PLT-110

POINT LOAD TESTER


OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

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PREFACE
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incidental or consequential damages of any kind.

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Table of Contents
PREFACE .......................................................................................................................................................... I
All Rights Reserved ................................................................................................................................... i
Disclaimer .................................................................................................................................................. i
Limited Warranty ....................................................................................................................................... i
Table of Contents ..................................................................................................................................... iii
About this Manual ................................................................................................................................... iv
User Responsibilities ................................................................................................................................ v
Safety Practices ......................................................................................................................................... v
Obtaining Technical Support .................................................................................................................. vii
1.0 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................ 8
System Overview .................................................................................................................................... 10
2.0 GENERAL .................................................................................................................................................... 11
3.0 CALIBRATION PROCEDURES...................................................................................................................... 11
Gauge Setup ............................................................................................................................................ 11
4.0 RUNNING A TEST ........................................................................................................................................ 12
4.1 Test Set-Up Procedure........................................................................................................................ 12
4.2 Performing a test ................................................................................................................................. 13
5.0 SAFETY ....................................................................................................................................................... 14
Safety guideline while operating equipment: .......................................................................................... 14
6.0 SOFTWARE ................................................................................................................................................. 14
7.0 MAINTENANCE ........................................................................................................................................... 15
8.0 GCTS DEVICES ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES ................................................................................................ 15
Appendix A : Wiring Schematics and Hardware ................................................................................ 17
Appendix B: Supplier Instruction Sheet ................................................................................................. 22
Appendix C: PLT-110 Shield Installation .............................................................................................. 29




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About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the PLT-110 (Point Load Tester). Please read this manual
carefully before using the device. Should your device fail to operate correctly, contact
Technical Support.
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WARNING

CAUTION
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User Responsibilities
: Read the safety considerations before operating the hydraulic power
supply. Failure to read and understand the operations manual and/or
follow the recommended safety practices can result in serious personal
injuries and/or damage to the equipment.

: Never exceed the maximum equipment rating and capabilities!

Safety Practices
Review these guidelines to ensure that your current operating procedures do not result in
hazardous situations. Although all hazards may not be able to be eliminated, the following
guidelines can be used to identify hazards so that the proper training, operating procedures,
and safety equipment can be implemented.
System operators should fully review the documentation supplied to gain an understanding
of the system functions. Figures will be placed throughout the manual and should be
reviewed.
To ensure smooth system operation during the first execution of the control software, the
user should be very familiar with this section and the specific test module to be used.
After the documentation (for this device) has been reviewed, make modifications to your
current operating procedures which will minimize hazards. It may be beneficial to make an
adjustment checklist that corresponds to your specific hardware.
OPERATING SAFETY CONDITIONS
The following operating safety considerations are applicable to most testing systems. The
user is required to read each item below and determine if it is applicable to the testing
system for which this (device) will be used. The user is also required to obtain and review
all safety instructions on specific testing equipment used in the system.


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 EMERGENCY STOPS
Determine the location of system emergency stop buttons to allow for quick emergency
stops. Refer to the individual product manuals for instructions on how to wire
additional emergency stop circuits.
 POTENTIAL CRUSH POINTS
Know where the potential loads units pinch and crush points are and take appropriate
safety precautions.
 SYSTEM INTERLOCKS
System interlock devices should always be used and properly adjusted. Test all
interlock devices for proper operation immediately before a test. Because of the
possibility of operator error, system misadjustment, or component failure, interlock
devices cannot be relied on to protect personnel, test specimens, or test equipment.
 USE AND HANDLING
Do not disturb sensors.
Ensure secure cable connections.
Keep bystanders away.
Stay clear of moving equipment.
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Obtaining Technical Support
If you have any question about a GCTS system or product, contact Sales or Technical
Support:
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1.0 INTRODUCTION
The GCTS Point Load Tester is an easy to use apparatus for measuring the point load
strength index of random and irregular shaped rock specimens. It incorporates digital
technology to increase precision and ease of use while reducing size and weight. The
introduction of a pressure sensor to indicate load provides a better accuracy at any load
level eliminating the imprecision of traditional pressure gauges at low loads.
The point load test does not require costly specimen preparation and is a quick and simple
test. The test can be performed in the field on irregular pieces of rocks allowing a large
number of test results. Typically, tests are performed on pieces of drill core at least 1.4
times as long as the diameter. Shape errors should be avoided for platy or discoid
specimens by applying the load along the shortest specimen dimension. The point load
strength index, Is, is defined as:


Where, P = Load at rupture, and
D = Distance between the loading point.
The point load strength index is corrected for a specimen with a 50 mm diameter, and the
following formula gives the size corrected point load strength index:

Franklin and Dusseault give a size correction factor when there is no data to interpolate or
extrapolate. The correction factor, F, is calculated as:

A typical frequently used correlation between size corrected point load strength index and
Unconfined compression strength is:

