Frank Georg Schulz | TERRATEST

Latest Technological Advancements in Light Weight Deflectometers

Jan 22nd 2015 at 4:52 AM

No longer do falling weight deflectometers have to be large and bulky, as there are now light weight deflectometers available. Unlike their bulky counterparts, light drop weight testers do not need loading vehicles to operate, which means they can be used even in low accessibility areas. A German innovation, portable falling weight deflectometers have made compaction testing not only efficient but also very fast, taking only an average of two minutes to complete.

The Latest Advancement: Blue Tooth Light Weight Deflectometers

The most technologically advanced light falling weight deflectometers now support Bluetooth and voice navigation, which means it can be operated wirelessly. Measurements can be transmitted from the load plate (via Bluetooth) to the measuring computer, or even a tablet or smartphone. This revolutionary design means that the measuring computer no longer has to next to the deflectometer, and that no cables interfere with the test. Integrated voice instructions will even guide you through the testing process.

Other Advancements inLight Weight Deflectometers

You don’t necessarily have to go for Bluetooth enabled portable falling weight deflectometers. Even standard light weight deflectometers with cables are very advanced, often integrated with a built-in printer, USB flash drive, internal memory, and PC software. If you want to be sure that you are getting the best value for your investment, make sure to buy only top-quality light weight deflectometers that were manufactured in CNC-based production facilities. The coating should ideally be electroless nickel, which has shown excellent resilience against concrete, lime, cement, and other such alkaline constituents, making it perfect for construction sites.

The best portable falling weight deflectometers have large-window weatherproof boxes and external control buttons to facilitate easier usage. They are equipped with GPS and enable satellite photo illustration. The most advanced light weight deflectometers can even print—they have integrated printers to let your testers generate printouts straight away.

Data transfer and storage has been a problem with older falling weight deflectometer models. Luckily, light weight versions have addressed these concerns by integrating USB flash drives and internal memory, allowing expedient data transfer and auto of storage of data. The most advanced portable deflectometers come with software for data analysis and data management.

The best portable falling weight deflectometers are also very ergonomic, with specially designed weight-catching grips to make handling a hundred times more comfortable. They also have safety grips. A lot of thought has been put into sockets, push-pull connectors, and other such components. The high capacity rechargeable batteries ensure reliability in the field.

About The Author:

TERRATEST GmbH is world leader in development and manufacturing of Light Weight Deflectometers for dynamic load plate test. They offer the world’s first light weight deflectometerTERRATEST 5000 BLU” with Bluetooth and voice navigation. For more information about their products visit their website!

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