Facilities Management & Thermal Imaging – How to save repair time and heating costs

This is a synopsis of a thermal imaging case study that focuses on the facilities management intensive operations factors such as power supply, heating, ventilation, and maintenance in the health sector. Thermal Imaging Case Study: The Issue A district hospital group, consisting of five hospitals including one large central hospital with intensive care facilities and additional polyclinics, has a facility area comprises 450,000 sq m.


What You Need To Know About Infrared Windows

The use of infrared windows has grown exponentially in industrial applications in the past number of years. Our customers for thermal imaging regularly pose questions relating to IR windows, their use and also their limitations. I have put together the following information that I hope will help in providing a better understanding of what you need to know about IR Windows.


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


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


Understanding Partial Discharge (PD) Testing

PD Testing

Predictive maintenance helps ensure reliability and longevity of equipment and electrical systems, especially within industrial settings. Given the multitude of equipment and components, each with unique specifications and operating conditions, it is imperative that suitable mix of technologies and testing techniques be adopted for the maintenance effort to be comprehensive. Partial discharge (PD) testing is yet another way to monitor the health of electrical systems in a facility. In this article we take a look at the what, when, and where of partial discharge and how best to use it to avoid insulation failures in electrical systems.


Thermal Imaging – Affordable Energy Loss Detection

With Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) now mandatory within the EU for new buildings and large building refurbishments, thousands of European businesses will have to meet the new EU Building Directive. The easiest and quickest method of detecting energy waste in buildings is by using infrared thermography in the shape of thermal imaging cameras (also known as thermal imagers or infrared cameras). Until recently, such imagers have been expensive. But that’s all changing…


Benefits of Thermal Imaging

A thermal imaging survey involves capturing thermal images of electrical distribution equipment . The images are analysed to identify faults which have the potential to cause equipment failure and damage to property. A report is generated that identifies all of the equipment surveyed together with detail of any faults found. Electrical thermal imaging surveys are non-intrusive, enabling inspections to be completed safely and efficiently, without interruption to your business operations. By having surveys completed on substation equipment the following benefits can be achieved: Reduction in breakdown maintenance costs An increased availability of insurance companies willing to provide cover Reduction in insurance … 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


Which PAT Tester?

With all the new Safety at Work regulations and the recent insistance of insurance companies and standards authorities for PAT Testing procedures to be in place within companies, you have to ask: “Which PAT Tester is the right one?”


IEC 61482-2 Protective Clothing against Thermal Arc Hazards of an Electric Arc

When there is a danger of being exposed to an electric arc, personnel are advised to wear arc approved protective clothing. IEC 61482-2 is the overall standard that covers protective clothing against the thermal arc hazards of an electric arc. The IEC 61482-2 standard also covers various aspects of the garment design. This is a requirement for selling garments for arc flash protection within the EU. Garments complying with all of these requirements outlined under IEC 61482-2 should be marked with the IEC 61482-2 symbol as well as the level of protection it meets.


Choosing the Correct Safety Padlock

Safety padlocks serve to lockout a specific piece of equipment or machinery, or even an entire area during preventive maintenance or repair. They are an integral part of industrial safety measures and are of equal importance in any environment housing heavy machinery or electrical installations. What To Look For When Choosing A Safety Padlock? Safety padlocks are hard to get past, and prove more effective in restricting access than safety tags and other purely visual indications, which may go unnoticed. Here are some factors that can help with the selection. Durability Durability of safety padlocks needs careful attention. The material … Continue reading


Voltage Sag Case Study – Pharmaceutical Company

This is a synopsis of power quality case study regarding the phenomenon of Voltage Sag experienced at a pharma plant. A pharmaceutical company site in Dublin had been experiencing some critical sags at their incoming supply. Read more about the power quality issues faced, and learn what solutions were offered by Powerpoint Engineering Ltd.


What is PAT Testing?

What is PAT Testing? Portable appliance testing (commonly known as PAT or PAT Inspection or PAT Testing) is a process by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing process) begins by simply observing a portable appliance, followed by a formal visual inspection, concluding with a formal inspection by a person deemed competent to perform the testing.


Thermal Imaging Assists in Predictive Maintenance for Substations

This is a synopsis of a case study that focuses on the role of thermal imaging in the predictive maintenance programs of Electrical Substations. Substations require a predictive approach to maintenance, as failure can be costly in terms of lost production and revenues and unreliable service. Degradation of an electrical component can show up as overheating and abnormally cool operating temperatures, and so require a test solution such thermography.


Electric Substation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Substation safety awareness has been gaining prominence, have a read through this in-depth look into several aspects of substation safety, primarily focusing on personal protective equipment (PPE) essentials, risks, danger-tackling tips and training requirements. Personal protective equipment is an integral part of substation safety requirements. It serves to provide adequate protection against hazards of different severity levels that personnel are likely to be exposed during their routine jobs at the substation. It is the responsibility of the employer to accurately assess the various risks in the work environment, determine their severity and accordingly choose PPEs that offer the best protection. … Continue reading


Power Quality Monitoring – Reducing Costs with a Fluke 434

See how you can use the Fluke 434 Power Quality Analyzer to assess power quality and curb undue operating expenses caused which may be caused by equipment damage/downtime, poor performance/data loss, increased power consumption or numerous other factors. The Fluke 434 can help to detect possible problems which may occur that erode power quality and ultimately find a resolution for them before they prove costly. Continue reading


Energy Metering – Routine Testing of Voltage Transformers

In the present day, when energy drives our lives, we need to keep a check on our consumption and control the same. Our customers at Powerpoint Engineering regularly pose questions relating to Energy Metering. In this article, I have put together the following information that I hope will give you a better understanding of Energy Metering and the process of monitoring and tracking energy consumption.


Lockout Tagout Mistakes That Can Lead To Injury or Death

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and standards regarding lockout/tagout are aimed at protecting the workplace, staff and machinery from accidents that may occur during maintenance or repairs. Despite elaborate recommendations and audits, fatalities still continue and their severities range from mild shocks and missing fingers to lost lives. While using suitable lockout/tagout devices from specialist dealers such as lockoutsafety.com is a must to ensure adequate safety, it is equally important for the staff and technicians to strictly follow charted lockout processes to prevent any accidental damages. A comprehensive range of lockout devices at lockoutsafety.com can help … Continue reading


Why Should You Consider Arc Flash Rated Underwear?

Our customers for Arc Flash PPE regularly ask us questions regarding Arc Flash Rated Underwear and if there is a need for it. We have put together the following information that we hope will help in providing a better understanding of why you should consider Arc Flash Rated Underwear and the benefits it provides to the wearer. The IEC offers comprehensive directions on how to establish an electrically safe work environment, right from identifying and evaluating the risks involved, choosing suitable protective clothing and accessories, taking all precautions and safety measures to protect the workplace and its inhabitants, and imparting … Continue reading


Calibration: Is it really that Important?

Calibration has become a neccessity in Ireland in recent years due to health and safety regulations and quality control. It is critical that every company and service supplier under- stands their role in relation to calibration. Calibration has been a daily occur-rence in the manufactur-ing industry for many years as an essential tool for ensuring their methods are held to a high standard and allowing them to obtain high quality certification, i.e. ISO9001 etc.. Due to Health and Safety regulations, the need for calibration with service providers has increased dramatically. The CER has been devoting themselves to raise the standard … Continue reading