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Using a Thermocouple as a Candy Thermometer

A high temperature thermocouple is capable of measuring temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or even hotter. While these units have such a wide temperature range, they are still inexpensive, and many people can use them at home for accurate temperature measuring for anything from the temperature of their engine to the temperature of the oven. One fun use for a high temperature thermocouple is as a modified candy thermometer. Using a thermocouple is often more accurate than real candy or kitchen thermometers, which will help you produce perfect candy every time.

The Best Places to Use High Temperature Thermocouples

High temperature thermocouples can test and identify the temperature of any material or liquid from 2,000 to over 4,500 degrees Celsius. Thermocouples work by reading the electrical energy inside of the material or liquid and projecting the energy signal onto a small screen. The thermocouple then transfers the energy reading to a temperature reading so the user can identify the exact temperature of the material. This is extremely useful in industrial settings where temperatures must remain exact or a chemical process can mess up, causing serious problems with the material or producing harmful fumes or other byproducts.

Why You Should Use Thermocouples

A thermocouple is a small piece of wire made up of two separate metals. Each thermocouple is made of different metals, depending on the use for the heat sensor. The purpose of a thermocouple is to detect the heat of a liquid or solid by measuring the heat output in electrical currents. Different metal combinations can detect the heat levels in different objects. Because of their versatility, thermocouples have use in a variety of industries from oil purifying to popsicle making.

Deciphering Thermowell Use In Chemicals

Thermowells are extremely versatile pieces of equipment. They have to be, what with all of the materials into which they are immersed. They serve to protect the heat sensing element of a thermometer, and very often of a thermocouple unit. What is important to recognize is that not all thermowells are created equally. This isn’t to say that each thermowell doesn’t do the job it is supposed to do, but rather that the materials into which you will be immersing your thermowell will affect how well the thermowell works, if at all.

The Usefulness of Thermocouples

My best friend’s husband is a bit of a gadget guru; he has all manner of small electrical devices lying around his workspace in their home’s laundry room. I generally steer clear of them because I neither want to break them, nor do I have any idea what they’re used for. They could be components to a video gaming system for all I know. I dislike remaining ignorant of the things that surround me, so one day when I was at my friends’ house helping them install their new washing machine, I was dispatched to the workbench area to find a thermocouple. I had no idea what I was looking for. My husband’s friend, being an excellent teacher in all things of which he is a guru, proceeded to tell me what a thermocouple is and how it works.

The Science Behind the Thermocouple: the Seebeck Effect

Thermocouples are small but complicated machines. The way they function is pretty mystifying to anyone not terribly familiar with electronics, or science, or math, really. Thermocouples can convert temperature into energy, and they can also measure temperature levels in a variety of substances. But the science behind them is quite remarkable.

The Car You Save May Be Your Own

Not too long ago I had to junk my car. It was rather heartbreaking, as I always get very attached to my vehicles. This is strange, given I don’t know much about car maintenance beyond the stuff that’s easiest to do. But I always name my vehicles. The car I had to sell for scrap was Petunia, and while she lasted she was great. The main reason my car was no longer viable was that it was overheating. This in itself isn’t a reason to get rid of a car, but because the car was old fixing the overheating issue would have cost far more than the car was worth anymore. I didn’t know the car had been overheating because the gauge that tells me the temperature of the engine wasn’t functioning properly, always reading at just below midway between hot and cold instead of at the excessive heat at which it was running.

Going Wireless For Convenience and Safety

Temperature probes are an important part of many industries, especially where keeping track of high or low temperatures must be accurate. This isn’t to say that human beings can’t track temperature well, but people can’t take the temperature of an area that is well below freezing or well above boiling. One such area in which monitoring temperature is of vital importance is in the food industry; where food-borne illnesses are a risk, the importance of making sure the meat a company serves is properly cooked cannot be overstated.

Condensing Steam Boilers In the News

Though gaining in popularity in the United States, the condensing steam boiler has proven to be wildly popular in the United Kingdom. There the boilers have been pushed to the fore as the primary means by which Britons heat their homes. There have been some interesting stories in the news as of late, which though the stories come from England, they’re applicable to condensing steam boilers in the U.S. as well. It seems that there is a rush for Englanders to get rid of their conventional boilers, and this may be premature.

Electric Boilers and Radiant Heat: No More Cold Feet

There are a lot of different ways to heat a home. From wood to coal to propane, people have found a variety of methods to parlay these combustible materials into excellent heat sources. But with the growing demand to find different ways to heat not only houses but commercial venues as well, using electric boilers has become a popular heating strategy.

