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Electronic load; LCD 4,3", with a backlit; 0÷150V; 0.001÷60A

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LCR meter; LCD 5 digits; 3x/s; 0,0001÷9,999MΩ; R accuracy: ±0,3%

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Multimeter calibrator; V DC: 0,01m÷40m/400m/4/40/400V

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Thermocouple calibrator; V DC: -10m÷75mV; Measuring unit: °C, °F

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LCR meter; double LCD (19,999/1999), bargraph, with a backlit

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RTD calibrator; R range: 0,01÷400/1500/3200Ω

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Loop calibrator; V DC: 0÷28V; I DC: 0÷22mA; Current source: 0÷22mA

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F.A.Q.

What is the difference between resistance measurement and insulation resistance measurement?

Both these measurements are intended for determining the resistance. They differ in terms of the kind of component being measured, what translates to the range of values being measured.

In case of resistance of electronic components, it falls within the range starting from tiny fractions of an ohm and ending with megohms at the most [MΩ].

Value of insulation resistance is often expressed in gigohms [GΩ].

In order to measure such a big electrical resistance, measurement voltage has to be far higher than it is in case of standard resistance measurements. This voltage is often within the range from 100 VDC to 1000 VDC and it cannot be used for measuring resistance of electronic components because they could be damaged.

It is obvious that additional requirements connected with construction of a meter and user safety are applied in case of generating such high voltage by such small device.

What are the main causes and basic types of surges?

Surges in electrical installations are divided into two groups:

  • internal surges,
  • external surges.

This division relates to causes of these surges.

Internal surges take place inside electrical installations, e.g. as a result of switching currents, damage to electrical installation or sudden load change. They are further divided into:

  • connection surges, which take place during switching unloaded lines on and off, as well as during automatic elimination of short-circuits;
  • occasional surges, which are caused as a result of sudden load change;
  • short-circuit surges, they include short-circuits to the ground;
  • resonance surges.

The second group includes atmospheric surges caused by environmental phenomenon, mainly by atmospheric discharges. Their division depends on the distance from electrical installation. The strongest surges are caused when a lightning directly strikes electrical installation. In the second place there are surges caused when a lightning strikes in close proximity to electrical installation. Atmospheric discharges that take place between clouds are less significant; of course, the closer the distance to electrical installation, the stronger the discharge. Atmospheric discharges can also be caused by radio waves.

Division of surges can also be based on their duration: they can be pulsed or long-lasting.

How to measure volume and surface resistivity of electrical insulation samples?

Volume and surface resistivity are two basic parameters of dielectrics.

Volume resistivity It relates to the current flowing inside insulation material under the action of an electrical field. It is always measured with the use of indirect method: volume resistivity is measured taking into account the effective area of measuring electrode and thickness of a sample. It is not easy to conduct measurements of this type due to the low flowing current. That is why while measuring volume resistivity of a given material, it is recommended to examine a lot of samples and average the results, especially when examined material is of variable structure.

Surface resistivity It relates to the current flowing on the surface of examined material. It is measured indirectly: surface resistivity is measured taking into account the effective length of measuring electrode and width of space between the electrodes. The measurement is not easy because the surrounding environment has influence on surface resistivity; this is clearly visible in case of materials having high resistivity.


It is recommended to measure volume resistivity with the use of three electrodes: measuring electrode and protective electrode on one side of dielectric, and voltage electrode on the other side. Measuring surface resistivity looks similar except that the electrodes are in different places: measuring and voltage electrodes are placed on the same side, whereas protective electrode is placed on the other side.

What is the difference between standard and handheld oscilloscopes?

Standard and handheld oscilloscopes are equipped with similar functions. Handheld version is often equipped with separate input ports intended for conducting measurements typical for multimeters.

Standard oscilloscopes are typically used in labs; they are put on the table.

Handheld oscilloscopes:

  • can be held or placed in an upright position;
  • weigh less and take less space; their parameters are often similar to those of the best standard oscilloscopes in the market;
  • are powered by primary or secondary batteries,
  • make it easier to monitor operation of large, stationary machines and hard to reach places.

Nowadays, it is possible to find 4-channel handheld oscilloscopes. Their price is usually higher than the price of standard oscilloscopes with similar parameters.

Do IP67 enclosures ensure water resistance?

IP67 protection class ensures that a device is protected against the effects of immersion in water. It can happen by accident during standard operation of a device. It does not mean that a device can be used under water or cleaned under high pressure of water. IP67 class allows for immersing small devices in 1m deep water for up to 30 minutes.

