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

Pearce, J. V. and Edler, F. and Elliott, C. J. and Rosso, L. and Sutton, G. and Andreu, A. and Machin, G. (2017) EMPRESS : A European project to enhance process control through improved temperature measurement. International Journal of Thermophysics, 38 (8). 118. ISSN 0195-928X (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10765-017-2253-3)

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A new European project called EMPRESS, funded by the EURAMET program ‘European Metrology Program for Innovation and Research,’ is described. The 3 year project, which started in the summer of 2015, is intended to substantially augment the efficiency of high-value manufacturing processes by improving temperature measurement techniques at the point of use. The project consortium has 18 partners and 5 external collaborators, from the metrology sector, high-value manufacturing, 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 recalibration/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.