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Specifications and Features Now Showing in Used-Line Listings

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You’ve seen our T&M Specifications page, haven’t you? Well, it just got smarter. We added behind-the-scenes instruments that don’t necessarily fit into the T&M Specifications categories, but that do show up under ads in Used-Line listing categories.

Ok, we can hear you saying now: What are they talking about?

So, let’s explain.

Here’s how it usually works.

If you visit our Specs page, you’ll find 31 Test & Measurement Categories in which you can perform two tasks:

  • Check and compare product specs.
  • Find a particular model’s listings on Used-Line.

Let’s choose Signal Generators, for example. You view a table of (currently) 426 models and their specs, such as frequency ranges and output power.

Signal Generator Specifications

Signal Generators Specs on Used-Line T&M Specs page.

So, let’s pick one. We’ll select the Spanawave (formerly Giga-tronics) 2550B. When we click through we land on a page showing the specifications and a description of the 2550B. (Scroll up to view the 2550B product listings.)

That is the usual case.

Now, what happens if you want to view the specs of an item that we have not showcased on our T&M Specifications page?

What about a resistor, for example?

A pile of old resistors

Resistor, anyone?

A resistor?! You’re right. We do not have a special category for resistors in our T&M Specifications, but we do have the following categories in Used-Line’s listings of resistors ads:

Now, let’s go to Used-Line and search for a Guildline Instruments 9330, a standard resistor whose design meets the need to reduce the typical sources of errors found in older designs – that is:

  • Temperature coefficients
  • Thermal and electrical time constraints
  • Thermal EMF’s
  • Voltage and power coefficients

Scroll to the bottom of the 9330 listing results and what do you see?! A paragraph discussing the  specifications and features of the 9330 based on the manufacturer’s description!

Now you’re not going to find descriptions of every single product that is advertised for sale on Used-Line.

Yet!

But we’re working on it!

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Used-Line Has Chosen its First Dealer of the Month: Congratulations MATsolutions!

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The Used-Line Test Community Has Chosen!

MATsolutions is the Dealer of the Month.

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Used-Line’s Test Community voted for you because of your customer service, honesty, and reliability!

Since 1992, MATsolutions has delivered the assurance our clients need when acquiring, maintaining, and managing high quality reconditioned test and measurement equipment. MATsolutions purchases, sells, rents, and leases equipment from over 50 manufacturers and specializes in Agilent (Keysight), Tektronix, Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu, and Fluke products. We also provide expert test equipment calibration and repair services in our state-of-the-art ISO 17025 Accredited Laboratory. MATsolutions can provide a repair solution to maintain older test platforms beyond the OEM end of service period.

MATsolutions Products

on Used-Line.com

Fluke 5720A

Fluke 5720A

Agilent/Keysight N9010A

Agilent/Keysight N9010A

Agilent/HP E8257D

Agilent/HP E8257D

More Products from MATsolutions

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New Feature: Only Show Listings With Images

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When you browse Used-Line.com for equipment, you can now choose to view only those listings that include images.

Click the image below to view the highlighted “Only show ads with images” icon and the different results that you’ll get when you click it. Note also the change in the number of the results shown.

The default is to show all ads.

Choose to view all listings, or only those that include images.

Choose to view all listings, or only those that include images.

 

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Used-Line Statistics: Most Requested Equipment in November 2014

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  • E5071C ENA ⇒ Agilent (Keysight) ⇒ Network Analyzer
  • CMA3000 ⇒ Anritsu ⇒ All-In-One Field Tester
  • E4440A ⇒ Agilent (Keysight) ⇒ Spectrum Analyzer
  • N9010A EXA ⇒ Agilent (Keysight) ⇒ Signal Analyzer
  • 805C ⇒ Agilent HP ⇒ Slotted Line
  • TDS1012B ⇒ Tektronix ⇒ Digital Storage Oscilloscope
  • 85052B ⇒ Agilent (Keysight) ⇒ Standard Mechanical Calibration Kit
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Used-Line Newsletter, December 1, 2014

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Now why should our blog readers miss out on our monthly newsletters? Well, the answer is that you don’t have to any longer because we’re now going to bloggify them into a new blog category, called – you guessed it – Newsletters. Used-Line blog

So, here it is: The Dec 1, 2014 edition of the Used-Line e-newsletter.

