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DeFelsko PosiTector 6000

PosiTector Advanced Coating Thickness Gauge

  • Fast, Accurate, and Ready to Use: This gauge utilizes magnetic and eddy current principles to deliver quick and reliable measurements on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Minimal setup is required for most applications, making it ready to measure right out of the box.
  • Durable and Built to Last: The PosiTector boasts a weatherproof, dustproof, and water-resistant (IP65-rated) enclosure for protection in harsh environments. The wear-resistant ruby probe tip ensures long-lasting performance with minimal calibration drift.
  • Enhanced User Experience: Navigate menus easily with the large, 2.8″ impact-resistant color touchscreen. The redesigned keypad allows for quick selection of desired functions.
  • Versatility with PosiSoft and Interchangeable Platform:
    • Connect to PosiSoft software on PCs, Macs, and smartphones via USB, WiFi, or Bluetooth for data transfer and analysis.
    • The PosiTector integrates with the PosiTector interchangeable platform, allowing you to use various probes with a single gauge body for different measurement needs.
  • Confidence in Your Measurements: Each gauge comes with a certificate of calibration traceable to NIST or PTB, guaranteeing the accuracy of your readings.
  • Complies with Industry Standards: The PosiTector conforms to a wide range of international and national standards, including ISO (2178/2360/2808, 19840), ASTM (B244/B499/D1186/D1400/D7091/E376/G12), BS (3900-C5), SSPC-PA2, US Navy (NAVSEA PPI 63101-000, NAVSEA 009-32), and AS (2331.1.4, 3894.3-B).
Our most popular Integral and Cabled probe models 90° Regular probe for tight spots Ideal for duplex coating systems Ideal for hot and rugged applica-tions Ideal for anodized aluminum Microprobes – Our smallest probes for small parts or hard-to-reach areas Integral and Cabled probes for thick protective coatings; epoxy, rubber, intumescent fireproofing and more
FERROUS Standard

Body

F1 FS1 FRS1 FXS1¹ F0S1 F45S1 F90S1 F90ES1 FT1 FTS1 FTRS1 FKS1 FJS1 FLS1
Advanced
Body
F3 FS3 FRS3 FXS3¹ F0S3 F45S3 F90S3 F90ES3 FT3 FTS3 FTRS3 FKS3 FJS3 FLS3
Probe
Only
PRB
F
PRB
FS
PRB
FRS
PRB
FXS¹
PRB
F0S
PRB
F45S
PRB
F90S
PRB
F90ES
PRB
FT
PRB
FTS
PRB
FTRS
PRB
FKS
PRB
FJS
PRB
FLS
NON-FERROUS Standard
Body
N1 NS1 NRS1 NAS1 N0S1 N45S1 N90S1 NKS1
Advanced
Body
N3 NS3 NRS3 NAS3 N0S3 N45S3 N90S3 NKS3
Probe
Only
PRB
N
PRB
NS
PRB
NRS
PRB
NAS
PRB
N0S
PRB
N45S
PRB
N90S
PRB
NKS
COMBINATION Standard
Body
FN1 FNS1 FNRS1 FNDS1³ FNTS1 FNGS1⁴
Advanced
Body
FN3 FNS3 FNRS3 FNDS3³ FNTS3 FNGS3⁴
Probe
Only
PRB
FN
PRB
FNS
PRB
FNRS
PRB
FNDS³
PRB
FNTS
PRB
FNGS⁴

Range
0–60 mils
0–1500 µm
0–80 mils
0–2000 µm
Ferrous: 0–45 mils and 0–1150 µm
Non-Ferrous: 0–25 mils and 0–625 µm
0–250 mils
0–6 mm
0–400 mils
0–10,000 µm
0–500 mils
0–13 mm
0–1.0 in.
0–25 mm
0–1.5 in.
0–38 mm
0–2.5 in.
0–63.5 mm

