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

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

the thickness coating.R 1. PSPCa.244(83). BS 5411 (11). DIN 50981.215 (82/84). should be measured and recorded. ISO 1461. ISO 2063. ASTM B 499. IMO MSC. ASTM D 1186-B. International Marine Organisation. ISO 19840. BS 3900 (C5).2 STANDARDS The Elcometer 345 can be used in accordance with the following National and International Standards. 6 . Your Elcometer 345 can be used for this.3 WHAT THE BOX CONTAINS • • • • • Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge with batteries fitted Set of calibration foils Neck harness Carrying case Operating instructions a. ASTM G 12. SSPCPA2 (2004). NF T30-124. Performance Standard for Protective Coatings. ISO 2808-12. For IMO. IS0 2808-7C. 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.

Consult your local Environmental Authority for further guidance. 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. 7 . Please ensure that this packaging is disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner.R The Elcometer 345 Coating Thickness Gauge is packed in a cardboard and foam package.

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

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

repeat these steps. a number of symbols can appear on the display: 2. which is a form of password. until OFF is displayed. press .R 2.5 SWITCHING THE GAUGE ON/OFF To switch on. 2.8 KEY-LOCK The gauge is fitted with a ‘Key-Lock’ feature. press and hold The gauge will switch off automatically after one minute of inactivity. to prevent accidental operation of calibration adjustment . Press units will change. The symbol on the display will start to flash. To change units again. To switch off. press . 2. .see “Calibration adjustment” on page 16.6 DISPLAY The display will show the measurement value.7 CHANGING UNITS To change the units of measurement displayed on the screen (µm/mm or mils): With the gauge switched on. Gauges with an integral probe will switch on automatically by placing the probe against a hard surface. The 10 . In addition.

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

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

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

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

Calibration adjustment should be carried out with the appropriate probe. or at least checked to ensure that the calibration adjustment is correct for the conditions of use. etc. This may be due to incorrect substrate. 16 . Press to cancel the error message. on the same type of metal. 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.R 5 CALIBRATION ADJUSTMENT The Elcometer 345 should be adjusted before use. When the gauge is shipped from the factory it comes with a preset calibration. 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 instructions on how to restore this calibration. incorrect values or units. This will automatically restore the gauge to the factory calibration setting. Check and repeat the adjustment procedure. the same curvature and similar surface finish as that of the item to be measured.

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

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

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

5 TO RECALL THE FACTORY CALIBRATION Set zero in the normal way. 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. This will cause the gauge to display 1 Err. 5. The correction value is determined according to the roughness of the surface per ISO 8501. the Surface Roughness Comparator Elcometer 125. 20 .Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems .0 mil) is subtracted from each reading.R When coating thickness gauges are adjusted on a smooth surface. For further details see EN19840 'Paints and Varnishes . The factory setting will be recalled automatically when is pressed to clear the error message. If the roughness of the surface under the coating is unknown a default correction value of 25 µm (1.5 mil).Measurement and acceptance criteria of the dry film thickness”. Then take a reading on the same bare substrate and adjust the gauge to read 10 µm (0.

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

To exit the list press . 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. The to exit without clearing the statistics memory. 22 . 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. Note: 4 Err is displayed when the memory for statistical values is full. • • To clear the statistical data when starting a new set of data press display will show CLs to indicate “Clear Statistics?”. Press to clear statistics memory or press >>>> >>>> . • • To display the rest of the list of values display.

This returns the gauge to normal measurement mode. (To exit from the setting menu and retain the current user list press .4 SETTING THE USER LIST FOR STATISTICAL VALUES • • To create a user list press Statistics?' >>>> >>>> . 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 .R 6.

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

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

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

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

(4 oz).1 mil) whichever is the greater. 2 x LR03 (AAA). imperial: Display: Operating Temperature: Dimensions: Weight (incl. 0.5 µm (0. Dry Batteries): Measurement speed: Battery Type: 1 µm Below 20 µm. metric: Resolution.1 µm 0.1 mil Below 1 mil.01 mil Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) 3½ Digits. Character height: 10 mm (0. ± 1% of the reading or ± 2. 0.95" x 4.1 mil) whichever is the greater when calibrated close to the thickness to be measured.4") 0° to 50°C (32° to 120°F) C F 56 mm x 24 mm x 120 mm (2.R 11 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION Range: Accuracy: 0 µm to 1500 µm (0 mil to 60 mil) ± 3% of the reading or ± 2.75") 115 gms.2" x 0. alkalined dry batteries or rechargeablee equivalents 28 .5 µm (0. > 40 readings per minute. Resolution.

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

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

c.1 mil ±1% or ±0.1 mil Below 1 mil.16") 4 mm (0. F1 Minimum Minimum Convex Surface Concave Diameter Surface Radius 4 mm (0.16") 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. b.98") Headroom 85 mm (3.16") 4 mm (0.16") 4 mm (0.1500 µm Accuracya ±3% or ±2.98") 30 mm (1.R Table 1: Probe part numbers Scale F1 Range 0 .01 mil Replacement probe typesb F1 Standard F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Original probe no. T34515844 T34515845 T34515846 0 . 0.1 µm 0.1 milc Resolution 1 µm Below 20 µm.5 µmc ±3% or ±0. Table 2: Probe capabilities Probe Type F1 Separate F1 Right Angle F1 Telescopic Integral a.16") 4 mm (0. T3457286T3457650T3457651Current probe no.16") 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.8") Minimum Sample Diameter 4 mm (0. 31 .35") 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.18") 122 mm (4.98") 25 mm (0.60 mil a. 0.16") 4 mm (0.

1020 mils 1. 250. Consult your local Elcometer supplier. 125. 7. 1. 500. 25. 10. 13. 20.5. 5. 10. 1020 0. 175. 50. 32 .2 CALIBRATION CERTIFICATES FOR CALIBRATION FOILS Certificates traceable to National Standards including UKAS and NIST are available on request. 40 T9904199F Individual calibration foils and customised sets are also available. 13. 2. 40 Part number for set T9904199G 12. Order using sales part number TEST-345. 250.R 13 SPARES AND ACCESSORIES The following spare parts and optional accessories are available from your local Elcometer supplier or direct from Elcometer. 13.3 TEST CERTIFICATES A certificate with results of a standard test on known calibration foil values over the full range of the probe.1 CALIBRATION FOIL SETS Set of 8 foils 3 foils µm 25.

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 .

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

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. 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.

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.

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

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