257xR Series Ballast Analyzer

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The 257xR ballast analyzers have been adopted by ballast/lighting manufacturers worldwide because of their greatly enhanced technological capabilities, greatly reduced setup and maintenance requirements, and low cost of ownership.

With the 257xR, up to four tubes and four ballasts can be tested in a fraction of a second for every key parameter, including peak inrush, striking and light efficiency (when used with a light monitor). With a capacity of 2,000 measurements per second on each of up to 30 signals, the only limitation to testing throughput is the speed of your production line.

The 257xR can be used in stand alone or computer controlled environments. It allows the user to simultaneously measure all pins on all tubes, independent output measurements, 12 voltages and 12 currents, (i.e. independent tube V and I measurement, independent filament V and I, for each tube that is configured). Continuous sampling at up to 2 Msps ensures that even the shortest transient events are measured.

Ordering & Accessories

Below prices in US$ are for destinations in North America with terms of prepay, net 30 days (OAC) and accepted credit cards. For shipment beyond North America or terms beyond 30 days, please contact the factory for a quotation. Orders ship within 2-5 business days from date of receipt of order. If you require rush shipment please contact us at (858) 689-2755 or email info@vitrek.com for details.

257xR Ballast Analyzer Units

2571R Single Tube Ballast Analyzer

2571R Single Tube Ballast Analyzer, Rackmount with System Interfaces

$8,795.00

2572R Two Tube Ballast Analyzer

2572R Two Tube Ballast Analyzer, Rackmount with System Interfaces

$10,995.00

2573R Three Tube Ballast Analyzer

2573R Three Tube Ballast Analyzer, Rackmount with System Interfaces

$15,495.00

2574R Four Tube Ballast Analyzer

2574R Four Tube Ballast Analyzer, Rackmount with System Interfaces

$19,995.00

257xR Series Ballast Analyzers – Options & Accessories

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2574R-OPT-1MEG-INPUT-IMP

2574R-OPT-1MEG-INPUT-IMP - 257xR Option 1 MEG input impedance upgrade, per channel cost (requires a calibration cost as well if not performed as part of a repair) (1, 2, 3 & 4 Channel)

$290.00
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2574R-OPT-F

2574R-OPT-F - Decrease to 2MHz-3dB bandwidth, reduced accuracy above 100kHz (1, 2, 3 & 4 Channel)

$210.00
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2574R-OPT-HI

Option for model 2574R - 2574R-OPT-HI - Removes Spark Gaps (increases input to 4.5kVpk)

$0.00
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2574R-OPT-HID

2574R-OPT-HID - 257x Option HID (1, 2, 3 & 4 Channel)

$105.00
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2574R-OPT-HL

2574R-OPT-HL - Increases Line Current Capability to 40Apk (1, 2, 3 & 4 Channel)

$105.00
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2574R-OPT-LC

2574R-OPT-LC - Low Current Load Capability (0.75Apk per pin) (1, 2, 3 & 4 Channel)

$105.00
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2574R-OPT-M Increased Voltage Accuracy

Option for model 2574R - 2574R-OPT-M Increased Voltage Accuracy (improved accuracy up to 1.5kVpk limit)

$210.00
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2574R-OPT-XC

2574R-OPT-XC - Very High Current Load Capability (6Apk per pin) (1, 2, 3 & 4 Channel)

$105.00
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2574R-PCA0088

2574R-PCA0088 - 2574R Rear Panel PCA

$995.00
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257xR-HID 257x Option HID

257xR-HID 257x with Option HID - HID Ballast Option, 4.5 kVpk Input, includes XC Current Option (6Apk per pin, 12Apk total) X = 1, 2, 3 or 4 Ballast Output Connection *** CONTACT VITREK FOR PRICING ***  

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CBL0067

2 Pin, Molex to Flying Leads, 7" each

$8.00

The 257xR Series of Ballast Analyzers feature the speed and versatility to completely change the way ballasts and tubes are tested.

The 257xR ballast analyzers have been adopted by ballast/lighting manufacturers worldwide because of their greatly enhanced technological capabilities, greatly reduced setup and maintenance requirements, and low cost of ownership.

With the 257xR, up to four tubes and four ballasts can be tested in a fraction of a second for every key parameter, including peak inrush, striking and light efficiency (when used with a light monitor). With a capacity of 2,000 measurements per second on each of up to 30 signals, the only limitation to testing throughput is the speed of your production line.

