Built for low to medium-volume electrical production environments, this instrument combines seven different electrical safety tests into one compact unit. It can be used both as a simple manual tester or with varying degrees of automatic test sequencing. It has on-screen user instructions and a QWERT keypad, and can perform insulation resistance, flash/hipot, earth/ground bond, leakage, short-to-line and run/load tests. They are all individually user selectable, and results from up to 6,000 tests can be stored in the instrument's internal memory. It includes special safety interlocks and protection routines, and there are a number of available test station accessories, including warning beacons. There is also an optional safety label printer available to make test bags, labels and test reports.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.