Coating Thickness Gages for ALL Metal Substrates
Rugged, fully electronic coating thickness gauges use magnetic and eddy current principles to measure coating thickness on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, accurately and quickly
Ready to measure – no calibration adjustment required for most applications
Solvent, acid, oil, water, and dust resistant – weatherproof
Wear resistant ruby probe tip, for long-lasting calibration
PosiTector interchangeable platform – attach any PosiTector probe to a single gage body
USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity to PosiSoft PC, Mac, and Smartphone software
Certificate of Calibration showing traceability to NIST or PTB included (Long Form)
Conforms to ISO 2178/2360/2808, ISO 19840, ASTM B244/B499/D1186/D1400/D7091/E376/G12, BS3900-C5, SSPC-PA2 and others
NEW Faster measurement speed — 60+ readings per minute
Ready to measure — no calibration adjustment required for most applications
Enhanced one-handed menu navigation
Flashing display — ideal in a noisy environment
RESET feature instantly restores factory settings
Solvent, acid, oil, water and dust resistant — weatherproof
Wear-resistant probe tip
Shock-absorbing, protective rubber holster with belt clip
Two year warranty on gage body AND probe
Certificate of Calibration showing traceability to NIST or PTB included (Long Form)
Built-in temperature compensation ensures measurement accuracy
Hi-RES mode increases displayed resolution for use on applications that require greater precision
Conforms to national and international standards including ISO and ASTM
Multiple Calibration adjustment options including 1 point, 2 point, known thickness, average zero
Selectable display languages
High contrast LCD with backlit display
Flip display enables right-side-up viewing
Extended cables available (up to 75 m/250 ft) for underwater or remote measuring
Uses alkaline or rechargeable batteries (built-in charger)
Statistics mode continually displays/updates average, standard deviation, min/max thickness and number of readings while measuring
HiLo alarm audibly and visibly alerts when measurements exceed user-specified limits
NEW Enhanced FAST mode — 90+ readings per minute for quick inspection
Sealed USB port for fast, simple connection to a PC and to supply continuous power. USB cable included
Software Updates via web keep your gage current
Screen Capture – record and save image into USB flash memory for record keeping and review
Software Solutions for viewing, analyzing & reporting data
Every stored measurement is date and time stamped
Includes ALL features as shown on left plus
Storage of 100,000 readings in up to 1,000 batches and sub-batches
Live graphing of measurement data
3 Scan Modes — increase measurement speed to 180+ readings per minute
Normal – take continuous readings without lifting the probe
NEW Statistics – take continuous readings and record average, standard deviation, min/max thickness and number of readings while scanning
NEW Limited Count Average – take continuous readings up to a user-specified count. The gage displays and records the average of the readings.
Multiple stored calibration adjustments for measuring on a variety of substrate conditions
SSPC-PA 2 feature determines if film thickness over a large area conforms to user-specified min/max levels
PSPC 90/10 feature determines if a coating system complies with an IMO performance standard for protective coatings
Onscreen Batch Annotation—add notes, change batch names and more with built-in QWERTY keyboard
WiFi technology wirelessly synchronizes with PosiSoft.net and downloads software updates
Bluetooth 4.0 Technology for data transfer to a mobile device running the PosiTector App or optional portable printer. BLE API available for integration into third-party software
Integrate with third-party software, drones, ROVs, PLCs, and robotic devices using several industry-standard communication protocols
Is the PosiTector 6000 calibrated at the factory?
PosiTector 6000 instruments arrive fully calibrated and include a Long-Form Certificate of Calibration traceable to NIST or PTB. The Certificate of Calibration documents actual readings taken by your instrument at our calibration laboratory, on standards traceable to a national metrology institute.
Beware of 'Certificates' or 'Certificates of Conformance' offered by competitors. These typically do not include actual instrument readings, and are often insufficient to meet common quality requirements.
Does the PosiTector 6000 need to be ‘calibrated’ or ‘adjusted prior’ prior to use? Do I need to perform a two-point adjustment prior to measuring?
The innovative probe technology and factory calibration in the PosiTector 6000 means that it arrives ready-to-measure — usually there is no need to perform a two-point calibration adjustment. Ruby or alumina probe tips on standard probe models eliminate wear, meaning that the factory calibration is maintained throughout the lifetime of the probe. Whether out of the box or after years of use, PosiTector 6000 will continue to provide accurate results.
For highest confidence and best measurement accuracy, observe our “golden rule” — simply check ZERO (or the known thickness of a shim) on the uncoated part, adjust if necessary, and then measure the coated part. This ensures that the probe is properly adjusted for substrate characteristics including mass, metallurgy, curvature, temperature and roughness.
Do your instruments require any formal training for use? Do you offer ‘demo’ models?
No. Our instruments are designed for simple operation, feature easy-to-use menus, both full and quick instruction manuals, and helpful videos. In lieu of demonstration models, we provide unlimited technical support via telephone and/or email, and a limited 30-day money back guarantee.
How often should the PosiTector 6000 be recalibrated?
PosiTector 6000 probes include a Certificate of Calibration with no expiry or end date. They have no shelf life, therefore the length of time in the field is not a good indicator for recalibration intervals. Many organizations with quality programs and recertification programs require annual recalibrations, and this is a good starting point for most users. DeFelsko recommends that customers establish calibration intervals based upon their own experience and work environment. Based on our product knowledge, data and customer feedback, a one year calibration interval from the date the instrument was placed in service is a good starting point.
