Museums collect, preserve, and display cultural and artistic items, offering education and cultural appreciation. The art conservation industry focuses on preserving and restoring these items, including preventive care, restoration, research, and ethical considerations, to ensure their longevity and authenticity. Together, they protect and share our cultural heritage.
Depending on specific features and functions, GAO Tek’s hygrometers are sometimes referred to as Humidity gauge, hygrograph, humidistat, psychrometer, moisture meter, dew point instrument, relative humidity meter, hygroscopic sensor, moisture sensor.
GAO Tek’s hygrometers have the following applications in museums and art conservation industry:
- Preventive Conservation: GAO’s hygrometers are used to continuously monitor and maintain specific relative humidity levels within museum spaces and storage areas. Proper humidity control helps prevent damage to artworks, such as warping, cracking, or mold growth.
- Artifact Storage: Museums use GAO’s hygrometers to ensure that storage environments are ideal for the long-term preservation of delicate items, including paintings, textiles, manuscripts, and sculptures. Stable humidity levels can prevent deterioration.
- Exhibition Conditions: For temporary exhibitions, GAO’s hygrometers are employed to create controlled microenvironments within display cases or exhibition spaces. This ensures that artworks remain in stable condition and do not experience sudden changes in humidity, which can be damaging.
- Emergency Response: In the event of a water leak or environmental emergency, GAO’s hygrometers provide real-time data to alert museum staff, enabling quick responses to prevent or mitigate damage to the collection.
- Conservation Lab Work: Conservators use GAO’s hygrometers when working on the restoration and conservation of artworks. This helps them control the environment during the restoration process to minimize risks to fragile materials.
- Condition Assessments: Before acquiring new items or accepting loans, museums often conduct condition assessments that include humidity measurements. This ensures that objects are suitable for display or storage in the museum’s climate-controlled environment.
- Research And Documentation: GAO’s hygrometers provide critical data for research purposes, helping conservators and curators understand the effects of humidity on various materials over time. This information informs conservation and preservation strategies.
- Artifact Loans: Museums may require lenders to provide GAO’s hygrometers with loaned artworks to ensure that they are displayed in suitable conditions during temporary exhibitions.
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Complying With Museums and Art Conservation Industry Standards
GAO Tek’s hygrometers comply or help our customers comply with the museums and art conservation industry standards such as
- ISO 16000-9
- ISO 11799
- National Park Service (NPS) Museum Handbook
- ASTM E1049-85(2016)
- International Council of Museums (ICOM) Code of Ethics for Museums
Complying With Government Regulations
GAO Tek’s hygrometers comply or help our customers comply with the U.S. government regulations such as
- OSHA General Duty Clause (29 U.S.C. §654(a)(1))
- National Park Service (NPS) Museum Handbook
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Preservation Regulations
- American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Standards and Best Practices
- Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Policy
- Library of Congress Preservation Standards and Guidelines
GAO Tek’s hygrometers comply or help our clients comply with the Canadian regulations such as
- Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Technical Bulletins and Guidelines
- Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) Standards and Practices
- Canadian Heritage Guidelines for Museums
- Parks Canada Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
- Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) Standards and Guidelines for the Preservation of Archival Records
GAO Tek’s hygrometers comply or help our clients comply with the Mexican regulations such as
- Environmental Monitoring Standards
- Conservation Guidelines
- Government Cultural Authorities
- Documentation and Reporting
- Training and Certification
- Emergency Response
- Exhibition Loan Agreements
GAO Tek’s hygrometers comply or help our clients comply with the European regulations such as
- Temperature and Humidity Control
- ISO Standards
- National Regulations
- Collections Care Standards
- Conservation Policies
- Preventive Conservation
Case Studies of Hygrometers in Museums And Art Conservation Industry
Hygrometers are sometimes called as Humidity gauges, hygrographs, humidistats, psychrometers, moisture meters, dew point instruments, relative humidity meters, hygroscopic sensors, and moisture sensors.
Here are some practical examples of using hygrometers in museums and the art conservation industry:
Museums often have conservation laboratories where experts restore and repair artworks. These labs use hygrometers to ensure the right conditions for conservation work.
Paintings, both on canvas and paper, are particularly sensitive to changes in humidity. Incorrect humidity levels can lead to cracking, flaking, or buckling of the artwork. Hygrometers are crucial for creating stable environments in art storage and exhibition spaces.
