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In the sanitary process environment, clean and easy management of the sensing instruments is crucial.


The Burns Engineering Series S, Sanitary Model S55 and S60 combined with a SWT Sanitary Thermowell offers easy removal without breaching the system boundary.





The thermowell and the sensor are installed utilizing a hygienic clamp union. Removal of the sensor is easy and convenient in support of calibration or replacement without disturbing the thermowell or opening the processing system.




For installations where external cleaning is not a specific concern, a standard union can be effective.

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Featured Product - T16 Mini Transmitter

Posted on November 3, 2013

burns-s01-with-t16-a.JPGThe T16 is a miniature loop-powered RTD temperature transmitter integrated into a compact aluminum connection head.  The T16 is ideal for applications where a head mounted transmitter is required and space is limited, such as process skids and reactor vessels.



t16-config-group-a.jpgThe T16 is easily programmed with a PC using the Burns TP16 Programming Module and Communication Software. Designed for use with Burns S01 Sanitary RTD, the T16 incoporates N.E.T. Solution™ (No Exposed Threads) construction to provide cleanable, repeatable, stable, and accurate temperature control in your small diameter lines.

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CE Authorized for use in the EU - Series A

Posted on September 11, 2013

a01.jpgThe Burns Engineering Series A RTDs have been self certified as complying with the European Parliament Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).  Consequently the CE mark has been applied to the Burns Engineering Series A product for compliance to directive 2011/65/EU.  No other "New Approach" directives were found to apply.


The Series A products have been self certified for European Parliament Directive 2001/95/EC on General Product Safety.


The CE mark applies to All the Series A models


See the Series A catalog for product details.


See the Series A Instruction Manual.



European Parliament Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).


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Featured Product - Thermowells

Posted on September 6, 2013

Burns offers thermowells in multiple configurations for Industrial and Sanitary applications. t-wells1.JPG


Thermowell designs include fast response, heavy duty, flanged, welded, and threaded, as well as protection tubes and thermal dampening wells. Materials from carbon steel to nearly every exotic alloy are available  including Tantalum over-sheath for corrosion resistance in demanding applications.











All materials are fully documented and a variety of tests are available such as wake frequency and strength calculation, Positive Material Identification, and pressure testing to insure confidence in your temperature measurement installation.

If your application needs something a little different or the measurement is a challenge, the Engineering team at Burns will modify and adapt one of these designs to meet your specific needs.

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Measuring the Actual Process Temperature

Posted on August 27, 2013

True - Any sensor will measure temperature.


False - The measurement always represents the process actual temperature.


We have proven time after time that the sensor selection and the interface of the sensor with the process will turn a measurement into a confident measurement.  Which would you like?


Recent tests on stem conduction, specifically at very cold temperatures, reinforced our commitment to discussing the installation with our customers.


Don't be fooled by the specifications as they are typically only to compare sensor designs based on tests in the laboratory according to ASTM or IEC.  Be aware that these standards define stem conduction differently.




What really matters??  The details of the installation.  Various solution options exist to ensure confidence in the measurement at the temperatures you are concerned about....   even when the target immersion is a challenge.


Contact Burns Application Engineering:  info(at) or leave a comment / question.  We'd love to discuss your situation!!

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E. Coli - A Curse and a Blessing!?!

Posted on August 20, 2013

Here is an article about how E. Coli is used in Biotech research and development. bpr_20.gif E. Coli in DNA Cloning Also Read about "Clean E. Coli" - a modified version that does not cause a response in humans.lucigen-logo.jpgcleancoli.png CleanColi™ info from Lucigen® Fascinating! The Food industry works hard to eliminate E. Coli and the BioTech industry embraces E. Coli.

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Food Safety - Temperature matters!

Posted on August 15, 2013

The food industry is challenged with bacteria that evolves as fast as the processes to manage them.  Listeria and Salmonella, the 2 big challenges, not to mention E. Coli, are changing and becoming more heat and chemical resistant.



The result is biofilms that grow quickly and are tougher to eradicate.  The treatment approaches gaining ground are enzyme based chemical that breakdown the biofilm and help expose the bacteria so that the cleaners and sanitizers can work their magic.  The belief is that sanitization is about 95% effective.  It is good that the human intestinal system can deal with that possibility of 5%.


The food industry works hard to keep their facilities and systems clean - from the loading dock to the processing equipment.


We have learned that the cleaners and sanitizers work best within a temperature range specified by the manufacturers.  Enzymes are most effective between 120°F and 150°F.  The sterilization process typically involves steam at ~~ 250°F.  Sterilization is more costly to perform, although with accurate temperature monitoring to insure saturation, it is the only process that is 100% effective.


Thank you to the Food Processors for their diligence and dedication to these important processes and cleaning regiments - we as consumers truly appreciate your efforts...

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Featured Product - Connection Heads

Posted on July 31, 2013



Connection heads are available in a variety of materials including polypropylene, cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum, and designed for all environments including cleanrooms, hazardous areas, outdoors, confined spaces, and harsh environments.  head-group.jpg


Several of the heads incorporate digital indicators in loop powered or battery powered configurations. Most can accept DIN B transmitters. 


See all the connection heads available from Burns in the Conection Head Suppliement

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Autoclave Temperature Measurement

Posted on July 29, 2013


The Autoclave processing environment can present an interesting set of challenges.

  • Is the drain measurement representative of the load?
  • Is the load uniformly heated?
  • How many wall penetrations are required to insure proper processing?
  • Large chambers required to sanitize large items create sensor cables routed in may places.

From Autoclave as small as those used in a dental office or hospital, to systems large enough to laminate airplane wings, the challenges present themselves in many ways.  The team at Burns have frequent conversations about the issues as they related to the measurement need with multiple autoclave users.


See earlier post about the Autoclave load measurement challenges.


Each of these systems present unique challenges including access into the chamber, confined or complex maintenance access, and measurement at the point of highest interest; on the actual item(s) being processed.


We have responded to these concerns with several products designed for this exact environment.  The SA series of Autoclave instruments are water tight, durable and built for the demands of multiple Autoclave systems.  See the entire Autoclave family.

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There is a lot of focus in the Biotech and BioPharma industry on single use and disposable processing equipment.  The drive to achieve sanitary operation, reducing risk of contamination, and the mounting expense to build and operate large facilities has brought this conversation and system development to the forefront.  The equipment and systems involved with single use and disposable processing demand new, creative, and highly effective instruments.  Temperature is a critical parameter to ensure efficient  and effective operation. bioreactor.jpg


The Bioreator PRT was specifically designed for Bioreactor bag style systems, and offers industry-leading accuracy, stability, and short-term repeatability performance.  Bioreactor Sensor information.


We have customized this and multiple other sensors to help many Biotech and BioPharma companies achieve confident temperature measurement while reducing the effort of CIP and SIP through single use and disposable operations.


Don't see what you have in mind?  Contact Burns and we'll design a sensor for your specific needs.

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