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Amec Power and Process Europe, a provider of services to the nuclear and clean-energy sectors, is using a test system from Seaward to improve the compliance testing of its electrical installations.

As part of its own facilities management arrangements at two of its largest sites at Birchwood Park, Warrington, and Booths Park, Knutsford, the company is using a Seaward Powerplus 1557 combined electrical testing and certification system to ensure that new electrical installations comply with the 17th Edition wiring regulations.

The Powerplus 1557 combines the functions of a conventional multifunction electrical installation tester with a data logger to enable test certificates to be created as testing is undertaken.

It does this by storing an electronic version of the test certificate within the tester, eliminating the need for ‘dummy’ certificates and the manual or personal digital assistant (PDA) recording of test results.

Test data is automatically entered into the correct certificate fields as testing is undertaken and can be validated on site without the need for repeat visits.

When inspection and testing is complete, the certificate held inside the Powerplus 1557 tester is transferred to PC software for output and/or storage as electronic data files.

At Amec, the testing is carried out on site by specialist electrical contractors and, when complete, the data is output onto NICEIC test certificates as proof of compliance with the 17th Edition wiring regulations.

The system enables formal records to be maintained to ensure that test certificates and audit trails of all electrical systems are available for external inspection.

Peter Smith, facilities officer for electrical and mechanical at Amec’s Power and Process Europe business, said: ‘The new electrical test and certification system has improved our testing and record-keeping systems considerably.

‘The test process itself is much more streamlined and we now have both paper and electronic records of all installation and periodic testing undertaken on both sites along with the necessary test certification.

‘This has made it much easier to demonstrate our compliance with the necessary wiring regulations and prove to electrical inspectors and external auditors that everything is as it should be,’ he added.

Among the latest technical advances now built in to the Powerplus 1557 is the ability to download and merge data from multiple testers used by different engineers on large premises into a single certificate.

The specially developed software program incorporated in the tester includes all required 17th Edition certification and can print onto ECA, NAPIT and NICEIC stationery.

Seaward Group

The Seaward Group, also including the Clare and Cropico instrumentation brands, is a market leader in the manufacture of electrical safety test equipment to meet the regulatory, quality control and standards compliance needs of a variety of industries.

The Seaward Group, also including the Clare and Cropico instrumentation brands, is a market leader in the manufacture of electrical safety test equipment to meet the regulatory, quality control and standards compliance needs of a variety of industries.

The product range includes the following:

  • PAT testing
  • Installation testing
  • High-voltage testing
  • Production line testing
  • Industrial testing and measurement
  • Microhmmeters
  • Hipot testers
  • Resistance standards
  • Decade boxes

Established in 1982, the Seaward Group provides a range of electrical safety testing and high-accuracy resistance measurement solutions to enable companies and organisations to comply with all types of safety legislation, product standards and quality control requirements.

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