Online Information from Used-Line Dealers

At the start of the year, we shared some content that was brought to us by our users, viewers, and dealers. The response to this newsletter encouraged us to bring our readers Part 2.
And here it is!

RF Imaging & Communication

Our Test & Measurement Bank Account

In their own words: RF IMAGING & COMMUNICATION is an enterprise in Las Vegas, Nevada, specializing in the buying and selling of used electronic test and measurement equipment and communications radio service monitors. We offer a wide variety of pre-owned test equipment, and we also rent and lease equipment at a very competitive rate. We will open for you a test equipment bank account: Trade-in your used equipment towards new or used equipment with no cash involved and trade-in your surplus equipment for credit towards future purchases. Save 30-70% on used electronic test equipment. Major brands include IFR, MOTOROLA, CUSHMAN, STABILOCK, WAVETEK, H.P. and TEKTRONIX.

Equipnet

Blog Posts with eBooks and Videos

I love posts with numerical titles like, “Ten Signs That Show You Need to Call a
Technician“, or “Five Test & Measurement Instruments You Can Build out of Common
Household Objects.”
Well, here’s one that I would never have been able to come up with on my own. Directly
from the EquipNet Blog: Seven Plant Closing Mistakes And How to Avoid Them.” This is a serious topic and one that surely needs addressing. Equipnet has run with this difficult issue and authored an e-Book with tips, advice, and practical suggestions on plant closures and restructuring.

MATsolutions

Blog

Continuing on our theme of numerical blog titles, MATsolutions gets right under
the skin of component materials with its blog on “6 Dielectric Measurement Techniques“. I like the way the blog ends with “Possibly related posts”. This could (possibly) be an indication that accuracy is an important attribute of this company’s mission.
The MATsolutions blog pages are not skimpy – offering an eclectic selection of posts on test equipment, measurement techniques, periodic sales, and calibration.

Signal Test Inc

Show & Tell – Demo Videos + New Test Equipment Reviews Blog

If you’re looking for no-frills blog posts on the latest test equipment, you’ll find them here. Don’t shy away from the blog’s plain design. The posts are short and sweet, and if you need more info, you can easily link from the post to the specific equipment listings on the Signal Test website.
Be sure to read the review of the SKG test tweezers – and then compare with the Agilent (Keysight) 16334A.
And there’s more! If you’d like to find out how some of your tools work, check out the Signal Test video page. You may find a demo of your recently purchased TDR, power supply, or impedance analyzer.

Marshall Scientific

A Video Featuring the New Brunswick Innova 2180 Orbital Shaker

This video is just one of the many that Marshall Scientific has uploaded onto their YouTube channel. Each short clip (many are less than a minute long) shows a demonstration of the featured lab equipment in action – complete with sound effects!
View the Marshall Scientific video channel
Play the Innova 2180 clip

Used-Line Dealer Corner

Most Requested Equipment in November

  • E5071C ENA: Agilent (Keysight) Network Analyzer
  • CMA3000:Anritsu All-In-One Field Tester
  • E4440A PSA: Agilent (Keysight) Spectrum Analyzer
  • N9010A EXA:Agilent (Keysight) Signal Analyzer
  • 805C: Agilent HP Slotted Line
  • TDS1012B: Tektronix Digital Storage Oscilloscope
  • 85052B: Agilent (Keysight) Standard Mechanical Calibration Kit

 

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Two More Used-Line Usability Gems + One Tip

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Do you remember my recent post (December, 2013), Used-Line Usability Gems? Where I ‘fessed up that I work for Used-Line.com? And I did say that we have more gems, right? Well, here are three more that our smart web people have developed..

