The Fluke 568 Ex Intrinsically Safe Infrared Thermometer delivers accuracy and safety in hazardous environments anywhere in the world

568Ex_300dpi_95x100mm_D.jpgSeptember 20, 2013Fluke introduces the 568 Ex Intrinsically Safe Infrared Thermometer, the only IR thermometer to carry certifications from all major safety evaluation agencies, so multinational companies can use one tool across all their global operations. The 568 Ex is ideal for use in potentially explosive environments like oil and gas, petroleum, chemical processing and pharmaceuticals where adherence to safety procedures is imperative.

The Fluke 568 Ex meets intrinsically safe certifications from all major global agencies for Class I, Division 1 and 2, or Zone 1 and 2 hazardous environments. It measures temperatures from -40 to 800 degrees Celsius (-40 to 1472 degrees Fahrenheit), with a 50:1 distance-to-spot ratio for accurate measurement from a distance and can capture up to 99 points of data.

The rugged 568 Ex’s emissivity can be adjusted via a built-in table of common materials or manually from 0.10 to 1.00 in 0.01 increments. Advanced features are easily accessed with soft keys and graphical display.

The IR thermometer comes complete with a K-type thermocouple bead probe, conductive hard case for carrying into hazardous areas, user’s manual and safety instruction sheet.

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Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes.
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Spectralink announces staff safety solution for Wi-Fi handsets

8453 BlackJune 4, 2013 — Spectralink Corporation (“Spectralink”), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, has announced the immediate availability of Spectralink SAFE for Wi-Fi, a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets.

With this release, the Spectralink SAFE solution is now available for handsets in both the Wi-Fi and DECT product lines. Spectralink SAFE will help solve the ever-increasing issue of safety in the workplace for mobile workers in healthcare, retail and manufacturing environments.

Originally only available on the DECT product line, Spectralink SAFE now includes support for two new durable handsets, the Spectralink 8441 and 8453. These come equipped with advanced “man-down” duress-alarm capabilities, ranging from a user-initiated call for help to automatic, multiple alarms that detect when an employee has fallen, is no longer moving or is running, ensuring the most rapid response to emergency situations. The Spectralink SAFE solution conveniently integrates into an organisation’s existing mobile communications infrastructure at no extra cost and allows customers to immediately provide safer environments for their workers.

Mike Lanciloti, Spectralink Vice President of Marketing and Product Management added, “Healthcare, retail and manufacturing enterprises all have inherent safety issues, from patient altercations in psychiatric and Emergency Departments, to lone worker situations in a manufacturing plant, or injury-related accidents in retail stores. The Spectralink SAFE solution enhances our portfolio of communications tools for the mobile worker to include this critical capability to help solve the important issue of keeping staff as safe as possible.”

The Spectralink SAFE solution is enabled globally through the company’s valued network of application partners. 
– Europe – NovaLink, Bluesky Wireless, FlexValley, and Lantel
– North America – Amcom Software and Connexall
– Australia – Local Alarm Solutions

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About Spectralink
Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, solves the everyday problems of mobile workers through technology, innovation and integration that enable them to do their jobs better. By constantly listening to how customers move through their workdays, Spectralink is able to develop reliable, enterprise-grade voice and data solutions and deliver them through a powerful, durable device. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call 303- 441-7500.

Spectralink launches solutions for nurse safety

March 5, 2013 – Spectralink Corporation (“Spectralink”), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, has announced the Spectralink Staff Safety Solution, developed to help solve the ever-increasing issue of safety in the workplace for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The Spectralink Staff Safety Solution integrates into the hospital’s existing mobile communications infrastructure, and detects a variety of situations that may indicate that a nurse is in danger or in need of assistance. This customised solution can range from a user-initiated call for help to automatic alarms and notifications when a nurse has fallen, is running, or incapacitated in some way.

“It is surprising to many people that the healthcare field can be a dangerous work environment, particularly the overnight shift in the ER or work in a psychiatric facility. Injuries and even fatalities occur far too frequently,” commented Mike Lanciloti , Spectralink Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “The Spectralink Staff Safety Solution can integrate with many complementary nurse applications; ensuring nurses have all critical alarms and information on a single handset.”

“Being in an overnight shift at a hospital can be scary at times,” said Jaime Dibrowa, nurse ambassador for Spectralink. “Having this product in my hand would give me peace of mind that I could get help if needed.”

The Spectralink Staff Safety Solution integrates with software from key worldwide partners to create a reliable and effective solution to ensure nurse safety. The solution is already shipping on the DECT platform and will be available on the new, rugged Spectralink 8441 and 8452 Wi-Fi handsets in the second quarter of 2013.

