Elcometer 345

Coating Thickness Gauge

Operating Instructions

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Equipment described in these instructions is covered by the following Patents: FNF UK Patent No: GB2306009B and FNF US Patent No: 5886522 Simple Statistics Patent Applications: UK No. 9903992.7, GmbH No. 19945836.7 This product meets the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. The product is Class B, Group 1 ISM equipment according to CISPR 11 Group 1 ISM product: A product in which there is intentionally generated and/or used conductively coupled radiofrequency energy which is necessary for the internal functioning of the equipment itself. Class B product are suitable for use in domestic establishments and in establishments directly connected to a low voltage power supply network which supplies buildings used for domestic purposes. and are registered trademarks of Elcometer Limited. All other trademarks acknowledged. © Copyright Elcometer Limited. 2009. All rights reserved. No part of this Document may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored (in a retrieval system or otherwise) or translated into any language, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, magnetic, optical, manual or otherwise) without the prior written permission of Elcometer Limited. A copy of this Instruction Manual is available for download on our Website via www.elcometer.com.
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About your gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gauge features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What the box contains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2 Getting started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2.1 Fitting batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2.2 Low battery voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2.3 Fitting the Harness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2.4 Connecting the Separate Probe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2.5 Switching the gauge on/off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2.6 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2.7 Changing units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2.8 Key-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2.9 Backlight Operation: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2.10 Simple Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2.11 Delete Last Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 3 4 Quick Operation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Taking a measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting The User List For Statistical Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 6 6. . . . . . . . The Correction Value Method . . . . . . .1 6. . . . . . . . . To Recall The Factory Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 11 Technical specification . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 13 Spares and accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 7 8 9 Calibration adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Statistical summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clearing Statistical Data. . . . . . Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calibration Adjustment Error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .R 5 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special Calibration Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Displaying Statistical Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Example of Statistical User List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 14 Related equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calibration Adjustment for Smooth Surfaces . . . . . . . 16 16 17 18 19 20 21 21 21 22 23 24 Data Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 10 Error Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 6. . 28 12 Probes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

manufacture and supply of inspection equipment for coatings and concrete.com 1 ABOUT YOUR GAUGE The Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge is a hand-held coating thickness gauge for fast and accurate measurement of the thickness of coatings on metal substrates. Elcometer are world leaders in the design. Your gauge was calibrated at the factory. The Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge is a world beating product. Our products cover all aspects of coating inspection.elcometer. For more information visit our website: www. Elcometer 345 with Separate Probe Elcometer 345 with Integral Probe R R 5 . With the purchase of this gauge you now have access to the worldwide service and support network of Elcometer. from development through application to post application inspection. Welcome to Elcometer. however you can adjust the calibration using the set of calibration foils supplied with the gauge. The Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge is powered by internal dry cell batteries. The gauge is available either with a built-in integral probe or with a separate probe.R Thank you for your purchase of this Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge. The gauge can be switched to display metric (µm/mm) or imperial (mils) units of measurement.

SSPCPA2 (2004).2 STANDARDS The Elcometer 345 can be used in accordance with the following National and International Standards.3 WHAT THE BOX CONTAINS • • • • • Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge with batteries fitted Set of calibration foils Neck harness Carrying case Operating instructions a. ASTM D 1186-B. ISO 2063. should be measured and recorded.244(83). Performance Standard for Protective Coatings. BS 5411 (11). DIN 50981. For IMO. Your Elcometer 345 can be used for this. IS0 2808-7C.R 1. ISO 19840. 6 . ASTM B 499. BS 3900 (C5).1 GAUGE FEATURES • • • • • User adjustable calibration Switchable between metric and imperial units Bleep (when valid reading taken) Infrared data output (to mini-printer) Simple Statistics 0 R IR 1.215 (82/84). ISO 2808-12. ASTM G 12. ISO 1461. 1. International Marine Organisation. IMO MSC. IMO MCS. PSPCa. NF T30-124. the thickness coating.

