glas-Col’s digital logging thermometer also boasts a legible display with simplified controls and an intuitive hold function that temporarily locks temperature readings on screens to support manual data logging.
Difference Between Data Loggers and Temperature Monitors
The main similarity between a thermal data logger and a temperature monitor is the method by which data is acquired. However, the two differ significantly in terms of capacity, functionality, device footprint, and applicability.
Typically used for more demanding, higher throughput process monitoring, a thermal data logger has separate thermocouple channels for up to twelve distinct measurements simultaneously. The Glas-Col 12 Channel Data Logger, for instance, can continuously monitor and collect complex data points across each of these channels, with automatic internal storage that eliminates the chances of human error. The data logger is wholly compatible with Glas-Col’s three leading thermocouple types, with potential temperature readings ranging from -200 °C – 1372 °C (-328 °F – 2502 °F).
Glas-Col’s temperature monitors do not boast the data logger’s automated capabilities, and are therefore incapable of collecting data across a broad selection of sensory inputs. However, the digital logging thermometer can operate with almost universal thermocouple input. What’s more, it possesses a low footprint design suitable for portable process monitoring and temperature readings in the field.
Thermal Monitoring with Glas-Col
Glas-Col’s 12 Channel Data Logger is an ideal match for high throughput laboratory applications, while the company’s temperature monitors are preferred for manual process monitoring – especially where multiple readings or automated dataset collection is not required.
Glas-Col supplies a wide variety of thermal monitoring equipment to supplement these measurement techniques.
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