The FaultCaster is a professional
handheld Digital Time Domain Reflectometer designed to detect and
locate faults on all types of cable up to a distance of 2000m (6000ft).
Fast-Edge Step TDR technology enables
the FaultCaster to identify opens and short circuits, and directly
indicate the fault distance on an alpha-numeric LCD, with better
range and resolution than existing products.
An internal library of standard cable
types enables accurate measurements on cables without the necessity
of entering Velocity Factor information.
In the event that the FaultCaster
is connected to a live cable, a warning will be displayed, an alarm
tone sounded and testing inhibited.
The FaultCaster incorporates an oscillating
tone generator that is detectable using a standard tone probe for
use in the tracing and identification of pairs within a cable.
It is housed in a tough, ruggedised
ABS plastic moulding, water and dust proof to IP54, and is supplied
complete with test leads and a protective tool-belt holster.
The FaultCaster is designed and manufactured
to international standards for quality, safety and reliability.
The FaultCaster is aimed at all communications
engineers and technicians, telecom fault teams and linesmen, and
contractors to the communication industries.
More broadly, target end users include
Telecom Companies (RBOC's, CLEC's, PTT's, etc.), Cable Television
(CATV) and Cable Internet Service Providers, as well as Government
and Military organisations.
The FaultCaster is also aimed at
Network Installers and General Electrical Contractors.
Cost Full Specification Professional Digital TDR
Distance to Open or Short Circuit Faults
Measuring Range to 2000m (6,000ft) on all cable types
Step TDR technology for improved range and resolution
Warning and Test Inhibit
a Tone Generator for use in Cable Tracing and Identification
and Compact at 350g (12oz)
and Dust Proof to IP54
complete with tool-belt holster and test leads
Full Specification Professional Digital TDR
The FaultCaster provides a low cost
solution to the identification and location of common cable faults
without compromising product features, quality or reliability.
Distance to Open or Short Circuit Faults
The FaultCaster gives a direct and clear indication of
the nature of a cable fault (Open or Short Circuit) and the distance
to the fault. No need to read from complicated Graphical Screens,
which are unnecessary for simple opens and shorts.
Measuring Range to 2000m (6000ft) on all cable types
Unlike competitive instruments, the FaultCaster will
operate to its full measurement range capability (2000m/6000ft)
on all cable types. Many other instruments struggle to measure to
a fraction of their capability when faced with high loss cable such
as twisted pair and telephone wire.
Step TDR Technology for improved range and resolution
The FaultCaster incorporates Fast-Edge Step TDR
Technology. The fast rise time of the step-function test pulse gives
better low range resolution, and the energy contained within the
pulse ensures maximum range capability on all cables.
Cable Library of Common Cables
The FaultCaster contains a built-in library of common
cable types that can be easily selected by the user. This removes
the need to remember velocity of propagation information for different
Velocity of propagation for cables not in library
For cables not listed in the internal library, the operator
can manually select the Velocity of Propagation for the cable under
test in the range of 0 to 99%.
compensation for cable impedance
The FaultCaster eliminates the need to select an impedance
setting appropriate to the cable under test by means of automatic
Warning and Test Inhibit
The FaultCaster looks for live voltages on cables prior
to testing, and in the event that it detects a voltage greater than
approx. 10V it will warn the user and inhibit testing.
a Tone Generator for use in cable tracing and identification
With a built in tone generator, injecting an oscillating
signal between 810Hz and 1110Hz onto the cable under test, the operator
can trace the cable using a standard tone probe. This function removes
the need for a separate toner during cable tracing, which is both
more convenient and cost effective.
capacity indication upon power up
Compact at 350g (12oz) and Water & Dust Proof to IP54
When the FaultCaster is switched on it automatically displays
the percentage battery capacity remaining. This enables the operator
to ensure sufficient battery life is available before embarking
on a days testing.
Designed to withstand the harsh conditions associated with
the on-site and field testing of cables.
Measures Distance to Open or Short Circuit Faults
the user to locate the vast majority of cable faults.
B Minimises usage requirement of
higher cost Graphical TDR.
Extended Measuring Range to 2000m (6000ft) on all cable types
A Range is not reduced for common
telephone cables or CAT5/6 twisted pair.
B Enables fault location over greater
distances than competing instruments.
Fast-Edge Step TDR Technology
A Improved range and resolution
over conventional pulse TDR's.
B More precise fault location and
over longer distances.
Built-in Cable Library of Common Cables
A Eliminates the need to find and
remember cable VOP's (Velocity of Propagation).
B Simplifies Testing and saves
Selectable Velocity of Propagation for cables not in library
A Enables cables to be tested that
are not in the library.
B Ensures that all types of cable
can be tested.
Automatic compensation for cable impedance
A Removes the need to know and
set instrument to match cable impedance.
B Simplifies testing and saves
Voltage Warning and Test Inhibit
A Warns the operator and inhibits
testing if connected to a live cable.
B Protects the operator against
accidental exposure to live wires.
Incorporates a 810/1110Hz warbling tone generator
A Injected on to an installed cable
for tracing with a standard inductive probe.
B Enables cable tracing and identification.
Can be used to measure the length of cable in a box or on a drum
A Enables cable boxes and drums
to be issued to appropriate runs.
B Reduces cable wastage during
the installation process.
Indicates remaining battery capacity when switched on
A Advises operator if batteries
need replacing prior to commencing work.
B Prevents inadvertent 'flat battery'
condition and associated time wastage.
F Measures cable length in Metres and
A Results can be displayed in either
unit of measurement according to users needs.
B Ensures suitability of the product
for domestic and international markets.
Housed in self-extinguishing, flame retardant ABS case
A The product will not catch light
in case of massive overload.
B In case of accidental connection
to a HV supply the operator remains protected.
Dust and Waterproof to IP54
A Prevents dirt and water entering
B Enables the tester to operate
and survive real field conditions.
Switched Mode Power Supply and advanced Battery Management
A 100+ hours continuous use from
4 AA cells.
B Increased battery life reduces
the cost of ownership.
Automatic power down
A Instrument will automatically
switch off after 3 minutes inactivity.
B Conserves battery life.
Manufactured to International Standards
A Ensures Quality, Safety and Reliability.
B Peace of mind for the discerning