Where, Unconfined compression strength for cylinders with a length to diameter ratio
of 2 to 1, and
C = Conversion Factor from to .
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The Conversion Factor ‘C’ has traditionally been taken as 24 (Goodman, 1989, p.37),
however since point load testing is an index testing it is the responsibility of the user to
ensure that they are using the right conversion factor for their rock type. This can be done
by either relying on past data to establish a correlation between to or by testing
several rock cores to establish a correlation. Conversion Factor ‘C’ may vary
significantly. According to Franklin and Dusseault, while the conversion factor is usually
between 20 and 25, it can vary between 15 and 50. Rusnak and Mark found that the low
end can even be 12.6. In theory, each rock type should have its own conversion factor.
The user is encouraged to pick a Conversion Factor ‘C’ of 24 only if such a conversion
factor is justifiable.
The system includes a meter display to read the applied load calibrated in kN as default.
Other load units can also be used but recalibration of the meter display is necessary. A 0 to
2 VDC output is also provided to connect to a data acquisition device.
An advanced option for the GCTS Point Load Tester is the ultrasonic platens for the
measurement of P wave velocity. The P wave velocity is a more rational and better
correlation to strength than the point load index. The major advantage of the ultrasonic
velocity option is that, like the point load test, it does not require expensive specimen
preparation. With this option the P wave velocity is measured during the point load test.
This option also gives the advantage of being able to correlate the P wave velocity with the
point load strength on the same specimen in a very short period of time.
Other options include unconfined compression loading platens, triaxial cells, and frames for
performing indirect tension, uniaxial, and triaxial tests on small specimens. Loads up to 100
kN (22 kips) can be applied. These options include software to capture the complete stress-
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System Overview





















Safety Acrylic Shield
Hydraulic Cylinder
Gauge
Base plate
Upper crosshead
Load Points
Specimen
Hydraulic Hand Pump
Figure 1: PLT-110 Side View
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2.0 GENERAL
Specifications
Table 1: PLT-110 Specifications
Parameter Value
Hydraulic Ram Area
1.445x10
-3
m
2
(2.24 in
2
)
Hydraulic Ram Stroke
5.4 mm (2.13 in)
Maximum Load
100 kN (10 ton)
Pressure Sensor Range
69,000 kPa (10,000 psi)
Analog Output
0 – 2 VDC
Display Units
Load: kN (default factory setting)
Power
3.6 V C-size lithium battery
3.0 CALIBRATION PROCEDURES
Gauge Setup
It is advantageous to setup the Gauge to remember and display the peak/maximum load,
especially if the PLT is not connected to the PntLoad software. The instruction manuals for
these gauges can either be downloaded from the internet or you can request them from
GCTS by sending an email to support@gcts.com and identifying your gauge type (PG-
10000 or PG10).
For the model PG-10000 (old) gauges, the following procedure can be used to enable the
PEAK Hi feature (section 2.0 in the instructions):
Select PEAK Hi mode by pressing and holding the “MODE” key until the reading starts
flashing. Release the “MODE” key, then press “MODE” key once more, the display will
read “HOLD”. Press “ENTR” key once, the display will read “NO H”. Using “▲” keys to
select “H Hi” (Peak High Hold). Press “ENTR” key to lock your selection.
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NOTE: When the hold function is enabled, “PEAK” is displayed.
For the model PG10 (new) gauges, the Peak-Hold feature is already enabled at the factory.
To enable or disable it please see page 11 in the instructions. If the user does not like the
Peak-Hold feature (because it only displays the peak/maximum at all times), the user can
disable the Peak-Hold feature and use instead the Maximum/Minimum feature. This
Maximum/Minimum feature does not need to be enabled, resetting it can be quite
cumbersome, and the instructions to do that are given on page 8 in the instructions.
4.0 RUNNING A TEST
4.1 Test Set-Up Procedure
For testing, the pump reservoir cap must be in the ‘Vent’ position. The unit was shipped
with the pump reservoir cap in the ‘Closed’ position for transport, but during usage the
pump reservoir cap must be in the ‘Vent’ position!






The operation of the GCTS Point Load Tester set up is simple and straightforward. First
open the relief valve on the hand pump. If the meter displays an offset load use the ‘TARE
OUT’ or Zero feature.
For the model PG-10000 (old) gauges, the following procedure can be used to ‘TARE
OUT’ or Zero (section 1.0 in the instructions): Press and hold the “MODE” key until the
reading starts flashing. Release the “MODE” key. Press the “ENTER” key until the
reading becomes 0.00.

Place in the vent position
when testing.
Figure 2: hydraulic Pump reservoir cap set-up
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For the model PG10 (new) gauges, the following procedure can be used to ‘TARE OUT’ or
Zero (page 4 in the instructions, Enter Button Secondary Function): Press and hold the
Enter Button for approximately 3seconds. If it displays No Zero, the Tare Feature
has to be enabled (see page 26 of the instructions).
4.2 Performing a test
 Adjust the location of the upper crosshead so that the piston will not be fully extended
during the test. It is best to have the loading piston operate within the lower region of its
stroke to prevent alignment damage to the piston. This can occur when the piston is
fully extended and loading against an uneven surface.
 Close the pump relief valve.
 Hold the specimen in between loading points, and begin pumping the handle until the
load display indicates some initial contact.
 Read the displacement on the side ruler (or in the optional deformation meter display if
available) and calculate the distance "D" between the point loads.
 Once "D" has been recorded, proceed pumping until the specimen fails (indicated by a
sudden loss of the applied load).
While the digital gage is in PEAK mode, the display will show the maximum load at all
times. You must remember to reset the PEAK value before each test.
To reset after capturing a Hi Peak:
For the model PG-10000 (old) gauges, the following procedure can be used to ‘TARE
OUT’ or Zero (section 2.0 in the instructions): Press and hold “MODE” key until the
reading starts flashing. Release the “MODE” key, then press “ENTR”, hold momentarily
then release.
For the model PG10 (new) gauges, the following procedure can be used to reset the Peak
value (page 11 in the instructions): Press the ‘▲’ (up arrow) key.
Refer to the display unit instruction for further information if necessary
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5.0 SAFETY
Safety guideline while operating equipment:
: Always use protective clothing and equipment to eliminate risk of personal
injury. Do not operate this unit without goggles, gloves, and lab coat to
protect your eyes, hands, and any other exposed body part. Specimen
particles will explode outwards at failure.


