Process tools, energy calculators, and Fluke industrial design all honored
750 Series wins Engineers’ Choice Award
The 25th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 30 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2011. The winner in the Hardware - Handheld test, measurement, calibration category was the Fluke 750 Series Documenting Process Calibrators. More than 100 product nominations from 62 companies were listed on ballots for evaluation. Automation professionals from Control Engineering’s subscriber lists voted to identify the products they felt were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact.
The 750 Series tools calibrate temperature, pressure, voltage, current, resistance, and frequency. They have three operating modes - measure, source, or simultaneous measure/source - enabling technicians to troubleshoot, calibrate, or maintain instrumentation with just one tool.
The 754 model is the first field calibrator for HART instruments that is both powerful and easy to use. It offers fast HART communication and requires no external box or secondary tool to perform everyday HART calibration and maintenance. The 754 is easy to update as additional instruments are added and new HART versions are released, and is backed by the service and support of Fluke, a member of the HART Communications Foundation.
The 753 model offers simultaneous source and measure capabilities for all common process parameters. With it you can create and execute automated procedures and automatically capture the results. The USB interface enables two-way communication with popular PC-based instrumentation management applications.
EC&M 2012 Product of the Year
This year’s Silver Award goes to Fluke’s 430 Series II three-phase power quality analyzers. More than a decade ago, the EC&M Product of the Year competition was established to honor excellence in new product development for the electrical industry. The prestigious contest showcases inventiveness in new, cutting-edge technology, as well as improvements in safety and efficiency. Through the competition’s arduous two-fold judging and voting process, the most innovative products of the past year that allow electrical design professionals, installers, and maintenance personnel to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively are recognized.
The 430 Series II three-phase power quality analyzers offer the best in power quality analysis and introduce, for the first time ever, the ability to monetarily quantify energy losses. The Fluke 434 Series II Energy Analyzer and the 435 Series II Power Quality and Energy Analyzer help locate, predict, prevent, and troubleshoot power quality problems in three-phase and single-phase power distribution systems. Additionally, these models feature revolutionary power quality and energy measurement functions that help facilities reduce electrical power consumption, and improve the performance and lifespan of electromechanical equipment.
2012 Gold IDEA Award for clamp meter family product design
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)has honored Fluke Corporation with a Gold Award in its International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) program, the premier international competition honoring design excellence in products, ecodesign, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research, and concepts. The Fluke industrial design team was recognized in the Commercial and Industrial Products category for its work designing the Fluke 37X/38X clamp meters with iFlex™.
While the shape of the 37X/38X clamp meters mimics the old in basic silhouette, they differ in touch points and ergonomic details. For example, the 381 model has a remote display, an innovative design that significantly increases the tool’s functionality.
“The Fluke 381 is an excellent design solution because it addresses a longstanding ergonomic problem for clamp users: how to comfortably read a display while positioning the clamp in the right relationship to the wire,” said Matthew Marzynski, industrial design manager for Fluke Corporation. “By decoupling the display from the device and removing that problem entirely, the 381 offers users more utility and ease-of-use than a traditional clamp.”
IDSA is the world’s oldest, largest, member-driven society for industrial design, representing professionals in product design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design, and related design fields. Its IDEA program fosters business and public understanding about the impact of industrial design excellence on the quality of life and the economy.