07-19-2013, 01:39 AM
yeah the touchscreen might seem funny, but in case you didn't know these things are mini tablets, they do as much as a computer practically. as for the stylus, I can use it quicker than I can type.
Originally Posted by CFESAmasterEGSR
07-19-2013, 09:43 AM
I work in a commercial facility so, I'm not concerned about printing up information for customers. I am, however, interested in the Sman 4's capability to target proper superheat. But, correct me if I'm wrong, this wouldn't help much on TXV systems.
Originally Posted by hvac5646
Normal is just a setting on the washing machine...
07-19-2013, 09:56 AM
When you reach the age of us seasoned techs (seasoned = experienced)... <grin>... your fingers will be strong and fat... Until then... you should be able to text/type without the stylus.
Originally Posted by hvac5646
I find the stylus easier to use. And then there are all the cool things one can do in the 'note' routines built into the phone. One of the things I like is: If I am on the phone with tech support (usually in another state), I can take a picture of what I am looking at, put an arrow to what I am talking about on the picture, write a note on the picture, attach the picture to a text with more notes, and send it to the guy on the tech line. He will have it in 5-10 seconds and we can look at it and figure out what to do. I have done this numerous times, it is one of the features which influenced my decision to get this phone.
Just a side note: My second choice was the iphone 5.
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07-19-2013, 10:39 AM
I have broken knuckles and arthritic finger joints. Great for bull work but I had to give up my career a a concert pianist lol.
Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech
07-19-2013, 08:43 PM
I believe the testo 570 easykool software can also keep track of refrigerant usage, you have the 570 but do you do you have the easykool software?i have some serious concerns about refrigerant management.
Originally Posted by hvac5646
Can the 570 and easykool software do the following:
Service tech goes to wholesalers and purchases a bottle of refrigerant, enters the serial no of the bottle and initial content, purchase order number, date of purchase into the 570, I assume this info would automatically transfer to the easykool software when the 570 is connected to a PC running the easykool software.
After each job, can the service tech enter the refrigerant amount used, the refrigerant type, serial number and customer into the 570, when the 570 is connected to the PC i assume it will automatically calculate refrigerant contents left in each bottle, and display a full detailed report, with absolutely zero errors.
when the bottle is empty and returned to supplier, I assume the easykool software will create a detailed report showing where every single gram of refrigerant went to and it should also have alarms if there is refrigerant non accounted for, or customers have been overcharged by even so much as a single gram, I would also assume that the numbers can be modified, for example there is no 100% garuntee that all bottles do not have tiny leaks, or are filled correctly to the nearest single gram by the wholesaler, therfore service techs will need to be able to modify the numbers slightly in the easykool software.
07-19-2013, 09:09 PM
I think the easy cool software is way over priced.
Originally Posted by redback
07-19-2013, 09:45 PM
That sounds like a nightmare
07-19-2013, 10:32 PM
Working with Refco about some issues with it, production halting(I hope) sort of issues, plus I've been extremely busy the last few weeks.
Originally Posted by Brent Ridley
I'll have more details at some point soon, but in my opinion, if Refco mass distributes the new Digimon it will be a total flop in the USA, and further damage their reputation in the DSRA market.
The physical construction is very good, the vacuum function with the remote sensor is great, the pressure transducers are accurate, and the design of the case is great.
Unfortunately the temperature measurement, and PT resolution is very bad for those of us who work in ºF, the thermocouple calibration procedure is not good for field use, and there are issues with the lack of cold junction temperature compensation, or electrical interference filtering for the thermocouples.
Once I've had more opportunity to spend some time with them, and communicate with Refco about what, if anything, is being done about some of the problems, I'll do a detailed writeup.
I've unofficially been invited to help, in some capacity, with the design of the next Digimon, so I don't want to piss them off to much, but on the other hand, I'm not going to sugar coat my evaluation of the current offering.
They also sent me their stand alone vacuum gauge, and an RL-8 vacuum pump.
I'm still waiting on some back ordered stuff from TrueTech so I can do the review and head to head comparison the way I want with the vacuum gauge, but it definitely is above average in the sub $150 micron gauge price class.
So far I give the RL-8 vacuum pump 2 thumbs up.
07-20-2013, 12:47 AM
Here is a photo of a refco wrench that I paid a lots of money for and has never been used at all not even once, and yet the chrome plating is simply falling off.
Originally Posted by Expat in CH
"people do dumb stuff to quality products"
we techs spend lots of money on our tools, thousands of $$$$ to be exact, and do not deliberately abuse them.
07-20-2013, 06:00 AM
Doesn't United Refrigeration have refrigerant management software?.
Originally Posted by lytning
07-26-2013, 07:54 PM
Fieldpiece at work
I had a set of the new Hilmor Gauges, i kinda liked them at first, and then.. they started to have problems, i couldn't recycle refrigerant from the high side to the low (really strange! if i purged with Nitro, it was clear, with refrigerant it would hang up), traded them in for the SMAN 4's and i love em'
07-29-2013, 04:49 AM
I hear you Redback. I have spent thousands on my own tools and I hate it when one breaks without cause. Especially when it busts my knuckles!
Even the legendary Craftsman is crap these days. In my personal opinion.
REFCO is certainly not perfect. We have our problems too.
I know you make your living with your tools, so why would you deliberately abuse them?......... I am of the same opinion.
Unfortunately, some people just don't take care of their equipment. I could send you pictures that you wouldn't believe.
Just like some installs you have been called out to.... Not everyone does it right.
I know you have seen that in the field, and sometimes the equipment like your awesome crescent wrench are just plane factory defective.
Please let me know what I can do to make it right for you and I will try to help.
You can private message me if you want.
"He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands & his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, his head & his heart is an artist."
~St. Francis of Assisi
07-29-2013, 10:05 AM
Really? No comment on the Digimon SE concerns?