Test & Measurement
February 28, 2013 - Milwaukee Electric Tool has introduced the 2270-20 contact temp meter, featuring a dual thermocouple input and delta T calculation to help users better identify and address temperature issues in heating and cooling systems, it says. The contact temp meter measures from 1372C to -200C (2,500F to -325F), and using the data collected, the meter will also calculate the Delta T of the two temperatures. A timer function also allows users to track minimum, maximum and average temperatures for up to a 24-hour period. The meter boasts a simplified keypad and interface, and a high-contrast white on black display to make reading the display easier from far away and in all lighting conditions. Additionally, a magnet and strap allows the meter to hang during use for hands free measurement.
February 19, 2013 - Circuit Breaker Analyzer claims it has introduced the world’s first app for iPhone capable of capturing vibration signatures from working circuit breakers to provide quantifiable data for computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and other preventive maintenance programs. Using the accelerometer inside every iPhone or new model iPod, the app captures vibration data in all three axes, as well as across time, at sample rates of 100Hz to 400Hz, depending on the version. Both sample rates provide ample data, says the company, for a detailed vibration signature for later analysis of potential mechanical faults inside the circuit breaker. By comparing the newly acquired vibration signature to a database of known good profiles, and/or the vibration signature of the breaker’s ‘first trip’ operation, pattern recognition algorithms can determine when changes in the ‘envelope’ or shape of the vibration signature indicate a hidden mechanical problem.
February 15, 2013 - Exfo Inc. says the FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer multiservice test module is the industry’s smallest field-testing solution supporting 10M-to-100G rates in a single module. It covers a range of technologies, including SONET/SDH, OTN and ethernet, and addresses all 40G/100G field upgrades and lower-rate client service turn-ups. Carriers can combine the FTB-88100NGE with Exfo’s optical modules, such as an optical spectrum analyzer, making it a suitable kit for field commissioning and turn-up. Further, the FTB-88100NGE is compatible with Exfo Connect, so users can benefit from Exfo’s cloud-based services, including centralized management of test units and data.
February 14, 2013 - The new Fluke 190 series II 500MHz ScopeMeter test tool claims to be the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a handheld, rugged oscilloscope, without compromising on safety rating or battery operating time. The two-channel 190-502 model is the latest in the 190 series II with bandwidth from 60MHz, 100MHz, 200MHz, and now, 500MHz. The 5 GS/s sample rate of the Fluke 190-502 boasts of providing greater accuracy and clarity of shape and amplitude of unknown waveform phenomena, such as transients, induced noise and ringing or reflections.FLUKE
February 14, 2013 - Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced compliance testing support for Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standards used in networking applications. Its solution for transmitter tests includes 10Base-T, 100Base-T and 1000Base-T EEE test standards as described in the IEEE 802.3az-2010 spec. The N5392B EEE compliance application provides an automated test script that promises to allow engineers to “quickly and reliably” test EEE signals. The compliance application can be automated to run over extended periods, and allows engineers to add incremental user-defined tests. Wilder Technologies, an Agilent partner that specializes in high-signal-integrity test fixtures, provides an EEE test fixture that can be used with Agilent’s EEE compliance application.
February 12, 2013 - Extech has developed the EX845 MeterLink app for Android mobile devices, allowing electrical contractors and plant maintenance professionals who use Extech’s EX845 clamp meter to remotely view and display readings from the meter on an Android phone or tablet up to 10m or 30ft away. The app displays values for the following functions: AC/DC voltage, AC/DC current, capacitance, resistance, frequency, diode test, and temperature (both from a Type-K thermistor probe and from the meter’s built-in non-contact, laser infrared thermometer). Function indicators highlight which measurement mode is selected on the meter. Additionally, Data Hold and Min/Max functions are also remotely displayed. The MeterLink app also features a log of recent readings for quick reference, basic trending and more context. It is available now at the Google Play Store app.EXTECH INSTRUMENTS
February 5, 2013 - Triplett says its TeleTalker 330 is a high-performance lineman’s test set with weather-resistant seal that offers standard features such as dedicated store/redial buttons, adjustable volume, Pulse & Tone dialling, etc. The high-impact case features a three-year warranty, and the unit requires no battery for main use and can store up to 10 frequently dialled numbers. The 330 is suitable for a variety of industrial applications such as telco installations, troubleshooting, and more.
