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Elcometer 345 Manual

Elcometer 345 Manual

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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.
Doc No. TMA-0431 Issue 03 Text with Cover No. 20607

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CONTENTS
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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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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . To Recall The Factory Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calibration Adjustment Error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 11 Technical specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 14 Related equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Example of Statistical User List . . . . . 26 10 Error Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calibration Adjustment for Smooth Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special Calibration Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Correction Value Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . 16 16 17 18 19 20 21 21 21 22 23 24 Data Output . . . . . . . .1 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 5. . . . . . . . . 30 13 Spares and accessories . . . . . . . . . . . Setting The User List For Statistical Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 6 6. . . . . .5 7 8 9 Calibration adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 12 Probes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clearing Statistical Data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Statistical summary . . . . . . . . Displaying Statistical Values . . . . . . . .4 5.R 5 5.2 6. . . . . . . . .3 6. . . . . . . . . . 35 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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. To maximise the benefits of your new Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge please take some time to read these Operating Instructions.R The Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge is packed in a cardboard and foam package. 7 . Consult your local Environmental Authority for further guidance.

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

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

6 DISPLAY The display will show the measurement value. 2. The symbol on the display will start to flash. until OFF is displayed.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. Gauges with an integral probe will switch on automatically by placing the probe against a hard surface.R 2. repeat these steps. In addition. a number of symbols can appear on the display: 2. press and hold The gauge will switch off automatically after one minute of inactivity. . 2.8 KEY-LOCK The gauge is fitted with a ‘Key-Lock’ feature. which is a form of password. to prevent accidental operation of calibration adjustment .see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16. press . The 10 . press .5 SWITCHING THE GAUGE ON/OFF To switch on. To change units again. To switch off.

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

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 .

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

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

15 . usually because the coating is much too thick for the range of the gauge. or the gauge is out of calibration. The reading may be inaccurate if the probe is not held flat against the surface. 1.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. this reading can be adjusted for the conditions of the measurement . c. b. 2. Hold the gauge with the probe pressed firmlyb against the surface you are measuring.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 . If required. 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 display will blinkc and then display the coating thickness.see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16.

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

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

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

7. will stop flashing and will remain visible on the display. Press or for more than 5 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. The display will blink and then re-display the reading. An intermediate foil thickness can also be used to confirm the performance over the calibrated range. The display will now show CH1 (= Calibrate High).R 4. 19 . 9. The bleeper will sound 3 times to indicate that this routine is complete. Confirm that the average gauge reading on each calibration foil is correct. to accept the low calibration or wait 7 seconds to accept the calibration automatically. even when the gauge is switched off. Press and hold or for more than 4 seconds to adjust this average to the foil value. repeat the procedure. Place the chosen high calibration foil on the bare metal surface and take a number of readings until a stable average is displayed. Press and hold 5. 6. 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. Press to accept the calibration or wait 7 seconds for the gauge to accept the calibration automatically. 8. on the display indicates the special calibration on switch on. To re-calibrate. 5.4 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. The calibration values are stored in the gauge until new values are entered.

The factory setting will be recalled automatically when is pressed to clear the error message.Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems .5 TO RECALL THE FACTORY CALIBRATION Set zero in the normal way. For further details see EN19840 'Paints and Varnishes .0 mil) is subtracted from each reading. 5. 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.R When coating thickness gauges are adjusted on a smooth surface.Measurement and acceptance criteria of the dry film thickness”. the Surface Roughness Comparator Elcometer 125. This will cause the gauge to display 1 Err. Then take a reading on the same bare substrate and adjust the gauge to read 10 µm (0.5 mil). The correction value is determined according to the roughness of the surface per ISO 8501. If the roughness of the surface under the coating is unknown a default correction value of 25 µm (1. 20 .

2 DISPLAYING STATISTICAL VALUES • To display a statistical value from the normal measurement mode. The feature is switched off by selecting OFF.) 6. The feature is switched on by selecting at least one statistical value to be displayed .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.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. 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. 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. • 21 . press and release or .

If is pressed the gauge displays the previous statistical value on the user list for a minimum of 3 seconds. 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 6.3 CLEARING STATISTICAL DATA. 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?”.R If is pressed the gauge displays the next statistical value on the user list for a minimum of 3 seconds. Note: 4 Err is displayed when the memory for statistical values is full. • • To display the rest of the list of values display. Press to clear statistics memory or press >>>> >>>> . 22 .

