The new YELLOW JACKET® OMNI™ digital vacuum gauge may be small, but it packs a wallop of a punch, and it’s jam packed full of features. For many HVAC/R technicians, this will be a new must have, go-to vacuum gauge. Weighing in at less than 8 ounces, the Omni digital vacuum gauge is perfect for HVAC/R technicians who find themselves hauling around a lot of equipment on their jobs.
“When we designed this new gauge, we had in mind the HVAC/R technician who climbs a lot stairs and ladders to get to the job site,” says Karl Johnson, head of engineering at Ritchie Engineering, the manufacturer of YELLOW JACKET-branded HVAC/R tools and equipment. “Our intent was to make a powerful piece of equipment that could get the job done as quickly and as efficiently as possible, but in a low weight package that reduces the wear and tear on HVAC/R technicians.”
While the new Omni vacuum gauge may be lightweight, it packs a powerful punch. With a capacity of 220 lbs., it quickly and accurately measures vacuum in microns, pascals, millibar, and Torr with a resolution to 1 micron. Oh, and did we mention that it’s rugged, too? Made with a high impact, glass reinforced housing, the new Omni vacuum gauge thrives in moisture and will survive accidental drops or attachment to a high pressure line. Its easy-to-clean vacuum sensor can handle up to 450 psi positive pressure. The gauge features a 45 degree bend for quarter-inch or 5/16 in. fittings. Adaptor fittings are available. The gauge features a rich and intuitive user interface that automatically adjusts to the user’s default settings when turned on. It’s lighted display features easy to-read alphanumeric characters for HVAC/R technicians who operate in low-light conditions. A built-in stability indicator helps HVAC/R technicians know when the scale is ready for reading, and an load indictor offers an audible and visual alarm if the gauge becomes overloaded.
The unit also features a low battery indicator light and an automatic power-down when the gauge is not in active use. “Tough, compact and smart – that’s how I would describe this new gauge from YELLOW JACKET,” adds Johnson. “It has everything an HVAC/R technician is looking for…and then some.” The YELLOW JACKET Omni vacuum gauge features a one-year warranty and is made in the USA – in Bloomington, Minnesota, home of Ritchie Engineering.
Southwire Now Offers Connectors, Tools Designed with Mini-Split Installations in Mind
Southwire, one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers, has enhanced its EZ-In™Mini-Split cable offering with connectors and tools created to make installations faster and easier.
“The best connectors and tools for EZ-In Mini-Split cables are those designed to work with mini-split solutions in mind,” said Chuck Eddy, VP, HVAC Sales. “Our connectors fit perfectly with both our mini-split cables and offer easy installation with many different types of equipment. The rotary cutter, scorer and wire stripper quickly remove the PVC insulation, armor and wire insulation, making connections even easier.”
Using appropriate tools for mini-split installations also reduces the chance of damage to internal wires that could lead to improper functioning and wiring safety concerns. The connectors are liquid-tight and steel- and zinc-plated. Tools include a rotary cutter that easily handles all common armored (MC and BX) cables, a compact jacket cutter/conduit scorer with a reamer blade, and heavy-duty, stainless steel wire strippers.
Southwire’s market-leading EZ-In™Mini-Split cable offers ease of installation and savings by eliminating the conduit and cable trays found in typical HVAC installations. The company recently introduced a shielded configuration for the mini-split cable, which protects from electrical noise and interference from adjacent cables.
EZ-In Mini-Split cable is constructed from stranded bare copper THHN/THWN conductors with PVC insulation and a nylon jacket cabled together with an aluminum interlocking armor applied over the assembly. It is moistureresistant, sunlight-resistant and flame retardant thanks to an over-armor PVC jacket.
Mini-split heating and cooling systems allow for individual room heating and cooling; they are relatively uncomplicated to install and do not require ductwork. The systems are used in whole house and new construction, but also are an option for houses that have non-ducted heated systems and for room additions where extending or installing ductwork isn’t feasible. You can learn more at hvac.southwire.com.
Fieldpiece Instruments Announces Updated Job Link™ Software with Revolutionary Field Service Features
Fieldpiece Instruments understands that the HVACR field service technicians’ need to choose the right tools for the job is critical in providing successful job results. Fieldpiece, the industry leader in tools and test instruments for HVACR professionals, introduces the recently released updated and expanded new software for Job Link™ offering even more features than the previous version. “We are exceptionally confident with our latest version of Job Link™ that we are helping the technicians finish their jobs quicker and with better results,” said Russ Harju, product manager at Fieldpiece. “The addition of system capacity (BTU) calculations and evacuation mode are just a few of the new features we are proud of. We believe it will revolutionize the way techs do their jobs.” The added System Capacity (BTU) Calculation allows the technician to measure system capacity by inputting the airflow CFM and the elevation of your location, while it is hooked up to the Fieldpiece SDP2 Dual In-Duct Psychrometer. Techs can measure how much heat is being added to or removed from the system, and compare the BTU measurement with the published BTU rating of the system. If they differ, the tech can troubleshoot what is wrong with the system. As the tech makes adjustments, he can see the BTU measurement change in real time, so he can then bring the system into working efficiency.
The addition of the evacuation mode to Job Link™ allows flexibility while in the evacuation mode. After the recovery of refrigerant, technicians an see their vacuum in live micron readings as they pull the vacuum. This allows technicians to do other things and still keep watch on the microns. This new mode can also log system evacuation and can log a system leak test. Answering user demands, the new version also allows users to leave the Job Link™ screen so that they can do other tasks (texts, phone calls, etc.) while the measurements continue to run in the background. When the tech comes back to the Job Link™ screen after doing their other activities he hasn’t missed any critical measurements.
In addition, the new software provides an enhanced Job Link™ Report Builder so that the technician can add photos and notes and truly customize the report to the information that the technician wants including adding their company logo.
The list of enhanced features includes: • System Capacity (BTU) Calculations • Evacuation mode • BLE background operation • Enhanced JobLink™ Report Builder • Tool detailed screens • New equipment types (split systems, ductless mini splits, furnace only, and rooftop package)
“Fieldpiece Instruments’ primary goal is to satisfy our current and future users,” Harju said. “We accomplish this by continuously improving our products astechnologies evolve and by providing updates as necessary.” Feedback for the JL2 and Job Link™ app has been positive ever ince the first release in early 2015. The Job Link™ app works with Fieldpiece’s SMAN4, SMAN440 and SMAN460 manifolds, which are used to check, evaluate, and charge systems. It also is compatible with the SDP2 psychrometer. The Job Link™ app will take the information from these Fieldpiece products and put it in a report that is easy to email to the customer right from their iOS or Android device. The report is also saved in the cloud so it can be accessed for future calls to the same customer.