Review of industrial temperature measurement technologies and research priorities for the thermal characterisation of the factories of the future


As the largest source of dimensional measurement uncertainty, addressing the challenges of thermal variation is vital to ensure product and equipment integrity in the factories of the future. While it is possible to closely control room temperature, this is often not practical or economical to realise in all cases where inspection is required. This article reviews recent progress and trends in seven key commercially available industrial temperature measurement sensor technologies primarily in the range of 0 °C–50 °C for invasive, semi-invasive and non-invasive measurement. These sensors will ultimately be used to measure and model thermal variation in the assembly, test and integration environment. The intended applications for these technologies are presented alongside some consideration of measurement uncertainty requirements with regard to the thermal expansion of common materials. Research priorities are identified and discussed for each of the technologies as well as temperature measurement at large. Future developments are briefly discussed to provide some insight into which direction the development and application of temperature measurement technologies are likely to head.

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Divisions: Aston University (General)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: temperature measurement,dimensional metrology,light controlled factory,factories of the future,thermal variation modelling
Publication ISSN: 2041-2975
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 08:25
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015
Published Online Date: 2015-02-06
Authors: Ross-Pinnock, David
Maropoulos, Paul G. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6525-6216)



Version: Accepted Version

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