: Do not exceed the maximum pressure range for the installed sensor as
indicated by the pressure gauge.


IMPORTANT: Do not forget to reset the peak load on the meter before the next test is
performed or the new failure load may not be recorded.
6.0 SOFTWARE
The GCTS PntLoad software for Windows ™ has been designed to go along with the
GCTS Point Load testing System in order to provide a complete package to test numerous
specimens fast and with ease and to present the statistical results in a neat and organized
format. The software can be configured to provide an automated system whereas very
minimal interaction from the operator is needed as test can be started and stopped
automatically based upon a threshold load value.
Note: please refer to the PntLoad Software for the Point Load Strength Testing System
Manual for a complete Guide and Reference.



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7.0 MAINTENANCE
Take care of your device
Handle your device and accessories with care. The following suggestions help you protect
your warranty coverage.
 Do not use or store the device in dusty areas. Moving parts and electronic components
can be damaged.
 Do not attempt to open the device other than as instructed in the user guide.
 Unauthorized modifications may damage the device.

8.0 GCTS DEVICES ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES
For availability of approved accessories, check with customer support. An extensive range
of accessories is available for your device.
For more details contact the sales department at www.gcts.com










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References
Franklin, J. and Dusseault, M. (1989). Rock Engineering. NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing
Company.

Goodman, R. (1989). Introduction to Rock Mechanics, second edition. NY: John Wiley &
Sons.

Rusnak J. and Mark, C. (2000). Using the Point Load Test to Determine the Uniaxial
Compressive Strength of Coal Measure Rock. NIOSHTIC-2 No. 20021059




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Appendix A: Wiring Schematics and Hard
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Appendix C: PLT-110 Shield Installation