To maximise the benefits of your new Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge please take some time to read these Operating Instructions. 7 . Please ensure that this packaging is disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner. Consult your local Environmental Authority for further guidance. Do not hesitate to contact Elcometer or your Elcometer supplier if you have any questions.R The Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge is packed in a cardboard and foam package.

2.1 FITTING BATTERIES The Elcometer 345 may be used with dry cell batteries or rechargeable batteries. 4. 2. Replace battery compartment cover. When the battery symbol flashes and the gauge beeps every ten seconds. 2 x LR03 (AAA) alkaline batteries are supplied with the gauge. remove the paper strip from the battery compartment. 8 .R 2 GETTING STARTED Note: Before you use your gauge for the first time.2 LOW BATTERY VOLTAGE When the battery voltage is low the battery symbol illuminates on the display. Place batteries in the battery clips ensuring correct polarity. 3. the gauge will beep three times and then switch off. Switch off the gauge. To fit or replace batteries: 1. Note: Remove the batteries from the gauge if it is to remain unused for a long period of time. 2. When the batteries are exhausted. the batteries must be replaced. Lift off battery compartment cover at rear of gauge. The gauge will still function but new batteries are recommended. This will prevent damage to the gauge in the event of malfunction of the batteries.

pull on the outer knurled sleeve of the plug .3 FITTING THE HARNESS Your gauge is supplied with a neck harness which should be threaded through the bracket on the side of the gauge as shown. Line up the 2 red marks when inserting the plug. 2.4 CONNECTING THE SEPARATE PROBE The Elcometer 345 separate probe gauge has a 4-pin socket at the base of the gauge. Do not remove the probe while the instrument is switched on.do not twist. To disconnect a probe.R 2. This will release the lock that prevents the plug from being pulled out of the socket accidentally. • • Do not operate the Elcometer 345 without a probe connected. 9 .

8 KEY-LOCK The gauge is fitted with a ‘Key-Lock’ feature. press and hold The gauge will switch off automatically after one minute of inactivity. until OFF is displayed. The 10 . which is a form of password. . In addition. The symbol on the display will start to flash. press . a number of symbols can appear on the display: 2.6 DISPLAY The display will show the measurement value. To switch off. To change units again. Gauges with an integral probe will switch on automatically by placing the probe against a hard surface. Press units will change.7 CHANGING UNITS To change the units of measurement displayed on the screen (µm/mm or mils): With the gauge switched on. 2. repeat these steps. press . 2.see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16.R 2. to prevent accidental operation of calibration adjustment .5 SWITCHING THE GAUGE ON/OFF To switch on.

see “Switching the gauge on/off” on page 10. plus an OFF option . Previous readings can not be deleted individually.10 SIMPLE STATISTICS This feature is normally switched off when the gauge is dispatched from the factory. the backlight comes on when a reading is taken and remains on for 3 seconds.9 BACKLIGHT OPERATION: Elcometer 345 gauges have a backlit display. The user can select any value in any sequence from the list of five values. Release to delete the last reading. Switch on and try again.see “Statistical summary” on page 21. press and release . dEL will change to OFF. The backlight is designed for low light operations and can be turned on and off via the keypad. 2.11 DELETE LAST READING This operation will only delete the last reading taken. Turning the backlight off will save battery power. Press and release once more. The will stop flashing and the backlight will be toggled on or off. To toggle the backlight on/off. Releasing will switch the gauge off and the last reading will not be deleted . To delete the last reading from the statistical calculations when the statistics feature is switched on. The symbol will flash on the display. 2. press and hold for more than 2 seconds but less than 4 seconds. When switched on. Your gauge can display statistical summary information in a preset sequence. 11 . The display will show dEL.R 2. Note: If is held for longer than 4 seconds.

