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ASMEB40.1AccuracyforPressureIndicatingDialType,ElasticElementGauges
ThefollowingtablesdefinetheASMEB40.1accuracygrades.Accuracyofapressuregaugemay
be expressed as percent of span or percent of indicated reading. Percent of span is the most

Temperature

commonmethod.Percentofindicatedreadingisusuallylimitedtoprecisiontestgaugesandunless
specificallyspelledout,itmaybeassumedthatanaccuracyof%means%ofspan.

DiaphragmSeals

PermissibleError%ofSpan(ExcludingFriction)
Grade

Lower25%

Middle50%

Upper25%

MinimumRecommended
NumberofTestPoints(Note)

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4A

<0.1>

10

3A

<0.25>

2A

<0.5>

1A

<1.0>

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Note:Thetestpointsshallbedistributedoverthedialrangeandshallincludepointswithin
10%oftheendsofthedialrange.

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ASMEB40.7AccuracyforPressureIndicatingDigitalGauges
Wika111.25CT

Grade

PermissibleError

Recommended
NumberofTestPoints(Note)

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5A

0.05%

ofspan

15

DIALSIZE
ACCURACY
CASEMATERIAL
WETTEDMATERIAL

4A

0.1%

ofspan

10

3A

0.25%

ofspan

2A

0.5%

ofspan

1.0%

ofspan

2.0%

ofspan

5AR

0.05%

ofreading

15

4AR

0.1%

ofreading

10

3AR

0.25%

ofreading

2AR

0.5%

ofreading

AR

1.0%

ofreading

BR

2.0%

ofreading

RANGE

CONNECTION

41/2"(115mm)
1%ofspanGrade
1A
StainlessSteel
CopperAlloy
Vac&Compound
(STANDARD)
psi(STANDARD)
1/4"NPTLower

Note:Thetestpointsshallbedistributedoverthedialrangeandshallincludepointswithin
10%oftheendsofthedialrange.
TheinformationaboveisderivedfromB40.1&B40.7containedinASMEB40.100.Printedcopies
are available from ASME, Three Park Ave, New York NY 10016. You can visit their website at
www.asme.org.
Grade4Agaugesofferthehighestaccuracyandarecalibratedto0.1%ofspanovertheentire
rangeofthegauge.Thegaugesarecalledlaboratoryprecisiontestgaugesandaregenerally
8",12"or16"dials.Thesehighaccuracytestgaugesmaybetemperaturecompensated.They

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Grade3Agaugesarecalibratedtoanaccuracyof0.25%ofspanovertheentirerangeofthe
gauge. The gauges are called test gauges and are generally 4", 6" or 8" dials. The test
gaugesaregenerallynottemperaturecompensated.
Grade2Agaugesarecalibratedtoanaccuracyof0.5%ofspanovertheentirerangeofthe
gauge.Thesegaugesaregenerallyusedbythepetrochemicalindustryforprocesspressure
measurement.Theyareoftenreferredtoasprocessgaugesandareusuallysuppliedas4"
and6"casesandarenottemperaturecompensated.
Grade1A gauges are calibrated to an accuracy of 1% over the entire range of the gauge.
Thesegaugesarehighqualityindustrialgaugesandaresuppliedin2",3",4",6"and8"
sizes.
GradeAgaugesarecalibratedtoanaccuracyof1%ofspanoverthemiddlehalfofthescale
and2%ofspanoverthefirstandlastquartersofthescale.Thesegaugesareoftenreferredto
asindustrialgaugesandusuallysuppliedin2",3",4"and6"casesizes.
GradeBgaugesarecalibratedtoanaccuracyof2%ofspanoverthemiddlehalfofthescale
and 3% of span onver the first and last quarters of the scale. This accuracy of gauge
representsthemajorityofmanufacturedandusedforpressuremeasurementonwaterpumps,
swimmingpoolfilters,aircompressors,filterregulations,etc.Thesegaugesareoftenreferredto
ascommercialorutilitygaugesandaresuppliedin1",2",2",3"and4"casesizes.

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