Fieldpiece Instruments Introduces SCM4 Standalone CO Detector With Field Replaceable Sensor

ANAHEIM, Calif., October 10, 2013– Fieldpiece Instruments, the industry leader in tools and test instruments for HVACR professionals, introduces the SCM4, a new hand-held carbon monoxide detector that’s exceptionally responsive, economical, easy-to-use, and easy-to-handle. Designed for the HVAC field service technician, the SCM4 has an extremely fast reacting electrochemical sensor that is field-replaceable and is designed to perform walk-around tests to quickly help pinpoint sources of dangerous carbon monoxide. Its companion product, the ACM4 Accessory Head, fits on any Fieldpiece meter for quick and easy CO checks using your Fieldpiece stick meter.

The SCM4 displays CO levels from 0 to 2000 PPM (parts per million) and includes both a mutable audio alert and visual LED alert that increase in frequency as CO concentration increases.  The detector allows HVAC technicians to measure ambient carbon monoxide levels and detect possible sources of dangerous CO contamination from furnaces, water heaters, stoves, fireplaces and garages.

“Technicians tell us we’ve got the best CO detector out there because the response rate is so quick,” said Russ Harju, Fieldpiece product manager. “Plus because sensors wear out over time, having a unit with a field-replaceable sensor makes it even more attractive to HVACR professionals.”

The SCM4 is easy to setup and read. The dual-display LCD gives technicians both the real-time PPM reading and the MAX CO detected. The bright blue backlight provides added visibility in dark areas. If erratic CO readings show up on the LCD, or there is no reaction in a known CO area, simply replace the sensor in the field with a Fieldpiece RCM4 Replacement Sensor.

The SCM4 uses the same rugged ABS plastic case found on most other Fieldpiece standalone instruments surrounded by a familiar rubber boot. The ergonomic shape makes it simple to hold when doing a walk-around test and the magnetic hanger makes for easy hands-free testing. The SCM4 uses a standard 9V battery and has Auto Power-Off (APO) after fifteen minutes of inactivity to extend battery life. Technicians can disable APO as needed.  The battery check function allows technicians to see what percentage of battery power remains simply by holding down the MUTE button for three seconds.

The SCM4 and ACM4 are priced competitively at $249.00 and $209.00 (suggested trade) respectively. The RCM4 replacement sensor can be found at Fieldpiece distributors for $159.00 (suggested trade).

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