Product Review: Fluke Meters

By Robert Cong

When John Fluke Sr. started his company back in 1948, Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard was his roommate. Both were employed at General Electric and both went on to establish some of the highest quality technology brands of the 20th century. Today, instead of referring to a multimeter or scopemeter, many users simply call their measurement tool a "Fluke meter." Fluke products have a reputation for portability, ruggedness, safety, ease of use, and rigid standards of quality. Today their product line has grown to many segments – from their distinctive multimeters and oscilloscopes to diverse vibration meters, calibrators, thermometers, distance meters, and pressure gauges. They also carry the most dependable accessories like test leads, cables, connectors, adapters, probes and clips in the well-known name of Pomona Electronics.

The Latest and Greatest Fluke Products

Fluke 805 Vibration meter
Fluke 805 Vibration meter

Vibration meters, such as the Fluke 805 , are great screening tools for bearings and overall vibration measurements on machines. The large high-resolution screen provides easy navigation and consistent data at both low and high frequencies. This meter will let the user know how serious of a problem there is with its four-level severity scale, and it will also allow data to be exported using Microsoft Excel templates. Problems can be solved quickly and efficiently with this single tool.

Fluke-561 Max Infrared Thermometer
Fluke-561 Infrared Contact Thermometer

Lighten up your toolbox. The Fluke 561 IR and contact thermometer combines the temperature measurement functions that industrial, electrical, and HVAC/R professionals need, all in one tool. It measures both infrared and contact temperature, replacing several other test tools. It's fast, efficient, and easy to use, saving you valuable time and effort. With the Fluke 561 infrared thermometer, you can also take contact and ambient temperatures in the way that's best for you. Use the IR thermometer to measure hot, moving, electrically energized, and hard-to-reach objects instantly.

Fluke-87-5/E2 Industrial Electrician Combo Kit
Fluke-87-5/E2 Industrial Electrician Combo Kit

The Fluke 87V digital multimeter has improved measurement functions, troubleshooting features and resolution and accuracy when compared to the popular classic 87. It has more problem-solving power and added safety and impact protection. You can even make it a combo with the Fluke-87-5/E kit containing high-quality test leads, test probes and clips, a magnetic hanger for hands-free operation, and a temperature probe – everything you need for easy troubleshooting at your fingertips.

With manufacturing plants all over the world, Fluke has surely played a significant role in helping people with the maintenance and servicing of their businesses and homes. Along with their roles in the industrial and electronics fields, they also play a part in the biomedical field with specialized, simulators and analyzers which provide some of the most trusted and accurate regulatory compliance solution for diagnostic imaging, radiation safety, and oncology.

There's no question that the Fluke brand is the world leader in the test tools field.
Robert graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. His interests include sports, movies, music, and playing with cool, new gadgets.