12 .R 3 QUICK OPERATION GUIDE separate gauges Switch on or 0 R Switch off Metric <=> English 4 seconds >>>> >>>> >>>> on bare metal 0 R µm or mm <=> mil Calibration adjustment for Smooth Substrates on foil >>>> 4 seconds >4 seconds >>>> 0 R >>>> or >>>> adjust to foil to set.

to view each statistic >>>> >>>> >>>> to clear. Repeat for all statistics wanted. then press to set. to retain 13 . >>>> >>>> to accept. Press View Statistics To Clear Statistical Data etc. >>>> >>>> keep pressing until first statistic wanted appears.R on thin foil >4 seconds >>>> Calibration adjustment for Rough and Special Substrates >>>> >>>> 0 R >>>> or adjust to foil on thick foil >4 seconds >>>> to set >>>> >>>> 0 R >>>> or adjust to foil >>>> Set User List for Statistical Values >>>> to set.

R To Turn >>>> >>>> Statistical Data ‘Off’ >>>> >>>> Stats off Print Data Output Align IR’s >>>> >>>> >>>> until >>>> to continue measurements on bare metal To Reset Factory Calibration 0 R >>>> to adjust to 10 µm (0.5 mil) [or 100 µm (4. >>>> >>>> to clear 1 Err and reset factory 14 .0 mil) for scales F2 and F3] >>>> calibration.

If the following display appears F R Integral probe 0 R Separate probe the value is just greater than the range of the gauge. 1. or the gauge is out of calibration. c. The reading may be inaccurate if the probe is not held flat against the surface. 15 .see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16.see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16. b. 2. Hold the gauge with the probe pressed firmlyb against the surface you are measuring. If the display does not blink then the gauge has not recognised that the probe is on the surface.R 4 TAKING A MEASUREMENT Before starting to take measurements it is good practice to check the performance of the gauge using the calibration adjustment procedure . usually because the coating is much too thick for the range of the gauge. this reading can be adjusted for the conditions of the measurement . The display will blinkc and then display the coating thickness. If required.

Press to cancel the error message. See “To Recall The Factory Calibration” on page 20 for a method to deliberately reset the factory calibration setting. 16 . It is best to use an uncoated item that is similar to the coated item to be tested. Calibration adjustment should be carried out with the appropriate probe. 5. incorrect values or units.R 5 CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT The Elcometer 345 should be adjusted before use. etc. See “To Recall The Factory Calibration” on page 20 for instructions on how to restore this calibration. the same curvature and similar surface finish as that of the item to be measured.1 CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT ERROR If an error message 1 Err is displayed during adjustment it indicates that the adjustment has not taken place correctly. Check and repeat the adjustment procedure. on the same type of metal. When the gauge is shipped from the factory it comes with a preset calibration. or at least checked to ensure that the calibration adjustment is correct for the conditions of use. This will automatically restore the gauge to the factory calibration setting. This may be due to incorrect substrate.

2. If the statistics feature is switched on. flat surfaces. Press or for more than 4 seconds to adjust the display to the calibration foil value. When the value in the display is correct. the display will show one of the statistical values (“Statistical summary” on page 21). Place the probe on the bare metal. wait for a reading to be displayed. a few quick presses of or will step to the correct reading. The bleeper will sound to indicate the instruction has been accepted. When close to the correct reading. 17 0 R . Place the calibration foil closest to the thickness to be measured on the bare metal surface and take a reading. Lift the probe from the surface. press to accept the new calibration or wait 7 seconds for the gauge to accept the calibration automatically. The display will blink then re-display the reading. The bleeper will sound to indicate that the calibration routine has been started. The bleeper will sound to indicate acceptance of the new calibration. After 4 seconds C appears in the left-hand side of the display and the value will start to change. 4. Press and hold for 4 seconds to set the display to zero. Note: The key-lock feature requires the keys used to access these routines to be pressed for 4 seconds before any response is made. The probe must be lifted into free air before taking a measurement on the calibration foil.2 CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT FOR SMOOTH SURFACES Use this calibration adjustment procedure for measurements on smooth. 5. Note: If the probe is left on the bare substrate or moved quickly to the calibration foil the display will show a sequence of three ‘rising’ ‘-’ symbols and sound a series of bleeps as a warning.R 5. 3. 1. This is to prevent accidental operation.

