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

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

ISO 2063. For IMO. 1. IMO MCS.3 WHAT THE BOX CONTAINS • • • • • Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge with batteries fitted Set of calibration foils Neck harness Carrying case Operating instructions a. SSPCPA2 (2004).2 STANDARDS The Elcometer 345 can be used in accordance with the following National and International Standards.215 (82/84). IMO MSC. ASTM G 12. BS 5411 (11). IS0 2808-7C.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. ISO 1461. Performance Standard for Protective Coatings. the thickness coating. ISO 19840. Your Elcometer 345 can be used for this. ISO 2808-12. BS 3900 (C5). ASTM D 1186-B. NF T30-124. should be measured and recorded.244(83). ASTM B 499. 6 . International Marine Organisation. PSPCa.R 1. DIN 50981.

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

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

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. 9 . pull on the outer knurled sleeve of the plug . 2. To disconnect a probe. Do not remove the probe while the instrument is switched on. This will release the lock that prevents the plug from being pulled out of the socket accidentally.R 2.do not twist.4 CONNECTING THE SEPARATE PROBE The Elcometer 345 separate probe gauge has a 4-pin socket at the base of the gauge. • • Do not operate the Elcometer 345 without a probe connected.

until OFF is displayed.R 2. To switch off. repeat these steps. To change units again. to prevent accidental operation of calibration adjustment . press .7 CHANGING UNITS To change the units of measurement displayed on the screen (µm/mm or mils): With the gauge switched on. a number of symbols can appear on the display: 2.5 SWITCHING THE GAUGE ON/OFF To switch on. In addition.see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16. The 10 . Gauges with an integral probe will switch on automatically by placing the probe against a hard surface. press and hold The gauge will switch off automatically after one minute of inactivity.6 DISPLAY The display will show the measurement value. . press . 2.8 KEY-LOCK The gauge is fitted with a ‘Key-Lock’ feature. 2. The symbol on the display will start to flash. which is a form of password. Press units will change.

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

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. 12 .

Repeat for all statistics wanted. Press View Statistics To Clear Statistical Data etc.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. to retain 13 . >>>> >>>> keep pressing until first statistic wanted appears. to view each statistic >>>> >>>> >>>> to clear. then press to set. >>>> >>>> to accept.

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 (0.0 mil) for scales F2 and F3] >>>> calibration.5 mil) [or 100 µm (4. >>>> >>>> to clear 1 Err and reset factory 14 .

or the gauge is out of calibration. 15 . 2. The display will blinkc and then display the coating thickness. 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. b. c.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. If required.see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16. The reading may be inaccurate if the probe is not held flat against the surface.see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16. If the display does not blink then the gauge has not recognised that the probe is on the surface. Hold the gauge with the probe pressed firmlyb against the surface you are measuring. this reading can be adjusted for the conditions of the measurement .

on the same type of metal. incorrect values or units.R 5 CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT The Elcometer 345 should be adjusted before use. See “To Recall The Factory Calibration” on page 20 for instructions on how to restore this calibration. Check and repeat the adjustment procedure. etc. This may be due to incorrect substrate. Calibration adjustment should be carried out with the appropriate probe. 5.1 CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT ERROR If an error message 1 Err is displayed during adjustment it indicates that the adjustment has not taken place correctly. See “To Recall The Factory Calibration” on page 20 for a method to deliberately reset the factory calibration setting. It is best to use an uncoated item that is similar to the coated item to be tested. 16 . When the gauge is shipped from the factory it comes with a preset calibration. the same curvature and similar surface finish as that of the item to be measured. or at least checked to ensure that the calibration adjustment is correct for the conditions of use. Press to cancel the error message. This will automatically restore the gauge to the factory calibration setting.

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

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

to accept the low calibration or wait 7 seconds to accept the calibration automatically. on the display indicates the special calibration on switch on. Press and hold or for more than 4 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. Confirm that the average gauge reading on each calibration foil is correct. Press to accept the calibration or wait 7 seconds for the gauge to accept the calibration automatically. 19 .R 4. The display will blink and then re-display the reading. Place the chosen high calibration foil on the bare metal surface and take a number of readings until a stable average is displayed. repeat the procedure. 5. Press and hold 5. Press or for more than 5 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. 7. To re-calibrate. will stop flashing and will remain visible on the display.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. 9. The calibration values are stored in the gauge until new values are entered. 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. 8. An intermediate foil thickness can also be used to confirm the performance over the calibrated range. The bleeper will sound 3 times to indicate that this routine is complete. even when the gauge is switched off. 6.

20 . For further details see EN19840 'Paints and Varnishes . If the roughness of the surface under the coating is unknown a default correction value of 25 µm (1. Then take a reading on the same bare substrate and adjust the gauge to read 10 µm (0.5 TO RECALL THE FACTORY CALIBRATION Set zero in the normal way. the Surface Roughness Comparator Elcometer 125. The correction value is determined according to the roughness of the surface per ISO 8501. 5.0 mil) is subtracted from each reading. The factory setting will be recalled automatically when is pressed to clear the error message.R When coating thickness gauges are adjusted on a smooth surface.5 mil). 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.Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems . This will cause the gauge to display 1 Err.Measurement and acceptance criteria of the dry film thickness”.

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. 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 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.R 6 STATISTICAL SUMMARY 6.see “Setting The User List For Statistical Values” on page 23. If the key is held for more than 5 seconds the calibration routine is activated. press and release or . • 21 . The feature is switched off by selecting OFF.) 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 .