If a device is going to be used under water permanently, a device compliant with IP68 should be bought. Restrictions connected with IP class must be specified by a manufacturer individually.

When there is a need to use pressure washing, it would be good to decide on products with IP66K or IP69K protection class. In the first case, a device is protected against effects of immersion in water for a very short period of time.

It should be mentioned that IP67 class ensures full dust-tightness of products.

What does the frequency sweep feature in generators do?

Frequency sweep feature allows for generation of waveform having certain parameters. One of these parameters – that is, frequency – changes cyclically.

Users define:

  • shape of generated signal (e.g. sinusoidal, rectangular),
  • an amplitude of this signal and
  • additional parameters, such as duty cycle.

Then, they indicate the way in which signal frequency is supposed to be changing.

They choose:

  • limit frequencies and full sweep time,
  • direction (e.g. ascending or ascending-descending) and
  • frequency ramp-up type (e.g. linear, logarithmic).

The signal generated this way is used mainly for examining frequency characteristics of devices and components. Moreover, it can be used to control other devices for which frequency of input signal constitutes information about way of operation.

What does dew point temperature depend on?

Dew point temperature indicates how much a surface in a specific habitat with air must be chilled in order for water condensation process to start.

Dew point temperature depends mainly on:

  • ambient relative humidity (RH)
  • and ambient temperature (T).

The higher the level of relative humidity, the more easily the process of water condensation occurs.

It means that when the level of relative humidity is high, dew point temperature is also high (it is not very different from the current temperature in a given habitat).

Dew point is also directly proportional to ambient temperature. It results from the influence of humidity on the difference between ambient temperature and dew point temperature.

Example dew point values (DP)

Ambient temperature Relative humidity Surface temperature
AT [°C] RH [%] DP [°C]
20 65 13.7
23 67 16.5
20 68 13
24 60 16.5
18 65 12
22 55 12

 

It is worth noting that dew point temperature depends on the pressure in a given habitat (the higher the pressure, the lower the dew point) but in most cases it is enough to take air temperature and relative humidity into account, which take dependence on pressure into account themselves.


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What to do if an infrared thermometer does not allow for adjusting emissivity factor?

Emissivity factor value can be from 0 to 1.

In case of infrared thermometers which do not allow for adjusting this parameter manually, it is usually stored in internal memory of the device and it has a constant value of 0.95. It is suitable for most commonly examined materials.

A problem occurs in case of materials with a very smooth surface, such as polished metals, emissivity factor value of which is below 0.1.

In order to measure temperature of such objects, it would be good to buy an infrared thermometer which allows for entering emissivity factor manually. If it is not possible, there are some methods that will improve accuracy of temperature measurement:

  • Use insulation tapes specially designed for infrared thermometers; their emissivity factor is known. They can be put on the object under test. The insulation tape quickly absorbs the temperature of the object and its emissivity corresponds to the factor stored in internal memory of the infrared thermometer.
  • Determine errors of measurement on your own for different temperatures, within the range important for the user. When you compare readings from the infrared thermometer with readings from the tactile thermometer, you can further calculate measurements taken with the use of the infrared thermometer to obtain more credible values.

Both these methods can be used in case of surfaces with unknown emissivity factor.

What are the criteria of a good lighting?

The existing legal regulations clearly define lighting requirements for different rooms and places. During the assessment of artificial lighting, the following elements are taken into account:

  • light intensity,
  • uniformity of light,
  • dazzle capability and luminance distribution,
  • light pulsation and colour rendering,
  • shading of light.

European standards define specific values of light intensity for particular rooms. For example, light intensity in classrooms at schools should be equal to 300 lx, in labs from 500 lx to 1000 lx, and in operating rooms – above 1000 lx. Measurements are conducted on the work area with the use of lux meters located in evenly distributed points – usually every 1 m.

Too big differences in luminance in a human’s field of view may cause the so-called dazzle, what makes it difficult to recognise objects. Light pulsation can be a problem too because it causes stroboscopic effects.

Colour rendering is equally important. Standard light of a bulb is warm and more natural for human eye, whereas light of fluorescent lamps is usually cooler. In case of LED lighting, the kind of LEDs used is the most important.

Good, universal room lighting should be based on light source which emits radiation in visible range which is as similar to sunlight as it is possible.

Shading defines how much the light source is concentrated as a result of which it generates shades.


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