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Tracker series TDRs

New generation touch screen TDRs for metallic cable faultfinding. The most modern TDRs designed to locate multiple events along different metallic cables.

What is the Tracker?

The Tracker is a multipurpose metallic time domain reflectometer (TDR). It is a cable fault locator designed to quickly and easily diagnose metallic cables. The Tracker series TDRs combine the latest technology and user-friendly operation, creating a versatile and accurate TDR. It uses square pulse widths with very fast rising and falling edges. This unique capability creates high frequencies that allow for the most accurate reading of small faults in the cable even at very short distances less than 1m from the source of the test pulse.

How does it work?

Using time domain reflectometry, or cable radar, the TDR transmits a signal down the cable. Impedance discontinues along the length of the cable reflect some or all of the signal energy back to the instrument. These reflections are measured and displayed on the Tracker’s color LCD touch screen as both a waveform and a numeric distance to the fault. The Tracker TDR will test all types of metallic paired cables for opens, shorts and impedance mismatch. It is also a perfect tool for monitoring and faultfinding on alarm systems of modern district heating networks.

New features

The Tracker series TDR is a product of Springbok Instruments, USA, whose founders created RiserBond over two decades ago – a world known brand of metallic cable TDRs. As compared to all existing TDRs, Springbok Instruments have introduced some revolutionary new features as standard: a high resolution color touch LCD screen and the Tracker Store – a unique system of storing up to 60 measurements, each file being a full waveform in all the available pulse widths regardless of what is on screen.

#01 Tracker Pro TDR

Key Features

  • the most modern TDR technology based on high frequency energy test pulses,
  • locates faults (cable impedance discontinuities) for most of metallic cable types,
  • detects faults at very short distances – less than 1m with a 5ns pulse width,
  • high resolution large color touch LCD screen,
  • Auto-Search mode for ease of operation,
  • IFD (Intermittent Fault Detection) feature
  • three measurement cursors and multiple marking system,
  • intuitive interface combined with accurate diagnose & locating of multiple events on a cable,
  • unique „one-touch storage of all pulse width” Tracker Store System for 60 cable tests,
  • Bluetooth 4 connectivity to tablets and smartphones,
  • splash proof USB connection and TrackerView PC software at standard delivery,
  • updates of the Tracker Pro’s operating system & Tracker View software via internet for free,
  • increased operating time of the internal battery exceeding 9 hours in standard conditions,
  • rugged and field tested case.

Typical field applications

  • coax cable TV troubleshooting,
  • telecom copper cable faultfinding,
  • LAN network troubleshooting,
  • LV power cable faultfinding,
  • district heating network troubleshooting.

#02 TeleTracker TDR

Key Features

  • the most modern TDR technology based on high frequency energy test pulses,
  • locates faults (cable impedance discontinuities) for most of metallic cable types,
  • locates Crosstalk on telecom cables,
  • intuitive interface combined with accurate diagnose & locating of multiple events on a cable,
  • detects faults at very short distances – less than 1m with a 5ns pulse width,
  • maximum testing range of 18 km (8 different pulsewidths),
  • high resolution 5” color touch LCD screen,
  • impedance balancing 50Ω – 137Ω,
  • Auto-Search mode for ease of operation,
  • IFD mode (Intermittent Fault Location),
  • Waveform Overlay function (viewing live cable or waveforms recalled from memory)
  • dual channel mode including on-screen overlay of waveforms,
  • LCD screen reverse color mode for better visibility at open sun conditions,
  • unique „one-touch storage of all pulse width” Tracker Store System for 40 cable tests,
  • splash proof USB connection and Tracker View PC software at standard delivery,
  • Bluetooth 4 and USB connectivity to tablets and smartphones,
  • 2100 mAh nickel-metal-hydride battery,
  • rugged and field tested case and a standard carry bag,
  • updates of the TDR’s operating system & Tracker View software via internet for free.

Typical field applications

  • telecom copper cable faultfinding,
  • coax cable TV troubleshooting,
  • LAN network troubleshooting,
  • LV power cable faultfinding,
  • district heating network troubleshooting.

#03 Tracker Standard TDR

Key Features

  • the most modern TDR technology based on high frequency energy test pulses,
  • locates faults (cable impedance discontinuities) for most of metallic cable types,
  • intuitive interface combined with accurate diagnose & locating of multiple events on a cable,
  • detects faults at very short distances – less than 1m with a 5ns pulse width,
  • high resolution 5” color touch LCD screen,
  • Auto-Search mode for ease of operation,
  • unique „one-touch storage of all pulse width” Tracker Store System for 10 cable tests,
  • splash proof USB connection and Tracker View PC software at standard delivery,
  • Bluetooth 4 and USB connectivity to tablets and smartphones,
  • 2100 mAh nickel-metal-hydride battery,
  • rugged and field tested case and a standard carry bag,
  • updates of the TDR’s operating system & Tracker View software via internet for free.

Typical field applications

  • coax cable TV troubleshooting,
  • telecom copper cable faultfinding,
  • LAN network troubleshooting,
  • LV power cable faultfinding,
  • district heating network troubleshooting.

#Software – Tracker View PC Application

Overview

PC compatible Tracker View software is also a standard feature provided with Tracker Pro. It allows the user to work from the comfort of a truck or office with the same functionality as if having been on a live cable. It means a minimum time of a customer’s interrupted cable service as a cable technician simply has to remove the cable under test from service, plug the TDR into the cable under test, touch “Store” and, in less than 10 seconds, return the cable under test to service. At this point, the technician can recall the stored record of the cable and study its signature on the TDR itself, write down any comments related to the measurement or download the measurement data to a laptop and have much enhanced functionality. New functionality of Bluetooth wireless communication added to the system allows the user to download the data on site onto a tablet or a smartphone with a purpose of having a quick external data bank or immediate transferring of data to the office for analysis or comparison

Key features

The Tracker View allows the user:

  • to download, manipulate, save, print and email Tracker Pro stored waveform files from field cable testing,
  • to compare historical data with current measurements on the same screen at all available pulse widths,
  • it also allows a port into the internet for free updating the Tracker Pro’s operating system.