Kobold releases the latest version of its electronic digital pressure gauge; model MAN-SC for battery powered and model MAN-LC for 24Vdc power with IO-link. Outwardly the two versions are similar in appearance and share most of the screen functionality features, which are now accessed via capacitive touchpad. However, depending on the application and use, each instrument version may be defined differently. For example, the battery powered instrument is defined as a digital pressure gauge, while the 24Vdc version is defined as a digital pressure transmitter.
The new alpha-numeric 14-segment reflective LC display screen features a full 5-digit display and digit height of 0.63 inches. The electronic screen module can now be rotated in 90-degree increments for side mounted or inverted installations. The gauge head position can be radially adjusted after installation for perfect positioning. Access to the screen options is now by capacitive touchpads.
A range of measuring units are now accessible from the programming menu, including kPa, MPa, bar, mbar, psi, kN, N, torr, inWC, mmWC, inHg, USR (user-defined measuring unit). The instruments reportedly feature peak memory, password protection and reset to factory setting. Battery life with 9V lithium is now increased to 22,500 hours (2.5 years). A zero (tare) function is more easily accessible from within the menu for calibration. A rubber protective case cover is now available as an option, ideal for test engineers and vulnerable areas of installation. Measuring ranges are now available from -14.5…0...23,200 PSI. The range of process connection threads is substantially increased and now includes metric threads. Additionally, Kobold can assemble diaphragm and hygienic process connections.
Another unique application feature is calculation of force value, which is included in the programming menu. This is calculated from the measured pressure value and a programmable reference area. Many industrial applications will benefit from the feature, however, the most common request came from the construction test and safety sector for a digital pressure gauge to be included as part of the test equipment.