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Cirrus Research unveils next generation of Sound Level Meters

Cirrus Research plc, the UK company which specialises in the design and development of noise measurement equipment, has launched a whole new generation of sound level meters under the brand name ‘optimus’. Featuring smart design and advanced technology, Cirrus’ optimus sound level meters will set new standards for ease of use, flexibility and practicality.

James Tingay, Group Marketing Manager for Cirrus Research plc explains:

"The research we undertook at the beginning of this project was clear: Noise measurement and health & safety professionals are looking for sound measurement equipment which is easy to use, flexible and upgradeable. Our new optimus range meets their requirements exactly."

"It takes just three button presses to make a noise measurement using our new optimus meter: ‘On’, ‘Calibrate’ and ‘Start’. The instrument then takes all the necessary measurements simultaneously before displaying the results on a large, easy to read colour OLED display. New software allows voice tags to be recorded for future reference. As for on-going flexibility, optimus users will be able to upgrade their instrument, at any time in the future, should their needs change."

To ensure that the measurements made with an optimus sound level meter can be validated, all of the optimus instruments feature the unique LifeTime archive. This automatically stores the most important parameters into a protected and secure section of memory which can only be accessed and downloaded using a special software program.

The first models in the optimus range – ‘optimus red’ sound level meters which are aimed specifically at the occupational and noise at work markets – were unveiled at the A+A Health and Safety exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany, in November. With ergonomically designed cases, the range offers a choice of Class 1 and Class 2 accuracy, with optional data logging and real-time octave bands. The new instruments will be available for delivery in January 2010.

Further colour coded optimus ranges are set to follow, from basic sound level meters, to those aimed at the Environmental noise market, as well as specialist, multi-use instruments.

As with all Cirrus equipment, optimus instruments are covered by Cirrus’ industry leading 12-year warranty. This provides an initial 24-month warranty which can be extended up to 12 years if the equipment is serviced and recalibrated by Cirrus every 12 months. Free backup and support, including license-free software and updates, are provided with every Cirrus noise measurement product.

Cirrus Research plc has over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of noise measurement instruments and is accredited to ISO9001:2008. During that time, the company has developed a reputation for producing robust, practical equipment which can perform in real situations. All Cirrus equipment is made in the UK and the company is responsible for all after sales service and calibration work. Spare parts and support are therefore always available.

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