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Table of Contents
Warranty ................................................................................................... 3
Programming the PG10 .......................................................................4-32
Menu Flow Chart ................................................................................... 5
Mode Setting ......................................................................................... 6
Accessing/Exiting the Setup Menu ........................................................ 7
Maximum/Minimum Function ................................................................ 8
Units of Measure ................................................................................... 9
Using Custom Units ...................................................................... 10
Peak-Hold Feature ................................................................................. 11
Advanced Settings .........................................................................12-17
Auto-Off .......................................................................................... 12
Decimal Place ................................................................................ 13
Sample Rate .................................................................................. 14
Bar Graph ....................................................................................... 15
Range Adjustment .......................................................................... 16
Quick Calibration ............................................................................ 17
Datalogging ....................................................................................18-25
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Date & Time ................................................................................... 19
Logging Sample Rate ..................................................................... 20
Event Logging ................................................................................ 22
Viewing Logged Readings .............................................................. 24
Enabling/Disabling the Clock ......................................................... 25
Tare Feature ........................................................................................ 26
Default ................................................................................................. 27
Outputs ...........................................................................................28-32
Analog Outputs ..........................................................................28-29
Trip Point Outputs .....................................................................30-32
Wiring ................................................................................................33-35
Specifi cations ....................................................................................36-37
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Mode Button
Primary Function: Used to access the main setup menu or to return to
the main setup menu from any of the submenus.
Secondary Function: Used to cycle the gauge on and off by pressing and
holding for approximately 2 seconds.
Enter Button
Primary Function: Used to accept the value displayed within each menu
setting.
Secondary Function: Used to Zero the gauge or Tare the gauge (when
the tare feature is enabled) by pressing and holding for approximately 3
seconds.
Up & Down Arrows
Primary Function: Used to cycle through all options and settings within
the menu system.
Secondary Function: Used to cycle between the Minimum, Maximum
and the present pressure reading.
Each of the 4 buttons on the PG10 performs dual functions; one within the setup
menu system, and another when in standard operating mode.
Programming the PG10
MODE
ENTR
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• Operating Modes:
The PG10 has 4 standard operating modes to choose from:
Mode 000: Full Access
- Provides access to all menu settings. If no buttons are pushed for 1 minute,
the gauge will revert back to Mode 003 (factory default).
Mode 002: Limited Access
- Menu is locked.
- zeros the reading (press and hold for 3 seconds).
- or cycles between the Max and Min readings.
- On/Off functions only on battery powered gauges.
Mode 003: Factory Default
- Full access except Full Scale Calibration is locked.
Mode 005: Locked Access
- All buttons locked except will power on/off battery powered gauges.
Accessing the Operating Mode Setting:
Step 1: Simultaneously press and hold and for approximately
3 seconds. This will bring up the 3 digit mode number.
Step 2: Enter the desired mode number (see Operating Modes above) by
using or to change the value of the fl ashing digit, and
to accept the value and advance to the next digit.
MODE
ENTR
ENTR
ENTR
MODE
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Accessing the Setup Menu:
Step 1: Simultaneously press and hold and for approximately 3
seconds. This will bring up the 3 digit mode number.
Step 2: Using or to change the value of the fl ashing digit, and
to advance to the next digit, change the mode number to 000.
Step 3: Press to enter the setup menu, and press or to scroll
through menu choices.
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Exiting the Menu System:
Step 1: While in the main setup menu, press or until EXIT is
displayed.
Step 2: Press to exit the menu system.
MODE ENTR
ENTR
MODE
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• Maximum/Minimum Reset (MAXMIN):
Pressing the or button while in operating mode will cycle between
displaying the present pressure reading, the maximum pressure reading and
the minimum pressure reading. The maximum and minimum readings will be
stored until the gauge is powered down or the max/min readings are reset.
Resetting the Max/Min readings:
Step 1: Press once to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or cycle through the options until MAXMIN is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Max/Min reset options.
Step 4: Press or to toggle between YES and NO until YES is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to reset the Max/Min readings and return to the main setup
menu.
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• Units of Measure (UNITS):
Allows the user to select the unit of measure to be displayed as the pressure
reading.
Options:
For gauges over 120 psi:
PSI (pounds per square inch)
bAR (bar)
KPA (kilopascals)
*CUSTOM (see “Using Custom Units” on next page)
KGCM^2 (kilograms per cubic centimeter)
MPA (megapascals)
FTH20 (feet of water @ 60 F)
cmHG (centimeters of mercury)
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For gauges less than 120 psi:
PSI (pounds per square inch)
bAR (bar)
KPA (kilopascals)
*CUSTOM (see “Using Custom Units” on next page)
mbAR (millibar)
INHG (inches of mercury)
INH20 (inches of water @ 60 F)
mmHG (millimeters of mercury)
Setting the Unit of Measure:
Step 1: Press once to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until UNITS is displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Units options.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through setting options until the desired unit
of measure is displayed.
Step 5: Press to apply the setting and return to the main setup menu.
