Timer Scaler & Frequency Meter

Code: IPC-3342-T

A multi-purpose instrument (IPC-3342-T) which is invaluable in the physics laboratory, combining the functions of a multi-purpose timer, a ratemeter and a frequency meter in one compact and economical unit. Its uses are many and varied covering a wide area of the physics syllabus.

Uses in the timer mode range from a simple stopwatch to more sophisticated applications such as dynamics experiments with air tracks etc. The Scaler and Ratemeter modes allow numerous radioactivity experiments to be undertaken, for example, variations in background radiation, half-life determination and investigation of absorption coefficients. When used as a frequency meter the instrument will accept diversified waveforms and may be used, for example, to determine the rotational frequency of a stroboscope disc and for displaying the frequency of a waveform from a signal generator. It has four, 7-segment LED digits, 13mm high. The high brightness and large size display make it ideal for classroom demonstrations.

The microprocessor based design minimises the number of controls required and these are clearly labelled so that the instrument is very straightforward to use. A single biased-off double throw switch enables RESET or HOLD to be momentarily selected. The HOLD position halts the display whilst the internal timing or counting continues. The instrument, when used as a timer can be switched mechanically or electrically by connecting to one or both pairs of 4mm sockets, labelled ‘A’ and ‘B’. The ‘A’ sockets operate on a rising edge and the ‘B’ sockets operate on a falling edge enabling start/stop operations to be performed from a variety of switch combinations. We recommend using the IPC Photo Timing Gate (IPC-3210-T) for all start/stop timing applications due to its ease of use, accuracy and repeatability.

Besides use as a standard electronic timer, the instrument can be pulse operated to enable moving bodies to be timed using photo timing gates. When used as a Scaler or Ratemeter the input signal can be via either a GM Tube or a Solid-State detector. The GM Tube is connected via a TNC coaxial socket and with the switch set to ‘GM’ the EHT supply is continuously variable over the range 300V to 500V. With the switch set to ‘SS’ the pre-amplifier is switched in, the solid-state detector is connected using a BNC coaxial socket. An audio BEEP is given when a count is registered in either the Scaler or Ratemeter setting, this can be switched off using the Sounder switch.

For frequency measurements the input is via the pair of sockets labelled ‘A’. An illuminated on/off switch is mounted on the rear panel adjacent to a fused appliance inlet. The unit is built into a robust metal case with a durable powder coated finish.

Additional Information: 

Should your GM Tube have a BNC connector then we can supply a BNC to TNC Adapter Lead (IPC-3355-T), if your GM Tube requires the now obsolete PET connector changing to a TNC (or BNC) connector, IPC will be happy to carry this out. In addition should your Scaler Timer unit have the obsolete PET connector for the GM Tube input, IPC can offer our PET to TNC retrofit service, please contact IPC for the details.

A document containing descriptions and diagrams of how to set up the ‘g’ by Freefall apparatus and connect it to the Timer Scaler & Frequency Meter has been compiled by us.

Description : Timer Scaler & Frequency Meter

Part Number : IPC-3342-T

Electrical Supply : 220-240VAC, 50-60Hz

Dimensions : 255 x 220 x 110mm overall

Mass : 2.6kg

TIMER (Four Auto Ranges) : 0 to 9.999s, 10 to 99.99s, 100 to 999.9s & 1000 to 9999s

FREQUENCY METER (Three Auto Ranges) : 0 to 9.999kHz, 10 to 99.99kHz, 100 to 999.9kHzMax. 

Input Signal : 20V (rms)

Sensitivity : 250mV (rms)

Range : 10Hz to 1MHz (Accuracy: ±0.01%)

SCALER (Three Auto Ranges) : 0 to 9.999 x 1000 counts, 10 to 99.99 x 1000 counts & 100 to 999.9 x 1000 counts

RATEMETER (Three Auto Ranges) : 0 to 9.999 x 1000/s, 10 to 99.99 x 1000/s & 100 to 999.9x1000/s

Sensitivity : Scaler & Ratemeter: 160mV (peak)

Connections : GM Tube: TNC Socket, SS Tube: BNC Socket, Timer & Frequency Meter: 4mm Sockets


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