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Laurel Thermocouple & RTD Temperature Panel Meters

High accuracy plus linearized transmitter & control outputs

Laurel Digital Thermocouple Panel Meters. The Laurel thermocouple meter is factory calibrated for type J, K, T, E, N, R and S thermocouples for exceptional accuracy and repeatability. The entire span of each thermocouple type is presented in a single range. The thermocouple type, unit of measure (°C or °F), resolution (1° or 0.1°), and upscale or downscale open sensor indication are selectable from the front panel or via the serial interface.

Laurel Digital RTD Panel Meters. The Laurel RTD meter is factory calibrated for four Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) types: 100-ohm platinum (Pt100) with DIN alpha of 0.00385, 100-ohm platinum (Pt100) with ANSI alpha of 0.003902, 10-ohm copper with alpha of 0.00427, and 120-ohm nickel with alpha of 0.00672. The entire span of each RTD type is presented in a single range. The RTD type, unit of measure (°C or °F) and resolution (1°, 0.1° or 0.01°) are selectable from the front panel or via the meter's serial interface. RTD connections can be via 2, 3 or 4 wires. With 3 or 4-wire connections, the meter automatically compensates for changes in lead resistance to the sensor. With 2-wire connection, the meter can measure and then subtract the lead wire resistance.

High read rates at up to 60 or 50 conversions per second while integrating the signal over a full power cycle are provided by Concurrent Slope (US Pat 5,262,780) analog-to-digital conversion. High read rates are ideal for peak or valley capture, real-time computer interface, and control. Peak and valley values are standard. These may be displayed via a front panel pushbutton command or a control signal at the rear connector, or be transmitted as serial data.

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Programmable Counter Functions

  • Frequency, Rate, Period
  • Time Interval, Stopwatch
  • Phase Angle, Duty Cycle
  • Voltage-to-Frequency Converter:
    Analog Square Root, Analog Integrating Totalizer, Analog Batch Controller
  • Up / down Totalizer: with Square Root
    & Custom Curve Linearization
  • Pulse Input Batch controller
  • A+B, A-B, A*B, A/B, A/B-1 Draw
  • Quadrature Position & Rate

Panel Meter & Counter Standard Features


temp01.jpg (11987 bytes)Laureate™ panel meters with the temperature signal conditioner board provide highly accurate, stable and repeatable temperature indication for multiple thermocouple types and 100 Ohm platinum RTDs. The meter accepts the outputs of types J, K, T, E, N, R and S thermocouples, plus 100 ohm platinum RTD’s with DIN alpha of 0.00385 and ANSI alpha of 0.003925. The thermocouple or RTD type, range and resolution (1° or 0.1°) are selectable from the front panel or via the serial interface. Display in Kelvin or Rankine can be selected by offsetting the Celsius or Fahrenheit range.

Cold junction compensation automatically corrects for temperature variations at the thermocouple reference junction at the meter. Open sensor indication is standard and may be set up to indicate either upscale or downscale. RTD excitation is provided by the meter. RTD connections can be of the 2-, 3- or 4-wire type. For 3- and 4-wire connections, the meter automatically compensates for lead resistance of the sensor.

All ranges for all temperature sensor types are digitally calibrated at the factory. This eliminates the need for field calibration or drift caused by potentiometers found in non-microcomputer based meters.

All Laureate meters allow exceptionally fast read rates. Concurrent Slope (Pat 5,262,780) is a method of analog-to-digital conversion that allows up to 60 conversions per second while integrating the input over a full power cycle. Fast read rates provide true readings and fast response for control applications. Display of peak value is standard.

Plug-in isolated analog output, dual-setpoint controller and RS-232/485 commu- nications or BCD output boards can upgrade the Laureate from stand-alone monitor to system interface and control. The Laureate temperature meter can serve as a highly accurate, isolated, 4-20 mA transmitter.

Laureate panel meters are available with a red or green LED display. Blanking of leading, non-significant zeros simplifies reading. The 1/8 DIN case is water tight to NEMA 4X (IP-65) from the front when mounted in the panel.