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Using Custom Units (CUSTOM):
The Custom Units setting allows the user to display a volumetric weight by
applying a conversion factor to the pressure reading.
NOTE: The conversion factor must be calculated using PSI as the base unit of
measure.
Setting the Custom Units feature:
Step 1: Calculate the conversion factor from psi to the desired unit of measure.
Step 2: Press once to enter the main setup menu.
Step 3: Press or to cycle through the options until UNITS is displayed.
Step 4: Press to access the Units setting options.
Step 5: Press or to cycle through the Units options until CUSTOM is
displayed.
Step 6: Press to access the Custom Units setting. A 5-digit conversion
factor will appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Step 7: Press or to change the value of the fl ashing digit.
Step 8: Press to accept the fl ashing digit and advance to the next
digit......repeat steps 7 and 8 as necessary.
Step 9: After the last digit is accepted by pressing , use or
scroll through the custom units of measure; LBF, KN, LBS, KG,
NEWTON, TON, TONNES.
Step 10: Press to accept the custom unit.
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Step 11: Press or to shift the decimal point position.
Step 12: Press to accept the decimal point position and return to the main
setup menu.
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• Peak-Hold (P HOLd):
When the Peak-Hold is enabled, the gauge will display the “peak” or maximum
pressure reading since the gauge was powered on or the Max/Min value was
reset.
NOTE 1: When the Peak-Hold feature is enabled, the icon will be
displayed in the upper left area of the display.
Options: Off or On
Enabling the Peak-Hold feature:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until P HOLd is displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Peak-Hold setting options.
Step 4: Press or to toggle between OFF and ON.
Step 5: Press to apply the displayed setting and return to main setup menu.
NOTE 2: The peak value can be reset by pressing
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• Advanced Settings (AdVSET):
The Advanced Settings menu is used to customize the LCD display and to setup
any optional features, such as an analog output.
Auto-Off (AUTO):
This function is applicable to battery powered units only. The Auto-Off feature
allows the user to designate the time of inactivity (no buttons pushed) until the
gauge automatically powers down.
Options: OFF, 2 MIN, 4 MIN, 8 MIN, 16 MIN, 32 MIN and LIGHT
NOTE 1: Selecting OFF disables the Auto-Off feature; the gauge will then
remain powered indefi nitely so long as suffi cient voltage is being supplied
(>1.8V).
NOTE 2: Selecting LIGHT will keep the gauge continuously powered as
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long as the light sensor in the PG10 detects adequate light levels. When the
environment is suffi ciently dark, the PG10 will automatically shut down until
the lighting once again reaches the threshold of the light sensor.
Setting the Auto-Off feature:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the menu options until AdVSET is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Advanced Settings menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the menu options until AUTO is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Auto-Off setting options.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through setting options until the desired
setting is displayed.
Step 7: Press to apply the setting and return to advanced setup menu.
Step 8: To exit the advanced setup menu, press or until EXIT is
displayed and press to exit to the main setup menu.
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Decimal Place (dEC PL):
The reading can be set to display in High Resolution (HI RES), Medium
Resolution (MEdRES) or Low Resolution (LO RES) mode. Switching between
resolutions will shift the displayed reading by one decimal place position.
NOTE: Gauges without a decimal place position will display a dummy zero (or
zeros) when the resolution is changed to medium or low.
Options: HI RES (high resolution), MEdRES (medium resolution) or LO RES
(low resolution)
Setting the Decimal Place feature:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until AdVSET is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Advanced Settings menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until dEC PL is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Decimal Place setting options.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through the resolution settings.
Step 7: Press to apply the displayed setting and return to advanced setup
menu.
Step 8: To exit the advanced setup menu, press or until EXIT is
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displayed and press to exit to the main setup menu.
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Sample Rate (SAMPLE):
Adjusts the rate at which the gauge takes sample readings.
NOTE: Setting the Sample Rate to “SLOW” will help preserve battery life
(when applicable) and will also help to smooth rapidly fl uctuating
readings.
Options: SLOW (4x/second), MEdIUM (8x/second), FAST (16x/second)
Setting the Sample Rate feature:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until AdVSET is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Advanced Settings menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until SAMPLE is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Sample Rate setting options.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through the setting options until the desired
setting is displayed.
Step 7: Press to apply the displayed setting and return to advanced setup
menu.
Step 8: To exit the advanced setup menu, press or until EXIT is
displayed and press to exit to the main setup menu.
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Bar Graph 0% (bAR 0) & Bar Graph 100% (bAR100) Settings:
Allows the user to defi ne the reading values associated with 0% and 100% on
the 2700 display bar graph. Bars will appear/disappear in 10% increments of the
total span between the two values.
NOTE: The 0% reference does not have to be the lower pressure setting;
0% can be set as the higher pressure setting, thereby causing the bar graph to
increase as the pressure decreases. Negative pressure settings can also be used
as either the 0% or 100% reference points.
Setting the Display Bar Graph:
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Step 1: Press once to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until AdVSET is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Advanced Settings menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until BAR 0 is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Bar Graph 0% value. A 5-digit number will
appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Step 6: Press or to change the value of the fi rst fl ashing digit.
Step 7: Press to accept the value of the fl ashing digit and advance to the
next digit......repeat steps 6 and 7 until the desired 0% reading is fully
entered.
Step 8: Press or to cycle through the options until BAR100 is displayed.
Step 9: Repeat Steps 5-7 to enter the Bar Graph 100% value.
Step 10: To exit the advanced setup menu, press or until EXIT is
displayed and press to exit to the main setup menu.
