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Agilent launches new clamp meters and safety-conscious color scheme for handhelds


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Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the U1210 series handheld clamp meters, with up to 1000 A of high-current measurement capability for cables up to 2 inches in diameter.

Agilent also announced an updated range of handheld instruments clad in vivid orange to highlight the company’s commitment to user safety. The bright color provides greater visibility and is in line with conventional color coding that indicates "caution" in typical industrial settings.

To provide greater safety protection for engineers and technicians working with high voltages and currents, the Agilent U1240B and U1250B series digital multimeters (DMMs) and U1210A clamp meters carry CAT III 1000 V, CAT IV 600 V safety ratings. The DMMs are certified to IEC 61010 and CSA standards and have passed additional high voltage ("hipot") tests that exceed the standards.

In addition, Agilent’s handheld DMMs and U1210A clamp meters include 4-mm-tip probes. The reduction in the length of the exposed tip is especially important in CAT IV environments, and the additional insulation further prevents dangerous arc flash if the tips are inadvertently shorted together during probing. The U1240B and U1250B DMMs also include a 30 kA high energy fuse to further protect the user against violent fuse failures during high-current measurements.

"For DMM users, the bright orange enclosures are meant to serve as a vivid reminder that they have an extra layer of protection against the unknown," said Ee Huei Sin, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Basic Instruments Division. "For the other models, the bright color highlights investment protection through feature sets that go beyond those of typical handhelds-and put our customers a step ahead in troubleshooting, maintenance and repair in electronic, electrical and industrial applications."


Agilent’s updated range of compact and robust handheld test tools includes the U1210A series clamp meters, U1240B series DMMs, U1250B series DMMs, U1401B multi-function calibrator/meter, U1600B series oscilloscopes, U1701B capacitance meter and U1730B series LCR meters. Model-specific capabilities include a data logger, frequency counter, temperature and capacitance measurements, switch counter and square-wave generator.

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