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Fluke 5128A RHapid-Cal Humidity Generator

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Seven key features of the 5128A RHapid-Cal Humidity Generator

1. Best-in-class system accuracy for dependable humidity probe calibration

The 5128A RHapid-Cal offers a best-in-class humidity system accuracy of ± 1.0 % RH (7 to 80% RH, 18 °C to 28 °C) which includes all known sources of error such as stability, uniformity, drift, and calibration uncertainty.  Calibrate with confidence using an instrument with comprehensive specifications.  Most competing generators don’t specify system accuracy.  Their specifications can be complicated and confusing, making it difficult to know how to apply them to a particular calibration process.
The 5128A also provides the flexibility to improve calibration uncertainty by using an external humidity reference such as a chilled mirror hygrometer.

2. Rapid humidity and temperature stabilization time for high calibration throughput

The materials and air flow design used in the 5128A RHapid-Cal are selected to ensure that response time to a humidity or temperature step change is fast. Rate of change for temperature increase is typically 10 °C/minute and for temperature decrease is 1.5 °C/minute. Rate of change for humidity increase is typically 10% RH/minute and for humidity decrease is 5% RH/minute. A typical six-point calibration can be done in two hours using the 5128A RHapid-Cal. In contrast, a two-pressure humidity generator takes longer to respond to humidity or temperature changes. A similar six-point calibration with a typical two-pressure generator would take more than three hours.

3. Supports on-site, multi-point calibration of humidity probes

Spot-check or one-point probe calibration using a handheld humidity meter in the field is convenient, but limited in value. Calibration with a handheld meter needs to be carefully managed. Temperature differences between the probe and its environment, technician body heat, and moisture from breath can all cause RH measurement errors.

Further, one-point tests may cause out-of-tolerance readings when ambient conditions change. Using the 5128A RHapid-Cal for a multi-point calibration gives a more reliable test and truer characterization of how a humidity probe actually operates over its working range in the field.

4. Versatile design accommodates a large workload

A large variety of humidity sensors can be accommodated in the 5128A test chamber. The 5128A comes with a five-port door for calibrating up to five RH probes, meters, and transmitters at a time. An optional transparent door with a shelf is available. Data loggers are placed on the shelf inside the chamber for calibration. The mixing insert can be removed to accommodate larger devices in the chamber.

5. Compact size and lightweight for easy transport

The 5128A RHapid-Cal measures 237 mm high x 432 mm wide x 521 mm deep (9.3 in x 17 in x 20.5 in) and weighs just 15 kg (33.06 lbs). It can be easily carried to any desired bench space in the lab or transported on-site to a field work location. Its front-loading internal desiccant cartridge design adds convenience and ruggedness. In comparison, a two-pressure humidity generator is practically limited to laboratory use because of its large size. It includes a generator, compressor, and supporting equipment. A “small” two-pressure generator requires about eight times the space that the 5128A RHapid-Cal does and weighs about four times as much. The 5128A RHapid-Cal is easily placed on a small cart for plant-wide transport and a convenient wheeled transport case is offered for shipment or transport to on-site calibrations.

6. ISO 17025 accredited system calibration included standard

Prior to shipment, each 5128A RHapid-Cal receives an accredited system calibration by Fluke of the humidity chamber with its internal reference probe, using a chilled mirror hygrometer as the reference standard. This system calibration provides the assurance that the 5128A and its internal reference probe have been optimized for the best performance when they leave the factory. In contrast, some humidity generator suppliers only provide a reference probe calibration, but not a complete system calibration that ensures uniformity and accuracy delivered at the location of your device under test.

7. Easy to maintain

The 5128A RHapid-Cal uses a mixed-flow method to generate relative humidity. A desiccant cartridge provides a source of low humidity and an internal humidifier generates high humidity. A display light indicates when the desiccant cartridge needs to be replaced. The 5128A front-loading internal disiccant cartridge design adds convenience and ruggedness. The 5128A front-loading internal desiccant cartridge design adds convenience and ruggedness. The desiccant cartridge can be easily changed by removing the front cap and sliding in a new one.

Only clean distilled water is needed to operate the 5128A RHapid-Cal. Compressed air or other additional fluids are not required. A water level indicator on the front panel shows status of water level in the humidity generator. When the water level falls below the minimum level, use clean distilled water to fill the reservoir.

No special shut-down routines are required after use, so you can move on to the next job quickly.


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