MAT concept, approach, and treatment methodology were developed by paintings conservators Nina Olsson and Tomas Markevicius, who have been using precision heat transfer in their treatments since 2003. For more details see publications.
MAT is an acronym for Mobile Multipurpose Accurate Temperature management system for art conservation. The system is powered by a small and lightweight portable precision console (1500W 125 VAC or 230 VAC) regulated with a PID temperature controller. A PID stands for proportional–integral–derivative controller, which employes a control loop mechanism to continuously calculate an error value as the difference between the desired setpoint (SP) temperature and a measured process variable (PV) and applies a correction based on proportional, integral, and derivative terms (denoted P, I, and D ). The feedback is acquired using a T-type thermocouple (sensor), which provides for optimal accuracy within the temperature range used by conservators. MAT-go measures the surface temperature 20 times/second and the PID algorithm constantly corrects the energy flux to the mat providing an accurate heat transfer.
The MAT-go power console (7.39 x 4.75 x 3.21” / 18.71 x 11.38 x 8.15 cm) is connected to flexible silicone heat transfer mats of various sizes and a thermocouple sensor. The operational temperature range is from room temperature to the customary heat activation temperatures (21-65ºC / 70-150ºF). The display may be set in Celcius or Fahrenheit.
A MAT starter-kit includes a MAT-go console, temperature sensor (T-type thermocouple), and one A4 size silicone rubber heater. Additional mats of standard sizes listed below are available. The MAT-go console can power mats from very small sizes up to 76 x 102 cm/ 30" x 40". Custom shapes and sizes, including extra-large mats may be designed for your specific needs. Larger mats will require customization of both the mat and the console to provide adequate power, and may require 230VAC.
Starter MAT system:
MAT-go US 120VAC 1900 W or MAT-go EU 230VAC 3000 W
Temperature sensor T-type thermocouple
Mat4 with internal temperature sensor T-type thermocouple
Optional standard size mats:
Mat1 2.5 x 13 cm | 1" x 5" | external sensor | 120 or 230 VAC
Mat2 5 x 13 cm | 2" x 5" | external sensor | 120 or 230 VAC
Mat3 10 x 38 cm | 4" x 15"| internal sensor |120 or 230 VAC
Mat4 22 x 28 cm | 8.5" x 11" | internal sensor|120 or 230 VAC
Mat5 64 x 76 cm | 25" x 30" |internal sensor|120 or 230 VAC
Mat6 76 x 102 cm | 30"x 40" |internal sensor| 230 VAC
Custom size mats:
Any size and geometry with an internal integrated sensor or with an external sensor. Extra-large mats that require more than 1600W (MAT-go-US, 120VAC) or 2800 W (MAT-go-EU, 230VAC) will require a custom design and an associated console with adequate power. Contact Nina & Tomas to discuss your needs.
How to order:
Contact Nina and Tomas: for the ordering information and the quote. Please indicate which extra mats (Mat1 - Mat5) you would like to add to the 125VAC Mat-go-US system and for the 230VAC Mat-go-EU system (Mat1 - Mat6).