To re-adjust the gauge. 1. the gauge will automatically continue to the next step. after the key-lock feature is operated. The display will show CLO (= Calibrate Low) and the rough surface icon will flash at the rate of once per second.3 SPECIAL CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT Use this calibration adjustment procedure for measurements on rough surfaces. Repeated measurements can now be taken on this foil and the display will show the accumulated average of these readings. thin substrates below 300 µm (0. repeat all the steps in Section 5. certified coated standards are available . 3. i. the gauge will move from low calibration CLO to high calibration CH1 or from high calibration to measurement mode. the symbol in the display will flash. etc. Switch the gauge on and press . 2. Averaging a number of readings will give a more stable value and it is this average that should be adjusted for calibration. Press and release to begin the special calibration sequence. Place the chosen thin calibration foil onto the bare metal surface. small diameters. 5. Note: In this routine if. This is useful when there is significant variation from one reading to the next. 7 seconds elapses without pressing a key or taking a reading.see “Spares and accessories” on page 32.R 6. one below the thickness to be measured (the thin foil) and one above (the thick foil). such as would occur on a rough surface or profile. 18 . special steel alloys.e. Two calibration foils are required.012"). Confirm that the gauge reads correctly at zero and at the calibration foil value. Note: As well as calibration foils. If required the calibration adjustment can be repeated to ensure its accuracy.2.

7. The calibration values are stored in the gauge until new values are entered.R 4. to accept the low calibration or wait 7 seconds to accept the calibration automatically. 5. on the display indicates the special calibration on switch on. will stop flashing and will remain visible on the display. The bleeper will sound 3 times to indicate that this routine is complete. The display will now show CH1 (= Calibrate High). Re-calibrating using the smooth surface calibration method (see “Calibration Adjustment for Smooth Surfaces” on page 17) to set zero will remove from the display. Confirm that the average gauge reading on each calibration foil is correct. The display will blink and then re-display the reading. Press to accept the calibration or wait 7 seconds for the gauge to accept the calibration automatically.4 THE CORRECTION VALUE METHOD The smooth surface adjustment method (see “Calibration Adjustment for Smooth Surfaces” on page 17) can be used for blast cleaned surfaces if a correction value is applied to each reading taken on the roughened surface. An intermediate foil thickness can also be used to confirm the performance over the calibrated range. Press and hold or for more than 4 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. To re-calibrate. 8. 9. Press or for more than 5 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. 6. Press and hold 5. Place the chosen high calibration foil on the bare metal surface and take a number of readings until a stable average is displayed. 19 . even when the gauge is switched off. repeat the procedure.

If the roughness of the surface under the coating is unknown a default correction value of 25 µm (1.Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems . readings on a blast cleaned or otherwise roughened surface will be high and the correction value must be subtracted from the reading to obtain the thickness of the coating. Then take a reading on the same bare substrate and adjust the gauge to read 10 µm (0. This will cause the gauge to display 1 Err.R When coating thickness gauges are adjusted on a smooth surface. For further details see EN19840 'Paints and Varnishes . 5.0 mil) is subtracted from each reading.5 TO RECALL THE FACTORY CALIBRATION Set zero in the normal way. the Surface Roughness Comparator Elcometer 125. 20 .Measurement and acceptance criteria of the dry film thickness”. The correction value is determined according to the roughness of the surface per ISO 8501. The factory setting will be recalled automatically when is pressed to clear the error message.5 mil).

