What is a thermometer used for?

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A quoi sert un thermomètre ?

The thermometer is a small object whose usefulness everyone knows; A thermometer is a device that measures temperatures using a sensor and a converter. We put it in our gardens to know how to dress throughout the seasons or in our bathrooms to take baby's temperature in case of fever. We know what a personal thermometer is for. Depending on the job you do, your professional thermometer will not have the same function, which is why there are different types of thermometers. Cooks use them to know how thoroughly meat is cooked, lifeguards use them to measure the pH of a swimming pool and guarantee water quality, and thermometers are even used in cold rooms to control the perfect temperature of these very special rooms. Okay, we know how a thermometer works, what medical experts, star chefs or production managers do with it. But have you really wondered about the real function of the thermometer? Our temperature measurement experts invite you to discover how the thermometer is a strategic tool in the daily life of professionals.

What is a medical thermometer used for? 🩺

Medical thermometers are used in many professions directly or indirectly linked to medicine. These medical thermometers are of course used to measure body temperature in different ways (orally under the tongue, in the ear , under the armpit , or even on the forehead without contact or by liquid crystal). Certain professional measuring devices are also essential in the pharmaceutical industry. Vaccine thermometers, for example, can monitor storage and transport temperatures of perishable items such as vaccines and medications. Vaccine data loggers enable data transmission for data visualization on PC or tablet anywhere in the world.

Overall, you know what medical thermometers are used for , of course. But checking the body temperature of a person in palliative care, controlling the ambient temperature of a pharmaceutical laboratory's refrigerator or guaranteeing the temperature of a medication package for a patient at home is more than that. The medical thermometer is used to advance medical research and save lives (just that)! 🤩

What is an industrial thermometer used for? 🏭

Industrial thermometers are used constantly in factories, from work rooms to cold rooms. Like the agents who work in production or on the cold chain, each industrial thermometer has its function, its place. Thermocouples are used to check the ambient temperature of rooms, infrared thermometers make it possible to measure the temperature of a surface that is difficult to access (in an oven or on the ceiling), and hygrometers detect the level of humidity in the air.

Concretely, regularly checking all of these temperatures meets strategic objectives as well as legal measures that it is essential to respect in the various industrial processes. Your teams will be more productive if they work in good conditions, whether for space heating or air conditioning (conditions which are also regulated by the Labor Code). The temperatures and their traceability that must be respected in cold storage warehouses and cold chain transport vehicles, for example, meet strict hygiene and safety standards. The industrial thermometer is used to ensure the Quality of Life at Work in your factories, to guarantee the quality of products and to avoid any health risks!

What is a food thermometer used for? 🍔

Food thermometers in catering are utensils like any other. They are used in the collective kitchens of schools, specialized establishments, armies, etc., bistronomic kitchens and food trucks in your neighborhood, in large restaurants and in all supermarkets. In short, food thermometers are everywhere. They are used to control and verify the temperature of meats , fish , yogurts and sugars and pastries , and there are some for all forms of cooking; oven thermometers , barbecue /smoker thermometers , for sous vide cooking as well as frying oil thermometers . Yes, you know, in France we don't joke about the culinary art.

Strategically, this range of thermometers serves to tantalize the taste buds of enthusiasts , of course, but it also and above all serves, like its industrial cousin, to validate hygiene and health safety standards. The law regulates the storage temperature of food, which differs depending on your activity, your establishment and the storage conditions. The food thermometer serves to guarantee the safety of all cooking enthusiasts! 

What is a scientific thermometer used for? ⚗️

Scientific thermometers are the thermometers used in meteorology, when you want to know the temperature of your garden and thus know if it is iced tea or hot chocolate weather. Professional weather stations go much further; you can read the indoor and outdoor temperatures, know the air quality hour by hour (in large cities likely to be more affected by pollution in particular) as well as the atmospheric pressure. They are often directly equipped with hygrometers , which allow you to measure humidity. The scientific thermometer is used to precisely predict the weather and the evolution of climatic conditions and thus to anticipate the developments necessary for agriculture, for example.

In scientific thermometers, you will also find Ph thermometers , also called Ph meters, which tell you precisely the Ph measurement of a solution. If you are the director of the municipal swimming pool in your city, it is essential to control the quality of the swimming pool water and its chlorine level. The pH meter is therefore used to avoid certain health risks .

How to choose your professional thermometer?

There are a thousand and one ways to choose the right thermometer; by reliability, depending on its calibration, data monitoring/reading possibilities: application/software or even thermometer price ranges. To find out more about the thermometer, we recommend contacting a temperature measurement expert from Thermométrie.fr .

For any other questions on how to use a thermometer? or what to do if your thermometer breaks? Do not hesitate to consult our Complete Guide .

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