Instruments and Controls

06/12/2003


IR thermometer

Model IR201 is a small, lightweight noncontact infrared (IR) thermometer with laser pointer. The thermometer measures surface temperatures from -58 to 518 F with 1-deg resolution. The narrow field of view measures a 1-in. target at a distance of 6-in. Emissivity is fixed at 0.95. The thermometer features data hold, max hold, and visual overrange indication. Extech Instruments extech.com Write 337 on PE card

Dial indicators

Dial indicators are available for differential pressure measurement, flow rate and liquid level. Instruments feature a rupture-proof bellows; dial sizes of 3-in., 31/2-in., 41/2-in., and 6-in.; NEMA 4/IP65 rating; and pulsation damping. The indicating pointer traverses a 270-deg arc. The movement has a micrometer screw for range adjustments. Zero/range adjustments can be made without removing the scale plate or pointer. Barton Instrument Systems barton-instruments.com Write 338 on PE card

BACnet controllers

Continuum is a product line of native BACnet controllers and front-end workstation software. BACnet is a data communication protocol and an ISO standard for building automation and control networks developed under the auspices of ASHRAE. The controllers combine temperature control with security/card access, badging, power and lighting, digital video, and other BACnet devices. Andover Controls andovercontrols.com/BACnet Write 339 on PE card

Directory of information sources

The Book of Books Update is a handbook that includes a comprehensive selection of scientific and technical books, CD-ROMs, videos, and software. Categories include aviation and aeronautical engineering, biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computers, Dilbert cartoons, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, flow, food, general interest, industrial engineering, mathematics and physics, mechanical engineering, petroleum, plastics, process engineering, quality, safety, software, technical societies, temperature, training videos, and numerous subcategories. OMEGA Engineering, Inc. omega.com Write 340 on PE card

Test tools catalog

Meterman Catalog, Vol. IV features five models of DMMs, each with unique features and functions. It lists new electrical testers and kits, benchtop test and measurement instruments, handheld component testers, electronic and specialty probes, environmental test meters, test leads, accessories, and cases. To obtain a catalog, visit the web site or call 877-596-2680, fax 425-446-4882. Wavetek Meterman Test Tools metermantesttools.com Write 341 on PE card





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