Thermocouple Input

TC Type




-210°C to +760°C
-347°F to +1400°F



-244°C to +1372°C
-408°F to +2501°F



0°C to +400°C
-257°C to 0°C
+32°F to 752°F
-430°F to +32°F



-240°C to +1000°C
-400°F to +1830°F



-245°C to +1300°C
-410°F to +2370°F



-45°C to +1768°C
-49°F to +3214°F



-46°C to +1768°C
-51°F to +3213°F



Applicable to all TC types

Input resistance
Input current
Max lead resistance
Span tempco
Reference junction tempco
Span tempco
Overvoltage protection
NMR at 50/60 Hz
CMR, DC-60 Hz
CMV, DC-60 Hz
Open sensor indication

NIST Monograph 125 (IPTS-68)
1 Gohm
100 pA
1 Gohm max for rated accuracy
±0.003% of reading/ºC
±0.02 deg/deg
±0.003% of reading/ºC
125 Vac
80 dB plus selectable digital filter from 80 ms
to 9.6 s time constant
120 dB with 500 W imbalance
250 Vac from power and earth grounds
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Pt 100 RTD Input

RTD Alpha




-202°C to +850°C
-331°F to +1562°F



-202°C to +631°C
-331°F to +1168°F



Applicable to all RTD types

Calibration, DIN
Calibration ANSI
Excitation current
Span tempco
Zero tempco
Sensor lead resistance
   tempco per conductor
Overvoltage protection
Open sensor indication

IEC 751 (IPTS-68)
NIST Monograph 126
2, 3 or 4-wire connection
0.2 mA
±0.003% of reading/ºC
±0.03 deg/deg
2-wire, 10 mdeg/W/deg up to 10 W
3 & 4-wire, 10 mdeg/W/deg up to 100 W
125 Vac
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Thermocouple & RTD



5 digits, 7-segment, 14.2 mm (.56")
Red or green LED
Minus sign, 2 red LED lamps

A-to-D Conversion

A-to-D Rate
Output Update
Display Update

Concurrent Slope™ (Pat 5,262,780)
60/s at 60 Hz, 50/s at 50 Hz
56/s at 60 Hz, 47/s at 50 Hz
3.5/s at 60 Hz, 3/s at 50 Hz


Voltage, std.
Voltage, opt.
Power isolation

85-264 Vac and 90-370 Vdc
8-28 Vac and 9-37 Vdc
DC or 49-440 Hz
Safety-rated to 250 Vac, meter ground to earth ground,
DC to 60 Hz, 4.2 kVp per High Voltage Test


Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Relative Humidity

0°C to 55°C
-40°C to 85°C
95% at 40°C, non-condensing
NEMA-4X (IP-65) when panel mounted

RTD Connections with Excitation & Lead Compensation

The Laureate temperature meter allows 2-, 3- and 4-wire RTD hookup to the J5 connector. The meter applies an excitation current of 0.2 mA, which it monitors to make ratiometric corrections for excitation supply variations.

In 2-wire hookup, the meter senses the voltage drop across the 100 ohm RTD and both lead wires. The effect of the lead wires can be measured and subtracted by shorting out the RTD during meter setup.

In 3- and 4-wire hookup, the meter senses the voltage drop across the 100 ohm RTD and both lead wires as well as the voltage drop across the RTD and one lead wire. This allows it to determine the effect of one lead wire and mathematically subtract the effect of both lead wires.


Operation as a 4-20 mA Transmitter

With the optional analog output board, Laureate temperature meters can serve as superb, isolated 4-20 mA transmitters. The analog output is scaled to the display, which is linearized to ºC or ºF and is exceptionally accurate. The analog output further tracks the high read rate of the meter, at up to 60 readings per second at 60 Hz power. Fast update rates are beneficial in many closed-loop and PID control applications.

Operation as a Fast Controller

With the optional dual contact relay or dual solid state relay output board options, Laureate temperature meters can serve as extremely fast and accurate ON/OFF controllers for closed-loop temperature control.

Multiple setpoint operating modes are individually selectable for each relay, as explained in the dual-setpoint controller section. Relay duty cycles and chatter can be minimized with programmable hysteresis and time delays. High duty cycles and extremely fast response times are possible with the solid state relay, which has a typical response time of only 17 ms.

Operation as a Supervisory Monitor

By using the optional dual contact relay or dual solid state relay output options, Laureate temperature meters can monitor processes and provide alarms or shutoffs when these processes exceed normal limits.

A band deviation operating mode can be selected for each relay, where an alarm is generated whenever the reading is a selected number of counts above or below the setpoint. Relay operation can be selected as latching or non-latching. When an alarm or shutdown condition is reached, a latched output will remain in the alarm condition until it is reset by a front panel pushbutton, via the serial interface, or via the rear connector.