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In addition to the usual measurements needed for an occupational noise assessment, the CEL632 has advanced automatic timing and detailed storage features.
The CEL632A Sound Level Meter measures all the parameters needed for a successful survey of workplace noise. The main parameters - Lavg, Leq, Peak, Lmax, Fast, Slow, etc. - are all measured simultaneously, so there is no need to choose before starting the measurement. With a single span from 20 to 140dB, there is also no need to choose the measurement range either.
The CEL632A comes complete with data logging capability with measurements stored in the meter's large internal memory.
When connected to a Windows computer using the free CasellaDrive software, the meter acts like a memory stick (shows as a removable drive) so the measurements can be loaded into a spreadsheet or moved to your hard drive for long term storage. There is no need to buy special software.
Due to the large amount of data and the potential complexity of the measurements, we would recommend the use of the Insight software. It simplifies the process of downloading the measurements and stores them in a database, managed by person, place or process criteria. To get the Insight software for the CEL632A include item ISC020 with your order.
The CEL632A has many applications but is primarily intended for the detailed analysis of noise in the workplace.
The occupational noise regulations around the world usually specify or recommend the use of an Integrating sound level meter as this removes the potential error when trying to average it by eye.
The CEL632A takes this one step further, offering a detailed Time History store that provides graphs of the sound level against time. The meter can be left in a noisy environment and downloaded later. The graphs clearly show the noisier and quieter times of day, making the planning of a worker's noise exposure possible.
The OSHA occupational noise regulations state that you should use at least a Type 2 Sound Level Meter. The meter should be verified by a suitably equipped laboratory when new and we recommend having it checked at least every two years. You also need a Calibrator to check the meter's function before making measurements.
An Integrating meter like the CEL632 provides you with the measurement of the average Slow sound level - Lavg. Rather than trying to average the sound level by eye (made more difficult by the logarithmic nature of noise), the meter does the averaging for you. The Lavg is then used to calculate the worker's Time Weighted Average (TWA) noise exposure.
When the noise levels are particularly high (e.g. greater than 95 dBA) then you should check that the hearing protection provided is adequate. If it does not reduce the noise at the ear to an acceptable level then clearly it is not adequate. The CEL632A measures both the A and C weighted sound level, so you can use the NRR or HML method - for a working example of NRR and HML methods please take a look at our Hearing Protection Calculator.
For extremely high noise levels or high tonal content, Octave Band analysis may be required. In this case the CEL632B Octave Band Sound Level Meter would be a better choice.
Unattended noise measurement is convenient but causes problems when the time comes to identify the source of the noise. Was it a piece of machinery, a steam leak, a vehicle passing or somebody shouting. The CEL632 can record the audio so that you can listen to the interesting bits, enabling you to make a positive identification of the noise source.
As the CEL632A is available as either Type 1 or Type 2 and includes data logging, it is suitable for many environmental noise surveys. For more options for this type of application please visit our Environmental Noise page.
The CEL632A was designed specifically for occupational noise measurements in line with the OSHA, MSHA, ACGIH and EU regulations. It provides all the noise measurement parameters that you need in a meter of the correct grade, and also offers more detailed data logging and automatic timers for longer term detailed assessments.
This meter can be used without a computer, reading the measurements from the screen, but really benefits from having the Insight software to download the detailed time history measurements.
The full occupational noise measurement process is described below.
The regulations and guidelines state that the meter's calibration should be checked before making measurements, and that you should keep records of these calibration checks.
Fit the Calibrator over the microphone and switch it on. The meter automatically detects the presence and correct fitting of the Calibrator and then starts the calibration process, which only takes a few seconds.
Calibration details are stored in the meter so that you can either make note or download them to a computer.
To start a measurement, simply press the Run/Stop key
This starts the measurement and storing process for all parameters, the most important for noise at work being the Lavg and Peak. If the meter has Octave Band Filters fitted then these measurements start too.
When you are happy that you have measured for long enough (the average level has settled for example), simply press the Stop key.
Color Coded Display
The current state of the sound level meter can be seen at a glance. When not running the meter shows the current sound level and the border is red. When running the meter shows the measurement parameters such as Leq or Lavg and the border is green.
The CEL632A data logging Integrating Sound Level Meter is available as either Type 1 or Type 2 as defined by the international sound level meter standards.
|Measurement range||20 to 140 dB (single range), 143 dB Peak|
|Display||320 x 240 pixel color TFT|
|Output to PC||USB Mini B|
|Batteries||3 x AA Alkaline|
|(15 hours with backlight off)|
|External Power||9 to 14V DC at 250mA|
|Dimensions||72 x 229 x 31mm, 295g|
|2.8" x 9.0" x 1.2". 10.4oz|
|>2.5 years when logging set to 1 second|
|Timers||Duration 1s to 24h|
|On/Off Timers: 6 sets with selectable times and repeat function.|
|Audio Recording||8kHz sampling, 60 hours recording|
|24kHz sampling, 10 hours recording|
Using a meter that meets these standards is essential for repeatable results and especially for any measurements that will be used for legal purposes.
|Frequency weightings||A, C and Z (simultaneous)|
|Time weightings||Fast, Slow and Impulse|
|Amplitude weightings||Q3, Q4 and Q5|
|Thresholds||70 to 90 dB (applies to Lavg)|
|Sound Level||LXY, LXYMax, LXYMin, LC-LA|
|Integrated||LXeq, Lavg, LAE|
|Takt Max||LTM3, LTM5, LXIeq|
|Time History Level 1||Periods of 1 minute to 1 hour|
|Time History Level 2||Periods of 1 second to 30 mins|
Where X is frequency weighting A, C or Z
and Y is time weighting Fast, Slow or Impulse