The 257xR can be used in stand alone or computer controlled environments. It allows the user to simultaneously measure all pins on all tubes, independent output measurements, 12 voltages and 12 currents, (i.e. independent tube V and I measurement, independent filament V and I, for each tube that is configured). Continuous sampling at up to 2 Msps ensures that even the shortest transient events are measured.

Product Features and Benefits

  • Displaysall relevant ballast input/output measurements on a single screen
  • Completely tests a ballast in less than 100 ms
  • Fully automatic ballast start-up and tube striking detection
  • Results displayed graphically or numerically with down to 1 ms time resolution
  • IEEE488 control of AC sources for a single user interface
  • Wide Bandwidth, ballast output frequencies to 2 MHz
  • Every signal is monitored continuously with 12-bit, 2 MHz sampling
  • Automatic test sequencing and complete comparison of measurements vs. limits, including selection of different 1500 series load modules and engagement of 1500 series line switch modules
  • No computer or user software required
  • Graphical startup profiling with time sequencing
  • Graphical historical measurements
  • Supports magnetic, instant/rapid start, HID<5kVpk, compact, high frequency and hybrid ballasts, plus LED drivers
  • Test summary screen designated for the production floor environment, can display either a large PASS/FAIL or upon query, can show up to 3 pass/fail faults

Specifications

Condensed Specifications – For Full Specifications contact Vitrek

Line Input:
Volts/Current: 0.1%
Power: 0.15%

Ballast Output:
Volts/Current: 0.1% (Line): 0.3% (50kHz); 5% (1MHz)
Power: 0.15% (line): 0.5% (50kHz); 10%(1MHz)

Harmonics:
Line and Ballast Output Harmonics

Sampling:
Up to 2 MSPS continuous sampling

Graphical Results:
Harmonics Barcharts, Historical Data Logging (2 sec to 10 days, 0.5% time resolution)

Physical Specifications:
Power Input: 80-265 Vrms autoselect, 50/60/400 Hz @ 100 VA max
Size: (HxWxD) 4.5″ x 11.5″ x 10.5″
Weight: 16 lbs (7.3 kg)
Operating Range: 0° C to 45° C, <85% RH @ 40°C non-condensing
Storage Range: -30° C to 65° C, <95% RH @ 40°C non-condensing

Digital Interfaces (standard):
IEEE488: Full talk/listen and controlelr capabilities
Parallel: IEEE1284, unformatted text or PCL

Rentals

The 257xR Series Ballast Analyzers and accessories are available for rent. Please contact the factory for a rental quotation on the items and period of time you desire. Vitrek offers a generous rental allowance for rentals that are converted to a purchase and rentals of 12 months come with a 10% buyout.

257xR Downloads

Download Data Sheet
Download User Guide
Download 257xR Config25 lv711.zip
* Version 2.5, (1M, LabView 7.1.1) UPDATED Sep 28, 2005 – This application allows complete 257xR series instrument setup from a single screen using pull-down menus. It also provides a simple and efficient way to create automatic test sequences, including entering test limits.

Download 257xR Charts
* (1832, PDF) These are the diagrams defining the wiring based upon the chart number.

Download 1500 Load Card Programming
* (86k LabView 6.0) – Allows you to reprogram the ID codes and the load and filament values.

Download 1560/1561 Programmable Load Card
* (9k, PDF) 2574R ID codes for Configuration, Test Sequence and Limits. (53K, PDF)

Download 257xR Configuration String Example (1k, TXT)
Download 1560 Variable Load Card Codes vs. Resistor Values.ZIP (23k, LabView 6.0)
Download 257xR Firmware Release Notes (V6.0.0, 74k PDF)
*Please read this before upgrading your 257xR with new firmware.

Download 257xR Firmware Release Notes (V5.1.2, 51k PDF)
*Please read this before upgrading your 257xR with new firmware.

Download 257xR Firmware Release Notes (V4.2.3, 51k PDF)
*Please read this before upgrading your 257xR with new firmware.

Download 257xR 1500 Upload.zip
*(66k LabView 6.0) Allows you to upload new flash firmware into the 2574R, 1500 and the 1596 controllers.

Download 257xR Display Data and Config LV2012.zip
*(500k LabView 2012) UPDATED Sep 29, 2016 – This application allows the user to view most all numeric and graphical data normally displayed on the 257xR front panel. Data can also be downloaded to a file. It provides for complete 257xR series instrument setup from a single screen using pull-down menus.

Download 257xR Restrike Configuration Notes (12k PDF)