Exergen Infrared Thermocouple Non-Contact Temperature Measurement Accuracy

IRt/cís are precalibrated at the factory for typical target material emissive properties, but actual emissivities may differ. The accuracies specified assume that the precalibrated value is correct for your installation, or that the single point set up of Tech Note #1 has been performed to reduce the error to zero at the calibration point (which is normally the set point for a temperature control system).  Also see the Selection Chart.

1. Using Non-Programmable Thermocouple Interface Devices

Standard non-programmable thermocouple input devices deliver a high level of accuracy and repeatability with IRt/cís for most temperature measurement and control of factory automation, process control and OEM machinery. For example, if an IRt/c is calibrated to measure and control a non-metal target at 200°F (90°C) set point, the error will be ±0% or ±0.02°F (0.01°C) at the set point. As the target temperature varies from the original set point temperature, the error increases slightly according to the Accuracy Table (below). For example, if the interface device is set for 0% error at 200°F (90°C), then at the extremes of the temperature range of 190°F to 210°F (87°C to 99°C), the error would be ±0.4% or 1°F (0.6°C). This gradual error is caused by a difference in linearity between the output of the IRt/c compared to standard thermo-couples.

2. Using Programmable Thermocouple Interface Devices, OEM, PLC, Computers.

With programmable controllers, microprocessors, PLC, or computer interface, the error can be reduced to a small value even over a very wide temperature range. As shown in the Accuracy Table, IRt/cís produce high accuracies over a wide temperature range when the application requires it. For programming, contact Exergen for output signal tables.

Accuracy Table

3. Repeatability Error is < 0.01°C (0.02°F)

Repeatability error, defined as the ability of the IRt/c to reproduce a reading under the identical conditions, is extraordinarily small. There are no active electronics to shift, and no source of spurious signals until the limit of resolution is reached, which is 0.0001°C, due to Johnson noise.

4. Interchangeability Error is ± 1% or 0.5 °C (1 °F)

Interchangeability error, defined as the difference in reading between any two IRt/cís of the same model making identical measurements, is of particular importance to users of multiple IRt/cís such as OEMís, or when an IRt/c must be replaced. The unit-to-unit consistency of IRt/cís permits the same calibration settings to be used for all subsequent installations for the same target material and temperatures. Inter-changeability specification applies only to the signal generated by the IRt/c in its precalibrated range.


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