When stator wedges are loose, this allows stator coils or bars to vibrate in the slot, leading to insulation abrasion and eventually a ground fault. Stator wedges are traditionally tested for tightness by tapping them with a hammer and listening to the sound produced. This method is slow and prone to inconsistency. Electronic evaluation of wedge tightness is faster, more accurate and provides more consistent results.READ MORE >>
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The FLIR T530 Professional Thermal Camera is designed to support advanced thermographers and IR service consultants in the power generation, electrical distribution, and manufacturing industries by focusing on resolution, speed, and ergonomics.
With the 180° rotating optical block, vibrant LCD display, and streamlined form factor, the FLIR T530 offers inspectors the necessary tools to support comprehensive inspections in challenging conditions, especially when equipment is difficult to access.READ MORE >>
Circuit breakers are used everywhere – in our homes, offices, and electric facilities. The degradation of the electrical insulation that is an integral component of these protective devices, can be influenced from both environmental and operational stresses. Additionally, oxidation and ware of circuit breaker contacts can lead to relatively high resistance connections and overheating of the circuit breaker. In the worst case, contacts can become welded together, thereby defeating the protective intent of the circuit breaker. This is why it is important to utilize the proper electrical test equipment when testing, to ensure that the circuit breaker is properly fulfilling its intended purpose.READ MORE >>
Low voltage molded case circuit breakers like the microprocessor-based SACE are often installed as protection devices for motors in industrial and commercial facilities. It is important to regularly check the condition of these devices because of the critical role that they have in protecting the electrical circuits that they are tasked with monitoring.READ MORE >>
A Megger (insulation resistance tester) is a type of electrical test equipment used to verify the effectiveness of insulation to act as a barrier between energized conductors, or between energized conductors and ground. It is critical to the reliability of the electrical power system that there is a way to know when insulation has been damaged or compromised in any way.READ MORE >>
Testing electrical insulation can be quick and easy when using test equipment specifically designed to perform insulation resistance measurements. A good insulator should have a very high resistance to current flow. Factors such as temperature, electrical and mechanical stresses, weather and moisture ingress are all capable of adversely impacting the characteristic qualities of materials that make them such good insulators. The degradation of these materials over time can result in unplanned outages, safety concerns for personnel and an overall degradation of power system reliability.READ MORE >>
An insulation resistance test is conducted to examine the effectiveness of insulation in a variety of electrical power system apparatus. Faulty electrical insulation is the source of dangerous shock hazards and can often cause ancillary damage to adjacent equipment as well. Routine electrical testing and maintenance can help to identify when insulation has deteriated before it reaches the point of failure, saving the expense of repairs and unplanned outages.READ MORE >>
Protective Relays could be characterized as circuit managers with varying degrees of supervisory and control capabilities depending on the complexity and criticality of the circuit. They are designed to recognize abnormal or fault conditions, and to isolate the affected portion or the electrical system. Not only does this allow the unfaulted portion of the electrical system to continue to function normally, but it diminishes the impact of the faulted portion of the system. Changes to power system circuits and the coordination of protective devices can change due to age, loading, environmental impacts, new construction, etc. It is therefore critical that these devices function properly and are appropriately coordinated when they are called into action.READ MORE >>
Sweep Frequency Response Analysis (SFRA) is an electrical testing method which identifies changes to the internal workings of a transformer. The transformer is an electrical filter that has a specific response to each independent input frequency. The test equipment is used to apply a test voltage to a transformer over a range of frequencies.
The output of the transformer is then monitored in relation to its corresponding input frequency. The results, when graphed, make up a signature response, much like a unique fingerprint. The initial SFRA test will then become a baseline for comparison when future tests are performed. When these signatures do not match the baseline signature, something has changed internal to the transformer and merits further investigation.READ MORE >>
Relays are often utilized in electrical facilities as isolated switches or protective devices for various electrical equipment. Due to the mechanical operation of relays, the contacts are prone to contact degradation, so it is important to regularly test for the electromechanical, electronic and protection schemes to ensure safe and reliable operation, and to avoid a faulty relay system acting up during critical operations. To assess relays and protections schemes, consider investing in a relay test set or a power system simulator.READ MORE >>
A Digital Low Resistance Ohmmeter or DLRO is used to measure the resistance of circuit breaker contacts, welded joints, terminal connections and other bonded surfaces. The resistance measurements are sensitive enough to detect very small changes in test samples. For example, they provide users with the ability to identify loose connections, corrosion or the presence of other contaminants.READ MORE >>