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#42 - Digital Pressure Gauges: The Future is Here!

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 4/18/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components

Out with the old, and in with the new! The digital pressure gauge for fire protection and testing professionals has arrived, and it’s forging a new approach in how we take pressure, vacuum, and compound measurements. This type of gauge eliminates mechanical parts and instead relies on digital technology for precise measurements every single time. 

This blog will address some of the exclusive additions that come with a digital pressure gauge, and how they affect measuring pressure. Looking to purchase a digital pressure gauge? Feel free to skip directly to the digital gauge product page.

Digital pressure gauges are creating quite a buzz within the fire protection and testing industries. The marriage of cutting-edge digital technology with traditional pressure measurements results in a tool unlike any other. One pressure gauge in particular that is garnering much of this attention is Ashcroft’s DG25 Digital Pressure Gauge (PDF data sheet). We will reference this model moving forward as a way to effectively portray features and capabilities unique to digital pressure gauges.

Ashcroft Digital Pressure Gauge DG25

A digital pressure gauge’s most significant advantage is its adaptability, enabling one gauge to meet the needs of a variety of industries by measuring pressure in an assortment of units. Ashcroft’s digital pressure gauge comes with nine different engineering units of measure including:
  • PSI
  • Bar
  • kPa / mPA
  • inHg / cmHG / mmHG
  • kg/cm2
  • And more! 
Unlike traditional gauges, which usually feature just one or two units of measure, a digital pressure gauge can replace a variety of traditional gauges. As an example, testing for fire protection systems often requires PSI but also inHG (inches of Mercury) for vacuum testing to measures the performance of a priming system. Using Ashcroft’s DG25 digital pressure gauge means testing professionals can use one gauge to fulfill their complete job’s requirements.

Digital pressure gauges also come with the added benefit of storing and accessing previous measurements. Owners can save minimum and maximum readings, making applications such as fire hose and fire extinguisher burst testing much easier! These values are stored even when the gauge is turned off; your results are safe until you store a new min/max reading or you clear the gauge’s memory. 

When using a digital gauge instead of a mechanical one, many fire professionals worry about battery life – will my gauge work when I’m on site or will it have a dead battery? Well, fear no more! The Ashcroft digital pressure gauge uses two easy to replace AA batteries and has a battery life in excess of 2,000 hours. One way that this digital gauge extends this battery life even further is the built-in timer. When testing pressurized systems, you can use this timer to turn the gauge off – completely cutting out the risk of idle time draining your battery! 

Similar to most digital gadgets, digital pressure gauges require protection, so they function for years. The Ashcroft DG25 Digital Gauge features a laser-welded stainless steel case to protect the gauge from adverse environmental conditions as well as contact with corrosive elements. With a watertight IP67 rated enclosure, you can also be confident that humidity, rain, and even temporary submersion will not slow this gauge down. 

To ensure your gauge works flawlessly, you should never hand-tighten the gauge into it’s fitting. Improper installation can adversely impact the gauge’s circuitry. To be safe, always use a wrench for proper tightening. 

The Ashcroft DG25 digital pressure gauge is the newest addition to QRFS’ complete lineup of gauges for fire protection and testing.  This digital gauge’s technology and timeless construction will provide you with accurate readings for a lifetime. Combined QRFS’ top-notch customer service and incredibly fast shipping, buying a digital pressure gauge online has never been easier. 




This blog originally posted by Jason Hugo and Cameron Sharp at 
QRFS.com/blog on April 18, 2016. If you like what you've read, check us out atFacebook.com/QuickResponseFireSupply or on Twitter @QuickRsponseFS.

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