December 5, 2014 - It's a known fact — all rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment. If you're still using rulers and dial indicators to ensure your rotating machinery is properly aligned, you could be losing thousands of dollars per year in replacement bearing costs, hours of unnecessary repair time, and crippling unplanned downtime, not to mention taking years off your machine's useful life.
Sept. 4, 2014 – Maintaining fluorescent lamps tends to be a trial-and-error process. Bulbs not lit? Climb the ladder and replace them. Still not lit? Go back up the ladder and replace the ballast. Still not lit? Climb the ladder one more time. It’s tedious, time-consuming, and inefficient, plus any time workers climb ladders there are potential safety issues.
May 12, 2014 – Maintenance technicians make better, faster decisions when they have field access to maintenance records and when they can review measurements in real time with team members and supervisors. Yet records are usually kept back in the office and team members are rarely in the same place at the same time. The Fluke Connect system solves these problems while increasing the safety of technicians working with energized equipment.
April 28, 2014 — Fluke Corp. introduces the Fluke 190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope, the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a 4-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged oscilloscope without compromising on safety rating, ruggedness, or battery operating time. The Fluke 190-504 fills the needs of professional electronic troubleshooters working on medical, communications, navigation, and military devices who need the fast 5 GS/s — or 200 pico seconds — sample rate and 4-channels for greater accuracy and clarity of shape and amplitude of unknown waveform phenomena like transients, induced noise and ringing or reflections. The 504 rounds out the line of rugged ScopeMeter 190 Series II units that feature 2 or 4 independently insulated input channels and an IP51 dust and dripping water ingress protection with models available in 500 MHz, 200 MHz, 100 MHz or 60 MHz bandwidths. The series features deep memory up to 10,000 samples-per-channel so technicians can examine very small parts of the waveform in detail. The ScopeMeter 190 Series II include innovative functions like Connect-and-View triggering for intelligent, automatic triggering on fast, slow or even complex signals, ScopeRecord™ mode, TrendPlot™ feature, and automatic measurements functions you would expect to find in high performance benchtop scopes. The 190 Series II safety rating, according to CSA C22.2 No 61010 (IEC 61010) standard, is 1000 V CAT III/ 600 V CAT IV making it possible to safely measure from mV to 1000 V. For more information, visit www.flukecanada.ca.
January 18, 2014 – For the Smart Grid system to work reliably, phasor measurement units (PMUs) must be calibrated so that their data is consistent, accurate, and credible, and so that models from different manufacturers are inter-operable. NIST, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, felt so strongly about the need for a PMU calibrator that it awarded Fluke a development grant in 2010 to get the project underway. The resulting Fluke Calibration 6135A/PMUCAL Phasor Measurement Unit Calibration System is the only automated and traceable PMU calibration system available today. It fills an essential need for PMU designers and manufacturers, as well national metrology institutes, third party calibration houses, and electrical utilities.
October 07, 2013 – Fluke Corporation introduces the Fluke VT04 Visual IR Thermometer, the latest troubleshooting tool with built-in digital camera and thermal heat map overlay that bridges the gap between traditional IR thermometers and infrared cameras. Building on the extremely popular Fluke VT02, the VT04 adds PyroBlend Plus with a four-times sharper resolution than the VT02 and automatic alarm features. It is the ideal frontline troubleshooting tool for electrical, industrial maintenance, HVAC/R, and automotive applications.
August 6, 2013 - Fluke has developed a series of predictive maintenance application notes that focus on helping maintenance professionals implement proactive techniques that promise to save them time and money. Each application note is presented as a free downloadable PDF, and Fluke says to check back regularly as the PdM library continues to grow. Current notes include:PdM Part 1: Predictive maintenance overview - This overview explains the different kinds of methods, terms, standards and cost equations, and provides basic process steps and an equipment list.PdM Part 2: Applying hand-held test tools to predictive maintenance - Basic strategy, cost analysis, tool advice, key indicators and measurement guidelines for using DMMs (digital multimeters), clamp meters, insulation resistance testers and infrared thermometers.PdM Part 3: Applying infrared thermography to predictive maintenance - Guidelines for integrating thermography into a cost-effective PdM program; includes cost analysis and measurement guidelines.PdM Part 4: Six simple ways to reduce costs with a Fluke 434 power quality analyzer - Straightforward descriptions, cost calculations and How-Tos for six power quality measurements: voltage imbalance, THD, phase current, voltage sags, peak demand and power factor.PdM Part 5: Insulation resistance testing on lighting circuit wiring - This case study describes the methodology used by Minneapolis Airport technicians to check leakage to ground along their lighting wiring paths. Step-by-step instructions and preventive maintenance scheduling examples included.
July 3, 2013 - Fluke Calibration introduced the 3130 portable pneumatic pressure calibrator, a complete system for pressure sensor and pressure gauge calibration, on the bench or in the field. The 3130 digital pressure calibrator contains everything needed to generate, control, and measure pressure, as well as read the output of the device under test, says the company. It includes an onboard pressure sensor with a full scale of 2 MPa (300 psi, 20 bar) and an accuracy of 0.025%, reading plus 0.01% FS. For applications that involve filling a large volume with pressure, the 3130 allows for connection to an external gas supply, such as compressed plant air or gas cylinder, to supply pressure up-to-300 psi. The pressure can be fine-tuned using the variable volume. The 3130 includes electrical measurement capabilities, pressure switch testing, and pressure transmitter and pressure transducer calibration.
Fluke introduces the Fluke 709H precision current loop calibrator with HART Communications, an easy-to-use 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. The 709H supports a select set of HART universal and common practice commands. In the communicator mode, technicians can read basic device information, perform diagnostic tests, and trim the calibration on most HART-enabled transmitters. In the past, this could only be done with a dedicated communicator, a high-end multifunction calibrator, or a laptop computer with a HART modem. It also features a built-in, selectable 250-ohm resistor to tune the loop for HART communications. The 709H and non-HART 709 models feature an intuitive interface with dedicated buttons, a Quick-Set rotary encoder knob, and simple two wire connection for quick, easy measurements. The dedicated 0-100-per-cent span and 25-per-cent step buttons make for quick and easy testing. Ramping and auto-stepping enables technicians to perform tests remotely and be in “two places at once.” The optional 709H/TRACK software with communication cable can document milliamp measurements and HART transmitter parameters and upload to a PC. www.flukecanada.ca
Fluke Corp. introduces the Fluke 190 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Test Tool, the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a handheld, sealed, rugged, oscilloscope, without compromising on safety rating, ruggedness or battery operating time. Now professional electronic troubleshooters have a high-performance scope with the bandwidth and resolution to capture virtually any signal while in the field. The two-channel 190-502 model is the latest in the190 Series II with bandwidth from 60, 100, 200, — and now 500 — MHz. High-tech electronics in today’s medical, communications, navigation and military devices routinely operate at high speeds requiring higher bandwidth. Correct display of waveforms with high frequency content such as clock pulses requires a bandwidth of at least five times the clock rate of the system under test. The 5 GS/s — or 200 pico seconds — sample rate of the Fluke 190-502 provides greater accuracy and clarity of shape and amplitude of unknown waveform phenomena like transients, induced noise and ringing or reflections. The rugged 190 Series II ScopeMeter test tools include innovative functions like ScopeRecord, TrendPlot, advanced triggering and automatic measurements functions you would expect to find in high performance scopes. The 190 Series II safety rating according to IEC 61010 standard is 1000 V CAT III/ 600 V CAT IV making it possible to safely measure from mV to 1,000 V. www.flukecanda.ca