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About Spectralink
Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, solves the everyday problems of mobile workers through technology, innovation and integration that enable them to do their jobs better. By constantly listening to how customers move through their workdays, Spectralink is able to develop reliable, enterprise-grade voice and data solutions and deliver them through a powerful, durable device. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call 800-775-5330.

Fluke Calibration joins the global measurement community to celebrate “Metrology for Safety” during World Metrology Day

Fluke LogoMay 21, 2012 – World Metrology Day commemorates the signing of the Meter Convention on May 20, 1875. Fluke Calibration, a leader in precision calibration instrumentation and software, joins the rest of the global metrology community to celebrate the importance of measurements.

The theme for World Metrology Day 2012 is “Metrology for Safety.”

Fluke Chief Corporate Metrologist Jeff Gust, said, “Fluke Corporation, one of the world’s leading metrology companies, is dedicated to facilitating workers’ safety through test and measurement tools as well as education. Fluke Corporation manufactures a myriad of products associated with safety.”

For example, Fluke has created an entire program dedicated to electrical measurement safety, complete with presentations, videos, checklists and application notes. The videos and application notes are offered free of charge to users of Fluke products and the presentations support both private industry training programs and educator curricula.

Gust said, “The Fluke Product Evaluation group works with the Fluke Metrology team to ensure that all of the equipment associated with safety measurements is traceable through Fluke Primary Measurement Laboratories to National Measurement Institutes, which in turn are traceable to the International System of Units (SI), as determined by the Meter Convention.

“Complex systems of documentary standards, traceable measurements, laboratory testing, and engineering help to provide people around the world with products that ensure their safety.”

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For more information
For more information from Fluke Calibration, contact contact Fluke Australia, Locked Box 5004, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, call (02) 8850-3333, fax (02) 8850 3300, or e-mail sales@fluke.com.au. Visit Fluke’s website at www.fluke.com.au.

About Fluke Calibration
Fluke Calibration is a leader in precision calibration instrumentation and software for electrical, temperature, pressure, flow, and RF measurements. Calibration products from Fluke Calibration are found in calibration facilities around the world, including National Metrology Institutes, that demand the highest levels of performance and reliability, backed by state of the art metrology and uncompromising support. They are relied on by quality engineers, calibration technicians, and metrologists to instill confidence in the measurements that are critical to their organisations for quality, safety, reliability, and cost.

Fluke and Fluke Calibration are trademarks of Fluke Corporation. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Fluke Electronics introduces the 481 Radiation Survey Meter

11-16-F-481_01a_cSydney, May 18, 2011Fluke Electronics, the world leader in compact, professional electronic test and measurement tools, introduces the 481 Radiation Survey Meter for industrial radiation safety.

This simple, easily-deployable hand-held radiation detector lets facility managers quickly check for contamination everywhere it can go, from receiving docks, warehouses, vehicles and packages to people.

The highly-sensitive Fluke 481 is ideal for detecting radiation on goods, equipment, surfaces, or environments in industrial settings to ensure worker safety.

The meters’ ion chamber, preferred over other devices for its precision accuracy, provides quick, accurate readings of skin dose (beta), deep dose (gamma) and x-ray radiation with simple two-button operation.

If radiation is found, a clear and quantifiable result lets managers comply with federal guidelines while avoiding unnecessary steps that might halt operations, impact productivity or lead to lost revenue.

The Fluke 481 works reliably indoors and outdoors thanks to its rugged sealed case and provides more than one week of continuous operation on two easily-replaceable 9-volt batteries. Its automated backlight keeps the meter visible inside truck trailers and other low-light conditions.

Proven in use by state and local governmental emergency response professionals, state inspectors, HAZMAT teams, and nuclear power workers, the Fluke 481 is the simple solution for industrial professionals to maintain a safe and operational work environment for employees.

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For more information
The Fluke 481 is available for immediate delivery from Fluke sales channel partners worldwide. For more information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, contact Fluke Australia, Locked Box 5004, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, call (02) 8850-3333, fax (02) 8850 3300, or e-mail sales@fluke.com.au. Visit Fluke’s website at www.fluke.com.au.

About Fluke
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke tools deliver the testing and troubleshooting capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control and building restoration. In the past five years, Fluke tools won more than 50 industry awards, including Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For electrical testing in high-hazard environments, new Fluke test tools give technicians more ways to work safely

F-190-204_01b_cSydney, February 10, 2011 – Technicians working on hazardous equipment and high-voltage circuits deserve every advantage to complete their electrical test and measurement jobs safely.

Fluke has introduced new test tools—a new family of Fluke clamp meters and a new four-channel hand-held oscilloscope—engineered to give electricians and maintenance technicians new ways to work safely and reduce their exposure to electrical shock.

