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

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

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

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

2 x LR03 (AAA) alkaline batteries are supplied with the gauge. 8 .2 LOW BATTERY VOLTAGE When the battery voltage is low the battery symbol illuminates on the display. The gauge will still function but new batteries are recommended.R 2 GETTING STARTED Note: Before you use your gauge for the first time. 2. When the batteries are exhausted. the batteries must be replaced. remove the paper strip from the battery compartment. 3.1 FITTING BATTERIES The Elcometer 345 may be used with dry cell batteries or rechargeable batteries. 2. Note: Remove the batteries from the gauge if it is to remain unused for a long period of time. When the battery symbol flashes and the gauge beeps every ten seconds. Lift off battery compartment cover at rear of gauge. To fit or replace batteries: 1. This will prevent damage to the gauge in the event of malfunction of the batteries. Replace battery compartment cover. Switch off the gauge. the gauge will beep three times and then switch off. 4. 2. Place batteries in the battery clips ensuring correct polarity.

2. This will release the lock that prevents the plug from being pulled out of the socket accidentally.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.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. Line up the 2 red marks when inserting the plug. • • Do not operate the Elcometer 345 without a probe connected.do not twist. To disconnect a probe. pull on the outer knurled sleeve of the plug .R 2. 9 .

R 2. 2. Gauges with an integral probe will switch on automatically by placing the probe against a hard surface. 2. repeat these steps.5 SWITCHING THE GAUGE ON/OFF To switch on. In addition.8 KEY-LOCK The gauge is fitted with a ‘Key-Lock’ feature. . a number of symbols can appear on the display: 2. until OFF is displayed. The symbol on the display will start to flash. which is a form of password. press . press and hold The gauge will switch off automatically after one minute of inactivity. to prevent accidental operation of calibration adjustment .6 DISPLAY The display will show the measurement value. press . To switch off.7 CHANGING UNITS To change the units of measurement displayed on the screen (µm/mm or mils): With the gauge switched on. Press units will change. To change units again.see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16. The 10 .

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

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

>>>> >>>> to clear 1 Err and reset factory 14 .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.

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

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

The bleeper will sound to indicate acceptance of the new calibration. 5. The probe must be lifted into free air before taking a measurement on the calibration foil. 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. 17 0 R . flat surfaces. 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 show one of the statistical values (“Statistical summary” on page 21). 1.2 CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT FOR SMOOTH SURFACES Use this calibration adjustment procedure for measurements on smooth. a few quick presses of or will step to the correct reading. 2. The bleeper will sound to indicate that the calibration routine has been started. Lift the probe from the surface. This is to prevent accidental operation. When close to the correct reading. 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. Place the probe on the bare metal. 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. If the statistics feature is switched on. When the value in the display is correct. 4. 3. wait for a reading to be displayed. The bleeper will sound to indicate the instruction has been accepted. Press or for more than 4 seconds to adjust the display to the calibration foil value.

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

Press and hold or for more than 4 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. 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. 5. The display will blink and then re-display the reading. 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. 8. even when the gauge is switched off. 19 .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. 7. on the display indicates the special calibration on switch on. Press to accept the calibration or wait 7 seconds for the gauge to accept the calibration automatically. The calibration values are stored in the gauge until new values are entered. To re-calibrate. repeat the procedure. to accept the low calibration or wait 7 seconds to accept the calibration automatically.R 4. Press or for more than 5 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. Place the chosen high calibration foil on the bare metal surface and take a number of readings until a stable average is displayed. will stop flashing and will remain visible on the display. 6. The display will now show CH1 (= Calibrate High). Press and hold 5.

If the roughness of the surface under the coating is unknown a default correction value of 25 µm (1. The correction value is determined according to the roughness of the surface per ISO 8501.Measurement and acceptance criteria of the dry film thickness”.Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems . 20 . the Surface Roughness Comparator Elcometer 125.5 mil). 5. Then take a reading on the same bare substrate and adjust the gauge to read 10 µm (0. The factory setting will be recalled automatically when is pressed to clear the error message. This will cause the gauge to display 1 Err. 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.5 TO RECALL THE FACTORY CALIBRATION Set zero in the normal way.R When coating thickness gauges are adjusted on a smooth surface.0 mil) is subtracted from each reading. For further details see EN19840 'Paints and Varnishes .

