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Dedicated calibration instrument reduces cost and complexity of calibrating power meters and analysers

The Yokogawa LS3300 is a new dedicated, stand-alone and cost-effective calibrator that is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of calibrating power meters and analysers with accuracies up to 0.15%. Unlike existing multi-function calibrators, the LS3300 provides a lower cost and easy-to-use solution with specific features for calibrating power meters.

“Yokogawa is a world market leader and a leading authority on power measurement with a long history in AC and DC calibrators”, says Terry Marrinan, Vice-President, T&M Business Unit, Yokogawa T&M Europe and Asia Pacific: “Now, with the launch of the LS3300, we are bringing new dimensions of cost-effectiveness and simplicity to those who need to undertake their own calibration operations on multiple instruments with low to medium accuracies.”  

The LR3300 combines a wide output (up to 1250 V and 62.5 A) with high accuracy (450 ppm or 0.045%) and high stability (100 ppm or 0.01% for one hour). For larger current outputs, up to 180 A can be obtained by synchronising the outputs of multiple units.

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For the calibration of 3-phase power meters, it is possible to synchronise the outputs of two or three LS3300 instruments using master/slave connections. Other features include the capability for direct calibration of the current sensor inputs of a clamp-on power meter using the instrument’s auxiliary output, and notification of when the output becomes stable to maximise the accuracy of the measurement.

The LS3300 is based on the core technology of Yokogawa’s AC calibrator, the 2558A, originally released in 2013. Calibrating power meters with the 2558A, however, required two separate 2558A instruments plus a reference power meter, whereas the LS3300 combines these functions in a single instrument to satisfy the calibration needs of lower-accuracy power meter users.

All power meters and analysers need calibrating to confirm their performance and to satisfy the requirements of quality systems such as ISO9001. As a dedicated instrument for calibrating lower-accuracy power meters at commercial mains frequencies and up to 1.2 kHz, the LS3300 offers a cost-effective solution for users who need to calibrate higher volumes of power meters.

These potential customers for the LR3300 include accredited calibration laboratories, private calibration companies, companies that manufacture measurement instruments such as power meters, clamp power meters and smart meters, and calibration divisions and repair service divisions of companies that use power measuring instruments in production line testing.

At the top end, where the highest accuracy is required and also where the application consumes power at frequencies higher than 50/60 Hz, an ISO 17025 accredited calibration at higher frequencies is required to prove the performance of the power analyser for the application, and thus to validate the instrument for compliance testing and, for example, where very small improvements in efficiency are being pursued.

As the first non-governmental ISO 17025 accredited laboratory to offer power calibrations up to 100 kHz, the Yokogawa European Standards laboratory in the Netherlands, with world leading measurement uncertainties, carries out calibrations to the highest standards. An LS3300 can therefore be delivered with an accredited calibration enabling it to be quickly incorporated into a customer’s quality system.

About Yokogawa Test & Measurement

Yokogawa has been developing measurement solutions for 100 years, consistently finding new ways to give R&D teams the tools they need to gain the best insights from their measurement strategies. The company has pioneered accurate power measurement throughout its history, and is the market leader in digital power analysers.

Yokogawa instruments are renowned for maintaining high levels of precision and for continuing to deliver value for far longer than the typical shelf-life of such equipment. Yokogawa believes that precise and effective measurement lies at the heart of successful innovation - and has focused its own R&D on providing the tools that researchers and engineers need to address challenges great and small.

Yokogawa takes pride in its reputation for quality, both in the products it delivers - often adding new features in response to specific client requests - and the level of service and advice provided to clients, helping to devise measurement strategies for even the most challenging environments.

The guaranteed accuracy and precision of Yokogawa's instruments results from the fact that Yokogawa has its own European standards laboratory at its European headquarters in The Netherlands. This facility is the only industrial (i.e. non-government or national) organisation in the world to offer accredited power calibration, at frequencies up to 100 kHz. ISO 17025 accreditation demonstrates the international competence of the laboratory.

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About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 113 companies spans 60 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.5 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. Targeting this segment, Yokogawa helps companies maximize their profits by offering a wide range of highly reliable products and working with the subsidiary KBC Advanced Technologies to provide premium solutions and services. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit www.yokogawa.com