R 6 STATISTICAL SUMMARY 6.2 DISPLAYING STATISTICAL VALUES • To display a statistical value from the normal measurement mode. The feature is switched on by selecting at least one statistical value to be displayed .) 6. This will display for 3 seconds either (+) the first statistical value in the user list or (-) the last statistical value in the user list. If the key is held for more than 5 seconds the calibration routine is activated.see “Setting The User List For Statistical Values” on page 23. The feature is switched off by selecting OFF.1 STATISTICS The statistics display on the Elcometer 345 shows a preset combination of the five statistical functions which may be shown on the display in any user defined order by pressing one key. The menu from which the list is created is as follows: • • • • • • Number of Readings taken Mean value of these Readings Standard deviation of these Readings Highest Reading taken Lowest Reading OFF (Switches the statistics off. press and release or . • 21 . If or is released within 4 seconds the gauge will display the value for a further 3 seconds during which time or can be pressed again.

The to exit without clearing the statistics memory. or must be pressed while the current value is on the STATISTICAL SYMBOLS = Number of readings = Mean (Average) = Standard Deviation H = Highest reading L = Lowest reading 6. 22 .3 CLEARING STATISTICAL DATA. Press to clear statistics memory or press >>>> >>>> . • • To display the rest of the list of values display. If is pressed the gauge displays the previous statistical value on the user list for a minimum of 3 seconds. To exit the list press .R If is pressed the gauge displays the next statistical value on the user list for a minimum of 3 seconds. • • To clear the statistical data when starting a new set of data press display will show CLs to indicate “Clear Statistics?”. Note: 4 Err is displayed when the memory for statistical values is full.

(To exit from the setting menu and retain the current user list press . If the numeric display is blank then the statistic is not selected in the current user list. This returns the gauge to normal measurement mode. The display will show CLS to indicate 'Clear Press to enter the menu for setting the user list of statistical values.4 SETTING THE USER LIST FOR STATISTICAL VALUES • • To create a user list press Statistics?' >>>> >>>> .) DISPLAY SYMBOLS F = Number of readings = Average (Mean) = Standard Deviation = Highest reading F F F F F Lo Of f = Lowest reading = Turn statistics off 23 . The gauge displays the symbol of the first Statistics item on the statistics menu with its numerical position in the user list shown in the top left of the display.R 6.

press is displayed. Highest and Number of readings. Keep pressing Keep pressing Keep pressing Keep pressing Press 24 until until until until 1F is displayed. The statistics are now set in this order. press 3F 4F . Press to exit menu or exit automatically when all 5 items have been entered. press to accept to accept to accept to accept 2F Lo is displayed. in that order: Press >>>> >>>> Display will show CLS. If this is the first entry then the current user list is deleted and replaced with a new user list and it appears in the top left of the display. Lowest.5 EXAMPLE OF STATISTICAL USER LIST To set statistics for Average. . • Selecting OFF and pressing 6. Repeat presses of will scroll round the menu. This action also serves to switch the statistics feature on. Press to add the statistic value to the list. press is displayed. To view the next statistical value on the user list press .R • To enter the statistical value displayed at the next available position on the list press . will switch the statistics feature off.

25 . This operates with the Infrared Portable Printer see “Spares and accessories” on page 32 for sales part number. and that the Elcometer 345 IR LED is aligned with the IR detector on the printer.R 7 DATA OUTPUT Your gauge is fitted with an infrared data output feature. The display will show PrF. to return the gauge to measurement mode. press To print these values press Press >>>> >>>> again. PRINTING To print the statistical values. >>>> . Ensure the Elcometer 345 is within 500 mm of the printer.

elcometer. Alternatively visit the Elcometer website. The warranty will be invalidated if the instrument has been opened. ISO 9000 and other standards. Probe life depends on the number of measurements taken and the manner in which readings are taken. Replacement of integral probes must be carried out by Elcometer. 26 . If the display is heated above 50°C (120°F) it may be damaged.R 8 STORAGE This gauge incorporates a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).g. In the unlikely event of a fault. Always store the gauge in its carrying pouch when it is not being used.com PROBES The probe will wear with repeated use. Details of Elcometer offices around the world are given on the outside cover of these Operating Instructions. www. Separate probes can be fitted by the user. If looked after. Never drag the probe along the surface. it will last a lifetime. Regular calibration checks are a requirement of quality management procedures e. The gauge does not contain any user-serviceable components. the gauge should be returned to your local Elcometer supplier or directly to Elcometer. For gauge checks and certification contact Elcometer or your local Elcometer supplier. This can happen if the gauge is left in a car parked in strong sunlight. To extend probe life. as doing so will drastically reduce the life of the probe. always set the probe down so that it is perpendicular to the panel surface. 9 MAINTENANCE You own one of the finest hand-held coating thickness gauges in the world.

