A temperature transmitter is a device that reads a temperature sensor’s signal, then converts it into an analogue or digital signal.

If you have to install a sensor far from your control room, then you increase the risk of distortion and interference. Therefore you want a transmitter to amplify and transmit the signal to the control room. We shall analyze them here:

Temperature transmitter types

DIN rail mount

When you have a short distance between the temperature sensor and the control room, low signal interference/distortion, or high vessel temps, then you’ll probably use a DIN rail mount or panel mount transmitter.

These temperature transmitters have an input voltage range of 8 to 35 volts, and you’ll find them used widely because of their low cost. While this type has been around the longest, extensive cabling can make it less accurate.

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Field mount

This type of temperature transmitter connects directly to the process, usually installed near the sensor for a stronger signal. Therefore this type provides safe signal transmission with an amplified signal.

You can get them with a dual chamber to protect the housing from humidity and moisture. Field housings typically come in die-cast aluminium or stainless steel, but you can easily install a display if you need one.

Head mount

These temperature transmitters install directly on the terminal heads of temperature assemblies. So this type provides maximum safety for your signal. Plus, this type requires less wiring, less space, and less money compared to field mounts.

However, extreme vibrations can cause extra maintenance, and fluctuations in the ambient temperature can influence accuracy.

iTEMP TMT188 Temperature head transmitter for thermocouples


Temperature is a crucial parameter to measure, so you need to consider aspects like accuracy, installation, cost, and maintenance when you buy transmitters. If you know the specs of your process, then a good supplier can help you choose the right temperature transmitter for your needs.

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