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Full-Scale Range Adjust (RANGE):
Allows the user to adjust the reading at full-scale pressure. The reading can be
adjusted by +/-10% full-scale.
NOTE: The pressure reading must be within 5% of the full-scale value in order
to make Range adjustments. For example, a 1000 psi gauge would need
to be reading between 950 psi and 1050 psi in order to adjust the Range
feature. If the reading is not within 5% of full scale, NOAdJU (No
Adjustment) will be displayed when trying to adjust the Range.
Adjusting the Full-Scale Range:
Step 1: Ensure that the pressure reading is within 5% of full-scale.
Step 2: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 3: Press or to cycle through the options until AdVSET is
displayed.
Step 4: Press to access the Advanced Settings menu.
Step 5: Press or to cycle through the options until RANGE is displayed.
Step 6: Press to enter the Range adjust mode.
Step 7: Press to increase the reading, or press to decrease the reading.
Step 8: Press to accept the adjusted reading and return to the advanced
setup menu.
Step 9: To exit the Advanced Setup menu, press or until EXIT is
displayed and press to exit to the main setup menu.
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Fast Calibration (CALIBR):
Allows the user to perform a fast calibration of the zero and span.
NOTE: Both zero pressure and full-scale pressure must be applied to the gauge
in order to complete the quick calibration process.
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the menu options until AdVSET is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Advanced Settings menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until CALIBR is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the CALIBR mode. The gauge will display the
word ZERO, prompting the user to perform the zero pressure quick
calibration.
Step 6: Ensure no pressure is applied to the gauge. Press to zero the gauge.
The gauge will then display the word SPAN, prompting the user to
perform the full-scale pressure quick calibration.
Step 7: Apply full pressure to the gauge and press to complete the quick
calibration and return to advanced setup menu.
Step 9: To exit the advanced setup menu, press or until EXIT is
displayed and press to exit to the main setup menu.
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• Datalogging (dATLOG):
When datalogging is enabled, the PG10 will log the pressure readings, along
with the associated date/time stamps, at an interval determined by the Logging
Sample Rate setting (see page 20).
The PG10 can be confi gured to log continuously, based solely on the Logging
Sample Rate setting, or to log only when user defi ned pressure conditions exist
(event logging). The gauge will continue to log readings at the Logging Sample
Rate interval for as long as the event conditions persist.
The gauge can store a maximum of 60 records. Each record is logged in
a FIFO (fi rst-in, fi rst-out) buffer. This means that once the buffer is full (60
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Date (DATE) and Time (TIME):
Used to set the date and time, which will be used as the reference for the time
stamp of the logged readings.
NOTE: Hours are set using the 24 hour system (e.g. 1:00 p.m. is 13:00).
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the menu options until dATLOG is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Datalogging menu options.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the menu options until DATE is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Date settings. A 2-digit month number will
appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Step 6: Press or to cycle the fi rst digit, and to accept the value
and advance to the second digit. Repeat the same process for
the second digit and press to accept and advance to the day of the
month setting, which will appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Repeat the process one last time by entering the year.
Step 7: Press to apply the setting and return to Datalogging menu.
Step 8: Press or to cycle through the menu options until TIME is
displayed.
Step 9: Press to access the time settings. Repeat the process used to set the
date to set the time (hour, minute, seconds).
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Logging Sample Rate (SAMPLE):
Determine the interval between logged readings whenever logging is activated.
Options: 1 second (1s), 30 seconds (30s), 1 minute (1m), 30 minutes (30m),
1 hour (1h), and 1 day (1day).
Setting the Logging Sample Rate:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until dATLOG is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Datalogging menu.
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Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until SAMPLE is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Logging Sample Rate setting options.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through the sample rate settings.
Step 7: Press to apply the displayed setting and return to Datalogging
menu.
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Logging Control Menu (LOG):
Used to enable/disable datalogging, and to clear all logged records.
Setting the Logging Type (continuous or event):
The PG10 can be set to continuously log readings or to only log readings based
on the Trip Relay status.
NOTE 1: Gauges not equipped with relay outputs will still use the Trip Relay
settings to defi ne the pressure range(s) for the event logging (see pages 30-32
programming details).
NOTE 2: Whenever the PG10 is logging, whether in continuous or event mode,
the interval between logged readings is determined by the Logging Sample Rate
setting (see page 20).
Enabling Continuous or Event Logging
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until dATLOG is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Datalogging menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until LOG is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Logging Control options.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through the setting options until CONTIN or
EVENT is displayed.
Step 7: Press to enable logging and return to logging control menu.
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Setting Event Logging:
When Event Logging is enabled, the gauge will log readings based on the status
of one or both of the Trip Relays (see Trip Relay programming on pages 30-32).
NOTE: Gauges not equipped with relay outputs will still use the Trip Relay
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settings for event logging.
Event logging can be set to initiate on one of the following conditions:
When Trip 1 is On (T1ON)
When Trip 2 is On (T2ON)
When both Trip 1 & Trip 2 are On (T1T2ON)
When both Trip 1 & Trip 2 are Off (T1T2OF)
When Trip 1 is Off (T1OFF)
When Trip 2 is Off (T2OFF)
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until dATLOG is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Datalogging menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until EVENT is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Event options.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through the options until the desired Event
condition is displayed.
Step 7: Press to accept the event condition and return to the Datalogging
menu.
