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BAPI Sensors Overview

Temperature, Humidity & Pressure Sensor Overview

There are many facilities and locations today that rely on temperature, pressure and humidity sensors and transmitters to provide a stable, secure environment, such as hospitals, clean rooms and data centers. The sensor or transmitter itself can make or break the system, therefore they must be dependable, accurate and 100% compatible with the building control system. More demanding environments, advances in technology, and changing customer needs keep the industry striving for new and improved sensors and transmitters. As the industry continues to change, BAPI will be at the forefront providing high performance solutions for real world applications.

BAPI offers a wide range of temperature, humidity and pressure sensors and transmitters in all of our room, duct, immersion and outside air units so that they are 100% compatible with the facility’s control system.

Temperature Sensors & Transmitters

THERMISTORS

Thermistors are thermally sensitive resistors known for exhibiting a large change in resistance with only a small change in temperature. A thermistor’s change in resistance is non-linear. It follows a pre-defined curve which is provided by the thermistor manufacturer.  For more information, select the links below:

RTDs

RTDs (Resistance Temperature Detectors) are thermally sensitive resistive elements that exhibit a small change in resistance per degree of temperature change. RTDs are especially recognized for excellent linearity throughout their temperature range with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability.

SEMICONDUCTORS

Semiconductors are designed to exhibit a defined current output directly proportional to the absolute temperature (°K). This property makes them the most linear of all the common commercial HVAC/R sensing elements. By putting this current output across a resistor, a proportional output voltage is produced.

TEMPERATURE TRANSMITTERS

Temperature transmitters incorporate a sensor —either a 10K thermistor or a platinum RTD (100 Ohm or 1 k Ohm)— and an amplifier. These devices provide an accurate and predictable 4 to 20mA output over a specified temperature range. They are specifically designed for temperature sensing and transmission over long distances without degradation of the 4 to 20mA signal.

Humidity & Pressure Transmitters

HUMIDITY TRANSMITTERS

Humidity transmitters provide a high accuracy 4 to 20mA, 0 to 5V or 0 to 10V humidity measurement. Accuracies of 2% or 3% Relative Humidity (RH) are available. BAPI room units are protected by a molded housing with an integral filter, while duct and outside air units come with a removeable 100 micron sintered stainless steel filter. The sensor is unaffected by volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) or surface contamination.

PRESSURE TRANSMITTERS

The heart of every BAPI Pressure Transmitter is a micro-machined, single-crystal silicon, piezoresistive pressure sensor that changes resistance as a function of applied pressure. Each sensor is fabricated using the same integrated circuit technology used to make millions of cell phones, game machines and personal computers. Since silicon strain gauges have high output levels in relation to the pressure applied, the pressure levels in the BAPI diaphragm can be lower than in other non-silicon strain gauges. This means a more accurate measurement of lower pressure levels.

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