Keeping tight temperature control is essential in many
processes. For instance, good temperature control of a PC board etching bath is
essential for best results.
Too low a temperature and the process will be very slow, while
too high a temperature will cause the etch resistant film to degrade and the
solution to steam appreciably.
Another, arguably more important, process where precise
temperature control is vital is in a good home brew!
Getting good temperature control is not as easy as it may seem.
Consider the setup in in the photo at left and represented below in Fig.1.
When the hot plate is turned on, heat passes from the hotplate
to the solution through the walls of the container.
When the temperature of the solution reaches the desired value,
the controller (the Digital Thermometer/Thermostat featured in the August 2002
of SILICON CHIP) switches the hot plate off
but the temperature will continue to rise.