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Optimus Red - Data Logging Occupational Noise Meter

Optimus Red Sound Level Meter
Optimus Red Sound Level Meter
Optimus Red Sound Level Meter Occupational Noise Meter Typical Noise Exposure Report

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CR162B
$1681.00
Logging, Integrating Sound Level Meter - Type 2
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$2166.00
Kit with Type 2 Integrating Sound Level Meter, Calibrator and Case
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$2603.00
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$365.00
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$514.00
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ZL174
$67.00
DC Output Cable - 18 pin to phono, 1 m
Lead time 1 week

ZL175
$125.00
RS232 Cable - 18 pin to 9 pin D female
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ZL202
$115.00
Microphone extension cable 2 m
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ZL205
$135.00
Microphone extension cable 5 m
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$169.00
Microphone extension cable 10 m
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$209.00
Microphone extension cable 20 m
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CR162B
$1681.00
Logging, Integrating Sound Level Meter - Type 2
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CK162B
$2166.00
Kit with Type 2 Integrating Sound Level Meter, Calibrator and Case
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Features

  • Meets noise regulations and guidelines
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Voice tag recording (audio notes)
  • Bluetooth and mobile app
  • Single range 20 to 140 dB
  • 15 year warranty

Applications

  • Occupational noise surveys
  • Hearing protection selection
  • Noise exposure and dose calculations

Overview

The Optimus Red sound level meter is for measuring sound levels in factories and other work environments in line with the occupational noise regulations.

Let the meter take the strain - The Optimus Red has been designed specifically for occupational noise measurements. Rather than being a general purpose meter that leaves you trying to select the correct measurement range and parameters, the Optimus Red does it all for you, recording all the measurements that you might need now and in the future.

Lower cost meters are available (even within our range), but they may not meet the standards demanded by the regulations and will not be Integrating as required for some occupational noise measurements. They will certainly not be so powerful or easy to use.

Buying the Right Meter

Most occupational noise regulations state that you should use at least a Type 2 Integrating Sound Level Meter that provides you with measurements of Lavg and LPeak. The meter should be verified by a suitably equipped laboratory when new and every year or two years. You also need a Calibrator to check the meter's function before making measurements.

Our Recommendation

For occupational noise measurements with noise exposure calculation we recommend the Noise Measurement Kit CK162B. This includes everything you need for a full occupational noise survey.

Where the noise levels are particularly high, we recommend Optimus Red with Octave Band Filters, which gives the ability to assess the level at the ear when wearing different hearing protectors. See the Optimus with Octave Band Filters page for more information.

Optimus Red Noise Measurements

The Optimus Red Sound Level Meter measures all the parameters that are needed for an occupational noise survey. What's more, it measures them all at the same time, so there is no need to work out which measurements you need before starting.

It measures all parameters at the same time in a single measurement span:

  • LAeq, Lavg and LCPeak - the main occupational noise parameters
  • A, C and Z frequency weightings
  • LCeq - LAeq calculation for quick hearing protector selection

The meter stores the measurements for download to a computer:

  • Overall Leq, Lavg, Peak, Max and Min
  • Time History (chart of sound levels over time)
  • Date, Time and run time
  • Voice Tag

The meter's display shows the main parameters that are needed when making noise at work measurements: LAeq or Lavg (average sound level), LPeak (maximum peak level) and the current sound level. With a button push or two, it can also show more detail, such as Dose %, LEPd, exposure, memory and calibration status.

The bar on the left of the display shows the current level, changing to yellow and then red when the sound level goes above the defined action levels (usually 80dBA and 85 dBA).

Data Logging - Parameters Stored

Although the display shows only the commonly used parameters (LAeq, Peak, etc), this data logging meter stores the sound levels for all time and frequency weightings, along with a time history for the more common ones.

Summary - These "overall" values describe the noise for the whole measurement period. They include the Max and Min values for all frequency and time weightings, along with the all important Leq (A, C and Z weighted) Lavg, and Peak (C and Z weighted).

