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Seaward Electronic’s safety testing is helping Inviron, a facilities management and building services company, to maintain safe working conditions at one of the UK’s largest manufacturing sites.

As part of its responsibility for providing planned preventative and reactive maintenance for the mechanical and electrical systems at the Airbus Broughton site in North Wales, Inviron undertakes all of the plant’s portable appliance testing (PAT) requirements using Seaward test equipment.

Airbus’ Broughton facility includes two large industrial manufacturing units, with supporting administration and staff service areas.

The largest of the engineering areas, at more than 500m2, houses the manufacturing and wing-assembly for the A380 airliner.

Around 6,000 people work on the site.

Inviron’s PAT services include the scheduled and reactive testing of all electrical equipment and appliances, alongside test data records management and electrical repairs.

Given the variety of working environments and activities present on the site, including engineering, construction, office, kitchen, shop and public areas, there is a wide variety of electrical equipment in use.

These include both 230V and 110V handheld tools and portable equipment; three-phase equipment; IT and office equipment; and catering appliances.

Inviron’s team of engineers based at Broughton use different Seaward safety testers to meet the electrical test needs of different types of appliances.

Handheld electrical tools and portable appliances used in production areas are monitored, tested and repaired on a daily basis using a Seaward Supernova Plus.

The Supernova Plus is a dual-voltage electrical safety tester that is suitable for use in engineering workshop locations.

The robust tester includes a flash-test capability; accurate earth-bond and leakage measurements when multiple earth paths exist; multiple 250V/500V insulation testing; and an internal storage capacity of up to 5,000 appliances.

Electrical equipment used in office and other non-manufacturing locations at Broughton are tested in periodic phases by Inviron engineers using the Seaward Primetest 350.

This lightweight handheld tester is battery powered and designed for portability, enabling engineers to carry out all required electrical tests quickly.

All PAT procedures adopted by Inviron at the Airbus Broughton facility are in keeping with the third edition of IEE Code of Practice for in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

Any electrical equipment that fails any of the safety tests is immediately removed from service and retained in a ‘quarantine’ compound until it is repaired or disposed of appropriately.

All safe appliances are marked with a distinctive ‘pass’ label.

All test results, records and data gathered from the inspection and testing programmes are retained in a dedicated PATGuard Elite database.

With such a large site to cover and so many electrical appliances in use, the systems’ effective integration of equipment records, test procedures and future test scheduling prove key to managing the site’s electrical safety.

According to Inviron, portable appliance testing is an important part of the health and safety and equipment maintenance policies.

The use of Seaward PAT test technology provides the comprehensive testing, traceability of results and unambiguous test records that enable Inviron to provide a proactive electrical-safety testing service to Airbus.

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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