High Pressure Thermocouples

  Enquire / contact me

for LDPE production

Sensor Technology

High Pressure Thermocouples
High Pressure Thermocouples

The accurate measurement of temperature in the production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is critical. Consistent, high quality end product can only be guaranteed if the temperature can be accurately measured and controlled. In LDPE synthesis, the thermocouple must withstand extreme operating conditions, including very high process temperatures of up to 650 deg C, as well as coupled high pressures of up to 4,500 bar.  

Okazaki Manufacturing Company (OMC) has developed a range of thermocouple assemblies that suit high-pressure applications, including temperature measurement in LDPE production and for use in plastic injection moulding machines. The thermocouples are manufactured in-house at OMC’s production site in Japan, giving OMC complete control over thermocouple quality.  

LDPE is used in a wide variety of applications, depending on the property mix. A wide range of products for both homopolymers and copolymers enables a variety of film applications, including shrink wrap, heavy duty packing films, films for laminates, carrier bags, composite and crack films, deep freeze bags and agricultural films. LDPE is also found in numerous medical and pharmaceutical applications, as well as being ideal for coating steel pipes and coaxial cables.  

At OMC, all pressurised joints on the thermocouple are vacuum brazed in-house using a fully automated brazing process. This ensures that human intervention is minimised, which reduces process errors and defects, thereby improving the quality, repeatability and reliability of the thermocouple. Vacuum brazing ensures a high quality thermocouple, as the process is always carried out under the same controlled conditions. Heat treatment can also be integrated into the brazing cycle; ensuring correct mechanical properties are obtained.  

An equally important factor in thermocouple design and operating performance is the cable, which also needs to withstand the extreme operating environment. Chris Green, Product Manager at OMC comments: “OMC’s AEROPAK range of thick-wall, mineral-insulated cable is also manufactured in house. The thick wall construction enables the diameter of the sensor measuring probe to be reduced, which improves overall response time of the sensor, whilst maintaining the overall pressure rating.”  

An OMC high-pressure thermocouple has a typical response time of 0.27s, which is around three times faster than a conventional temperature sensor with thermowell (0.97s). Maximum pressure is up to 3,500 kg/cm2.  

Chris Green continues: “Twisting, flexing and vibration are critical factors when evaluating thermocouple materials. Choosing the wrong material can cause premature failure of the sensor, resulting in costly production downtime for the end user. Our experienced engineers evaluate each customer application, in order to ensure that the appropriate design and brazing alloy are selected.”  

OMC’s thermocouples are available with a wide selection of connections, including screwed, clamped or ring (waver, lens and cone). The thermocouples can also be customised to suit individual customer specifications. The thermocouples are third party pressure tested to 45,000 PSI and issued with their own calibration certificate.

Posted on September 1, 2009 - (711 views)
Okazaki Manufacturing Company
Ashwood House 66 Cardiff Road
CF15 7AF Rhondda Cynon Taff - United Kingdom
+44-1443 740 777
+44-1443 741 777
View full company profile
Related articles
LMI Technologies Presents the Gocator 3210 at SPS IPC Drives 2018 with IEN Europe
SIKO Presents the PositionLine at SPS IPC Drives 2018 with IEN Europe
SIKO Presents the MagLine at SPS IPC Drives with IEN Europe
Training for Testing RFID Sensors
Inertial Measurement Units for Smartphone
Positioning with Large Reading Window
Industrial Humidity Transmitter EE23
High-Pressure Flowmeter Measures Liquid Refrigerants
Miniaturized Pressure Sensor
Gocator® 2500 Series: High-Speed 3D Smart Line Profile Sensors
Sensing Innovation in Process and Control
Mechanical Position Sensor MP600 Series
The Internet of Things Starts with a Sensor
Temperature Sensors
Smart Sensors Sensorik 4.0
Compact True Color Recognition Sensor
Sensing Innovation in Process and Control
Level Switches RFS-9 and RFS-12
Draw-Wire Sensors for Displacement, Length and Position
Mechatronic Products
LMI Technologies Presents the Gocator 3210 at SPS IPC Drives 2018 with IEN Europe
SIKO Presents the PositionLine at SPS IPC Drives 2018 with IEN Europe
SIKO Presents the MagLine at SPS IPC Drives with IEN Europe
Ultra-Low Power Accelerometer for IoT
Measuring the Position of Hydraulic and Telescopic Cylinders
Smart Process Gating Method
3D Smart Sensors
Compact Rugged Pressure Transmitters
MicroScan3 Safety Laser Scanner
Torque Sensors and maXYmos TL Monitors