Fault finding/cable length measurement TDR tests on live systems
Platinum Tools' SSTDR seeks and measures for electrical faults over energized data lines, electrical cable runs, and live coax systems.
Platinum Tools announced that its new Snap Shot fault finding/cable length measurement TDR (part # TSS200) is now shipping.
Utilizing an advanced form of Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry (SSTDR) that allows its use over energized cables, the company says the Snap Shot TDR accurately detects, locates and identifies fault conditions such as opens, shorts, and arc faults on energized cabling of all types up to 3,000 feet in length. The unit's large backlit LCD display clearly shows lengths in both feet and/or meters with an accuracy of better than one percent for pinpointing any fault or condition.
Measuring 6.8 x 3.15 x 1.3 inches and weighing 12 oz. (with battery), the compact tool's dual internal memory allows users to store cable parameters for easy reference, while a built-in tone generator with multiple tone capabilities traces found faults. Additional features and specifications include: auto power-off; four different tones; and the ability to calibrate any cable NVP value. The tool's MSRP is $259.95.
“Today’s security, electrical, data, voice and video signal carrying systems can be incredibly complex,” comments Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Working in real time has become a must to keep these systems up-and-running. With the Snap Shot, the field technician can work much quicker and more accurately. Snap Shot can measure attached working data lines, electrical cable runs, and live coax systems for run lengths, and to see if there are any existing electrical faults while the cable is in use and under power.”