Accuracy⁵
+(0.05 mil + 1%) 0-2 mils
+(0.1 mil + 1%) >2 mils
+(1 µm + 1%) 0-50 µm
+(2 µm + 1%) >50 µm
+(0.02 mil + 1%) 0-4 mils
+(0.1 mil + 3%) >4 mils
+(0.5 µm + 1%) 0-100 µm
+(2 µm + 3%) >100 µm
+(0.5 mil + 1%) 0-100 mils
+(0.5 mil + 3%) >100 mils
+(0.01 mm + 1%) 0-2.5 mm
+(0.01 mm + 3%) >2.5 mm
+(0.1 mil + 3%)
+(2 µm + 3%)
+(1 mil + 3%)
+(0.02 mm + 3%)
+(0.01 in. + 3%)
+(0.2 mm + 3%)

Matching DeFelsko Calibration Standards
STDS1
STDA1
STDS4 STDS2
STDA2
STDP1 STDP7 STDP5 STDP2 STDP8

Ferrous probes are used to measure non-magnetic coatings on ferrous metals, while Non-Ferrous probes are designed for measuring non-conductive coatings on non-ferrous metals.

  • Ferrous probes measure non-magnetic coatings on ferrous metals.
  • Non-Ferrous probes measure non-conductive coatings on non-ferrous metals.
  • FHXS probe specifically measures non-conductive coatings on steel.
  • FNGS probe measures non-conductive coatings on all metals.
  • FXS/FHXS Xtreme probe series feature an Alumina wear face and a braided cable, ideal for use on rough or hot surfaces up to 250˚ C (500˚ F).
  • Probe accuracies are defined as a fixed value plus a percentage of the gage’s actual reading. For full FNDS probe accuracy details, see the website.

DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 Coating Thickness Gages:

REMOVABLE INTEGRAL

REGULAR, FNDS & FTS

FRS & FTRS

F0S & N0S WITH ADAPTER

F45S & N45S

F90S, F90ES & N90S


DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 Coating Thickness Gages: Kit Contents

  • Each gage comes fully equipped with precision plastic shims, a protective rubber holster, a wrist strap, three AAA alkaline batteries, instructions, a protective lens shield, a convenient carrying case, and a USB cable.
  • Included accessories: PosiSoft Software and a Long Form Certificate of Calibration traceable to NIST or PTB.
  • Each gage includes a two-year warranty.
  • Note: The stated size and weight refer only to the PosiTector gage body and do not include the probe.
  • Compliance with standards: ISO 2178/2360/2808, ISO 19840, ASTM B244/B499/D1186/D1400/D7091/E376/G12, BS3900-C5, SSPC-PA2, and others.

SIZE:
127 x 66 x 25.4 mm (5″ x 2.6″ x 1″)
(5.4″ x 2.4″ x 1.1″)

WEIGHT:
137 g (4.9 oz.)
without batteries


DeFelsko PosiTector Gage Bodies: Compare Features

Feature Comparison Chart
Standard

Advanced
Larger 2.8″ impact resistant color touchscreen with redesigned keypad for quick menu navigation
On-gage help explains menu items at the tap of a button
Weatherproof, dustproof, & water-resistant – IP65-rated enclosure
Ergonomic design with durable rubberized grip
Auto rotating display with Flip Lock
Extended cables available (up to 75 m or 250 ft) for underwater or remote measuring
Screen Capture – save 100 screen images for record keeping and later review
Instant-on feature quickly powers up the gage if recently turned off
Up to 30% longer extended battery life
Reading Storage Capacity 1,000 per probe 250,000 in up to 1,000 batches
Live graphing of data measurement
Prompted Batch Mode – create pre-defined batches with on-screen text and image prompts for readings
3 Scan Modes – increase measurement speed to 180+ readings per minute
Normal – take continuous readings without lifting up the probe
Statistics – take continuous readings & record average, standard deviation, minimum/maximum thickness and number of readings while scanning
Limited Count Average – take continuous readings up to a user-specified count. The gage displays and records the average of the readings.
Touchscreen keyboard for quickly renaming batches and adding notes
Multiple stored calibration adjustments for measuring on a variety of substrate conditions
SSPC-PA 2, ISO 19840, and IMO PSPC 90/10 modes help users comply with standards by prompting for minimum/maximum specifications, displaying the necessary readings, and automatically calculating statistics with a pass or fail result
WiFi technology wirelessly synchronizes with PosiSoft & downloads software updates
Bluetooth Technology 4.0 for data transfer to a mobile devices running the PosiTector App or optional portable printer. BLE API available for integration into third-party software
Integrate with 3rd party software, aerial drones, ROVs & PLCs, and robotic devices using several industry-standard communication protocols

DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 Coating Thickness Gages Videos


PosiSoft Selection of Software

PosiSoft offers secure cloud storage for all your measurement data, including jobs, batches, readings, and report templates. This allows you to access and share your data from any device, synchronize between instruments and computers, and generate reports on the go – all conveniently from a web browser. For more information and detailed instructions, visit the PosiSoft.net website.


