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EMPRESS: a European project to enhance process control through improved temperature measurement.

Pearce, J V; Edler, F*; Elliott, C J; Rosso, L*; Sutton, G; Andreu, A*; Machin, G (2017) EMPRESS: a European project to enhance process control through improved temperature measurement. Int. J. Thermophysics, 38 (8). p. 118.

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A new European project called EMPRESS, funded by the EURAMET's European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR), is described. The three-year project, which started in the summer of 2015, will significantly enhance the efficiency of high value manufacturing processes by improving temperature measurement capability. The project consortium has 18 partners, from the metrology community, high value manufacturing industry, sensor manufacturing, and academia. Accurate control of temperature is key to ensuring process efficiency and product consistency, and is often not achieved to the level required for modern processes. Enhanced efficiency of processes may take several forms including: reduced product rejection/waste; improved energy efficiency; increased intervals between sensor checks/maintenance; and increased sensor reliability, i.e. reduced amount of operator intervention. Traceability of temperature measurements to the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90) is a critical factor in establishing low measurement uncertainty and reproducible, consistent process control. Introducing such traceability in-situ (i.e. within the industrial process) is a theme running through this project.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: temperature, process control, efficiency, thermocouples, phosphor thermometry, combustion thermometry, flame thermometry, metrology
Subjects: Engineering Measurements
Engineering Measurements > Thermal
Divisions: Engineering, Materials & Electrical Science
Identification number/DOI: 10.1007/s10765-017-2253-3
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 13:20
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/7647

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