Temperature Sensors - Thermistor - RTDs Probes & Assemblies

A Temperature Sensor is a device that detects and measures the average heat or thermal energy in a medium and converts it into an electrical signal. A wide variety of temperature sensing devices are available today. Littelfuse offers a broad range of Thermistors, Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTDs), Digital Temperature Indicators, and probes and assemblies for temperature sensing applications worldwide.

Each temperature sensor style has its own set of operating principles, features, benefits, considerations, and limitations for optimal use.

  • Thermistors (NTCs and PTCs): Thermistors are thermally sensitive resistors whose prime function is to exhibit a large, predictable, and precise change in electrical resistance when subjected to a corresponding change in body temperature. Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) thermistors exhibit a decrease in electrical resistance when subjected to an increase in body temperature. Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors exhibit an increase in electrical resistance when subjected to an increase in body temperature.
  • RTDs: Platinum Resistance Temperature Detectors (Pt-RTDs) are temperature sensors that have a positive, predictable, and nearly linear change in resistance when subjected to a corresponding change in their body temperature.
  • Digital Temperature Indicators: Digital Temperature Indicators have a positive relationship between resistance and temperature. The response is very much like a digital signal; below the trip temperature, resistance will be low, above the trip temperature, resistance will be very high. This digital response is ideal for applications where knowing the temperature has increased beyond a specific value is required. With the digital response, no analog to digital conversion is necessary, allowing designers to save time and space.

Modifications are available to existing standard product packages, such as adding connectors or changing wire size or length, as well as offering special resistance-temperature (R-T) curves, R-T curve matching, and custom lead forming and bending to discrete thermistors. In addition, the following options and services are available.

  • Complete custom sensor packages, including moisture resistant designs
  • Custom resistance-temperature (R-T) characteristics
  • Specialized resistance tolerance or temperature accuracy within specified temperature ranges
  • Sensing element design for best long-term stability
  • Rapid prototyping and quick-turn concept parts including 3D printed parts
  • Prototype units using prototype tooling
  • Reliability/validation testing options
  • Fully designed, production-capable sensor and tooling

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Littelfuse Temperature Sensors Overview

Littelfuse offers a broad range of thermistors, RTDs, probes and assemblies for demanding temperature sensing applications worldwide. Recognized for their accuracy and long-term reliability, Littelfuse thermistors and RTDs are the sensor of choice for diverse markets such as Industrial Controls, Medical Electronics, HVAC-R, Aerospace, White Goods and Food Handling.

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