    • Search suggestions include Manufacturers’ names. Let’s say you’re searching for a Leeds and Northrup 4210, 1 ohm resistance standard. You enter the model number, 4210, in the Find Category or Model# box on the top right side of any page on the Used-Line website. The results show that there is a significant number of model 4210’s on Used-LIne. You probably don’t need the Fluke DC 4210 power supply. The Boonton 4210 watt-meter may be useful, but that’s not really what you’re looking for. But wait, there it is! 4210 – Leeds & Northrup is one of the search suggestions that came up.
      MFR shown in search results

      MFR shown in Used-Line search results

      With the inclusion of the manufacturer’s name in your search results, you can quickly find exactly what you were searching for.

    • Ordering directly from the dealer: Some of our dealers have taken advantage of our new Directly From Dealer button. When a buyer opens an ad listed by a dealer using this functionality, he is given the option to purchase directly from the dealer without filling out any forms on Used-Line – thus reducing the number of steps required to complete his transaction. The buyer simply clicks on a thumbnail image that takes him to the specific listing on the dealer’s website. (Click the image below to view this actual ad on Used-LIne.)
Order directly from dealer.

Ordering a product directly from a dealer.

    • Moving up the ranks in Used-Line search results: And here is our tip for the week. It is a tip for promoting your ads on Used-Line. I’m sure you’ve noticed the featured ads with photos, in a row of four mini-banners at the top of a category’s listings page. Featured Items is a special upgrade that you can purchase from Used-Line. (See the page on becoming a member.) What you may not realize about Featured Items is that the mini-banner at the top of the page is not the only benefit you get from this upgrade. You also get to send your ad uprank (I made that word up) in the list of search results (possibly to the top!) when users search for the item you wish to sell. For details on how this works, view the Used-Line video on Featured Items.

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Look out for more usability gems in future blog posts!

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Three Ways to View Power Analyzers on Used-Line.com

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Do you know that there are at least three ways (maybe there are more) to view Power Analyzers on Used-LIne.com? Of course, the same applies to many of the other categories on Used-LIne. But today we are going to focus on just one instrument category – power analyzers – for illustrative purposes.

These three paths all serve different purposes. Used-Line has so much to offers its visitors!

1. View Power Analyzer Listings

Let’s talk about listings first because this is why a potential buyer of a power analyzer will visit Used-Line.com.

How do you find power analyzer listings on Used-LIne?
Well, I could send you the Used-Line Help manual. No. Let’s be honest. Which of our users really need help finding equipment listings on our website?

You probably fit into one of the following four user profiles:

  1. You are a frequent visitor to Used-Line and have been for years, and could probably give a class on how to navigate our website.
  2. You’ve been keeping up with our blog (you have, haven’t you?), and have learned all the tips and tricks for browsing equipment on Used-LIne.
  3. This is your first visit to the Used-Line website. You are in the market for a power analyzer and your favorite search engine brought you here.
  4. You have no interest in power analyzers or in test equipment in general. You simply enjoy reading this blog!

Profile 1: You know what you’re doing.
Profile 2: You’ve learned what to do.
Profile 3: Used-Line developers have made searching on Used-LIne such a cinch, there is no need for instruction.
Profile 4: Keep on reading!

So, no instructions needed – only a link: Used-Line Power Analyzer Ads.

Now that you’ve seen the listings, how about some descriptions of the various power analyzers that are listed?

Which takes us to Used-Line’s specifications pages for test and measurement equipment.

2. View Power Analyzer Specifications

If you followed the link to the power analyzer listings on Used-Line, you will have noted that there are 871 listings (as of today’s date)! Of course, you may have already decided which model you want, or you are a dealer looking for a specific manufacturer’s analyzer for one of your customers. But, what if you’d like to know a little more about a particular model? Or you want to check specs and features of a number of models before making your purchasing decision? What kind of power analyzer operation modes are essential to your work environment? Is harmonics measurement a must-have feature?

In other words, you would like to learn more about what types of analyzers are available and drill down into some specific characteristics about the various models in the market.

Here’s what you can do:

    1. Visit Used-Line’s T&M Specifications pages.
    2. Choose Power Analyzers.
    3. Browse the analyzers if you wish, then select one that you are interested in, for example, the discontinued Fluke 435. And here it is.
      Used Fluke 435 | used-line.comFind your used Fluke 435 Power Analyzer at used-line.com, the Online Marketplace for used Test and Measurement equipment.

