When was the last time you thought about your shoelaces? Probably the last time one broke. And chances are it was an inconvenience; you had to find a new shoelace, maybe you were late to work, or you had to make a trip to the store.
A small detail like a broken shoelace can have big consequences. Think about construction workers, athletes, dancers, soldiers or anyone else who can’t perform their job without their shoes.
Then think about the test leads on a multimeter. Most users only think about test leads when they add an alligator clip. Many never give their leads a thought until one is broken and needs replacement.
But it’s time to pay attention to the small details. International regulatory and standards bodies are. In March 2011, just 8 months from now, IEC/EN 61010-031 will take effect in Europe. This standard requires all test leads in CAT III and CAT IV environments to have no more than 4 mm (5/24″) to exposed metal. This short tip length promotes safety in high-energy situations, but it has limitations in other environments. For one thing, a short test lead tip cannot reach inside a standard electrical outlet.
Test leads are essential to taking measurements with a multimeter, and users should pay attention to the details. If a test lead is lost or broken, you can’t work. If your leads are damaged, they are potentially unsafe. And if they don’t meet applicable laws and standards, using the wrong leads yourself or providing the wrong leads to a member of your work crew could have legal implications.
Fluke is paying attention to the details. The newest test leads from Fluke, TL175 TwistGuard™ Test Leads, provide five key benefits that will help you be more productive on your job:
Test leads are a small detail, something that most users never think about. By using Fluke’s newest leads, the TL175 TwistGuard Test Leads, you can use your DMM and know that Fluke has already taken care of the details for you.