Gauge is not configured after repair. This is either due to a very high electrical noise environment. Error code 0 Err 1 2 Err Err 3 Err 4 Err 5 Err 6 Err 7 Err 8 Err 9 Err 27 . beyond emc specification limits. Averaging error.999 readings have been taken. Memory hardware fault. Clear the error message and repeat the adjustment procedure. Contact Elcometer or your local Elcometer supplier. Statistics memory full. Gauge over-range reading. The printer is off line. Explanation Unable to obtain a stable reading. Statistics overflow. No readings taken for average calculation. Correct printer fault or press to cancel print function. more than 9. out of paper or printer or cable fault.R 10 ERROR CODES Press to clear error codes. or could indicate a gauge fault. Calibration factors are out of range. Statistics data must be cleared (see Section 6.3) before further readings can be taken for statistical analysis. Contact Elcometer or your local Elcometer supplier.

4") 0° to 50°C (32° to 120°F) C F 56 mm x 24 mm x 120 mm (2. ± 1% of the reading or ± 2.5 µm (0.5 µm (0.1 mil) whichever is the greater.95" x 4.1 mil) whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured. metric: Resolution. 0. 0. > 40 readings per minute. alkalined dry batteries or rechargeablee equivalents 28 . imperial: Display: Operating Temperature: Dimensions: Weight (incl.R 11 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION Range: Accuracy: 0 µm to 1500 µm (0 mil to 60 mil) ± 3% of the reading or ± 2. Character height: 10 mm (0.1 µm 0. 2 x LR03 (AAA).01 mil Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) 3½ Digits. (4 oz). Dry Batteries): Measurement speed: Battery Type: 1 µm Below 20 µm.2" x 0.1 mil Below 1 mil.75") 115 gms. Resolution.

f. Battery life is reduced when using the back light.R Battery Life: 30 to 40f hours continuous with alkaline dry batteries (15 000 to 20 000 readings at an average of 8 readings per minute). d. Rechargeable batteries can be used if they are charged outside the gauge. e. Minimum Substrate Thickness: 300 µm (12 mil) unless special adjustment is made . Do not dispose of any batteries in fire. 29 . Gauges will have reduced range when adjusted for thin substrates.3. Battery life is reduced to approximately 25% of the dry battery life when using rechargeable batteries. Follow the instructions provided by the battery manufacturer when charging and disposing of rechargeable batteries.see section 5. Please consult your local environmental authority for information on disposal in your region. Alkaline batteries must be disposed of carefully to avoid environmental contamination.

Right Angle Probe Telescopic Probe 30 .onward are fitted with a new design of probes.R 12 PROBES Gauges with serial number TA---. The part numbers for replacements for separate probes are shown in Table 1 on page 31.

16") Cal Foil Valuea 250 µm (10 mil) 250 µm (10 mil) 250 µm (10 mil) 250 µm (10 mil) This is the recommended maximum calibration foil value to achieve the specified accuracy under these measurement conditions.5 µm ±1% or ±2.35") 25 mm (0. c.1 milc Resolution 1 µm Below 20 µm. 0.16") 4 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0.1 mil ±1% or ±0.60 mil a.5 µmc ±3% or ±0.1 µm 0.98") 25 mm (0. F1 Minimum Minimum Convex Surface Concave Diameter Surface Radius 4 mm (0. 0. Table 2: Probe capabilities Probe Type F1 Separate F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Integral a.1500 µm Accuracya ±3% or ±2.98") 25 mm (0.1 mil Below 1 mil.16") 4 mm (0.18") 122 mm (4. 31 . b.01 mil Replacement probe typesb F1 Standard F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Original probe no.98") 25 mm (0. Whichever is the greater Separate probe versions only Whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured.16") 4 mm (0.16") 25 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0.98") Headroom 85 mm (3. T34515844 T34515845 T34515846 0 . T3457286T3457650T3457651Current probe no.R Table 1: Probe part numbers Scale F1 Range 0 .98") 30 mm (1.8") Minimum Sample Diameter 4 mm (0.