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Disabling Logging (STOP) and Clearing Logged (CLEAR) Readings:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until dATLOG is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Datalogging menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until LOG is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Logging Control options.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through the setting options until STOP or
CLEAR is displayed.
Step 7: Press to apply the displayed option (stop or clear) and return to
Datalogging menu.
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Viewing Logged Readings (VIEW):
The latest reading will be the fi rst record displayed when viewing the logged
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readings.
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until dATLOG is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Datalogging menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until VIEW is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the logged readings.
Step 6: Press to cycle back through progressively older readings. will
cycle forward through progressively newer records.
Step 7: Press to exit the logged readings.
NOTE: When viewing a logged record, the time stamp of the record will toggle
momentarily to display the date stamp once every 8 seconds.
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Enabling and Disabling the Clock on the main display (CLOCK):
When enabled, the time will be displayed on the lower line (menu line) of the
main display, alternating every two seconds with the unit of measure.
Options: ON or OFF
Enabling or Disabling the Main Display Clock:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until dATLOG is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to enter the Datalogging menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until CLOCK is
displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Clock on/off option.
Step 6: Press or to cycle between the options.
Step 7: Press to apply the displayed option and return to Datalogging
menu.
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• Tare (TARE):
Enabling the Tare function will set the current pressure reading as the zero
reference pressure in order to measure a net change in pressure as opposed to
measuring the gross pressure.
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Enabling the Tare feature:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until TARE is displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Tare setting options.
Step 4: Press or to toggle between OFF and ON.
Step 5: Press button to apply the displayed option and return to main setup
menu.
NOTE 1: When tare function is enabled, the icon will appear in the upper
center of the display.
WARNING: Do NOT disconnect the gauge from the pressure fi tting while
the tare function is enabled. The gauge could still be under pressure even
though the reading shows 0.
NOTE 2: If the maximum gross full-scale pressure value is reached while the
Tare feature is enabled, the PG10 will automatically disable the Tare feature
and return to reading the gross pressure in order to help prevent the user from
accidently overpressuring the gauge.
NOTE 3: Pressing and holding with the tare function enabled will re-tare
the gauge at the current pressure value.
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• Default (dEFAUL):
Used to reset the gauge to the factory default settings.
Resetting the gauge to factory default settings:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until dEFAUL is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Default options.
Step 4: Press or to cycle between NO and YES.
Step 5: Press to apply the displayed setting and return to main setup menu.
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• OUTPUT:
Used to confi gure any optional gauges outputs, such as an analog signal or trip
point relays.
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Analog Low (AL SET) & Analog High (AH SET) Setpoints:
Allows the user to defi ne the reading values associated with the Low Analog
signal (i.e. 4mA or 0V) and the High Analog signal (i.e. 20mA, 2V or 5V).
NOTE: The analog setpoints must be entered using the gauge’s base unit of
measure (typically PSI).
Setting the Analog Signal Span:
Step 1: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until OUTPUT is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Output Settings menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until AL SET is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Analog Low setpoint value. A 5-digit number
will appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Step 6: Press or to change the value of the fi rst fl ashing digit.
Step 7: Press to accept the value of the fl ashing digit and advance to the
next digit......repeat steps 6 and 7 until the desired Analog Low reading
is fully entered.
Step 8: Press to reenter the Output Settings menu.
Step 9: Press or to cycle through the options until AH SET is displayed.
Step 10: Repeat Steps 5-7 to enter the Analog High setpoint value.
Step 11: To exit the output menu, press or until EXIT is displayed and
press to exit to the main setup menu.
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Analog Low (AL CAL) & Analog High (AH CAL) Calibration:
Allows the user to calibrate or “trim” the endpoints of the analog signal output
(i.e. 4mA & 20mA or 0V & 2V/5V)
Calibrating the Analog Signal End-Points:
Step 1: Use a calibrated meter to monitor the analog output signal.
Step 2: Force a low analog output signal (i.e. 4mA or 0V) either by adjusting
the applied pressure or by adjusting the Analog Setpoints (see “Analog
Setpoints”on page 18 for details).
Step 3: Press to enter the main setup menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until Output is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Output Settings menu.
Step 6: Press or to cycle through the setup options until AL CAL is
displayed.
Step 7: Press to access the Analog Low Calibration value. A 5-digit
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number will appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Step 8: Press or to change the value of the fl ashing digit.
NOTE: Changing the digit farthest to the left will produce the coarsest
adjustment, while each successive digit moving to the right will cause
subsequently fi ner adjustments.
Step 9: Press to accept the value of the fl ashing digit and advance to the
next digit......repeat steps 7 and 8 until the desired Analog Output
value is displayed on the meter.
Step 10: Press to reenter the Output Settings menu.
Step 11: Press or to cycle through the options until AH CAL is
displayed.
Step 12: Repeat Steps 7-9 to adjust the Analog High Calibration value.
Step 13: To exit the output menu, press or until EXIT is displayed and
press to exit to the main setup menu.
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Trip Points: The PG10 can be confi gured with dual relay trip-point outputs.
The relays can either be solid-state or SPDT mechanical in form. Each trip point
(T1 and T2) can be confi gured to perform one of six different logic functions as
described below and on the chart on the next page.
NOTE: The or icon will appear in the upper left area of the
display whenever the associated trip point is active.
