The extended data collection capabilities of advanced PAT technology is helping an established electrical safety testing business to successfully broaden its service base.
For over ten years the core business of Milton Keynes based FTS Safety Solutions Ltd has been the provision of portable appliance testing services for a wide range of industrial and commercial clients.
Over the last two years the company has grown and expanded its market by incorporating a range of non-electrical tests into its service offering, providing clients with a more comprehensive health and safety testing service. As well as the traditional PAT testing work, FTS now carry out: thermal imaging surveys, emergency lighting inspections, fire extinguisher servicing and fire alarm maintenance.
Development Director, Andrew Mitchell, attributes the success of these additional services to the Apollo 600 and the data it collects. Mr Mitchell says: “We have used Seaward PAT Testing machines since we started the business 10 years ago and I just can’t fault them. They are reliable precision pieces of equipment that we have built our business around.”
A recent upgrade to the data logging capabilities of the Apollo 600 has expanded the options available for the creation of special user-defined inspection forms to record and store all the vital information associated with work place preventative maintenance tasks, tests and inspections.
This means that users can create ‘custom inspection’ forms for non-electrical health and safety checks in the same way that visual inspection data is logged for appliances. To aid faster working this has also been linked to the inclusion of bespoke lists in dropdown menus requiring less data entry, quicker testing and consistency of data.
The improvements in data handling and storage means FTS test engineers are now working much more efficiently and the company has recently secured the ISO9001 quality management standard.
FTS Development Director, Andrew Mitchell goes on to say: “Clients have definitely appreciated our ability to provide a single source range of health and safety test and inspection services. Testing the safety of electrical appliances is still the core service for the company, but being able to record the data from other tests and inspections with the PAT tester has significantly reduced the admin activity involved. This has improved our productivity and shortened the time required onsite, which in turn is a cost saving for us and minimises the disruption for our clients.”