Mo­bile test­ing of plug­gable surge pro­tec­tion de­vices

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Phoenix Con­tact has re­leased Check­mas­ter 2 – a mo­bile test case that lets tech­ni­cians quickly and ac­cu­rately test all Phoenix Con­tact plug­gable surge pro­tec­tion tec­tion de­vices.

Phoenix says that with Check­mas­ter 2, tech­ni­cians can check the he elec­tri­cal sta­tus of their Phoenix Con­tact surge pro­tec­tion de­vices to pre­vent un­ex­pected ected fail­ures, and avoid un­nec­es­sary ser­vice calls.

Check­mas­ter 2 fea­tures a ‘con­ve­nient’, in­te­grated hand scan­ner r that reads and iden­ti­fies the surge pro­tec­tion de­vice by its bar­code. The test ob­ject ject is then sim­ply in­serted into the as­so­ci­ated test adap­tor and the test process started r ted via the touch panel screen. The surge pro­tec­tion de­vice is elec­tri­cally tested in an au­to­matic test process that com­pares the cur­rent elec­tri­cal pa­ram­e­ters of the com­po­nents om­po­nents with the spec­i­fied ref­er­ence val­ues.

To en­sure a highly ac­cu­rate re­sult, all of the in­stalled pro­tec­tive e el­e­ments of the surge pro­tec­tion de­vice are elec­tri­cally tested in a sin­gle cy­cle. Th­ese in­clude trig­gered spark gaps, gas- filled surge pro­tec­tors, varis­tors and sup­pres­sor diodes.

The re­sults are easy to see and read on a colour dis­play, prom­ises Phoenix and three sta­tus lev­els ac­cu­rately in­form the tech­ni­cian of the cur­rent qual­ity of the de­vice. The three sta­tus lev­els are ‘OK: Test passed’, ‘ Warn­ing: Tol­er­ance limit reached’, and ‘ De­fect: Re­place­ment re­quired’. Th­ese help the tech­ni­cian make in­formed de­ci­sions about the de­vice to en­sure the on­go­ing avail­abil­ity of sys­tems.

The tests un­der­taken by Check­mas­ter 2 con­form with re­quire­ments in IEC 62305-3 and are per­formed us­ing a high volt­age gen­er­a­tor. For user con­ve­nience, Check­mas­ter 2 doc­u­ments and saves all test re­sults to its in­ter­nal mem­ory. A USB port lets tech­ni­cians trans­fer data for fur­ther pro­cess­ing as s well as up­date soft­ware.

Fully por­ta­ble so that tech­ni­cians can take it any­where, the Check­mas­ter k 2 comes i in a sturdy d pro­tec­tive case that also pro­vides space for doc­u­ments. The menu- driven LC colour touch panel in­ter­face en­ables quick and easy han­dling of the de­vice dur­ing test­ing.

Con­ve­nient, safe, ac­cu­rate and fast test­ing, the Check­mas­ter 2 sup­ports tech­ni­cians in en­sur­ing con­tin­u­ous sys­tem avail­abil­ity in nu­mer­ous in­dus­tries.

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