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Digital multimeter simplifies testing tasks

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multimeter? continuity measurements? basic instrumentation?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has made available a new line of handheld digital multimeters that are designed to help simplify everyday testing tasks.

"We're constantly looking for new ways to simplify our customers' day-to-day work, whether they do it at a bench or in dark, noisy conditions," said Ee Huei Sin, Agilent vice president and general manager for basic instrument division.

According to Agilent, the U1230 series works even in dark and noisy conditions and while on the go.

The new U1231A, U1232A and U1233A models are 3?-digit, 6,000-count DMMs designed for installation and maintenance work in electrical, HVAC and utility settings. In dark spaces or at night, a built-in flashlight lets the user illuminate the work area while making measurements.

In noisy environments, the U1230 series enhances continuity measurements with a unique combination of alerts such as loud beeps and a blinking backlight display, Agilent said.

In addition, there is the U1730C series LCR meter, designed for work on the bench, extend the U1730B models with greater measurement accuracy, broader frequency coverage and wider test ranges.

According to Agilent, the U1731C, U1732C and U1733C LCR meters let engineers and technicians perform quick, basic measurements at their convenience. Enhancements from earlier U1730B models include selectable test frequencies up to 100kHz (U1733C) and 0.2 percent measurement accuracy.

The U1730C series also includes automatic component identification, which displays the device type and a detailed analysis of parameters such as total impedance, DC resistance and equivalent series resistance.

According the company, the DMMs provide non-contacting AC voltage detection, helping users safely detect and avoid hot wires, and alerting them with beeping/blinking alerts. All models are housed in compact, ergonomic cases and have an easily accessible control dial.

Agilent's U1230 series handheld DMMs are priced from $99 to $165 while the U1730C series handheld LCR meters are priced from $290 to $400.

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