Thermistor Terminology: Decoding the Technical Terms

Thermistor Terminology: Decoding the Technical Terms

If you are new in the industry of temperature sensors, then it is likely that your head is spinning because of all of the technical terms. At Kelvin Technologies, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to understand the products and features that are available. This article is designed to help you learn more about the terminology so that you can choose the right products for your requirements:

  • Thermistor: The contraction of the name helps you to understand the product: “thermal” “resistor.” A thermistor is a temperature sensor that measures the change in temperature because of the resistance that develops with fluctuations in the temperature. A direct current is passed through to see the voltage drop that happens.
  • Standard Reference Temperature: It is important to know the zero-power resistance measurement. In most situations, it is usually 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Stability: How well will the thermistor hold up in harsh environments? The stability rating gives an indication of the durability in high temperatures, harsh outdoor conditions, or industrial settings. A product with a high stability will maintain specific characteristics even after the sensor is exposed to these conditions.
  • Power Rating: Many types of temperature sensors will have a maximum power rating. If the sensor is exposed to higher levels of power, then the integrity of the product will be compromised. Make sure that the power source falls within the power rating measurement.
  • Operating Temperature: Know the anticipated temperature levels so that you can choose a temperature sensor that holds up in these conditions. The temperature should never exceed the maximum operating temperature because the extreme temperatures can damage the device. Consider the characteristics of both the internal and external temperatures for the application. This temperature range matters for the integrity of the sensor.

Choosing the Right Temperature Sensor

These factors are all important considerations for the quality and durability of the temperature sensor that you choose. As you learn more about the sensors that are available, you will see that there are pros and cons to the different designs.

First, evaluate the conditions and environment where the temperature sensor will be used. Then, compare the features and ratings for the products to find the best match. Certain styles are rated with a higher accuracy within a range of temperatures. Other design styles have a lower level of accuracy, but a wider range of temperature measurement.

Evaluating your conditions and application of the equipment will help you to be sure that you select the right tool. The best solution is to choose a manufacturer that offers custom solutions, such as Kelvin Technologies. We work closely with each of our clients to find the best products for every situation.

Are you interested in learning more about thermistor sensors? Contact Kelvin Technologiesto find the products that match your requirements. We are here to answer your questions and offer assistance in any way that you need. You can visit our office at 1351 Matheson Blvd E #3, Mississauga, ON, L4W 2A1. Or, call our team at(905) 238-7060