Gas Boilers Offer Long Term Reliability

Boilers are not a one size fits all type of thing. Gas boilers, for example, offer its users long term reliability and long term efficiency. The more efficient the gas boiler is, the cooler the flue gas temperatures are. Therefore, less heat is wasted as it floats, billows or escapes out of the chimney. Efficiency is important when it comes to boilers because it helps with costs and the environment because fewer resources are wasted. One way to enhance your gas boiler’s efficiency is to insulate the water pipes in the facility. That way the boiler does not have to work as hard. Energy Star boilers have an 80 percent or better efficiency.

Electric Boilers Heat Spaces Evenly

On cold mornings I dread getting out of bed. I know that the air in my room is not nearly as warm as it is under my covers. Furthermore, I know that the air in the hallway directly outside my closed door is significantly colder than it is in my enclosed room. Because my bedroom door was closed all night, heated air coming from the hair vents was not able to be distributed evenly in the apartment, making it nearly unbearable to get out of bed in the morning.

High Pressure Boilers Maintain High Internal Pressure

I am an impatient cook. I like my food to be ready instantly. It is difficult for me to wait for water to boil, lasagna to cook, tortillas to warm and so on and so forth. Cooking spaghetti for me is brutal. First I have to wait for the water to boil, and then I have to wait for the spaghetti to cook. Sometimes I put the lid on the pot to make it go faster, even though it really does not help. I am surprised every time when the steam and pressure inside the pot builds up and it overflows. This is what I imagine to be a high pressure steam boiler explosion to be, except on an extremely small scale and it does not compare to the danger that those real explosions cause.

Condensing Boilers: Reusing Heat

Boilers that utilize water vapor that is produced during combustion and condense it into water are called condensing boilers. The condensed water exits the system through a drain. A condensing boiler is a high efficiency boiler because it uses the excess heat in the flue in order to pre-heat cold water that is beginning to enter the boiler. Condensing boilers can have up to 98 percent efficiency. Due to the high efficiency–and therefore environmentally friendly–nature of the condensing boiler, many countries require or encourage its citizens to use them. Often times governments offer a financial incentive to help with the costs.

Barrels of Fun

A good finish on your manufactured products is very important. Think about it, if you choose not to remove the ragged edges, or burrs from your products using the deburring process, those little raggedy edges can catch in other parts of your machinery. If that happens it could be catastrophic! To avoid accidents, there are many different methods for deburring products. Just one of the methods, is tumbling. Let’s focus on tumbling barrels to be specific. What is a tumbling barrel? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a tumbling barrel is a drum in which objects are loosely placed and subjected to a tumbling action for mixing or polishing.

Turbo Abrasive Machining

Mass finishing complex part shapes is one of the most challenging problems facing manufacturers today. Many parts are still manually deburred and finished because of their complex geometric forms. This labor intensive manual handling and finishing of parts and components have had a negative impact on manufacturing process productivity and the uniformity of surface finish quality.A recent development, TURBO-ABRASIVE technology for edge and surface finishing or final machining utilizes free abrasive grain, has been a cost effective and efficient alternative to manual finishing of complex part shapes. TURBO-ABRASIVE finishing or machining (TAM) offers an economical and environmentally friendly method for mechanizing, automating and simplifying finishing operations that until now required manual deburring and/or finishing. Additionally, the TAM finishing method offers surface finishes that are substantially improved when compared with manual or less advanced finishing procedures.

A Tradition of Polishing

As a child I never understood why my father would spend laborious hours hovering over his z28 camaro. To me, a child of five or six, it appeared as if my dad would wash his car and then towel dry it over and over. In all reality of course he was polishing the car making it shine like the day it rolled into the showroom. As I got older his tradition continued. Every year, on the first nice day of spring out rolled the car, and out came the polishing equipment. When I was younger he would use polish and do it by hand. As the years went by my brother and I noticed that our dad polishing his car by hand wasn’t getting the shine that it used to. So we pitched in and split the cost of a polishing machine for our dad. From then on the yearly tradition continued only with his polishing machine doing the work.

Tumble Until Smooth

When I was a child, I had a strange fascination with rocks. Looking back I could almost say it was an unhealthy love of rocks. At first, it was any rock; my grandfather’s driveway became my epicenter for finding more and more rocks to expand my collection. Then one day after being taken to a new toy store in town I discovered some very polished, glossy rocks, this was my first introduction to a rock tumbler and my need for one grew.

The Power of Corn Cob

Deburrring is the process of removing unwanted materials, metal pieces, or burrs from an object- typically made from metal or plastic. Sometimes deburring equipment is used to remove dirt and grease from an object or polish an object and remove scratches. The use of the machine can vary with the type of media used. Harder media, like glass or metal beads, will remove burs and smooth the piece. Softer media, like cord cob medias, will perform a cleaning or polishing function on the pieces inside the tank.

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