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And here’s the best part! After studying the specs and features of the Fluke 435, you may decide this is just what you have been looking for. Scroll up the very page you landed on to view the Fluke 435 features description and you will find all the current Fluke 435 listings on Used-Line.

3. View the Power Analyzer Glossary

Yes, Used-Line actually provides a glossary of terms. Most, but not all the terms, are key specifications organized by instrument. Figuring that most of our users are familiar with the specs of the instruments they are interested in, we’ve hidden the glossary in the small fine print that can be found at the bottom of each page. Go ahead and see if you can find it. You just never know when you may need to look up a spec description while browsing our listings. Let our glossary get you started on your search for specification definitions. In case you don’t have a magnifying glass on hand, here’s the link. Of course, you want the Power Analyzer glossary, so that in case you were losing sleep wondering what Total Interharmonic Distortion really is, click below to find your answer.

Power Analyzer Glossary Terms | used-line.comA power analyzer, also known as an energy analyzer, is an electronic device that measures single-phase or three-phase electrical energy as it flows through a circuit or is distributed through electronic or motorized equipment. Electrical measurements commonly taken with a power analyzer include volts, amps, watts, frequency, reactive power hours, maximum power, phase angles and harmonic distortion.

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And you thought that Used-Line is just a market place for pre-owned hi-tech and scientific equipment?! Of course, it’s that! And much, much more.

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Used-Line Usability Gems

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I work for Used-Line.com. You didn’t know that, right?

So, despite the fact that I am a Used-Line employee, until recently, I had not kept up 100% with ALL the exciting developments going on – particularly on the Used-Line website. I’m not talking about massive, life-changing changes, but rather, the small little niceties that I’ve come across lately, or which have been pointed out to me by co-workers.

And here they are.

  • A new search box. In an earlier blog, we discussed searching for equipment on Used-LIne, and how you can easily drill down to the specific model or category you need. Now our developers have added an additional search box to the home page, conveniently located beneath the BUY link. A small addition, but high up on the scale of good usability, in my opinion.
  • A social media bar.  Take a look at what is new on Used-Line’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and blog pages with direct links on the social media bar at the bottom of any page on the Used-Line website. Or share an ad on one of your own social media pages, using the share button on the bar. How about sharing your company’s ads? Then when you’re done, simply click the down arrow on the right side of the bar to close the bar.
  • A recently enhanced Dealer Directory.The upgrades to the Dealer Directory let you configure your search for a dealer in such a way that you can fulfill all your specific requirements. For example, if you require a dealer in a particular location, whose offerings include timers and counters from a specific manufacturer, and you would like to lease the equipment, you can restrict your dealer search to those specific boundaries; thus drilling down quickly to your best chance at finding the equipment you need.There’s much much more to write about the Dealer Directory but not in this space. Mmm… maybe the Dealer Directory warrants its own blog post !
  • Search box
  • Dealer Directory filter
  • Dealer Directory Brands filter
  • Dealer Directory Rentals filter

We’ve got lots more gems. More next time!

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Used-Line Tip: Searching for a Specific Model

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Do you ever find that because some equipment model numbers are so ubiquitous, when you search for them on your favorite search-engine or on Used-Line, they will return way too many results, most of them will not be connected to what you had in mind, and the model you were trying to find will only show up on page 7 of the results?

Of course, if you search for model Z3RA29-56L3 (not a real model number as far as I know), you are very likely to find what you are searching for on page 1 of 1. However if you search for model 123  (this is a real model number) on Used-Line, 300+ results could be returned, with a very low relevancy in terms of your personal search. The reason: Many manufacturers name their equipment models using numbers that include 123 in this exact sequence. Examples: 123, 12338, 1232A, 1230T, 123R, SPS-1230, 102-123, and so on.

