Electric maintenance and repair: all-in-one electrical troubleshooting test technology released

16 November 2018

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Nicomatic, a leading manufacturer of high-performance interconnect solutions, have introduced a new multi-function tool that comes in a compact, portable case designed to simplify electrical troubleshooting.

The company’s electrical ground support equipment TC50-eTool, developed in partnership with the ECA Group (who specialise in technical solutions for use in hostile or harsh environments) enables voltage/current/resistance measurement, phase order checking, diode testing, insulation testing, and thermal imaging.

Additionally, the tool uses Nicomatic’s SmartCo solution based on reflectometry technology to provide precise wire-fault localisation, enabling quick diagnosis and thereby minimising aircraft ground time.

The tool features a simple web user interface that is accessible through any mobile device, or the included rugged smartphone.

Diode testing

Thermal imaging: -20 to 120°C, FLIR technology with MSX function (real and thermal picture superposition)

The Wire Fault Localization feature, using Nicomatic’s SmartCo, enables the detection and localisation of faults; these include open and short-circuits and the measurement of impedance variations – with an accuracy of 0.1% across a cable length of 1m to 100m.

Commented Armando Zanchetta, R&D director at Nicomatic: “With the TC50-eTool, Nicomatic and ECA are delivering a unique off-the-shelf tool for all generic electrical tasks for maintenance, repair, overhaul, diagnosis and troubleshooting of electrical systems and equipment.

“[This covers] markets such as civil aeronautics, MRO centers, defence, security, energy, and many other applications, respecting our company’s core values, which are based on service, quality and a close relationship with our customers.”

The TC50-eTool comes in an IP65 waterproof case that measures just 305mm x 270mm x 194mm and weighs only 5kg. Battery life is five hours and operating temperature is -20°C to +40°C. Accessories supplied include: current clamp, wire adapter kit, rugged smartphone, and a worldwide charger.

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