“That meter is really what got me started in the business”
As equipment operates, heat can cause troubles that are tough to pin down. Ricci relies on his Fluke 287 Electronics Logging Multimeter for help.
Just a few days after the Boston Marathon bombing, there they were: the suspects with their backpacks, moving toward the finish line - their images captured on security cameras.
Long before the tragedy in Boston, Vito Ricci understood how critically important reliable, round-the-clock security and surveillance can be. As owner of Digi-Sat Plus in Montreal, Ricci, an electronics technician, specializes in installing and servicing car satellite radios and GPS systems, as well as the security systems that help protect homes and businesses, property and lives. No one knows better how much people depend on these systems. Security is serious business.
A complex security system may include wired or wireless cameras, sensors to detect an intruder's arrival, lights, video recording capability, an alarm system, and connection to the Internet. DC power supplies will be connected to AC mains, and systems will also include an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). All these components must work smoothly and faultlessly together. Ensuring they do demands thorough testing. And for Ricci, testing he can count on calls for Fluke tools.
"With Fluke, I can have a high confidence in my measurements," Ricci said. "That's what's important to me…to make sure that I can trust what I'm seeing."
More than two decades making measurements have turned Ricci into a Fluke tool enthusiast. He still uses his first Fluke, a model 87 digital multimeter (DMM) that he bought more than 20 years ago.
"It's still as accurate and reliable as the day I bought that meter," Ricci said. "It hasn't lost its accuracy - I've had it calibrated and it still falls within specs. It's a real workhorse. That meter is what really got me started in the business. I could always rely on it. This was the first piece of high-quality test equipment I ever bought. I still have the original box and manual."
In Vito's toolbox
Satellite and security expert Vito Ricci relies on a variety of Fluke test tools:
Passing the tests
Ensuring that a security system is on duty when needed requires Ricci to perform a variety of tests:
A representation of your work
"I really love working with the equipment," Ricci said. "The build quality is so high…it makes the job a lot easier. You're more efficient."
Beyond their speed, precision, and ruggedness, Ricci sees another important benefit in his team of Fluke instruments (see "In Vito's Toolbox"). To him the right tools are a sign of professionalism, and worthy of respect.
"It's also a representation of your work," he said. "When you show up with Fluke equipment and you're working with other colleagues, they see that you're not messing around with some cheap test equipment. You're using the best. If you have high standards, you have to use equipment that has been designed to have high standards too."