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Wire tracers promise accuracy and safety when locating cables

05 September, 2023

Fluke has launched a pair of wire tracers designed to simplify the process of tracing and troubleshooting on both energised and de-energised wires. The Fluke 2052 Advanced Wire Tracer and 2062 Advanced Pro Wire Tracer kits have a safety rating of Cat IV 600V – the highest for any wire tracer, with others tending to be Cat III rated, according to the company. The Cat IV rating protects users from the most dangerous overvoltage transients (spikes of up to 8kV) that can occur in industrial and utility environments.

The tracers can be used to locate electric cables quickly in walls, ceilings and floors, to find out if there are any breaks, open-circuits or shorts, or to identify breakers and fuses. They can also be used to trace non-metallic pipes and conduits, as well as low-voltage wires and data cables.

The 2062 model incorporates a patented Smart Sensor that identifies the orientation of energised wires and displays the information on a 3.5-inch TFT LCD colour display, which also offers help screens for simple, error-free set-up. A tip sensor on the Fluke 2062 makes it ideal for tracing wires in corners, tight spaces and junction boxes.

The tracers work by detecting signals transmitted via an electromagnetic field, rather than locating metal parts or voltages. They use two methods to detect signals in wires and cables: passive tracing, without using a transmitter, for non-contact voltage detection; and active tracing, using Fluke’s 2000T transmitter, for other modes. This transmitter senses automatically whether the system is energised or de-energised, and selects a 6.25kHz or 32.768kHz output frequency accordingly.

The tracers incorporate three transmitter modes (high signal, low signal and loop), four receiver tracing modes, and eight sensitivity levels for flexibility and accuracy when tracing.

Fluke’s 2062 wire tracer is Cat IV rated for protection against dangerous transients

The four tracing modes are:
breaker mode, for easy breaker and fuse identification, based on the highest recorded signal detected from the transmitter;
non-contact voltage (NCV) detection mode to trace energised wires without using the transmitter;
quick-scan mode for quick signal identification (on the Fluke 2052); and
precision mode for more precise detection of wires (also on the 2052).

Both kits include Fluke’s i400 AC current clamp for safely inducing a tracing signal on cables without making contact with live wires. Also included are test leads, alligator clips, outlet adapters, magnetic hangers and batteries. The tracers are 1m drop-tested, IP40-protected and backed by a one-year warranty.

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