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PRESS RELEASE : Fluke Expands into Indoor Air Quality with New Fluke 983 Atmospheric Particle Counter

EVERETT, Wash. – Fluke Corporation, the world leader in test and measurement products, has introduced the Fluke 983 Particle Counter, a compact, lightweight test tool tailored for professionals in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and indoor air quality (IAQ) fields.

The Fluke 983 Particle Counter is one of a growing array of Fluke tools designed for air quality professionals. It features expanded data logging and six-channel particle size display (0.3 up to 10.0 µm), which allows users to run more tests faster and spend less time cycling through screens to get the data they need. Its liquid crystal display includes a backlight.

The Fluke 983 counts and logs up to 5000 sample records, with selectable sample time, count data and programmable delay. Logged samples include date and time, particle counts, sample volume (cubic feet or liters), temperature (C or F) and relative humidity. Data can be displayed in totalize or concentration modes.

"Fluke test instruments are world famous for their accuracy and durability," said Rick Pirret, manager, Fluke Air Diagnostics. "This high performance is essential in the diagnosis of indoor air quality. We believe Fluke tools such as the 983 Particle Counter will help HVAC and IAQ professionals raise the bar in these disciplines."

The Fluke 983 Particle Counter is useful for testing the level of airborne particulates in factories, offices and medical facilities. Users can check the effectiveness of air filtration systems, identify localized sources of particles, and perform particle checks in such sensitive areas as clean rooms, food processing plants and hospitals. By measuring particle levels before and after remediation, users can better assess the effectiveness of steps taken to control dust or other particulates. The compact size and portability of the Fluke 983 make it particularly flexible and adaptable.

The tool is lightweight (1.0 kg/2.2 lbs) and comes with a rechargeable NiMH battery and AC adapter. It features a comfortable hand strap and rugged rubber holster. The tool meets 115B9921:1997 and CE standards.

Available February 1, 2005 at Fluke authorized distributors, the Fluke 983 Particle Counter is priced in the US at $4,495. It includes a certificate of calibration, Windows-compatible software download utility, DB9 to RS-232 adapter and cable, isokinetic probe, zero count filter, high purity tubing, 1/8 in. hose barb adapter, operation manual, power supply and hard molded plastic case.

For more information on the Fluke 983 Particle Counter and other Fluke precision measurement products, visit www.fluke.com or contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206, call (888) 308-5277, fax (425) 446-5116, or e-mail fluke-info@fluke.com.

About Fluke
Fluke Corporation is the leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke products are used by technicians and engineers in service, installation, maintenance, manufacturing test and quality functions in a variety of industries throughout the world.