Combined tools

The 1587 and 1577 insulation multimeters combine a digital insulation tester with a full-featured, true-RMS multimeter in a single, compact, handheld unit. The meter includes the functionality of an insulation tester that generates up to 1 kV in a package that weighs only one pound and fits in a toolbox or on a tool belt.


Fluke Corp. , , Write 314 on PE card


Portable chart recorder

CTXL Series Superecorder battery-operated, portable chart recorder is available in three models: temperature and relative humidity, dual thermocouple input and dual process input. Offered in computer-room white or charcoal gray, its temperature and humidity ranges are from 2 degrees F to 120 degrees F and 2% to 98% RH.


Omega Engineering, Inc. , , Write 315 on PE card


Metal detection sensor

Uprox+ sensor line detects materials such as steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminum and brass. Its patented multicoil system replaces traditional wound coil found in ferrite core inductive sensors, resulting in sensing distances that are up to 2.5 times faster than previous designs.


Turck, Inc. , , Write 316 on PE card


Pressure transmitter

Barcon PPC pressure transmitter with a ceramic sensing face offers continuous measurement of a wide range of process pressures for gases, vapors and liquids. Intrinsically safe models allow installations in explosive areas with CSA, FM and ATEX standards. Its choices in fieldbus protocols are Profibus PA and HART.


Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc. , , Write 317 on PE card


Equipment health monitoring

EHM devices monitor the steady-state temperature, vibration and other characteristics of equipment and automatically activate an alarm when operating values vary from predefined settings. Types of monitors include temperature loss, fluid flow, temperature rise, mechanical noise, fluid leak, mechanical wear, audible noise, vibration, tilt or slope change and mechanical insertion.


Honeywell International , , Write 318 on PE card


Modular temperature indicators

Plus series 1/16 and 1/8 DIN digital indicators for the Partlow and West brand controller lines are fully configurable using plug in output boards. Users buy only the outputs needed for the application, which reduces stocking requirements. Process values are shown in an easy-to-read numerical LED display that changes from bright green to bright red during an alarm condition.


Danaher Industrial Controls Group , , Write 319 on PE card


Small clamp meter VFD DMM

DC400 single-function dc clamp meter focuses on measuring only dc up to 400 A with a 3.5% basic accuracy. Features include overload protection, auto power off and one touch auto zero to compensate for zero offset. The jaw extends 1.2 inches. Meter comes with a custom-fit rubber holster.


Extech Instruments , , Write 320 on PE card


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