What can the PosiTector 6000 measure?
PosiTector 6000 probes have different capabilities depending on the model. • ‘Ferrous’ model probes (order code beginning in ‘F’ ex. FS1) can measure non-magnetic coatings applied to ferrous (magnetic) metals, typically carbon steel. • ‘Non-ferrous’ model probes (order code beginning in ‘N’ ex. NRS3) can measure non-conductive coatings applied to non-ferrous metals. • ‘Combination model probes (order code beginning in ‘FN’ ex. FNTS1) can measure non-magnetic coatings applied to ferrous (magnetic) metals, AND non-conductive coatings applied to non-ferrous metals
Is the PosiTector 6000 affected by the surface roughness (profile) of the metal substrate below the coating?
All coating thickness gages are influenced to some degree by substrate roughness, as shown in the below image. It is generally accepted that coating thickness should be measured from the highest ‘peaks’ in the rough surface thus ensuring they are covered by the protective coating. However, coating thickness gages will instead measure the coating thickness from the ‘effective magnetic plane, which is located somewhere between the highest peaks and deepest valleys of the profile.
SSPC-PA 2 proposes several solutions depending upon the instrument type and the particular situation. Similar methods are suggested by ASTM D7091 and ISO 19840.
One option is to verify the gage reads zero on the uncoated steel substrate, and adjust to zero if necessary. This is a popular solution when the metal surface is relatively smooth.
Since it is difficult to ensure that the probe tip is sitting on the highest peaks of the surface profile, another option is to place a plastic shim of a known thickness that is close to the expected thickness of the applied coating between the probe and substrate and adjust to the stated thickness of the shim- referred to as a 1-point adjustment. The plastic shim sits on the peaks of the surface profile over a greater area than the probe tip, ensuring that the adjustment is being taken ‘over the peaks’. This best simulates a coating covering the peaks of the surface profile.
Can the PosiTector 6000 measure coatings on stainless steel?
"Stainless steel" is a term used to generally categorize a wide variety of corrosion and heat-resistant alloys. In specific terms of metallurgy, a “stainless steel” is any iron-based alloy containing a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass. Some stainless steel alloys have a relatively low magnetic response (often called “partially/weakly magnetic”). Others have no magnetic response whatsoever, and some possess a ferromagnetic response similar to carbon steel.
The PosiTector 6000 is uniquely able to measure partially magnetic stainless steel alloys, an application that is challenging for many competitive instruments. PosiTector 6000 FN (combination ferrous/non-ferrous) probe models can often measure consistently on partially magnetic substrates with a simple Zero adjustment. For more challenging applications, the “N-Lock” measurement mode permits accurate measurement of non-conductive coatings applied to partially magnetic substrates.
Can the PosiTector 6000 measure coatings on hot surfaces?
The PosiTector 6000 FXS and FHXS Xtreme probes are ideal for measuring coating thickness on hot and/or rough surfaces (250°C, 500°F maximum). All PosiTector 6000 probe are capable of measuring on hot surfaces. Standard probe models can operate at environments up to 50˚C (120˚F). However, if the probe is lifted clear of the surface as soon as a reading is taken and is allowed to cool, measurements can be taken at higher temperatures. Simply ensure that the probe remains at a temperature of less than 50˚C (120˚F), and cool enough to handle with an unprotected hand.
What is the minimum part size required to take a reading?
To ensure a part’s dimensions are suitable for a PosiTector 6000 probe, simply check ZERO on the uncoated part and adjust if necessary. Verify accuracy by measuring a plastic shim placed on the uncoated part. If the measurement is within the combined tolerances of the shim and probe, the probe is suitable for measuring the coated part.
Can the PosiTector 6000 be used underwater?
While the PosiTector gage body and probe connector are not suitable for immersion in water, PosiTector 6000 regular cabled probes are hermetically sealed and ideal for underwater use. Extended cables are available (up to 75 m/250 ft) for underwater or remote measuring.
Is the PosiTector 6000 intrinsically safe?
While the PosiTector 6000 is not designed as an intrinsically safe device, our PosiTest mechanical gages are ideal for measuring coating thickness in hazardous operating environments.
• Can the PosiTector 6000 measure nickel on steel?
Yes, but it depends upon the particular type of nickel coating that has been applied to the steel.
When nickel plating is deposited by a process of electrolysis (employing an electric current in the nickel bath), the resultant coating – commonly called “e-nickel” – is always conductive and magnetic to some degree and cannot be accurately measured by our gages when applied to ferrous or non-ferrous metals. •
Electroless nickel coatings are deposited by an autocatalytic process which does not involve the addition of an electric current. If the nickel bath in this process contains a minimum concentration of ~8% phosphorus, the resulting nickel plating is effectively non-magnetic and its thickness can be accurately measured on ferrous steel with a magnetic principle coating thickness gage such as a PosiTector 6000 F model.
What is the measurement range of the PosiTector 6000?
The coating thickness measurement range of the PosiTector 6000 is dependent on which interchangeable probe is attached. PosiTector 6000 probes are available for measuring a wide variety of coating thickness applications. For example, the PosiTector 6000 FN probe can measure coating thicknesses up to 1500 um (60 mils), while the PosiTector 6000 FNGS probe measures coatings up to 63.5 mm (2.5 inches) thick. No matter your application, DeFelsko likely has a measuring solution to satisfy your requirement.
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