13. 175. 40 Part number for set T9904199G 12. 1020 0. 2. 10. 25.2 CALIBRATION CERTIFICATES FOR CALIBRATION FOILS Certificates traceable to National Standards including UKAS and NIST are available on request. 50. 5. 32 .1 CALIBRATION FOIL SETS Set of 8 foils 3 foils µm 25. 1020 mils 1. 1. 40 T9904199F Individual calibration foils and customised sets are also available. 13. 13. 500. Order using sales part number TEST-345. 125. 10. Consult your local Elcometer supplier. 250.R 13 SPARES AND ACCESSORIES The following spare parts and optional accessories are available from your local Elcometer supplier or direct from Elcometer. 250.3 TEST CERTIFICATES A certificate with results of a standard test on known calibration foil values over the full range of the probe. 20.5. 7.

6 PROBE ADAPTORS T99913877 T99913878 T995111261 Jumbo Hand Grip: V Adaptor for pipes: T9997766T9997381- 33 .5 INFRARED PORTABLE PRINTER Infrared Portable Printer: Thermal Printer Paper: 13.4 COATED THICKNESS STANDARDS INCLUDING CERTIFICATE Ferrous Standard (4 Values): 13.R 13.

8 RAINCOAT Protective gauge covers (pack of 5): 13.9 WRIST HARNESS Wrist harness: T9999516T3459515- T99913537 T99916063 34 .7 HOLSTER Integral Probe Version: Separate Probe Version: 13.R 13.

R 14 RELATED EQUIPMENT Elcometer produces a wide range of coating thickness gauges and associated paint inspection equipment. www. your Elcometer supplier or visit the Elcometer website. Users of the Elcometer 345 may also benefit from the following Elcometer products: • • Elcometer 456 Coating Thickness Gauge Elcometer 406L Statistical Mini-Glossmeter For further information contact Elcometer.elcometer.com 35 .

R 15 INDEX B Backlight Batteries Fitting Life Low voltage Type Blast cleaned surfaces 11 8 29 8 28 19 E Error codes 27 O Outputting data 25 F Factory calibration Foils Ordering 20 32 P Print Data Output Printer Infrared Printing Probe Connecting Probes Adapters Wear of Protection for gauge 14 33 25 9 30 33 26 34 C Calibration adjustment 16 Error 16 for Rough and Special Substrates 13 Procedure 12 Rough surfaces 18 Small diameters 18 Smooth surfaces 17 Special steel alloys 18 Thin substrates 18 Calibration certificates 32 Coated thickness standards Spares 33 Contents of box 6 Correction value 19 G Gauge features 6 H Hand grip. Jumbo Harness Fitting Wrist (spare part) Holster (belt) 33 9 34 34 Q Quick Operation Guide 12 I Imperial units Infrared printer 10 33 R Range Warning Reset 15 14 K Key-Lock 10 S Service Shims Ordering Spare parts Standards Coated thickness Statistics 26 32 32 6 33 11. 21 D Data output Delete Last Reading Display symbols 25 11 10 M Maintenance Measurement Metric units 26 15 10 36 .

for pipes 33 37 . 22 21 13.R Clearing Displaying List of Turning off Storage Substrate thickness Minimum Switching on/off 13. 23 14 26 29 10 T Technical specification Test certificates Thin substrates 28 32 18 U Units Changing 10 V V Adaptor.

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