(To exit from the setting menu and retain the current user list press .R 6.4 SETTING THE USER LIST FOR STATISTICAL VALUES • • To create a user list press Statistics?' >>>> >>>> . 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. 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 .

Highest and Number of readings. Press to exit menu or exit automatically when all 5 items have been entered. 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. will switch the statistics feature off.5 EXAMPLE OF STATISTICAL USER LIST To set statistics for Average. Repeat presses of will scroll round the menu. in that order: Press >>>> >>>> Display will show CLS. 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. This action also serves to switch the statistics feature on. press to accept to accept to accept to accept 2F Lo is displayed. . To view the next statistical value on the user list press . press 3F 4F . The statistics are now set in this order. • Selecting OFF and pressing 6. press is displayed.R • To enter the statistical value displayed at the next available position on the list press . press is displayed.

>>>> . press To print these values press Press >>>> >>>> again. to return the gauge to measurement mode. PRINTING To print the statistical values. and that the Elcometer 345 IR LED is aligned with the IR detector on the printer. The display will show PrF. This operates with the Infrared Portable Printer see “Spares and accessories” on page 32 for sales part number. 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. 25 .

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

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

0. metric: Resolution. imperial: Display: Operating Temperature: Dimensions: Weight (incl. ± 1% of the reading or ± 2.1 mil) whichever is the greater.4") 0° to 50°C (32° to 120°F) C F 56 mm x 24 mm x 120 mm (2. Character height: 10 mm (0. Dry Batteries): Measurement speed: Battery Type: 1 µm Below 20 µm. (4 oz).75") 115 gms.5 µm (0. 0.1 mil Below 1 mil.2" x 0.1 mil) whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured. > 40 readings per minute. alkalined dry batteries or rechargeablee equivalents 28 .R 11 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION Range: Accuracy: 0 µm to 1500 µm (0 mil to 60 mil) ± 3% of the reading or ± 2.01 mil Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) 3½ Digits.5 µm (0. 2 x LR03 (AAA). Resolution.95" x 4.1 µm 0.

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

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") 4 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.18") 122 mm (4.60 mil a.1 mil ±1% or ±0.35") 25 mm (0.5 µmc ±3% or ±0. T3457286T3457650T3457651Current probe no.98") 25 mm (0.1 milc Resolution 1 µm Below 20 µm. b.R Table 1: Probe part numbers Scale F1 Range 0 .16") 4 mm (0.16") 25 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0.5 µm ±1% or ±2.16") 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") 30 mm (1.8") Minimum Sample Diameter 4 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0. 0.01 mil Replacement probe typesb F1 Standard F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Original probe no. T34515844 T34515845 T34515846 0 . Table 2: Probe capabilities Probe Type F1 Separate F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Integral a. Whichever is the greater Separate probe versions only Whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured.1500 µm Accuracya ±3% or ±2.16") 4 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0. F1 Minimum Minimum Convex Surface Concave Diameter Surface Radius 4 mm (0. 0. c.1 µm 0.16") 4 mm (0.1 mil Below 1 mil.98") Headroom 85 mm (3. 31 .

R 13 SPARES AND ACCESSORIES The following spare parts and optional accessories are available from your local Elcometer supplier or direct from Elcometer. 50. 500. 2. Order using sales part number TEST-345. 250. 13. 25.1 CALIBRATION FOIL SETS Set of 8 foils 3 foils µm 25.2 CALIBRATION CERTIFICATES FOR CALIBRATION FOILS Certificates traceable to National Standards including UKAS and NIST are available on request. 20. 32 . 1020 mils 1. 250. 7. 10.3 TEST CERTIFICATES A certificate with results of a standard test on known calibration foil values over the full range of the probe. 1020 0. 1. 175. 13. 13.5. Consult your local Elcometer supplier. 40 Part number for set T9904199G 12. 5. 10. 125. 40 T9904199F Individual calibration foils and customised sets are also available.

6 PROBE ADAPTORS T99913877 T99913878 T995111261 Jumbo Hand Grip: V Adaptor for pipes: T9997766T9997381- 33 .R 13.5 INFRARED PORTABLE PRINTER Infrared Portable Printer: Thermal Printer Paper: 13.4 COATED THICKNESS STANDARDS INCLUDING CERTIFICATE Ferrous Standard (4 Values): 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 13.

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

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

R Clearing Displaying List of Turning off Storage Substrate thickness Minimum Switching on/off 13. for pipes 33 37 . 22 21 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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