As you must realize, searching for a model number made up of numbers exclusively – no letters – makes matters worse. The descriptions and synopses that accompany your results may contain your model number in a price tag or even in a specification. Take a look at this Used-Line listing for a Tektronix 492 spectrum analyzer, which showed up in the results of my search for a 123 Fluke ScopeMeter.

Search result based on specs in listing description.

Search result based on specs in listing description.

Do you see why my search pulled in this listing? The amplitude range is –123 dBm to +40 dBm.

So, what to do about this?

Well, you can code some new search algorithms and send them along with your resume to the recruiting department of your favorite search-engine.

Or, you can fiddle with various settings in your search engine to train it to guess what you are looking for. And, of course, in some search engines, you can use an advanced search function to search for an exact term. But this all takes a few steps.

So, take a look at what our developers at Used-Line have done to make searching a cinch.

Used-Line has reduced the number of steps typically required to narrow down a search –  to a single click. Here is how it works. We will use model 123 as an example.

Used-Line drop-down list for model #123 search

Drop-down list for model #123 search

  1. In the menu bar near the top of any page on Used-Line, start typing 123 in the text box that is prefilled with the words, Find Category or Model#.
  2. Wait for a second or less to view a drop-down list of all the models on Used-Line that contain the number 123, such as SEM123D, 1123A, 212359, and 011-0123-00.
  3. Select model number 123 from the list.

What we have actually done here is to select a specific model. When we previously searched for a 123 and simply waited for the results to come in, the system returned the 300+ models on Used-Line that contain the number, 123. Now, after picking the specific model number, 123, from a selection of suggested model numbers, the system returned 20 models – all exactly what we were searching for. Not only has our search been narrowed down – it has zoomed right into what we were looking for.

No more clicking back and forth between pages and pages of irrelevant search results.

Now you give it a try!

 

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Where Can I Find a Clintec Automix 3+3 Compounder?

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Probably not at a Walmart store.

And why would I want a Clintec Automix Compounder?

Well, personally, I don’t actually need one – but – according to the stats on Used-Line, quite a few of our users do.

Before we look at the statistics, let’s try to describe what a Clintec Automix Compounder is. It is not a gas chromotograph, which was discussed in our most recent blog about the Agilent 5975. After doing your compounding thing with the Clintec Automix, you could then use the Agilent 5975 to separate and analyze what you compounded, but why would you want do to that? You would be reversing the process, wouldn’t you?

The Clintec Automix Compounder is a parenteral nutrient compounding system. If I understand this correctly, parenteral nutrient compounds are compounds that are administered by circumventing the digestive system. The compound is often fed intravenously.

Saline solution for IV

Saline solution for IV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of us are familiar with IV (intravenous) lines, but are less familiar with the processing of the mixtures that are inserted into the IV lines. This is where  compounding systems come into the picture. The Clintec Automix 3+3 Compounder is one such system. It is an automated system, and it can handle the processing of large volume ingredients, such as water and glucose.

Now let’s move on to the statistics.

Last month, July 2013, the terms, “clintec automix” were used in Used-Line searches 199 times. These two terms used together took up position number three in the top 100 search terms entered by visitors. Similarly, Google Analytics revealed that “clintex automix” was used in 72 Unique Searches on Used-Line, placing the terms in position number one for the month of July.

July 2013 Stats for search term, "Clintec + Automix"

AnalyticsCountUnique SearchPosition
Google 721
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So where can you find a Clintec Automix 3+3 Compounder? On Used-Line, of course!

If you are in the market for a Clintex Automix compounder (you may be one of the 72 unique searchers who contributed to our July statistics), Toronto Surplus & Scientific has listed a Clintec 2M8286 Automix pump module on Used-Line. Toronto Surplus & Scientific Inc. has provided the following specifications on their own website:

  • Delivery Volume Range: 10 – 5000 ml
  • Specific Gravity Range: 0.50 – 3.00
  • Dimensions: 20.5″ W x 12.5″ D x 21.5″ H

If the pump module is not specifically what you want, you can post your own want list in the Used-Line Wanted System, which sends out a daily list of wanted items to all registered dealers. We will be talking about the ULWS soon! Watch for it!

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