Industrial and commercial electricians often work in 415 volt electrical environments that pack enormous transient surge potential—and pose a significant threat of arc flash and shock. The new Fluke test tools meet, and exceed, tough international standards for safe use in such environments. And some go even farther, by enabling technicians who must test live circuits to do their jobs at a distance from electrically hazardous installations.

The new Fluke 381, 376, 375 and 374 current clamps and iFlex™ current probes are rated for use in measurement category IV environments (CAT IV 600V, CAT III 1000 V) as defined by safety standards in the US, Canada and Europe.  The detachable display of the new Fluke 381 Clamp Meter enables technicians to see measurements remotely—up to 10 metres away from the equipment they are testing. They can even see readings when the test circuit is enclosed in an equipment cabinet.

The new Fluke ScopeMeter® 190 Series II handheld portable oscilloscopes are the first four-channel scopes designed for harsh industrial environments. Not only are they rated as dust and drip-proof, but they are also the first hand held oscilloscopes safety rated for CAT III 1000 V / CAT IV 600 V environments.

What safety ratings mean
For electrical workplace safety in Australia and New Zealand, the safe design of electrical installations and testing requires compliance with local standard AS/NZ 3000. Although this standard does not incorporate the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for the safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement (defined in section IEC 61010), it is the care of duty of the electrical works supervisor to ensure the safety requirements for electrical equipment used on the site for electrical measurement meets the IEC 61010 standards.

The preferred way to work on hazardous electrical circuits is with the power off. Equipment that could be turned on must be locked out and tagged. But some tests, such as the current tests that clamp meters perform, simply aren’t possible unless circuits are live.

As the electrical work environment becomes more hazardous, the need for arc flash, electrical transient and electrical shock protection increases. In Australia and New Zealand there is currently no arc safety standard and the two major world standards (American- National Fire Protection Agency and European- IEC) are the most common being adopted here.

For situations when a location-specific arc flash hazard analysis is not available, NFPA 70E defines the arc flash protection boundary for equipment with voltage levels between 50V and 600V at four feet. (See NFPA 70E section 130.3 (A) (1) for full details.) The standard names a wide variety of electrical maintenance tasks and assigns each a hazard/risk category of 0 to 4. The standard also details the kind of personal protective equipment (PPE) that must be worn when working in the various hazard/risk categories.

The NFPA standard categorises test equipment as PPE and requires that test equipment be rated and designed for the circuits and environments where it will be used. To clarify what this means, the 2009 Edition of NFPA 70E cites American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ISA- 61010-1 (82.02.01)/UL 61010-1, the standard first established as International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61010.

These measurement categories (CAT) listed in the standards cover systems of 1000Vs or less, including 415V and 600V, three-phase circuits. They define the danger of transient voltage spikes and electrical arc flash and differentiate the severity by location, voltage level and potential for harm.

ANSI, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and IEC define four measurement categories:

* CAT IV – applicable to test and measuring circuits connected at the source of the  building’s low-voltage MAINS installation
* CAT III – applicable to test and measuring circuits connected to the distribution part of the building’s low-voltage MAINS installation
* CAT II – applicable to test and measuring circuits connected directly to utilisation points (power points  and similar points) of the low-voltage MAINS installation
* CAT I – defines non-CAT rated products that are not intended to be directly connected to the MAINS supply.

Some installed equipment may include multiple categories. A motor drive panel, for example, may be CAT III on the 415V power side, and CAT I on the control side.

A higher CAT number refers to an electrical environment with higher power available and the potential for higher-energy transients. A test tool designed to a CAT III standard can resist higher energy transients than one designed to CAT II standards. Within a category, a higher voltage rating denotes a higher transient withstand rating. For instance a CAT III-1000V test tool has superior protection compared to a CAT III-600V rated tool.

A new family of safety-rated test tools
All members of the new Fluke clamp meter family have a CAT IV rating. They are designed to provide flexibility, performance and safety in the most challenging industrial conditions. The four-channel Fluke ScopeMeter® 190 Series II portable oscilloscope is also designed to tough it out on the shop floor, while providing CAT IV-600V protection.

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For more information
Fluke is focused on incorporating safety into test tool design. The company also offers an extensive array of electrical safety education and training materials, available without charge, through the Fluke Electrical Safety Education Program. Visit the Fluke safety training website for more information. Fluke test instruments are distributed in more than 100 countries. For more information on the entire new Fluke clamp line, go to www.fluke.com/ReadyForAnything. For more information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, contact Fluke Australia, Locked Box 5004, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, call (02) 8850-3333, fax (02) 8850 3300, or e-mail sales@fluke.com.au. Visit Fluke’s website at www.fluke.com.au.

About Fluke
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke tools deliver the testing and troubleshooting capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control and building restoration. In the past five years, Fluke tools won more than 50 industry awards, including Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.