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Advanced portable appliance testing technology is helping a producer of artificial snow and winter effects ensure that its equipment is maintained to the highest safety standards.

Gloucestershire-based Snow Business has supplied specialist artificial-snow-making equipment that has transformed film sets, advertising locations and other special events into scenery.

To make sure that the specialist electrical equipment used to create the visual backdrops remains safe to operate, the company has turned to the Seaward Apollo 600 portable appliance tester.

The company’s in house engineering team uses the advanced tester to carry out regular testing of all of its electrical equipment to ensure that the highest standards of safety and reliability are maintained.

Among the wide range of equipment tested are special falling snow machines, snow ‘blower’ generators and agitators, high-pressure pumps and associated extension cables, RCDs and electrical accessories.

As well as providing technicians with artificial snow-making equipment on film sets and locations, Snow Business also makes equipment available on direct hire for special private and corporate events.

All equipment is therefore tested thoroughly before it is issued in line with standard best practice and hire industry guidelines.

The lightweight Apollo 600 includes all of the electrical safety tests required by the IET Code of Practice including, earth continuity, insulation resistance at 250V or 500V, protective conductor current, touch current, IEC lead polarity and RCD trip time.

 The engineering team at Snow Business carry out regular testing of around 500 individual items of equipment each year – and use the expanded internal memory of the tester to store and retrieve test records.

Full use is also made of the accompanying Bluetooth printer that has been set up to produce special test labels with the Snow Business logo.

In addition, the automatic inclusion of appliance bar codes on the labels enables the easy identification of appliances and re-test sequences, speeding up the testing process – an important factor in tracking and managing the movement of large numbers of equipment through the company’s busy engineering workshops.

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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