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Ultra-accurate calibration standard launched for the electrical power industry

Mississauga, ON -- June 6, 2002 -- Deregulation within the electrical power industry is leading to a sharp increase...

Mississauga, ON — June 6, 2002 — Deregulation within the electrical power industry is leading to a sharp increase in the buying and selling of power and in the number of suppliers feeding into the world’s transmission and distribution systems. With the growth in suppliers comes undesirable phenomena such as harmonic distortion, noise and transients, and sags and swells. This in turn has increased the requirements for power measurement that not only determine the amount of phenomena, but also confirm that conventional power measurements are accurate and reliable.

These new measurement needs have an impact manufacturers of power quality measurement equipment, as well as certification bodies who provide primary measurement support and/or traceability, utilities and large power users, and design engineers.

As a result, Fluke Electronics Canada has introduced the Fluke 6100A Electrical Power Standard, the first truly universal power standard. It represents an improvement to current calibration methods that lack appropriate accuracy or rely solely on pure sinusoidal signals, which do not reflect the properties of electrical power in the marketplace.

The Fluke 6100A is a multi-phase, highly accurate and reliable source of phantom electrical power signals and power disturbances. It represents the first integrated system on the market that provides users with complete confidence in guaranteeing the accuracy of the power measurement tools they design, manufacture, verify and calibrate or use to make measurements.


Consisting of a master unit, which provides the first phase, and auxiliary units that provide up to three additional phases controlled through the master unit, the Fluke 6100A mimics harmonic distortions, user-definable sags, swells and flicker. It is also configurable to the differing power voltages and frequencies that have been adopted globally, enabling the user to select relevant values for the measurements being made. The Windows user interface provides familiar commands and settings, reducing the training required for user fluency.

Scalable and simple, yet highly accurate, it can serve as a standard for power meters, power factor meters, power quality analyzers, power recorders, and power meters with quality measurement capabilities.

Pricing for the 6100A ranges from $47,588 for the single-phase unit to $114,224 for the three-phase unit. Customers can obtain more information at and see a complete listing of distributors at the Where To Buy-Canada section.