Metal artifacts, such as sculptures and armor, are vulnerable to corrosion in high humidity conditions. Hygrometers help ensure that humidity is kept at safe levels to protect metal surfaces.
High humidity can promote the growth of mold and fungi on various materials, including artwork, textiles, and wooden objects. Hygrometers are used to detect elevated humidity levels that could lead to mold infestations and trigger appropriate remediation measures.
Hygrometers are also used to optimize HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems in museums and conservation facilities. They help regulate humidity levels efficiently, reducing energy consumption while maintaining proper environmental conditions.
Maintaining the correct humidity levels is essential to prevent damage to sensitive materials such as paper, textiles, and paintings. Hygrometers are used to monitor humidity levels to ensure they remain within safe ranges to prevent deterioration, warping, or mold growth.
Wood artifacts, such as antique furniture or musical instruments, are susceptible to changes in humidity. Hygrometers are used to prevent wood from expanding or contracting excessively, which can lead to cracking or warping.
Museums and archives often house valuable paper-based documents, manuscripts, and books. Fluctuations in humidity can cause paper to become brittle or develop mold. Hygrometers help maintain stable humidity conditions to preserve these items.
Hygrometer data is valuable for research in art conservation and museology in Mexico. Continuous monitoring and analysis of humidity levels can lead to improved preservation techniques and a better understanding of how different materials respond to environmental conditions in the country.
Mexico is rich in pre-Columbian history, with numerous artifacts made of clay, stone, and textiles. Hygrometers help maintain stable humidity levels to prevent deterioration and damage to these ancient relics.
Mexico has a significant collection of colonial-era artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and textiles. Hygrometers are used to control humidity levels to prevent the degradation of these historical pieces.
Hygrometers are crucial for preserving Mesoamerican codices, which are pre-Hispanic manuscripts made of bark paper. Maintaining the correct humidity levels is vital to prevent the cracking and degradation of these delicate documents.
GAO RFID Inc.RFID Hardware, a sister company of GAO Tek Inc., is ranked as a top 10 RFID supplier in the world. Its RFID, BLE, and IoT products have also been widely used in museums and the art conservation industry.
Use of Hygrometers With Leading Software And Cloud Services in Museums And Art Conservation Industry
GAO Tek has used or has facilitated its customers to use GAO’s hygrometers with some of the leading software and cloud services in their applications. Examples of such leading software and cloud services include
- T&D Graph
- Ebro EBI Port
- Testo Data Logger Software
- Agisoft Metashape
- IRIS (Image Processing Software)
- CAMEO (Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online)
- Munsell Color System Software
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
- IBM Cloud
- Oracle Cloud
- Google Data Studio
- Qlik Sense Cloud
GAO Tek’s hygrometers and their applications in other industries are listed on this page.
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Meeting Customers’ Demands
Large Choice of Products
In order to satisfy the diversified needs of their corporate customers, GAO Tek Inc. and its sister company GAO RFID Inc. together offer a wide choice of testing and measurement devices, network products, RFID, BLE, IoT, and drones.
To shorten the delivery to our customers, GAO has maintained a large stock of its products and is able to ship overnight within the continental U.S. and Canada, and fast delivery to Mexico and Europe from the nearest warehouse.
Local to Our Customers
We are located in both the U.S. and Canada. We travel to customers’ premises if necessary. Hence, we provide a very strong local support to our customers in North America, particularly the U.S., Canada and Mexico and Europe. Furthermore, we have built partnerships with some integrators, consulting firms and other service providers in different cities to further strengthen our services. Here are some of the service providers in museums and art conservation industry we have worked with to serve our joint customers:
- Museum Anywhere
- Gallery Systems
- EOS Imaging
- Northern Light Productions
- Andornot Consulting
- Passion for Research
- IVC Technologie
- Axiom IT Solutions
GAO Has Many Customers in Museums And Art Conservation Industry
The products from both GAO Tek Inc. and GAO RFID Inc. have been widely used in museums and art conservation industry by many customers, including some leading companies. Here is more information on applications of GAO RFID Inc.’s products in museums and art conservation industry.
Here are some of GAO’s customers in museums and art conservation industry:
- The Getty Conservation Institute
- Smithsonian Institution
- Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- American Institute for Conservation
- Art Conservation Services
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Vancouver Art Conservation
- Conservation Science Laboratories
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Museo Tamayo
- Terra Mare Conservation
- Restauración del Arte y Patrimonio
- Museo Soumaya
- British Museum
- Tate Conservation
- The Louvre Museum
- The Prado Museum