Test & Measurement

Multimeter/thermal imaging camera combo increases productivity

17th May 2016
Mick Elliott

The range of Fluke electrical test and measurement devices and thermal imagers at RS Components has been extended with the addition of a new thermal multimeter and a series of industrial ScopeMeters. Ideal for electrical installation engineers working in factory automation and site-safety maintenance, the Fluke 279FC is a two-in-one product with a fully featured digital multimeter and integrated thermal imaging camera.

The device is designed as a front-line diagnostic tool to help engineers find, repair, validate and report electrical issues easier and faster than any DMM or clamp currently on the market.

Prior to starting any maintenance work and from a safe distance, the multimeter can provide a heat map to quickly check for hot spots.

It can be used to image high-voltage equipment and transformers as well as detecting the overheating of fuses, wires, insulators, connectors, splices and switches.

In addition, the two-in-one tool design increases productivity by reducing the number of tools engineers need to carry and negating the need to return to the truck or office to retrieve a shared camera or wait for a thermographer.

The wireless 279FC is part of Fluke Connect — a system of wireless test tools that communicate via the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status — allowing technicians to record and share both thermal images and electrical measurements in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud.

Reports can be created and shared right from the job site via email and technicians can collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive video calls, which increases productivity in the field.

The CAT III 1000 V, CAT IV 600 V safety rated thermal multimeter has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that lasts up to a full work day (10+ hours) under normal conditions.

The Fluke 120B series of industrial ScopeMeter handheld oscilloscopes offers easy-to-use test tools that integrate oscilloscope, multimeter and paperless recorder, making the product ideal for industrial electrical and electro-mechanical equipment troubleshooting and maintenance applications.

The range comes with many new features designed to go beyond the capabilities of traditional handheld devices to help electrical installation engineers.

A single shielded test lead measures everything including: high-frequency waveforms, capacitance and resistance, as well as meter readings and continuity checks.

Range specifications include dual-input digital oscilloscope and multimeters, 20 or 40MHz oscilloscope bandwidth, and two 5000-count true-RMS digital multimeters.

The series’ Connect-and-View automatic triggering means that engineers –often under significant time pressure – do not have to set up the triggering and instrument settings in tight environments. The Fluke Connect smartphone app also allows users to collect, view and store data in real time on a smartphone or tablet, and the FlukeView software allows users to document and analyse results.

The Fluke 120 series also makes floating measurements so there is no risk of an accidental ground short circuit, which is different from conventional oscilloscopes that can only make measurements referenced to power line ground.

Intermittent faults caused by bad connections, dust, dirt, corrosion or broken wiring or connectors are quickly identified using the TrendPlot recorder mode.


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