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11/01/2001


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Gas monitor has loud alarm


The Screamer is a portable gas monitor that has a loud buzzer (100dB) to alert the user of unsafe conditions. The single-gas monitor is available for ammonia (NH 3 ), carbon monoxide (CO), chlorine (Cl 2 ), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), oxygen (O 2 ), phosphene (PH 3 ), or sulfur dioxide (S0 2 ). The diffusion-style monitor comes with long and short-term exposure limit readings and peak hold. Thermo GasTech; www.thermogastech.com

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Mount simplifies sensor installation

The Whirligig is a three-in-one target/bracket/guard that significantly simplifies and improves the installation of industry standard cylindrical or DIN inductive proximity sensors. The sensor bolts to the base plate and the complete assembly bolts to the machine shaft. The dual target and sensor become one assembly. 4B Components Ltd.; www.go4b.com

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Status indicator displays four colors/patterns

Unistat is an LED status indicator that features four colors and four flash patterns from a single light source. The indicator displays red, amber, green, and blue through a single lens. It also displays steady burn, slow flash, strobe flash, and a strobe that simulates the flash rate of a strobe light with a color-rich output. The user can customize the color/flash combinations to meet the requirements of the job.

Federal Signal Corp.; www.federalsignal-indust.com

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Instrument counts, classifies contaminant particles

LaserNet Fines is a preventive maintenance instrument for used oil analysis that combines wear and contaminant particle counting and shape classification in one unit. It applies laser imaging and artificial intelligence to classify objects into cutting wear, fatigue wear, sliding wear, oxides, water droplets, and nonferrous, thus reducing the need for particle classification by a highly trained expert. Lockheed-Martin/Spectro, Inc.; www.spectroinc.com

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Tool detects more than vibration

Vibscanner is a data collector and machine diagnostic tool. Its integrated sensors measure machine temperature, RPM, vibration, shock pulse, bearing health, displacement and velocity, and pump cavitation. It can also measure process parameters and read inspection codes. Options for vibration spectrum and one or two-plane balancing are also available. Ludeca, Inc.; www.ludeca.com

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Handheld microscope outputs video

The HandiScope high-resolution, handheld microscope permits microscopic inspection nearly anywhere. The very high resolution CCD chip, unique packaging, lighting, and optics provide a superior quality microscopic image reproduction. It is 9-in. long, 2-in. in diameter, and weighs less than 1 lb. It is equipped with a 20X/50X selectable microscope lens, video output, video cable, image freeze capability, and a power adapter. Innovative Data Communications; www.conferencepro.com

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Laser range meter stores 1000 measurements

The PD 25 laser range meter has an accuracy ofreliable horizontal measurements. Hilti; www.us.hilti.com

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Vibrating clamp meter measures amps, volts, resistance

The 700 Series 200-amp clamp meters have a streamlined shape, integral lead storage, silicone leads, and a Category III 600-V rating. The 61-701 meter includes an audible high-voltage warning and a noncontact voltage (NCV) feature in the tip of the clamp. The 61-702 includes the NCV feature, a vibration mode (vibrates when ac is present), and a harmonics indicator. Ideal Industries, Inc.; www.idealindustries.com

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Sensor detects water contamination

MS100 moisture sensor detects water contamination in operating systems before it becomes free water. Results are reported as a percent saturation. The sensor is designed to provide real-time measurement of water at or below the oil's saturation point. It works with petroleum, synthetic, hydraulic, and lubricating fluids. A blue LED indcates when the oil's water concentration exceeds 80% saturation, while triggering a TTL-compatible output. Parker Hannifin Corp., Hydraulic Filter Div.; www.parker/hydraulicfilter.com

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Temperature sensor fits into tight places

The OS100 series noncontact infrared temperature sensor and transmitter system includes a remotely mounted infrared temperature sensor and a high performance microprocessor-based signal conditioner. It features a 0-1000 F measurement range; adjustable emissivity from 0.1 to 1.0; type K thermocouple, 0 to 5 Vdc, 4 to 20 mA, or 1 mV/deg analog output models, and a built in LED display. OMEGA Engineering, Inc.; www.omega.com

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Infrared thermometer rated intrinsically safe

ST80-IS ProPlus noncontact infrared thermometer can be used in dangerous, potentially explosive, or flammable environments. It features a sealed battery compartment to prevent sparks, a distance-to-spot ratio of 50:1, rubber overmolding, a laser sighting system that estimates the measured area, data logging capabilities, and a probe jack to verify temperature measurements. Raytek Corp., Portable Products Div.; www.raytek.com

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Pressure calibrator sources voltage and current

The PC6-PRO pressure calibrator sources voltage and current, and calibrates pressure sensors from vacuum to 15,000 psi. The calibrator simultaneously shows pressure vs. voltage, current, date and time, percentage of pressure, pressure switch status, temperature, and maximum or minimum pressure values. Data can be logged and stored with time and date stamping. Voltage and current sourcing can be continuous, step, or square root functions. TTI, Inc.; www.ttiglobal.com

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Mass flowmeter replaces three transmitters

The Mass ProPlate flowmeter has an integral orifice and a multivariable transmitter. By combining integrated electronics with integral orifice technology, one flowmeter replaces three transmitters, a DP primary, plumbing, and piping. It measures differential pressure, static pressure, and process temperature, and dynamically calculates mass flow with one device. Less programming is required. Rosemount Inc., Dieterich Standard; www.dieterichstandard.com

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PDA calibrator has no buttons

The 3-PMF1 is a self-documenting, nultifunction PDA calibrator that creates a calibration database as the technician calibrates, with no prepopulation required. The calibrator sources and reads mA, voltage, thermocouples, and RTDs. Interchangeable pressure modules permit pressure transmitter calibration. The PDA unit is the user interface, as screen touchpoints replace the knobs and buttons used on traditional calibrators. Transmation Products Group; www.transmation.com/PDA

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