When to Conduct Electrical Testing
Every electrical device requires precise and thorough testing to ensure that the product can be safely used by consumers, clients, or manufacturers. The type of necessary electrical testing varies greatly depending on the product itself, how it is being used, and the current state of the product. A trusted and qualified electrical testing company can provide customized solutions to meet clients’ individual needs, but there are a few standard tests to conduct during the service life of a piece of electrical equipment:
New equipment must be tested immediately after completion or installation, and prior to being used or sold to consumers. This type of testing, called acceptance testing or “start up” testing, ensures that the product is operational and safe. This type of testing varies depending on the product being tested, but can be completed before the equipment is shipped, as soon as it is delivered, immediately after it is installed, or during a real-world “run-through” to ensure every step prior to that point has been successful.
Regular and scheduled testing is crucial to ensuring that equipment remains operational and undamaged throughout its service life and involves numerous methods depending on the type of equipment being tested. These tests gauge if insulation resistance is at a proper measurement, whether there is any leakage in the electrical current, or if wires are beginning to fray or deteriorate. Commonly, these types of maintenance tests are performed before cleaning or repairing a product, or immediately after a product has been cleaned or repaired, ensuring that the tester has a “before” and “after” score to understand the level of improvement.
Most commonly, electrical testing is performed as needed when damage or repairs are visible or suspected. Examples include equipment undergoing adverse conditions (such as water damage), visibly frayed wires or sparking, or a circuit breaker fault interruption. Regular maintenance testing proactively avoids some of these conditions, but unforeseen circumstances call for investigation and testing to ensure operationality and safety.
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