PAT Productivity Increased With New Test Technology

A specialist electrical services company has increased its productivity with the latest portable appliance test technology from Seaward.

The Leeds-based S Barker Electrical Ltd. is using a new Apollo 600 tester to complete thousands of appliance safety tests for a wide and expanding range of customers throughout West Yorkshire and beyond.

Simon Barker using the Seaward Apollo 600 PAT tester

In doing so the company claims that test times have been significantly reduced, creating a near doubling in productivity without compromising the integrity of the testing undertaken.

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.

An important factor in the company’s choice of the new tester is the fast test time and extended long life battery power of the unit which reduces the reliance on mains supply and substantially cuts the downtime between tests.

Business owner and fully qualified electrician, Simon Barker explains: “With some of our larger customers requiring the testing of thousands of electrical items across a single site, the ability to complete testing without constantly plugging-in and re-booting the instrument from one appliance to the next provides a substantial time saving.

“This practical benefit of mains-free testing has had a significant impact on our day to day activities where testing can be undertaken with the freedom and flexibility to move around large industrial and office premises without constantly waiting for the instrument to power-up.

“Battery power means we can access tight spaces under desks or other awkward locations much more easily. This, together with the all round test capabilities of the unit and an uncomplicated user platform, is helping us to provide a very competitive test service.

“This means that contracts can be serviced with maximum efficiency – which benefits both the customer and my business.”

Apollo 600 PAT Tester

S Barker Electrical provides the full range of electrical wiring installation and inspection services, alongside alarms and CCTV installations. Portable appliance testing was an additional service to be introduced by the company and the improved productivity has enabled it to increase its customer base to include property landlords and musicians alongside universities, industrial sites and large commercial operations.

In meeting the test and inspection needs of a wide variety of appliances and equipment, another benefit associated with the Apollo 600 is the ability to use the unit’s integral camera to automatically attach photographic images of failed visual inspections in all test records.

This enables dutyholders to be provided with comprehensive test reports and ensures full understanding of any reported appliance failures.

Simon Barker says: “We strive constantly to improve the way electrical services are delivered and focus on genuinely assisting individuals and businesses to stay safe, secure and satisfied for life.

“Investment in the latest test technology is one of the ways in which we do this and ensures that we continue to provide a high quality and professional electrical service to customers.”

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