Indicator August 2019

The Indicator - Your Instrumentation Insider
Issue #27 ▪ August 2019

A Message From Sales

Joe Ryan, VP of Sales and Marketing at Precision Digital
Precision Digital encourages our employees to “Be the Expert.” As the expert people come to you for solutions – and who doesn’t want that! Also, being the expert means you can get the most out of your Precision Digital products, making your solutions lower cost and easier to install.

Did you know that the ProVu and Trident panel meters can also be power supplies to power your transmitters? Learn more here.

Did you know our ProVu meters come with on board MeterView Pro for programming? You don’t even need an internet connection. Learn more here.

Do you know our meters are capable of open channel flow calculations with weirs and flumes easily, with just the exponential scaling function? Do you know what our Modbus Snooper functionality is, and that it let’s you add a display easily to any existing Modbus bus without the need for reprogramming other devices?

If you didn’t know the above or think you may not know everything our meters can do, I encourage you to learn more. The quickest way to get a great overview is with our new Solutions Guide.

In addition, we have a team of applications specialists and technical support ready to help you find a solution for your application. This is a great first step on your way to becoming a true Precision Digital expert. Email us at [email protected]


News & Information

The Fundamentals of 4-20 mA Current Loops
Over the 45 years we have been in business our customers have provided us with numerous ideas to make our products more useful to them.

Perhaps the feature customers find most useful is the built-in 24 VDC power supply we introduced in 1984 that we provide on our line-powered process meters. This feature simplifies wiring and saves the cost of an external power supply.

This Solutions Guide is designed to showcase how customers use our products in real-world applications. For instance, one very popular application for our products is level display, control and alarm. Our products can be used as pump controllers with pump alternation, status indicators for level switches, and can display in both decimal and feet and inches format. Download a PDF of the Solutions Guide here.



The Fundamentals of 4-20 mA Current Loops
One of our most viewed educational articles is the Fundamentals of 4-20 mA Current Loops. This article helps salespeople and technicians understand the basics of 4-20 mA loops, how they are wired, and how to work with them. If you wish you had a better understanding of the most popular process signal used today, then you can learn more through either our article here or our past webinar video recording here.


Pecision Digital Service Available
Precision Digital has launched several great new products in the recent past. These products can satisfy a variety of needs for the process industry.

The PDA-LH Series of Light / Horns comes in a variety of colors and configurations and are great for alarm applications.

The Light / Horn Enclosure Modification Series (MOD-LH) offers a wide variety of NEMA 4 and 4X enclosures that can be equipped with the light / horn and reset button.

The Helios Light / Horn Modification Series (MOD-PD2LH) is delivered with the light / horn and button already mounted, wired, and ready-to-go! This makes it a convenient all-in-one package.

If controlling your process remotely is a necessity for your application, the PDA2360 Series of Plastic Control Stations makes a smart choice. These plastic control stations are available with 1-4 buttons and provide a convenient way to remotely control devices such as Precision Digital’s digital meters and controllers.

Precision Digital also launched some handy new tools for your bench or toolbox. The PD9501 Multi-Function Calibrator offers a variety of signal measurement and output functions, including voltage, current, thermocouple, and RTD. The PD9502 low-cost signal generator can easily be set for 0-20 mA, 4-20 mA, 0-10 V or 2-10 V ranges.

See more details on these new products and more.


Predig Website
Take advantage of PREDIG.COM's many web features to help you get the best buying experience possible when looking for process instrumentation.

From searching for products and site content to selecting the right meter and enclosure predig.com has made it easier than ever to find the information and products you need. Check out our redesigned video page where you are one click away from watching a video from a number of categories such as new videos, ProVu videos, how-to videos, and many more.

Our redesigned webinar page allows you to register for webinars or watch past webinars, and even download the presentation slides.

We also improved the navigation bar to give you a choice of search model number if you know the model number of the product, or just search site content if you are looking for specific content on the predig.com website.

For your convenience, we even added a print shopping cart feature in the navigation bar as well. Just click on the printer icon to the right of the shopping cart.

See more details on our web features.


Cool New 4-20 mA Tools for Your Bench & Toolbox
Precision Digital has a series of How-To videos that will teach you everything you need to know to program a PD765 Trident panel meter for a wide range of applications.

Take a look at these step-by-step videos that will show you how to program some of the most common features including 4-20 mA inputs, thermocouple and RTD inputs, relays and alarms, and more.

The Trident Virtual Meter is also available online, so you can practice going through the steps by clicking buttons and actually see the functionality of the Trident right in your web browser.

Check out these tools and become an expert at the Trident X2 large display process meter!




Featured Product
PDA2360 Series of Plastic Control Stations

Featured Video

Vigilante II Annunciator Video
This video will introduce Precision Digital's new Light and Horn option for the ProVu and Helios process meters. The light and horn option includes a flashing red light that can be set for flashing or stay steady on, a horn that is rated at 85 dB, and a reset button. The light and horn can be controlled separately by relays. Watch this video that includes demos of both the ProVu and the Helios meters with the Light / Horn option.



In The Next Issue...

  • Exciting New Product Launch!
  • Solutions Guide Real Application Highlights
  • Revised Datasheets with More Helpful Information