Fluke Connect Wireless Testers

Fluke wireless testers have enabled technicians on the field to record measurements in a safe and easy manner, and troubleshoot problems effectively, but on their own. The Fluke Connect mobile application now makes it possible to record and share live data from multiple wireless testers among team members physically present in different locations, and analyse and resolve problems based on the collective experience and knowledge of the entire team. Fluke Connect wireless testers facilitate timely decisions and solutions, which can enhance the effectiveness of routine and preventative maintenance and, hence, the safety levels at the workplace. It is, however, important … Continue reading


Colour Coded Key Cabinets for Different Keying Systems

Sterling Heavy Duty Key Cabinets Double Door KC200HL Open OSHA guidelines do not mandate any standard colour codes for Lockout Tagout processes. It is the company’s prerogative to identify and use suitable colour codes that best match the requirements. Depending on the scale of operations, the different departments, machines, and technicians and supervisors entrusted with Lockout Tagout and maintenance/repair responsibilities and the types of keyed Lockout Tagout units such as safety padlocks, group lockout boxes, lockout and padlock stations, companies opt for colour-coded key cabinets to not only store keys safely but also facilitate easy location and use the right … Continue reading


10 Reasons To Get PAT Testing Training

When you complete a PAT training course, you will have mastered both manual and theoretical aspects of PAT testing. Here are 10 reasons why it’s a good idea for you to enrol in a PAT Testing training course…


Who Can Carry Out PAT Testing?

OK, so we know that PAT Testing is an essential part of any company’s Health & Safety Policy. But who is allowed to do it? Who is qualified to carry out PAT Testing? The IEE Code of Practice states that those carrying out inspection and testing must be competent to undertake the inspection and where appropriate, testing of electrical equipment and appliances. These competent individuals should have due regard to their own safety and that of others.


TracePQM

The TracePQM “Traceability routes for electrical power quality measurements” research project has now concluded. The overall aim of this project was to develop and validate a modular metrology grade system for the measurement of power and PQ parameters using digital sampling techniques. Arising out of the project, the NSAI, National Metrology Laboratory, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 – www.nsai.ie) hope to develop a capability for the calibration of power & power quality meters and calibrators. The Project stakeholders included: ESB Networks, UCD Energy Institute, Compliance Engineering Ireland, Fluke Calibration, various European Universities and Calibration Houses and Powerpoint Engineering Limited. Powerpoint Engineering Limited … Continue reading


Thermal Imaging Helps Identify Insulation Problems

This is a synopsis of a thermal imaging case study that focuses on how thermal imaging (thermography) assists in the energy efficiency audits of a large retail company. Thermal imaging is powerful tool for determining the energy efficiency of buildings. When executing energy audits, a thermal imaging camera will quickly identify problem areas and compile all the findings into a report.


Harmonics – Understanding, Measuring and Interpreting Results

From minor control trips right down to compressor and transformer failures, harmonics can have an impact on every type of HVAC equipment. Surprisingly, harmonics is something that quite often can be overlooked. Harmonic currents and the electrical distribution system Harmonic currents flow in a circuit at multiples of the fundamental 60 hertz (Hz) frequency. For example, current flowing in a circuit at 180 Hz is the third harmonic (60 Hz multiplied by 3). These currents are not indicated on multimeters and therefore are usually not detected until unusual control and equipment problems start to happen. Comparing these current readings from … Continue reading


Electric Arc Protection – Protection through Layers

Electrical hazards at the workplace range from mild electric shocks and burns to more severe injuries and health complications that result from brief yet powerful arc flashes. Electric arc flashes and blasts are capable of causing severe burns. The extreme heat and acoustic waves can damage vision, hearing or even trigger concussion and memory loss. The impact of such blasts can prove fatal, especially when workers are thrown off elevated work platforms, scaffoldings or ladders. Employers can ensure safety of workers, who are prone to electric arc risks as a part of the their daily jobs, by opting for suitable … Continue reading


Lockout Tagout Compliance and Legal Requirements

Our customers for Lockout Tagout often ask us to help them formulate & customise Lockout Tagout Procedure that helps them comply with latest regulations and best practice. To assist you, I have put together the following information that I hope will improve your understanding of the legal requirements relating to Lockout Tagout:   Legalities related to the universally applicable Lockout Tagout (LOTO) process tend to vary from one country to another, and so do the penalties for any violations. While standard OSHA regulations are implemented worldwide, there are country-specific legal requirements that also need attention.   There are a few … Continue reading


Fluke Thermal Imaging

Substations require a predictive maintenance approach as a failure could spell disaster for consumers, in the form of lost revenues and production, and result in lower utility revenues from lost sales courtesy unreliable service. As overheating and also extremely frigid operating temperatures could signal electrical component degradation, thermal imaging tools offer predictive capabilities necessary for switchgear and substation maintenance. Substation Overview Within the power distribution and generation industries, substation could be referred to or may get used in multiple ways. Different outdoor environments, right from equipment at industrial setups for modifying or switching voltage to generating station switchyards, characteristics such … Continue reading


