"After testing my fifth site, I realized that I'd spent no more than ten minutes in fully testing each one."
Our History of Dependable Products and Services
Spinlab has been in business for more than 61 years --- 25 years servicing the electric utility industry. In that time we have created the most innovative products available to perform meter and meter circuit testing. In June of 1996 we introduced the Bird Dog Plus which allowed you to check all 32 failure modes of an electric meter circuit with the push of one button. And now, with the Meter Verification add-on feature, you can simultaneously analyze the meter and meter circuit, producing a one-page report that sums up the accuracy of the entire site.
In the future as you consider establishing or expanding your field testing program, Spinlab can help you with those needs. We can help you set up an effective program, drawing on our solid base of experience together with the shared knowledge of our many customers. The Spinlab technical support system is unrivaled for expediency in handling both problems and questions. We take pride in our genuine concern for customers.
established in 1948 in
Knoxville, Tennessee as the original spin-off company of the Manhattan Project
in Oak Ridge (which later became the Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to
supply nuclear instrumentation to the emerging declassified nuclear research
World Leader in Cotton Fiber Testing
the early 1950's Spinlab became the world's leader in research and development
in measuring the properties of cotton and other fibers .
Spinlab Expands the Business
the late 1970's Spinlab began growing a products business supplying fiber measurement
instrumentation worldwide based on its pioneering research and development
660 Bird Dog Introduction (CT Tester)
In 1984 Spinlab established the Utility Instrumentation Division and introduced the Bird Dog for in-service testing of CT-metered installations. This was the first CT tester ever created for ratio and burden testing of CTs!
Introduced the High Voltage Probe
1988 under research contract with The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association,
Spinlab developed and introduced the high voltage probe for measuring primary currents
up to 230 kV with a fiber optic link to the Bird Dog.
Utility Division Becomes an Independent Corporation
1990 Spinlab sold the Textile Instrumentation Division to Zellweger of Switzerland who
continue to operate in Knoxville, Tennessee .
First Generation of the Bird Dog Plus is Introduced for CT Testing
1996 Spinlab introduced the digital-based Bird Dog Plus for
testing CT-metered installations and measuring power factor, harmonics, and vector analysis along with digital data storage and PC upload
Diagnostics is Added to the Bird Dog Plus
Over 100 verbal diagnostic messages were added to the Bird Dog Plus building a knowledge base within the unit.
SpinGraph SE is Introduced
In August, 1998 Spinlab introduced the SpinGraph SE Custom Reporting and Graphing Program for the Bird Dog Plus to effortlessly create reports on the PC.
In 2000 Spinlab added the Gain/Loss Analysis Report to SpinGraph SE allowing the customer to document the gain or loss produced by a site in dollars.
Single Phase Meter Verificiation (Meter Analyzer)
In 2001 Spinlab introduced the Single Phase Meter Verification add-on feature to the Bird Dog Plus, essentially doubling the capability of the unit and allowing the customer to simultaneously analyze the meter and meter circuit, producing a one-page report that sums up the accuracy of the entire site--meter and meter circuit.
of the Load Box
need to perform meter and/or meter circuit tests on sites with little or no
load, Spinlab created the Load Box in 2002.
This device will put up to 50 amps on any in-service low voltage donut or
bar type CT. Any high or low
voltage CT can be checked out on the bench before the CT is put into commission
to determine if the CT is working properly.
of the Simultaneous 3 Phase Meter Verification Capability --6000
Bird Dog Plus--Meter Testing 3 Phase Self-Contained Meters
--6000 Bird Dog Plus--Meter Testing 3 Phase Self-Contained Meters
the fall of 2004, Spinlab developed the ability to test Forms 14, 15, 16, &
17 three-phase self-contained meters.
By looking at all 3 phases simultaneously, you can now perform ONE meter
verification test to determine the accuracy of any meter in the field, using the
customer’s load with the meter in service.
With this new ability, it is easier and faster to test out meters and
meter circuits with the Bird Dog Plus.
In the winter of 2005, Spinlab released an enhanced version of SpinGraph SE for the 6000 Bird Dog Plus called SpinGraph Deluxe. This new version of SpinGraph Deluxe has the following enhancements:
In the fall of 2007 Spinlab released the Demagnetization Circuit, enabling our customers to demagnetize an in-service CT in less than 1 minute.
on any CT-rated site—primary or secondary
on secondary current from 0.2 to 10 amps
lockouts built in for excessive current, voltage, and temperature readings
directly to the Bird Dog Plus for easy before and after monitoring to prove
size and weight allows you to carry it easily from site to site
predetermines the extent of the test needed to demagnetize a CT based on
load and degree of magnetization
a CT normally in less than 1 minute
No batteries to maintain—works from site power
In the winter of 2008 extended
battery life is a reality for the Bird Dog Plus!
Now you can upgrade any older 5000 or 6000 Bird Dog Plus, gaining the
40% more capacity for a 5000 Bird Dog Plus with a NiMH smart charger
130% more capacity for a 6000 Bird Dog Plus with a LION battery and LION smart charger.
charge capability with both smart chargers—Cannot overcharge—Leave it
plugged in for as long as you like
codes on the chargers to show if the battery has no charge, is charging or
has full charge
battery life with the smart chargers because the batteries are fully charged
directly from the front face of the Bird Dog Plus with an easy to attach
connector—Impossible to attach the wrong charger to the Bird Dog Plus
No battery memory issues with the discharge circuit in units shipped after January 1, 2008 or upgrades
Demand Meter Test for kW, kVAR, & kVA
In the summer of 2008 Spinlab will release a kW, kVAR & kVA demand meter test for the 6000 Bird Dog Plus. All you do is choose the demand interval from 1 to 60 minutes, an the Bird Dog Plus will count demand. Compare this reading to what your meter says and you can determine the accuracy of your meter.
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