Trip Relay Output Types (T1TYPE or T2TYPE): determines the logic
function of the output relays (see chart on next page).
“Type 0” or Normally Closed setting will close the trip relay whenever the
pressure is less than the Trip Pressure setting.
“Type 1” or Exclusive setting will close the trip relay whenever the pressure is
less than the Trip Pressure or greater than the Trip Pressure + Trip Window.
“Type 2” or Normally Closed with Hysteresis setting will close the trip relay
when the pressure drops below the Trip Pressure. Once closed, the trip relay
will remain closed until the pressure becomes greater than the Trip Pressure +
Trip Window, at which point the trip relay will open. Once open the trip relay
will remain open until the pressure once again drops below the Trip Pressure
setting.
“Type 3” or Normally Open setting will close the relay whenever the pressure
is greater than the Trip Pressure setting.
“Type 4” or Inclusive setting will close the relay whenever the pressure is
within the Trip Window pressure range (greater than the Trip Pressure, less than
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the Trip Pressure + Trip Window).
“Type 5” or Normally Open with Hysteresis is used for pump up applications,
or for a low level alarm with hysteresis function. This is the opposite function
of the Type 2.
“Type 6” Trip Disable
T1 T2
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Trip Pressure: determines the lower pressure point for the trip output function.
Trip Window: determines the pressure range between the lower and upper trip
pressures. Used for Types 1, 2, 4, 5 (see chart below).
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Setting the Trip Point Outputs:
Step 1: Press once to enter the main setup menu.
Step 2: Press or to cycle through the options until OUTPUT is
displayed.
Step 3: Press to access the Output Settings menu.
Step 4: Press or to cycle through the options until T1TYPE (or
T2TYPE) is displayed.
Step 5: Press to access the Trip Type setting.
Step 6: Press or to change the setting to the desired trip type function.
Step 7: Press to accept the trip type function and return to the Output
Settings menu.
Step 8: Press or to cycle through the Output menu options until
T1PRES (or T2PRES) is displayed.
Step 9: Press to enter the Trip Pressure setting. A 5-digit number will
appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Step 10: Press or to change the value of the fi rst fl ashing digit.
Step 11: Press to accept the value of the fl ashing digit and advance to the
next digit......repeat steps 10 and 11 until the desired Trip Pressure is
fully entered.
Step 12: Press or to cycle through the Output menu options until T1WIN
(or T2WIN) is displayed.
Step 13: Press to enter the Trip Window setting. A 5-digit number will
appear with the fi rst digit fl ashing.
Step 14: Press or to change the value of the fi rst fl ashing digit.
Step 15: Press to accept the value of the fl ashing digit and advance to the
next digit......repeat steps 14 and 15 until the desired Trip Window is
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fully entered.
Step 11: To exit the output menu, press or until EXIT is displayed and
press to exit to the main setup menu.
MODE
ENTR
ENTR
ENTR
ENTR
ENTR
ENTR
ENTR
ENTR
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Wiring the PG10
Battery Replacement:
Step 1: Untwist the display locking ring (on the face of the gauge) counterclockwise
until the ring releases the display from the gauge.
Step 2: Remove the front display to access the batteries.
Step 3: Replace the front display ensuring proper alignment and secure into
place using the locking ring.
3 5
2
8
6
4
7
1
8_Pin Connector Wiring:
PG10 Pin Out Table
L1 L2 L4-C2
4-20 mA 0-2 VDC
with Battery
Power Power
2 SS Relays
with External
Power
8 Pin Connector
1 + Excitation n/a + Excitation
2
- Excitation + Output
- Excitation
3
n/a - Output
4 n/a n/a
5 n/a n/a
6
7
8
n/a n/a
L4-C4
2 SPDT Relays
with External
Power
+ Excitation
- Excitation
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Relay 1 Com*
Relay 1 NC*
Relay 1 NO*
Relay 2 Com*
L5
RS-485
with External
Power
+ Excitation
- Excitation
SS Relay 1*
SS Relay 1*
SS Relay 2*
SS Relay 2*
*Optional (C2 or C4) relay outputs
n/a indicates not applicable.
L3
0-5 VDC
with External
+ Excitation
+ Output
- Excitation
n/a n/a
n/a n/a
Relay 2 NC*
Relay 2 NO*
RS-485 (A)
RS-485 (B)
SS Relay 1*
SS Relay 1*
SS Relay 2*
SS Relay 2*
n/a
n/a
SS Relay 1*
SS Relay 1*
SS Relay 2*
SS Relay 2*
- Output
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1
2
3
4
– EXCITATION
+ EXCITATION
Gauge
Connector
L1: 4-20 mA Circuit
(C2 & C4 relay option not available)
4-20 mA
CURRENT
LOOP
5
6
7
8
Controller
Process
R L
+Vin
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Wiring (continued)
Gauge
L2: 0-2 V (battery powered)
(C2 & C4 relay options not available)
+Vin
GROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Connector
Controller
Process
Gauge
Connector
SS RELAY 1
SS RELAY 1
SS RELAY 2
SS RELAY 2
+Vin
GROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
L3: 0-5 V
(SS relays on C2 option only)
+ SUPPLY
VOLTAGE
Controller
Process
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+ SUPPLY
VOLTAGE
– EXCITATION
Gauge
Connector
L4-C2: External Power with Dual SS Relays
SS RELAY 1
SS RELAY 2
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
+ SUPPLY
VOLTAGE
– EXCITATION
Gauge
Connector
L5: RS-485
SS RELAY 1
SS RELAY 2
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8 RS-485 (B)
Master Device
RS-485 (A)
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(SS relays on C2 option only)
+ SUPPLY
VOLTAGE
– EXCITATION
Gauge
Connector
L4-C4: External Power with Dual SPDT Relays
Relay 1 Normally Closed
Relay 1 Normally Open
Relay 1 Common
Relay 2 Normally Closed
Relay 2 Normally Open
Relay 2 Common
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Wiring (continued)
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Specifi cations:
Overpressure: 2x full scale
Burst Pressure: 4x full scale or 20,000 psig, whichever is less.
Accuracy (linearity & hysteresis): +/-0.25% (B.F.S.L.)
Environmental:
Housing: IP65
Compensated Temp: 20 to 1300F (-7 to 540C)
Storage Temp: -40 to 1600F (-40 to 710C)
Operating Temp: 0 to 1600F (-18 to 710C)
Electrical:
Batteries: (2) standard C cell
External Power: 9-28 VDC
Physical:
Weight: 1.6 lb (0.73 kg)
Case Material: Injection molded Phenolic
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Output Specifi cations:
4-20 mA Output:
Input Voltage (Excitation): 9 VDC min (no load) to 28 VDC max
Input Current: 3-30 mA max
Signal Variance: +/-0.16 mA at set points
Output/Input: 2 wire loop powered
Resolution: 14 bit
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Protection: Reversed polarity
0-2 VDC Output:
Input Voltage (excitation): Battery powered
Output: Zero set point is +/-0.15 V with a 2 VDC span +/-0.02 VDC
Output/Input: 2 wire
Resolution: 14 bit
0-5 VDC Output:
Input Voltage (Excitation): 9 to 28 VDC
Input Current: 6 mA max
Output: 0-5 VDC / +/-0.5 VDC at set points
Output/Input: Non-isolated 3 wire
Resolution: 14 bit
Protection: Reversed polarity
Solid State Relay Trip Points:
Maximum Switched Voltage: 120 V AC/DC
Maximum Switched Current: 120 mA
SPDT Relay Trip Points:
Maximum Switched Voltage: 125 VAC; 30 VDC
Maximum Switched Current: 0.5 A
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