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F.A.Q.

  • Is the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 calibrated at the factory?

    The DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 instruments are provided fully calibrated, accompanied by an extensive Certificate of Calibration that is traceable to either NIST or PTB. This certificate not only attests to the instrument’s calibration but also documents the precise readings obtained during the calibration process in our laboratory, utilizing standards recognized by national metrology institutes. It is important to exercise caution regarding alternative ‘Certificates’ or ‘Certificates of Conformance’ offered by some competitors, as these documents often lack specific measurement data and may not fulfill the stringent quality requirements typically expected.
  • Does the DeFelsko 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 DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 incorporates advanced probe technology and arrives with factory calibration, allowing for immediate use without the typical need for a two-point calibration adjustment. The use of ruby or alumina tips in standard probes reduces wear, helping to maintain this calibration throughout the probe’s life. This ensures that the device can provide accurate measurements both immediately after unboxing and after prolonged use. For precise and reliable measurement results, it’s advisable to verify the ZERO setting or the known thickness of a calibration shim on an uncoated surface, make any necessary adjustments, and then measure the coated surface. This step ensures the probe is correctly calibrated for the substrate’s specific characteristics, such as mass, metallurgy, curvature, temperature, and roughness.
  • Do your instruments require any formal training for use? Do you offer ‘demo’ models?

    Our devices are engineered for straightforward use, with user-friendly menus, comprehensive and brief guides, and instructional videos for assistance. Instead of offering demo models, we extend unlimited technical support through phone and email, alongside a 30-day limited refund policy.
  • How often should the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 be recalibrated?

    DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 probes come with a Calibration Certificate that remains valid indefinitely, without an expiration date. Given their durability, the amount of time they’ve been used is not a reliable measure for determining when recalibration is needed. Many entities with stringent quality and certification requirements opt for annual recalibrations, which serves as a sensible benchmark for most users. DeFelsko advises customers to set their recalibration schedules based on personal experience and the specific conditions of their working environment. Drawing from our extensive product insight, data analysis, and customer input, we suggest initiating a recalibration cycle one year after the instrument’s initial deployment.
  • What can the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 measure?

    DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 probes for measuring paint thickness vary in their capabilities based on the specific model:

    • “Ferrous” model probes (with an order code that starts with ‘F’, such as FS1) are designed to assess non-magnetic coatings on ferrous (magnetic) metals, like carbon steel.
    • “Non-ferrous” model probes (identified by an order code starting with ‘N’, for example, NRS3) are suited for measuring non-conductive coatings on non-ferrous metals.
    • “Combination” model probes (whose order code begins with ‘FN’, e.g., FNTS1) have the versatility to measure both non-magnetic coatings on ferrous (magnetic) metals and non-conductive coatings on non-ferrous metals.

  • Is the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 affected by the surface roughness (profile) of the metal substrate below the coating?

    Substrate roughness affects the accuracy of all coating thickness gauges to some extent, as illustrated in certain diagrams. It’s widely recognized that the ideal measurement of coating thickness should be from the topmost “peaks” of the rough surface to ensure they are adequately covered by the protective coating. Nevertheless, thickness gauges typically measure from an “effective magnetic plane,” which lies between the highest peaks and lowest valleys of the surface profile. SSPC-PA 2, along with standards like ASTM D7091 and ISO 19840, offer various solutions based on the type of instrument and the specific scenario at hand.

