Panel Meter Selection Preview

Choosing the Right Panel Meter

Selecting a panel meter for a particular application can be a daunting task, given the wide variety of products that are available today. There are many factors to consider when making a decision. Let’s look at a few of the major items.


Meter Accuracy

Meter Accuracy Explained

Specifications for panel meters and test instrumentation usually include an accuracy value. This number defines the maximum amount the meter reading or transmitter output will differ from the ideal value, as determined by an established reference standard. Accuracy is usually expressed as either a percent of reading or a percent of range. (more…)

Process Calibrator

Introduction to Process Calibrators

Process calibrators are handheld, battery-powered instruments used for field testing and calibration of industrial process equipment. The typical calibrator has a one or two-parameter digital display, function switch and up/down buttons for output level adjustment. Some models have a dial knob for level adjustment, which many users say is quicker to adjust. Common types of process calibrators are voltage, loop, temperature, and multi-function. (more…)

CT Ratio Formula

Current Transformer Turns Ratio & Polarity

An instrumentation Current Transformer (CT) is used to step down AC current to a level that can be more easily measured by a panel meter or test instrument. The amount of step down is specified by the CT ratio (e.g. 300:5). (more…)

CT with meter

How to Size a Current Transformer

The Current Transformer (CT) is used to sense AC current in single-phase or three-phase circuits. In the basic instrument-grade current transformer, a single primary conductor passes through the core. (more…)