EMPRESS: A European Project to Enhance Process Control Through Improved Temperature Measurement

  • J. V. PearceEmail author
  • F. Edler
  • C. J. Elliott
  • L. Rosso
  • G. Sutton
  • A. Andreu
  • G. Machin
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. TEMPMEKO 2016: Selected Papers of the 13th International Symposium on Temperature, Humidity, Moisture and Thermal Measurements in Industry and Science


A new European project called EMPRESS, funded by the EURAMET program ‘European Metrology Program for Innovation and Research,’ is described. The 3  year project, which started in the summer of 2015, is intended to substantially augment the efficiency of high-value manufacturing processes by improving temperature measurement techniques at the point of use. The project consortium has 18 partners and 5 external collaborators, from the metrology sector, high-value manufacturing, sensor manufacturing, and academia. Accurate control of temperature is key to ensuring process efficiency and product consistency and is often not achieved to the level required for modern processes. Enhanced efficiency of processes may take several forms including reduced product rejection/waste; improved energy efficiency; increased intervals between sensor recalibration/maintenance; and increased sensor reliability, i.e., reduced amount of operator intervention. Traceability of temperature measurements to the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90) is a critical factor in establishing low measurement uncertainty and reproducible, consistent process control. Introducing such traceability in situ (i.e., within the industrial process) is a theme running through this project.


Blackbody Combustion thermometry Flame thermometry Fluorescence thermometry High-value manufacturing Phosphor thermometry Surface temperature Thermocouples 



This article describes the EMPIR project 14IND04 ‘EMPRESS.’ The EMPIR program is jointly funded by the participating countries within EURAMET and the European Union. We thank a number of the project partners for contributing material: A. Greenen (NPL), R. Strnad (CMI), J.M.M. Amor (CEM), M. Rodríguez (UC3 M), S.L. Andersen (DTI), A.-D. Moroşanu (BRML), A. Fateev (DTU), Å.A.F. Olsen (JV), S. Simonsen (Elkem), M. Scervini (UCAM), P. Ewart (UOXF), M. Thomas (BAE), T. Ford (CCPI Europe Limited). © Crown Copyright 2017. Reproduced by permission of the Queen’s Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Physical Laboratory (NPL)TeddingtonUK
  2. 2.Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt (PTB)BerlinGermany
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM)TurinItaly
  4. 4.Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)University of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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