• • To clear the statistical data when starting a new set of data press display will show CLs to indicate “Clear Statistics?”.3 CLEARING STATISTICAL DATA. 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. To exit the list press . Note: 4 Err is displayed when the memory for statistical values is full. If is pressed the gauge displays the previous statistical value on the user list for a minimum of 3 seconds. • • To display the rest of the list of values display.R If is pressed the gauge displays the next statistical value on the user list for a minimum of 3 seconds. 22 . Press to clear statistics memory or press >>>> >>>> .

This returns the gauge to normal measurement mode.R 6. If the numeric display is blank then the statistic is not selected in the current user list. (To exit from the setting menu and retain the current user list press . The display will show CLS to indicate 'Clear Press to enter the menu for setting the user list of statistical values.) 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.4 SETTING THE USER LIST FOR STATISTICAL VALUES • • To create a user list press Statistics?' >>>> >>>> .

The statistics are now set in this order. 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. press is displayed. Highest and Number of readings. • Selecting OFF and pressing 6. Repeat presses of will scroll round the menu. This action also serves to switch the statistics feature on.5 EXAMPLE OF STATISTICAL USER LIST To set statistics for Average. Keep pressing Keep pressing Keep pressing Keep pressing Press 24 until until until until 1F is displayed.R • To enter the statistical value displayed at the next available position on the list press . will switch the statistics feature off. To view the next statistical value on the user list press . press 3F 4F . Press to add the statistic value to the list. Lowest. . in that order: Press >>>> >>>> Display will show CLS. 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. press is displayed.

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

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

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

1 mil) whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured. 0. ± 1% of the reading or ± 2. Dry Batteries): Measurement speed: Battery Type: 1 µm Below 20 µm.5 µm (0.95" x 4. 2 x LR03 (AAA). (4 oz). Resolution.1 mil Below 1 mil.01 mil Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) 3½ Digits. Character height: 10 mm (0.75") 115 gms.5 µm (0. > 40 readings per minute.2" x 0.R 11 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION Range: Accuracy: 0 µm to 1500 µm (0 mil to 60 mil) ± 3% of the reading or ± 2. 0. metric: Resolution.1 µm 0. alkalined dry batteries or rechargeablee equivalents 28 .4") 0° to 50°C (32° to 120°F) C F 56 mm x 24 mm x 120 mm (2. imperial: Display: Operating Temperature: Dimensions: Weight (incl.1 mil) whichever is the greater.

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

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

0.16") 4 mm (0.01 mil Replacement probe typesb F1 Standard F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Original probe no.98") 30 mm (1.98") Headroom 85 mm (3.1 milc Resolution 1 µm Below 20 µm. F1 Minimum Minimum Convex Surface Concave Diameter Surface Radius 4 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0.35") 25 mm (0.5 µm ±1% or ±2.16") 4 mm (0. Whichever is the greater Separate probe versions only Whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured.5 µmc ±3% or ±0.8") Minimum Sample Diameter 4 mm (0. T34515844 T34515845 T34515846 0 .R Table 1: Probe part numbers Scale F1 Range 0 .98") 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0. T3457286T3457650T3457651Current probe no.1 mil ±1% or ±0. Table 2: Probe capabilities Probe Type F1 Separate F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Integral a.16") 4 mm (0.16") 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0. b. 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.60 mil a.1 µm 0.1 mil Below 1 mil.18") 122 mm (4.16") 4 mm (0.1500 µm Accuracya ±3% or ±2. c. 0.16") 4 mm (0.

125. 5.5. 25. 1020 mils 1. 32 . 40 Part number for set T9904199G 12.R 13 SPARES AND ACCESSORIES The following spare parts and optional accessories are available from your local Elcometer supplier or direct from Elcometer. 7. 13. 10.3 TEST CERTIFICATES A certificate with results of a standard test on known calibration foil values over the full range of the probe. 175.1 CALIBRATION FOIL SETS Set of 8 foils 3 foils µm 25. 2. 20. 10. 250. 13. 40 T9904199F Individual calibration foils and customised sets are also available. 1020 0. Order using sales part number TEST-345. Consult your local Elcometer supplier. 250. 1. 13. 500. 50.2 CALIBRATION CERTIFICATES FOR CALIBRATION FOILS Certificates traceable to National Standards including UKAS and NIST are available on request.

4 COATED THICKNESS STANDARDS INCLUDING CERTIFICATE Ferrous Standard (4 Values): 13.5 INFRARED PORTABLE PRINTER Infrared Portable Printer: Thermal Printer Paper: 13.6 PROBE ADAPTORS T99913877 T99913878 T995111261 Jumbo Hand Grip: V Adaptor for pipes: T9997766T9997381- 33 .R 13.

R 13.7 HOLSTER Integral Probe Version: Separate Probe Version: 13.9 WRIST HARNESS Wrist harness: T9999516T3459515- T99913537 T99916063 34 .8 RAINCOAT Protective gauge covers (pack of 5): 13.

your Elcometer supplier or visit the Elcometer website. www.R 14 RELATED EQUIPMENT Elcometer produces a wide range of coating thickness gauges and associated paint inspection equipment. 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.com 35 .elcometer.

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. 21 D Data output Delete Last Reading Display symbols 25 11 10 M Maintenance Measurement Metric units 26 15 10 36 . 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.

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

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