Agilent debuts handheld tools, extends Remote Link

June 12, 2014. Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the addition of two new ranges of instruments to its portfolio of handheld tools. The U5855A TrueIR thermal imager provides clear and sharp thermal images with its unique Fine Resolution capability. The U1450A/60A Series offers five models of insulation resistance testers with wireless testing and report generation capability.

Agilent also extended the range of its Remote Link capability with the introduction of the U1117A infrared-to-Bluetooth adapter. By adding the adapter to a compatible Agilent handheld meter, engineers can remotely view measurement results from the new U1115A remote logging display, from iOS/Android smart devices, or on a Windows PC. The U1117A offers an extended range of up to 100 meters.*

With the shift toward predictive maintenance, the U5855A TrueIR thermal imager allows engineers to safely and efficiently identify potential faults without shutting down the systems or disrupting the productivity of an industrial plant. The U5855A comes with Fine Resolution capability, which enhances the quality of thermal images by reconstructing the image based on multiple continuously captured infrared frames. This allows the U5855A to achieve an effective image resolution of 320 x 240 pixels from a 160 x 120-pixel detector. With this feature, the U5855A provides four times more resolution than typical 160 x 120 thermal imagers. Together with a 4x digital zoom, the U5855A reveals finer details, especially when inspecting small cracks on industrial pipelines even from a distance away.

The U5855A’s light and ergonomic design allows engineers to comfortably use the thermal imager for longer periods of time and operate it single-handedly in tight locations. Users can also easily change settings or access frequently used functions such as torch light and laser pointer, auto scaling or trigger with quick access buttons. With in-camera monitoring and analysis capabilities, the U5855A saves time by eliminating the need to connect to a PC. For more in-depth analysis and report generation, engineers can use the TrueIR Analysis and Reporting Tool PC software, which can be downloaded free at

The U1450A/60A Series are 1-kV insulation resistance testers that measure leakage current and insulation resistance for preventive maintenance applications, such as checking the integrity of windings or cables in motors, transformers and electrical installations. The U1450A/60A Series comes with report-generation software that engineers can use to produce error-free automated test reports in table and graph forms. All five models are certified to IP 67 and are compatible with the Agilent remote link solution, enabling wireless remote insulation testing.

For applications that require unique test voltages, the U1450A/60A Series offers two models with adjustable test voltage ranges from 10 V to 1.1 kV, with 1-V step increments. A two-in-one insulation tester model with a 4.5-digit full-featured digital multimeter is also available.

“We have come a long way since the launch of our first handheld product in 2006, and with the U5855A TrueIR thermal imager, we have expanded our reach into predictive maintenance for industrial applications and building maintenance,” said Ee Huei Sin, vice president, Agilent’s General-Purpose Electronic Measurement Division. “With these two new handheld solutions, we continue to fulfill our ongoing commitment of creating more dependable tools with essential capabilities.”

The U5855A TrueIR thermal imager costs $3,500. The insulation resistance testers cost from $500 to $890. Information on the U5855A TrueIR thermal imager is available at Find out more about the U1450A/60A Series handheld insulation resistance testers at

*Our June Special Report on remote monitoring, published in late May, originally stated that the Remote Link capability had a range of up to 10 meters. The online version has been updated to reflect the up to 100-meter range introduced June 2.

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