Time History - The meter can be set to store time history measurements at one of a number of rates between 10 ms and 2 seconds. It stores the Leq (A, C and Z) and the Peak (C and Z), giving a very informative graph of the noise over time. This is particularly useful when monitoring for long periods.

Voice Tag

An easy and reliable way of making on-site notes with your noise measurements. Make a brief recording (either your voice or the actual noise) just before taking a measurement.

Before starting a measurement, the meter will ask if you want to record a "Voice Tag". The meter will record any speech or the noise in question (to help you identify it later) for up to 30 seconds. This audio is transferred to the software automatically along with the measurement.

Occupational Noise

The Optimus Red was designed specifically for occupational noise measurements in line with the noise regulations. It provides all the noise measurement parameters that you need in a meter of the correct grade.

This meter can be used without a computer, manually noting down the important parameters, such as Leq, Lavg and Lpeak. However, it stores all the measurements for download to the NoiseTools software, which is included.

The overall process for making noise at work measurements consists of:

  • Calibration check
  • Make the measurements close to the point of noise exposure
  • Re-check calibration
  • Calculate noise exposure

1. Calibration Check

calibrating the sound level meter
Calibration Check

Most regulations and guidelines state that the meter's calibration should be checked before making measurements, and that you should keep records of these calibration checks.

Fit the Calibrator over the microphone as shown, switch it on and press the Calibrate button. The meter will automatically make any adjustments.

Calibration details are stored in the meter so that you can either make note or download them to a computer for inclusion in noise reports.

2. Basic Measurements

To start a measurement, simply press the Start key, shown on the right. This process is the same for any model of this meter, whether you have data logging or not.

The meter will start measuring the average and peak (the main parameters needed for Noise at Work), along with a few other useful parameters.

When you are happy that you have measured for long enough (the average has settled for example), simply press the Stop key.

3. Data Logging Measurements

The meter will store the overall values for LAeq, Lavg, LCeq, LPeak and a few others. It will also store these parameters every second, or whatever rate the meter is set to. This is all done automatically, there is no need to tell the meter to store them.

Once you have finished making measurements, they can be downloaded to a computer using the NoiseTools software provided.

4. Final Calibration Check

Many occupational noise regulations recommend a second calibration check, at the end of the measurement process. This ensures the meter's performance hasn't drifted since the start.

5. Noise Exposure Calculation and Reporting

Armed with the Leq, Lavg and Lpeak measurements, the final stage is to calculate a worker's actual exposure, TWA or % Dose throughout the working day. This can be done manually or the NoiseTools software can do it for you and produce reports for your records.

For Data Logging Meters

The meters on this page include the NoiseTools software - there is no extra charge for this. You can download the software to evaluate it before making a purchase.

NoiseTools Software

The NoiseTools software runs on a Windows PC. It is compatible with all recent versions of Windows, from Windows 7 onwards.

  • Downloads measurements from the Optimus Red
  • Produce noise reports, including custom noise at work reports
  • Print or export reports for sharing
  • Listen to Voice Tags
  • Hearing protection selection reports
  • Link measurements to projects, people and places
  • Free, lifetime updates
  • License free with no installation restrictions
noisetools software for optimus sound level meter
NoiseTools Software

Optimus Red Options

There are not too many options for the Optimus Red sound level meter, as even the basic model includes all the parameters that you need for occupational noise measurements in line with the regulations. Additional features, such as octave band filters, can be fitted in future, so you can decide later if you are unsure right now.

The main options are:

  • Type 1 or Type 2? - Most occupational noise regulations say Type 2 is adequate.
  • Calibrator - The noise at work regulations state that you should have a calibrator.
  • Noise Measurement Kit - These include meter, calibrator and a carrying case.

Sound Level Calibrator

The most important of the accessories is the Calibrator. The regulations state that you should use one to check the function of the meter before and after making any measurements.

Noise Measurement Kit

The Noise Measurement Kits, order codes CK162B and CK161B, include a sound level meter, calibrator of the correct class, windshield, software, carrying case and download cable.

Type 1 or Type 2?

