Handheld Test & Measurement Equipment Product Focus Study (August 2004)

Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’applications and needs regarding handheld test and measurement equipment.

By Control Engineering Staff July 29, 2004

Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’applications and needs regarding handheld test and measurement equipment.

Executive Summary
•Among those who specify, recommend, or buy handheld test and measurement equipment, 94% do so for in-plant requirements, while 18% do this for OEM needs.
•The most common application for handheld test and measurement equipment is continuous and batch processing.
•Nearly half of respondents use handheld test and measurement equipment to measure electrical parameters. The next most prevalent purpose is calibration.
•4-20 mA is the most commonly measured signal type, followed by 0-10 v and thermocouples.
•Of those respondents who use handheld measurement and/or analytical equipment, more use multi-purpose varieties than use single-purpose types. With calibration equipment, the usage level for single-purpose and multipurpose types is almost equal.
•Fluke, by a wide margin, tops the list of handheld test and measurement equipment manufacturers purchased from in the past 12 months.
•Seventeen handheld test and measurement equipment units was the average number each survey participant purchased during the past 12 months.
•The average spending per respondent in the past year was $24,335. Twenty-eight percent of respondents report their purchase of handheld test and measurement equipment will grow in the next 12 months, while only 12% expect a decline.
•Accuracy/repeatability is the most important factor to control engineering professionals when selecting handheld test and measurement equipment. Durability and ease of use round out the top three criteria.
•Fifty-nine percent of Control Engineering subscribers responding do not receive IAN. Sixty-five percent do not receive Control Design.

Handheld Test & Measurement Equipment Product Focus Study 2004