Fluke Process Calibration – Loop Calibration and Maintenance

Calibration is generally done for instruments that are used for obtaining accurate results. The outcome of a measurement is referenced with some standard values and checked for precision. Many manufacturers offer to pre-calibrate instruments prior to sale. The calibration documents are given with the device for the safety of the customer and for service purposes. Calibration enables both the users and businesses to be assured in the results that they record and control. Calibration is starting to diminish within domestic confinements and has taken over the field of manufacturing. As a result, devices in the market have become highly reliable, since the possibility … Continue reading


The Importance of Calibration for Manufacturing

In scientific labs, instruments are calibrated to help maintain their performance and accuracy. Hence, it’s a process that is an integral part of any instrument. The manufacturer has to keep in mind the calibration factor and design the product accordingly. This article gives a basic understanding of the level of importance calibration holds to the manufacturer of the device. Calibration and its Relevance to Manufacturing Calibration is the process of finding the relationship between two unknown readings. Broadly speaking, it is a process of comparison. The readings may be shown by an instrument such as a voltmeter. Every value that … Continue reading


Portable Appliance Testing in Ireland

Portable Appliance Testing in Ireland over the past number of years is starting to be seen as more than best practice in a lot of work places and is now moving towards being the accepted industry standard as a form of preventative maintenance to protect employers, employees and personnel. Under Irish law it is now a requirement that testing is to be carried out on all portable appliances ensuring the welfare and safety of employees and customers with businesses obliged to do so. The onus is now on the employer who is responsible in ensuring Portable Appliance Testing is carried … Continue reading


Safety Factors to Consider for Substation Accessibility

Substations are potentially high-risk environments with a unique set of threats often hidden from the untrained eye. One step in the wrong direction can bring people too close to live equipment, an accidental stretch of an arm flipping a control switch can bring the entire facility to a grinding halt, or a dropped wrench can trigger an explosion. There are simply so many ways in which things can go wrong. These not only cause damage to assets and infrastructure but also compromise the safety and lives of personnel, apart from interrupting power transmission or distribution. Monitoring and controlling access right … Continue reading


Electrically Insulated Safety Helmet with Integrated Arc Flash Face Shield – 8.0 cal/cm² or 24.0 cal/cm²

Powerpoint Engineering are proud to introduce the Electrically Insulated Safety Helmet with Integrated Arc Flash Face Shield. This innovative product protects the face and head against thermal effects from Arc Flash. Available in 8.0 cal/cm² – Class 2 (Part No. ARC 8 HELMET)or 24.0 cal/cm² – Class 2 (Part No. ARC 24 HELMET) ELECTRICALLY INSULATING SAFETY HELMET The Electrically Insulating Safety Helmet with integrated face shield is available in 8.0 cal/cm² (Class 2) or 24.0 cal/cm² (Class 2). The helmet has been constructed using Modified High Impact Polyamide and is suitable for live working with electrical connections.


Misconceptions Regarding the Arc Rating of Infrared Windows

Thermal imaging has been in use for several years now to identify and remedy problems in electrical systems and automated industrial facilities. Infrared cameras can detect potentially problematic components from their heat patterns, making it possible to prevent electrical hazards in time. However, accurate imaging happens only when the electrical components are in the camera’s direct line of sight, with no obstructions, away from other dielectric interferences, and emissivity in the environment has been standardised.


How to PAT test a fixed appliance using the Seaward Apollo 600 PAT tester

HIS IS NOT TRAINING. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE COMPETENT AND HAVE HAD THE CORRECT ‘SAFE ISOLATION’ TRAINING BEFORE PAT TESTING FIXED APPLIANCES. For further information contact us on 057 866 2162 or email us here. We’d be happy to answer any queries you might have.


The Importance of Applying a Tag When Locking Out an Energy Source

OSHA standards related to control of hazardous energy require companies to formulate effective energy isolation processes that best suit their workplace, after careful consideration of the different energy sources being used in the manufacturing facility. When Locking Out an Energy Source each type of energy source should be locked out by applying the right lockout device and tagged appropriately to visually warn people who share or use the same work area. While ball, gate and butterfly valves serve to lockout pneumatic and hydraulic systems, electrical energy is isolated by using suitable Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB) lockout toggles or pin-in/pin-out devices … Continue reading


ArcFlash Hazard Analysis Procedures

When performing ArcFlash Hazard Analysis, a safety auditor collects data about the power distribution of a power facility. What data should be collected: A one-line drawing of all components with nameplate specifications of every device Details of the lengths and cross section area of all cables Utility information including the minimum and maximum fault currents that can be expected at the entrance to the facility


Portable Appliance Testing for Offices

Portable Appliance Testing for Offices – here’s what you need to know… Most office staff use electrical equipment, but if electrical equipment is unsafe it could cause personal injury, workplace fires or even kill. Portable appliance testing in offices aims to prevent electrical injury, such as electric shock, burns and fires of electrical origin.