A Type 1 sound level meter is a little more accurate than a Type 2 model. It is also more expensive. If you are using the meter exclusively for occupational noise measurements then the regulations are quite clear: Type 2 is adequate. For this reason we recommend the Type 2 model.

However, if you need to make other noise measurements, such as noise emitting from your factory into the local environment, then it might be wise to go for a Type 1 meter. In these instances the local authority (Environmental Health Officer for example) will usually expect measurements made with a Type 1 meter.

Octave Band Filters

With this option fitted, the meter splits the spectrum into bands to provide information about the frequency content. Meters with the Octave Band option always have the Data Logging option fitted too.

Octave bands are very useful when monitoring areas with very high noise levels. The octave band measurements are used by the software to calculate the level at the ear when wearing different hearing protectors. This option can be added at a later date without returning the meter.

For this option please visit the Optimus Red with Octave Band Filters page.

StandardsIEC 61672-1:2013 Class 1 or Class 2
IEC 61672-1:2002 Class 1 or Class 2 Group X
IEC 60651:2001 Type 1 I or Type 2 I
IEC 60804:2000 Type 1 or Type 2
IEC 61252:1993 personal sound exposure meters
ANSI S1.4 -1983 (R2006), ANSI S1.43 - 1997 (R2007), ANSI S1.25:1991
IEC 61260:1996 & ANSI S1.11-2004
DIN 45657:2005-03
 
Measurement Range20dB to 140dB RMS single range
Noise floor<18dB(A) Class 1, <21dB(A) Class 2
Frequency weightingsRMS & peak : A, C, & Z measured simultaneously
Time weightingsFast, Slow & Impulse measured simultaneously
 
Memory4GB, 32GB factory fit option
Time history data rates10ms, 62.5ms, 100ms, 125ms, 250ms, 1/2 sec, 1 sec or 2 sec
VoiceTagUp to 30 seconds of audio notes with each measurement
 
IntegratorsThree simultaneous “virtual” noise meters. Integrator 1 is preset to Q3 for Leq functions. Integrators 2 & 3 can be configured with the following
Exchange rate3, 4 or 5 dB
Threshold70dB to 120dB (1 dB steps)
Time weightingNone or Slow
Criterion level70dB to 120dB (1 dB steps)
Criterion time1 to 12 hours in 1 hour steps
Integrator quick settingsEU, OSHA HC & OSHA NC, OSHA HC & ACGIH, MSHA HC & MSHA EC, Custom
Size283mm x 65mm x 30mm
Weight300gms/10oz
 
Power4 x AA alkaline
Typically 12 hours with alkaline AA
Typically 20 hours with lithium AA non-rechargeable
External power: 5v-15v via MultiIO socket via ZL:171 cable (2.1mm socket)
 
OutputsUSB Type B to PC
AC & DC output via ZL:174 (2 x Phono, 1m)
Multi-pin IO for external power via ZL:171 cable (2.1mm socket)
Bluetooth BLE compatible with Anrdoid and iOS devices
 
CaseMaterial: high impact ABS-PC with soft touch back and keypad
Tripod mount1/4" Whitworth socket
EnvironmentalTemperature: Operating -10°C to +50°C, storage -20°C to +60°C
Humidity: Up to 95% RH non-condensing
Electromagnetic performanceIEC 61672-1:2002, IEC 61672-2:2003, IEC 61672-1:2013 & IEC 61672-2:2013
Except where modified by EN 61000-6-1:2007 & EN 61000-6-1:2007
 
Language OptionsEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Italian
 
Display functionsLXY, LXYMax, LXYMin, LXeq, LCPeak, LZPeak, LCeq-LAeq, LXE
Graph of short LAeq, LCPeak, TWA, dose%, est dose%
Measurement run time
 
Stored functionsLXYMax & time history of LXYMax
LAeq, LCeq, LZeq, LCPeak, LZPeak, LAPeak, Lavg, TWA. %dose
Time history of LAeq, LCeq, LZeq, LCPeak, LZPeak, LAPeak, LAIeq, Lavg
 
where x=A ,C ,Z; y= F, S, I