Waltham, MA, USA (Vocus) March 19, 2010
Extech Instruments (http://www.extech.com/instruments), makers of the best handheld test and measurement tools, announced its revolutionary Extech EX540 wireless digital multimeter and datalogger has been selected as the 2010 EC&M Product of the Year Category Winner for the Portable Measurement Equipment (Multi-Function) category.
According to EC&M magazine, 99 products across numerous categories were evaluated by a panel of six judges selected from their readership with a representative mix of electrical engineers, contractors, and plant facility personnel. The Extech EX540 was selected over other entries including the Fluke 233 detachable display multimeter, Fluke 28 II dustproof/waterproof multimeter, and the Agilent U1401A/U1401B handheld multi-function calibrator/meter.
Extech vice president, Arpineh Mullaney, acknowledged the category award honors, “Coupled with our recent Best in Test honors and extensive press and social media coverage of the industry-first wireless datalogging multimeter, this award from EC&M truly validates Extech’s leadership and drive for high-feature, high-value innovation in the handheld test equipment market.”
About the EX540 Wireless Multimeter
The Extech EX540 digital multimeter is the first handheld multimeter to offer wireless data streaming to a laptop or PC for datalogging or real-time monitoring. The new DMM is part of the EX500 series of industrial multimeters, considered the “tough book” of multimeters. Extech’s ruggedized, dustproof and waterproof design can withstand a 6-foot drop, making it the ideal starting point for a go-anywhere DMM.
The innovative new meter offers wireless connectivity to your laptop or PC using a USB receiver with a range comparable to Bluetooth™ (10m/33 ft). The EX540 transmits real-time data for monitoring, trending and analysis (using the included software) on one of two available frequencies (433 and 914 MHz).
Now, electrical professionals can monitor and datalog readings at a safe distance from hazardous locations. Additionally, it is easier to perform remote tasks such as powering up a device from a control panel that is not nearby. From a time-saving perspective for laptop users, the EX540 permits a user to set up his or her laptop at a centralized location and then sequentially datalog readings throughout a site without relocating the laptop.
Ruggedized to industrial-duty specs, the new Extech is a True RMS DMM that, in addition to wireless datalogging, can log up to 9,999 readings internally and also reads voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, frequency (with dual-range sensitivity for electrical and electronic work), duty cycle (dwell), continuity, diode testing (2.8V), and even temperature (using its Type K thermistor bead probe).
The new meter features accuracy that is a tough-to-beat 0.06% and it is backed by a Category IV overvoltage safety rating, protecting users even on outdoor wiring.
Several one-button statistical data functions include minimum/maximum, relative, hold, and peak hold as well as selectable auto-ranging or manual-ranging. An analog-style bargraph complements the EX540’s informative triple-reading display.
The Extech EX540 includes double-molded test leads, USB wireless receiver, temperature probe, magnetic hanging strap, 9V battery and carrying case. Additionally, NIST calibration is available. The suggested retail price for the EX540 is $299.99. For more information, contact Extech Instruments at 781-890-7440 or visit http://www.extech.com/instruments.
How to Vote
Look for the Extech EX540 to be featured in the 2010 Product of the Year supplement to the March issue of EC&M and the April issue of Electrical Wholesaling magazine. Additionally, the EX540 was showcased at the EC&M booth at the Electric West 2010 trade show in Las Vegas. The Extech category winner will now vie for votes to win the Platinum, Gold, or Silver Product of the Year award. These honors will be chosen by EC&M reader voting and will be announced in July.
Readers of EC&M magazine can cast your vote for the Extech EX540 during this spring and early summer. Winners will be announced in the July 2010 issue of EC&M magazine. Visit http://www.ecmweb.com for more information.
About Extech Instruments
Extech Instruments is recognized as the source for the best handheld test and measurement tools worldwide. Founded in 1971, Extech is known for its depth and breadth of innovative testers and meters suited for electrical, HVAC, building/restoration, as well as a host of environmental testers for measurement of sound, light, humidity and other factors. All Extech meters are distributed worldwide through leading representatives, distributors and OEMs. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA and is ISO 9001 2000 certified. Extech is a wholly owned subsidiary of FLIR Systems, Inc.
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