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Pressure Gauges FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is pressure?

Pressure is a force applied to a physical object. In this case, the force will be a liquid or gas being applied to a surface. We use pressure gauges to measure this force.

Why do we need to measure pressure?

Measuring the pressure of a substance is important in any manufacturing process as this will determine the quality of the product being manufactured. For this reason, accurate measuring instruments are a must – so the pressure can be measured throughout.

How does a pressure gauge work?

Once the pressure gauge is connected to the gear and shaft assembly, this will start to coil and uncoil the inner bourdon tube. The more pressure added the more the internal bourdon tube uncoils. As the pressure increases, you will see the pointer on the front of the screen move in a clockwise motion. As the pressure decreases, this pointer will start to move anti-clockwise allowing you to control the process.

Inner workings of a pressure gauge

What is the accuracy class of a pressure gauge?

The accuracy class is the difference between the true value and the indicated reading expressed on the pressure gauge, as a percentage of full scale span.

The accuracy class is shown on the dial as Acc, Class, Cl or Kl  (e.g. Cl 1.0 for 1% of full scale value).

Accuracy class of a pressure gauge

What’s the difference between a standard and a safety pattern gauge?

The safety pattern gauge is constructed for the gas industry and are therefore designed with the operator of the gauge in mind. When constructed an additional solid baffle wall is welded between the measuring system and the dial. The glass of the dial is also safety glass and in the case of a rupture the back wall will completely blow out.

Why do we fill a pressure gauge?

We fill pressure gauges as vibration will cause a pressure gauge to wear rapidly. Furthermore, it will cause the pointer to oscillate making reading of pointer difficult. Filling the gauge with Glycerine, reduces vibration, thereby extending the life of the gauge and making reading easier.

Other fill fluids include Silicone Oil and Openol (for use with electrical contacts).

What is ATEX?

TEX is a widespread synonym for the explosion protection directives of the European Union and is derived from the French abbreviation of “Atmosphere Explosible”. There are currently two directives in the field of explosion protection, namely the ATEX product directive, 2014/34/EU, and the ATEX workplace directive, 1999/92/EC.


How to choose the scale of a pressure gauge?

The maximum operating pressure should not exceed 75% of the full scale range.

The normal operating range should be in the middle half of the range whenever possible. For example, if a customers process is at 50 psi, a Pressure Gauge with a range of 0 to 100 psi, should be selected.

Pressure gauge scale

How do I choose the size of my pressure gauge?

The important factor when deciding the size of your pressure gauge is that the dial can be easily read once the gauge is installed. We offer a range of different sized gauges (40mm – 250mm!).

What are the most common connection types?

Standard pressure gauges can be supplied with NPT, BSP or BSPT connections. These connections are available in stainless steel, brass and monel (wetted parts).

Threads Available:

1/8” NPT
1/4” NPT
1/2” NPT

1/8” BSP or BSPT
1/4” BSP or BSPT
3/8” BSP or BSPT
1/2” BSP or BSPT.

What is the material construction of my pressure gauge?

It is critical that the materials of the gauge’s pressure system are compatible with the media that its measuring. 

Typical tube and construction includes:

  • 316 SS Bourdon Tube with SS 316L Socket (for up to 200°C / 392°F)
  • Phosphor Bronze Bourdon Tube with Brass Socket (for up to 80°C / 176°F)

For applications where standard gauge materials or fluid characteristics are not compatible with the media, a diaphragm seal may be needed to protect the pressure instrument.

What is a pressure gauge snubber?

A pressure gauge snubber is a device used to suppress (“snub”) excess force or rapid movement in mechanical systems. Pressure snubbers are designed to dampen the effect of pressure pulses and spikes to assure longer service life and readability of pressure gauges in harsh applications. These units can handle a range of media, from air and other gases, to water, steam, gasoline and oils.

Pressure gauge snubber

What is a pressure gauge syphon?

A pressure gauge syphon is a simple device used to protect a pressure sensor from high-temperature media, such as steam. It can also be used to reduce the potentially damaging effects of rapid pressure changes. These low-cost devices allow systems builders to use a pressure sensor with a much lower temperature range in high-temperature applications.

What is a differential pressure gauge?

A differential pressure gauge is a visual indicator, designed to measure and illustrate the difference between two pressure points within a process system. The gauge usually has two inlet ports that are each connected to the pressure points being monitored.

Differential pressure gauge

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