Extech's RT30 Wireless AC Circuit Identifier Wins Innovation and Technology Award at Asia's Biggest Electronics Event
(Waltham, MA, USA) October 20, 2009 -- Extech Instruments, (www.extech.com), a subsidiary of FLIR Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: FLIR) was awarded an Industrial Electronics Innovation and Technology bronze award for its new RT30 Wireless AC Circuit Identifier at Asia's biggest electronics event, the 29th annual Hong Kong Electronics Fair and electronicAsia. The competition and event were organized by the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA). The HKEIA competition aims to recognize and reward makers of outstanding new products that demonstrate excellence in design, technology, and feature sets. Nearly 100 products were entered in the competition and award-winners in three categories-consumer electronics, portable electronics, and industrial electronics-were selected from a narrowed field of 14 finalists.
Arpineh Mullaney, Extech vice president of sales and marketing, responded to the award honors, "Extech Instruments has a long history with the Hong Kong Electronics Fair and we recognize the importance of this event in competitive global electronics markets. We are honored to receive the bronze award for the RT30 wireless AC circuit identifier. By offering a tool that can save time by performing residential electrical work without the need of an electrician's helper, our RT30 appealed to the judges' need to reconcile innovation with value in the current economic climate."
HKEIA Award for Outstanding Innovation & Technology Products:
2009 Bronze Award
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About the Winning Product
The Extech RT30 is an ingenious tool that permits a single user to remotely identify circuit breakers, wiring, switched lines, AC outlets and, light fixtures without cutting into any wires and without a helper. The RT30 uses a pager-sized, non-contact voltage detector and transmitter that clamps directly onto wiring needing identification and transmits a "voltage present" signal to a pocket-sized receiver carried by the user, up to 100m away. While the user opens splices or circuit breakers at a remote location, the receiver's visual and optional audible alarms remain on until voltage is interrupted at the wire, effectively identifying the correct circuit breaker or splice. The RT30 model transmits at 914MHz (for N.A.) while the related RT32 version transmits at 869MHz (for rest of world).
Extech's Award-Winning RT30/RT32 Wireless AC Circuit Identifier
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Accessories are included to expand the versatility of the RT30. An external clamp probe accesses hard-to-reach or bundled wires. An AC outlet adaptor identifies circuits by outlets. For lighting circuit identification, a built-in sensor detects lighting changes in a room when a user remotely deenergizes a circuit.
This tool is a must-have for electricians, do-it-yourselfers, contractors, kitchen, bath and lighting installers, handymen, and anyone who needs a virtual electrician's helper.
About the Awards
The 11th annual HKEIA Innovation and Technology award-winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of distinguished representatives from academia, industry organizations, and CEOs from leading electronics companies led by P.K. Alex Wai, associate vice president, dean of faculty of engineering, chair professor of optical communications, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Chief judge Prof. Wai remarked on the remarkable degree of innovation and market value demonstrated in the winning products.
Professor Wai awards 2009 HKEIA Award to Roger
Mavrides, Engineering Manager, Extech Instruments
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The award presentation ceremony was held October 13, 2009. HKEIA awards are divided into 3 categories of products: consumer electronics, portable electronics and industrial electronics. Extech received bronze honors for the RT30 Wireless AC Circuit Identifier in the industrial electronics category. Click here to learn more about the RT30.
About Extech Instruments, a FLIR Company
Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, Extech Instruments is one of the largest suppliers of test and measurement equipment worldwide. Founded in 1971, Extech is known for its depth and breadth of products and its innovation in providing instruments with unique combinations of features that make them highly useful and very convenient. All Extech meters are distributed worldwide through leading representatives, distributors and OEMs. The company is ISO 9001 2000 certified and is a wholly owned subsidiary of FLIR Systems, Inc.
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