Test & Measurement
June 19, 2013 - Fluke Corporation with Hart Communications introduce the Fluke 709H Precision Current Loop Calibrator, a tool with a user-friendly interface and Hart capabilities that reduces the time it takes to measure or source, voltage or current, and power up a loop, says Fluke. It features a built-in, selectable 250-ohm resistor to tune the loop for Hart Communications. The 709H and non-HART 709 models also offer an interface with dedicated buttons, a Quick-Set rotary encoder knob, and two wire connection for measurements.
June 12, 2013 - Greenlee Communications has launched the 500XP Pair Tracing Probe with acAlert hazardous AC voltage detection. The 500XP is designed to help cable technicians trace wires when installing, servicing, and maintaining voice, data and video (VDV) services. The acAlert feature emits audible and visible alerts when brought near wires and cables that contain harmful levels of AC voltage. Updated electronics also reduce unit power consumption and increase battery life, says Greenlee.
May 31, 2013 - Megger now offers a handheld, high current micro-ohmmeter that delivers up to 240A of current, ideal for testing busbar and cable joints as well as carrying out contact resistance measurements on low-, medium- and high-voltage circuit breakers. The MOM2 features DualGround testing for circuit breakers, allowing both sides of a circuit breaker to be earthed while testing and eliminating potential hazards from induced voltages. The tool’s rechargeable batteries permits use in the field where no power supply is available. The instrument can store up to 190 test values and transfer test data to a PC via Bluetooth.
May 16, 2013 - Megger says its new KC series of test leads are long enough to be used for assessing the continuity of lightning protection conductors in wind turbine blades. Developed and designed in conjunction with wind turbine manufacturers, the KC series is the first commercially available product of its kind to have been specifically designed for wind turbine applications, boasts Megger. The leads promise accurate results and eliminate the time-consuming, inconvenient and unreliable process of engineers and technicians fabricating their own test leads, adds Megger. Available in three lengths (328 ft, 164 ft and 98 ft), the KC series can be used onsite or in a manufacturing plant; each lead comes standard on a heavy-duty cable reel that is fitted with a friction brake to avoid tangles when reeling out the cable.
May 16, 2013 - T3 Innovation says its new Cable Prowler cable tester and report management system combines the functions of a high-end cable tester and length measurement tester with the capability to identify link status, link capability, and PoE (power over ethernet) detection. “The Cable Prowler provides full cable testing, displaying wire map, numbered ID remotes and any faults, including shorts, opens, miswires, split pairs and reverses,” said Ron Vogel, T3 CEO. Cable Prowler measures cable length (using TDR technology) and generates tone levels for signal tracing and cable identification on all pairs, a selected pair or a selected pin. All of this displayed in a full colour graphical display. Cable results can be exported to a computer via micro USB cable for record keeping and printing.
May 13, 2013 - Klein Tools expanded its test & measurement line with “Made in the USA” multimeters and receptacle testers promising higher durability and superior quality (see photos below). The meters are built to endure a 10-ft drop and include a raised rubber boot for increased display protection. They also feature improved accuracy, says Klein, and an easy-to-access fuse and battery compartment. The upgraded receptacle testers can withstand a 6-ft drop and include a new design that reinforces the prongs. The MM5000 and MM6000 True RMS meters have increased DC accuracy of ±0.3% and ±0.2%, respectively. They include a low impedance setting to eliminate ghost voltages as well as a µA setting for checking flame sensors. The RT500 and RT600 receptacle testers are designed to detect the most common wiring problems in standard 120V receptacles. These products test for correct wiring, open ground, reverse polarity, open hot, open neutral, and hot and ground reversed. The RT600 also tests GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
April 19, 2013 - Megger offers a hand-held TDR (time domain reflectometer) featuring a 2ns pulse width that, says the company, virtually eliminates dead zones, locating faults less than 3 ft from the point of connection. Designed for use by linemen in the communication and power industries on all metallic pairs, including twisted pair copper and coax, the CFL510G is suitable for CATV/cellular, power and telephony applications. Incorporated into the CFL510G is an auto set-up feature that determines the impedance of the cable under test, sets the instrument accordingly and selects the optimum gain and pulse width chosen by the operator. A large, high-resolution backlit display comes standard, and the unit features four output impedances, and a velocity factor between 0.20 and 0.99. The IP54-rated CFL510G is lightweight, powered by AA batteries and comes standard with a three-year warranty.
April 2, 2013 - Ideal Industries—a manufacturer and supplier of tools, connectors and testing products for the electrical and datacom trades—introduced its next-generation SureTrace circuit tracer, which helps electricians locate wires or cables behind walls, pinpoint opens/shorts, and identify fuses and breakers on both energized and de-energized circuits from 0-600V AC/DC. SureTrace circuit tracers have four defined ranges that allow you to select the proper sensitivity for a specific job. Rather than blinking lights and beeps, its display provides a numeric value between 0 and 99, and a variable pitch/tone audible indication as fast-response tracing feedback, while its peak detector instantaneously registers signal strength. Another time-saving advantage, says Ideal, is that handset signal communication is tuned tighter to reduce false signalling on noisy circuits.
March 29, 2013 - T3 Innovation says its PLR600 Power Prowler fault finder eliminates the need to carry three separate testers, allowing a technician to carry a digital multimeter, cable fault detection and live event detection all in one unit. Specs include safety rating up to 600V Cat III, large graphical colour LCD display, built-in list of cable types and their VOP values, and Favourites list for commonly tested cable types. T3 Innovation is a provider of hand-held test equipment for the cable/telecom, datacom/networking, electrical design & maintenance, and residential/CEDIA custom install markets.
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
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