February 4, 2013 - Extech Instruments has launched the PRC line of process calibrators to test transmitters, transducers, indicators, sensors and other industrial process components. The four new meters—PRC10, PRC15, PRC20 and PRC30—claim to offer plant and electrical technicians simplified controls to monitor and calibrate process systems easily for optimized operation. Illuminated dot-matrix dual displays highlight both source reading and measured values like loop current, temperature, voltage, etc. Up to five configurations can be programmed by the user for expedited testing. Each model comes with a hard carrying case, universal AC adaptor, test leads, alligator clips and/or thermocouple calibration cables, plus six 1.5V AA batteries.EXTECH INSTRUMENTS
January 25, 2013 - Megger, a manufacturer and supplier of test equipment and measuring instruments for electrical power applications, is now offering three insulation resistance testers (IRTs) rated at 5kV and 10kV. Designed for use by electrical contractors, wind farm and solar generation operators as well as power generation, testing service and industrial manufacturing companies, the 5kV MIT515 and MIT525 and 10kV MIT1025 boast compact, lightweight operation and rapid charge capabilities. The MIT515, MIT525 and MIT1025 are rated for use at an 3000m altitude, and a rotary switch dial selects the test voltage, test mode, memory and other functions. All units feature a lithium-ion battery and can test continuously for up to six hours.MEGGER
January 17, 2013 - Exfo Inc. says it has signed a partnership agreement with Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) whereby its recently launched FG-750 Node iOLM (an OTDR-based remote test unit for automated FTTH fault management) is now fully qualified with Sumitomo's reflective termination filter technology. Through this partnership, both companies will leverage their respective FTTH test and diagnosis expertise in advanced optical-line testing and monitoring applications. The FG-750 Node iOLM is a fixed remote test unit that performs in-service, end-to-end testing, monitoring and troubleshooting of PON topologies from the central office. It can test point-to-multipoint fibers, or run downstream tests from the node or central office to any passive optical network line type.
January 9, 2013 - Fluke Networks has released the TS54 TDR telephone test set, claiming to be 62% lighter and 20% more cost effective than other similar solutions on the market. The TS54 tester, which combines voice, data and video testing functions into one tool, also passes a 20-ft. concrete drop test, adds Fluke. It also features open/short circuit detection to 3,000 ft., a built-in toner with five tones, SmartTone functionality for pair identification, and glow in the dark keys and backlit LCD screen. FLUKE NETWORKS
January 8, 2013 - Platinum Tools has released the T129K1 test kit for the updated VDV MapMaster 2.0 voice, data, and video tester, including a case and foam insert; BNC Female to F Female Adapter; BNC Female to F Male Adapter; RJ45 #’s 1-12 remote set; Coax F #’s 1-8 remote set; and 9V battery. The VDV MapMaster 2.0 now combines cable length measurement with testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit. The VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time. PLATINUM TOOLS
December 28, 2012 - Agilent Technologies’ new U1273AX OLED handheld digital multimeter operates in temperatures as low as -40ºC, boasting no warm-up time is required even in such frigid conditions. Its operating temperature range also extends up to 55ºC, while featuring a CAT IV/600 V safety rating. When paired with the U1583B AC current clamp, the U1273AX supports current measurements without breaking the circuit under test, says Agilent. The multimeter presents 4-1/2-digital resolution on an OLED display that provides readings with a 2000-to-1 contrast ratio and 160º viewing angle. AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES
December 27, 2012 - Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) has announced new features for the Shark 200 multifunction power and energy meter with data-logging and extensive I/O, claiming to offer enhanced frequency measurement to provide accuracy to 0.001%. This feature allows the meter to be used for power system frequency analysis and as a high performance frequency transducer, says the company. Additional utility features include improved real-time clock synchronizing for more accurate load profiling, wider dynamic voltage under-range, more communication port selections and many more functions, it adds.ELECTRO INDUSTRIES
December 6, 2012 - AFL has introduced the new CS260 family as part of its Contractor series of OTDRs, featuring the CS260-10 and CS260-20 models. The two models are purpose-built for optical network activation and troubleshooting tasks, and include an integrated VFL (visible red laser) designed to visually pinpoint the location of macro-bends or breaks in splice closures, access terminals and splitter cabinets.AFL
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