This will display for 3 seconds either (+) the first statistical value in the user list or (-) the last statistical value in the user list. 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.R 6 STATISTICAL SUMMARY 6.1 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. press and release or .2 DISPLAYING STATISTICAL VALUES • To display a statistical value from the normal measurement mode. The feature is switched off by selecting OFF. If the key is held for more than 5 seconds the calibration routine is activated. 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. • 21 .) 6.see “Setting The User List For Statistical Values” on page 23. The feature is switched on by selecting at least one statistical value to be displayed .

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. Press to clear statistics memory or press >>>> >>>> . Note: 4 Err is displayed when the memory for statistical values is full. 22 . • • 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.R If is pressed the gauge displays the next statistical value on the user list for a minimum of 3 seconds. To exit the list press . • • 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.

This returns the gauge to normal measurement mode. If the numeric display is blank then the statistic is not selected in the current user list. 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?' >>>> >>>> . (To exit from the setting menu and retain the current user list press .R 6. 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 statistics are now set in this order. press to accept to accept to accept to accept 2F Lo is displayed. Keep pressing Keep pressing Keep pressing Keep pressing Press 24 until until until until 1F is displayed. Lowest. Press to add the statistic value to the list.5 EXAMPLE OF STATISTICAL USER LIST To set statistics for Average. 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. To view the next statistical value on the user list press . will switch the statistics feature off. .R • To enter the statistical value displayed at the next available position on the list press . • Selecting OFF and pressing 6. press is displayed. press 3F 4F . press is displayed. This action also serves to switch the statistics feature on. Repeat presses of will scroll round the menu. Press to exit menu or exit automatically when all 5 items have been entered. Highest and Number of readings.

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

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

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

R 11 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION Range: Accuracy: 0 µm to 1500 µm (0 mil to 60 mil) ± 3% of the reading or ± 2. ± 1% of the reading or ± 2. 2 x LR03 (AAA).1 mil) whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured.5 µm (0.1 mil Below 1 mil.95" x 4. 0.2" x 0.75") 115 gms. Resolution. (4 oz).01 mil Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) 3½ Digits.1 µm 0.5 µm (0. Dry Batteries): Measurement speed: Battery Type: 1 µm Below 20 µm. alkalined dry batteries or rechargeablee equivalents 28 .1 mil) whichever is the greater. 0.4") 0° to 50°C (32° to 120°F) C F 56 mm x 24 mm x 120 mm (2. > 40 readings per minute. metric: Resolution. imperial: Display: Operating Temperature: Dimensions: Weight (incl. Character height: 10 mm (0.

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

Right Angle Probe Telescopic Probe 30 . 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---.

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.98") 25 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0.1 mil Below 1 mil. 31 .16") 25 mm (0.60 mil a.16") 4 mm (0. 0. Table 2: Probe capabilities Probe Type F1 Separate F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Integral a.98") 25 mm (0.5 µm ±1% or ±2. T34515844 T34515845 T34515846 0 .16") 4 mm (0.35") 25 mm (0. b.8") Minimum Sample Diameter 4 mm (0.98") 30 mm (1. 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. F1 Minimum Minimum Convex Surface Concave Diameter Surface Radius 4 mm (0. T3457286T3457650T3457651Current probe no. 0.1 mil ±1% or ±0.1 milc Resolution 1 µm Below 20 µm.16") 4 mm (0.R Table 1: Probe part numbers Scale F1 Range 0 .5 µmc ±3% or ±0.16") 4 mm (0. c.1 µm 0.18") 122 mm (4.98") 25 mm (0.98") Headroom 85 mm (3.1500 µm Accuracya ±3% or ±2.01 mil Replacement probe typesb F1 Standard F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Original probe no.

20. 13. 10. Consult your local Elcometer supplier. 1020 0. 50.3 TEST CERTIFICATES A certificate with results of a standard test on known calibration foil values over the full range of the probe. 40 Part number for set T9904199G 12.2 CALIBRATION CERTIFICATES FOR CALIBRATION FOILS Certificates traceable to National Standards including UKAS and NIST are available on request. 1. 13. 10. 32 .1 CALIBRATION FOIL SETS Set of 8 foils 3 foils µm 25. 2. Order using sales part number TEST-345.R 13 SPARES AND ACCESSORIES The following spare parts and optional accessories are available from your local Elcometer supplier or direct from Elcometer. 40 T9904199F Individual calibration foils and customised sets are also available. 7. 175. 250. 13. 250. 125. 5. 25. 1020 mils 1. 500.5.

R 13.4 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 13.7 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.

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

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.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.

for pipes 33 37 . 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.