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How to Pick from OSI's 13,000+ Products

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July 11, 2016


We have over 13,000 products to choose from here at Ohio Semitronics and we understand that going through the pages of our website/catalog can be confusing and overwhelming. Let us help you complete your current (no pun intended) or upcoming application.


The best way to cover all of your bases, and to make sure that the right OSI unit is being purchased for your application is by taking advantage of the OSI Product Discovery Guide. The OSI Product Discovery Guide asks all of the right questions and can assist in solving thousands of application needs. This guide will support the conversation that happens with your sales representative so that neither party misses an important detail. The details that the Discovery Guide unravels about a product/application are as follows.


Measured parameter. What is the electrical value or values to be quantified? Is it current, voltage, or Watt-Hours? Maybe it is all three. The Discovery Guide allows you to select all of the choices that are necessary for your specific application.

Measurement Application. What is going to be measured with our product? Is it a motor, generator or a furnace? How about a Heater or a wind turbine? None of the above is also an option. There is space available to describe in detail an unlisted application.

AC System Power Source. Next up is specifying your system configuration, voltage and frequency. Is it one phase two wire, line to neutral? Does the application have power electronics between the incoming system and the load?

DC System Power Source. Is there a battery or other DC application notes that should be mentioned?

Current Carrying Conductor Details. If the application involves measuring amperage to indicate Current, Watts, VAR, etc., it is important to obtain the dimensions and insulation level of the systems’ conductor(s). It is beneficial to indicate the type and size of the current conductor. Is it a cable, cable-bundle, or a bus?

Transducer Output. Is the transducer output 0-1mAdc or 0-10Vdc? Here the desired or required display type can be mentioned. There is even an option for indicating the serial output.

Instrument Power. What is the voltage available to power the transducer? Is it self-power? The Self-Power option allows for the instrumentation to be derived from the measurement input. (Clean sine wave only). Self-Power Watt type transducers will have a limited input measuring voltage range.

Accuracy. Describe the required transducer or system accuracy.

Environment. Describe the type of environment where the transducer(s) will be installed. What are the temperatures your application will be exposed to? Describe the mounting space, are there any restrictions?

Agency Approvals. What are the required approvals or markings for your desired measurement unit?

Certification. Would you like N.I.S.T., ISO 17025 and ANSI Z540 certification options with your quote?

Accessories for Removal & Fusing of Equipment. Quick disconnects are available for easy removal of transducers that “open” voltage inputs and short current transformer inputs. Three phase Volts/Current per device.

Quantities Required | Budgetary Target Price | Delivery Requirements. How many units would you like? What is the budget for your application? Do you have any specific delivery requirements?


All of the above sections amount to the complete OSI Product Discovery Guide, and matches most if not all of the information needed for an OSI sales representative to suggest the best measurement product. It is not necessary to fill out the Discovery Guide before an order or before requesting a quote. The guide is meant to simply guide customers and the sales staff to the right solution for all problems. It is important to us that the right solution is provided the first time around and getting closer to this goal is achieved with the help of the OSI Product Discovery Guide.


To access the OSI Product Discovery Guide, Click Here


If you have any questions, contact us today 1-800-537-6732
sales@ohiosemitronics.com