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November 07, 2016

Why Do You Need to Calibrate Pressure Transducers?

One of the biggest concerns after pressure transducers have been installed is knowing how accurate the results will be over time. As a result pressure transducers are replaced more often than necessary or are calibrated with outdated technology. Low-pressure transducers used in critical applications require calibration after extended use to ensure

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November 02, 2016

What is Total Error Band & How do You Calculate It?

Total Error Band (TEB) is a measurement of worst case error; it is the most comprehensive and concise measurement of a sensors true accuracy over a compensated temperature range.  TEB is extremely important to know when trying to determine how well a sensor will work within a particular design system. By calculating TEB you'll be able to understand the different possibilities for error. Formulating TEB can be tricky if you don't have the right inputs readily available. 

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October 29, 2015

6 Things OEM Design Engineers Need to Know

Any design engineer must seriously consider the manufacturing environment when looking to select a pressure transducer for inclusion within a refrigeration chiller, pump, engine test equipment, or other machinery. The life of a pressure transducer is proportional to the system design and assembly process. 

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October 15, 2015

Accuracy: End Point Method vs. Best Fit Straight Line Method

Which method provides better accuracy?  Non-linearity as the End Point Method is the relationship of the calibration curve to a specified straight line through its endpoints (i.e. Zero and Full Scale). Best Fit Straight Line (BFSL) method is the relationship of the calibration curve to a calculated straight line that minimizes the error but does not pass through the end points. BFSL method effectively cuts the end point value in half.

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August 24, 2015

New Technology Featured at 2015 NCSL International Workshop & Symposium

This year's NCSL International Workshop and Symposium took place July 19th through the 23rd in Grapevine, TX, which brought together measurement industry professionals and thought leaders under one roof. The theme for the 2015 NCSL International Workshop & Symposium focused on “Measurement Science and the Quality of Life", which emphasized the role measurement science plays

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August 20, 2015

10 Questions To Ask Before Selecting a Humidity Sensor

When selecting a relative humidity (RH) sensor, there are many factors to keep in mind that can contribute to longer product life and a successful project.  Being aware of the environmental conditions where the sensor will be installed can help determine the correct product specification for the sensor. Every application has its own challenges and requirements. To ensure that you choose the correct RH sensor for your application, ask the following 10 questions:

1. What RH range do I need to measure?
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July 27, 2015

How to Select a Pressure Transducer For High Temperature Environments

Using temperature stand-offs can replace expensive high temperature pressure sensors.

When selecting a pressure transducer for monitoring high temperature liquids or gases, be sure to note the operating temperature range of the transducer. This specification is included under environmental data on most manufacturers’ data sheets. The temperature compensated range specification of a transducer is the error introduced as temperature increases or decreases from 70°F. This thermal error affects both the span and zero setting of the transducers analog output and is generally listed as a percent of full scale per degree (% FS/°F). The static accuracy (accuracy at 70°F) of the pressure transducer plus the thermal error introduced by a high temperature pressure source is the total possible error for a specific high temperature pressure measurement

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July 06, 2015

The NCSL Workshop & Symposium Is Almost Here

hat: 2015 NCSL International Workshop & Symposium

When: July 19-23, 2015

Where: Grapevine, Texas

Exhibitors, speakers and attendees will gather for The National Conference of Standards Laboratories International Workshop & Symposium in just a few short weeks.  Taking place over 5 days, the abundance of programming will keep any participant busy for the whole event. This year, tutorial programs and technical programs will focus on Measurement Science and the Quality of Life.

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May 11, 2015

Meet the MicroCal

The MicroCal™ automated pressure calibrator is used as a stand-alone calibration standard for differential and gauge pressure sensors found in critical environments. Setra partnered with NASA to develop the industry’s quickest and most stable pressure control for low range applications. The Micro-Cal™ combines precise pressure control with high accuracy modular pressure references providing the quickest and most accurate calibration solution available on the market today.  The MicroCal™ is an easy-to-use solution that significantly improves labor productivity and efficiency when compared to the leading competitors, providing immediate ROI.

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April 23, 2015

Technical Specifications of a Pressure Transducer

Many of the following technical specifications appear on datasheets for pressure transducers and similar devices. Here we review their technical definitions and relationships.

Root Sum Squares (RSS): accuracy of a pressure transducer is calculated by taking the square root of non-linearity + hysteresis + non-repeatability.

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