PAT testing is a crucial part of any preventative maintenance programme, especially when it comes to ensuring the safety of your employees or customers. If you're not doing it right, you could be putting them - and your business - at risk!
The potential dangers when performing electrical testing are some of the first issues to be addressed when learning the relevant techniques and practises. Wether you’re a professional electrician or a keen amateur, safety is paramount and as such remains one of the most commonly discussed topics in the industry. Despite this, many people still persist in potentially harmful approaches to testing, often due to carelessness or lack of knowledge.
Partial discharge is an electrical discharge that does not bridge the space between two conducting electrodes, typically as a result of a localised breakdown in cable insulation in high-voltage systems. Due to the discharge not spanning the entirety of the insulation, thus not being electrode to electrode, the discharge is referred to as ‘partial’ in nature.
Partial discharge can be classified according to three primary types: internal partial discharge, occurring inside insulation; surface partial discharge, tracking across insulation; and corona partial discharge, from a sharp electrode into gas. Each kind of partial discharge is likely to manifest itself differently, however the effects are always harmful if left unchecked, degrading insulation’s protection over time. In most cases, insulation will eventually become unable to withstand the high voltage load, resulting in failure and the possibility of dangerous arc flashes. It has been observed that up to 80%
In November 2020, the UK made the commitment to phase out the sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030, with the aim of making us the first G7 country to decarbonise road transport. Central to this commitment is the promotion of zero emission vehicles, with electric vehicles (EV) pinned as the future of road transport.
With recent increases in energy prices and the continuing shift towards environmental sustainability, there has never been a better time for businesses to consider their energy efficiency. One of the more significant components of energy efficiency is power quality, with poor power quality often resulting in increased energy and repair costs. Below, we’ve included a comprehensive overview of power quality, how it can be measured and why and how you can make improvements.
Kane’s numerous flue gas analyser series are amongst the most popular on the market. Kane has become a staple in the test and measurement industry, renowned for their quality products and unrivalled after sale support. However, with the impressive number of Kane analysers available to customers, it can often prove challenging to select the ideal analyser and accessories for the task at hand.
To help our customers make an informed choice, we’ve created this article to compare and contrast the various Kane analyser models and accessory kit options. In this post, we’re going to focus on Kane’s 258, 358 and 458s, a popular series of analysers primarily intended for the service and installation of home appliances, making them popular choices amongst domestic gas and heating engineers. However, we will also provide a brief overview of some of Kane’s other offerings, including commercial analysers and their uses. So, if you’re currently considering a
According to the Office for National Statistics, 66% of adults reported an increase in living costs in January 2022. Of those who reported a rise, 79% cited higher gas and electricity bills as a leading cause. With energy costs rising sharply as a result of the 12% increase in the OFGEM energy price cap in October 2021, it’s no surprise that many households are becoming increasingly interested in making energy cost savings. In addition to these homeowner concerns, environmental considerations are also present amongst much of the population when looking at their energy efficiency, with 22% of UK carbon emissions driven by maintaining a habitable home.
On the 11th March 2020, The World Health Organisation (WHO), responsible for assessing the global developments of COVID-19, characterised the outbreak as a pandemic¹. As of 31st March 2020, it is reported that the pandemic has affected more than 179 countries, with more than 823,000 cases confirmed worldwide².
WHO confidently write that ‘all countries can still change the course of this pandemic’, and in order to supress and control the virus, it advises that countries should take measures to ‘detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilise their people in the response’³ to the global emergency.
From 2017, a change in the law required the introduction of a new refrigerant – HFO-1234YF (also known as R-1234YF) – in air-conditioning systems of vehicles, replacing the widely used R134a. This has implications for automotive engineers and HVAC technicians, particularly when it comes to using appropriate gas leak detectors.