    One common approach is ensuring the gauge reads zero on an uncoated steel substrate, adjusting it to zero if needed. This method is preferable for relatively smooth metal surfaces. Given the challenge of ensuring the probe tip only contacts the surface’s highest peaks, another strategy involves using a plastic shim with a known thickness—approximating the expected coating thickness—between the probe and substrate. This adjustment, known as a 1-point adjustment, uses the shim to cover a wider area of the surface’s peaks than the probe tip alone could, ensuring the calibration accounts for measurements “over the peaks.” This technique effectively mimics how a coating would cover the surface profile’s peaks.

  • Can the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 measure coatings on stainless steel?

    “Stainless steel” broadly refers to a diverse group of corrosion-resistant and heat-resistant alloys. From a metallurgical perspective, stainless steel is defined as any iron-based alloy with at least 10.5% chromium by mass. Some stainless steel varieties exhibit low magnetic properties (termed “partially/weakly magnetic”), while others show no magnetic response at all. There are also types that demonstrate a ferromagnetic response akin to that of carbon steel.

    The DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 stands out for its ability to measure on partially magnetic stainless steel alloys, a task that poses difficulties for many competing devices. The DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 FN models, which are designed for both ferrous and non-ferrous applications, can often achieve consistent measurements on partially magnetic materials with a straightforward Zero adjustment. For more complex scenarios, the instrument’s “N-Lock” measurement mode enables precise assessments of non-conductive coatings on partially magnetic substrates.

  • Can the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 measure coatings on hot surfaces?

    The DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 FXS and FHXS Xtreme probes are specifically designed for accurately measuring coating thickness on surfaces that are either hot or rough, with a maximum temperature tolerance of 250°C (500°F). While all probes in the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 series have the capability to measure on hot surfaces, the standard probe models are rated for use in environments up to 50°C (120°F). However, measurements on surfaces exceeding this temperature are feasible, provided the probe is promptly removed from the surface after obtaining a reading and allowed sufficient time to cool down. It’s essential to ensure that the probe’s temperature does not exceed 50°C (120°F) and that it remains cool enough to be safely handled without protective gloves.
  • What is the minimum part size required to take a reading?

    To confirm that a part’s dimensions are compatible with a DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 probe, first, perform a ZERO check on the uncoated part and adjust as needed. To assess accuracy, measure the thickness of a plastic shim placed on the uncoated part. If the measurement falls within the combined accuracy tolerances of both the shim and the probe, then the probe is deemed appropriate for measuring the thickness of the coating on the part.

  • Can the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 be used underwater?

    Although the PosiTector gauge body and probe connector are not designed for submersion, the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 regular cabled probes are hermetically sealed, making them perfectly suited for use underwater. For underwater or distant measuring tasks, extended cables are available, with lengths up to 75 meters (250 feet).

  • Is the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 intrinsically safe?

    Although the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 is not classified as an intrinsically safe instrument, the PosiTest mechanical gauges are specifically designed for accurately measuring coating thickness in environments where operating conditions are considered hazardous.
  • What is the measurement range of the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000?

    The measurement range for coating thickness with the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 varies according to the specific interchangeable probe used. DeFelsko offers a broad selection of PosiTector 6000 probes tailored for measuring different types of coating thicknesses. For instance, the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 FN probe is capable of measuring coatings up to 1500 micrometers (60 mils), whereas the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 FNGS probe can handle coatings up to 63.5 millimeters (2.5 inches) in thickness. Regardless of the specific requirements of your application, DeFelsko provides a measurement solution that is likely to meet your needs.

  • Can the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 measure nickel on steel?

    The ability to measure the thickness of nickel coatings on steel with precision tools like the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 depends significantly on the type of nickel coating applied. Electrolytic nickel plating, or “e-nickel,” involves a process where an electric current is used in the nickel bath, resulting in a coating that is conductive and possesses some magnetic properties. This type of coating cannot be accurately gauged when applied to either ferrous or non-ferrous metals using our devices. Conversely, electroless nickel coatings, which are applied through an autocatalytic process without the use of electric current, can be measured accurately. If the nickel bath used in this process contains a phosphorus concentration of approximately 8% or more, the resultant nickel plating will be non-magnetic. In such cases, its thickness can be precisely measured on ferrous materials using a magnetic principle coating thickness gauge, such as the DeFelsko PosiTector 6000 F model.
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