Better Safe than Sorry with Partial Discharge Monitoring

Partial discharge monitoring aims to address problems with electrical safety before they happen. Business is booming, operations are going well and suddenly an electrical glitch. One problem in the connection and what could have been a day’s profit goes down the drain. Electrical failures can cause disruptions on operations resulting to loss of revenues. Worse, electrical glitches can compromise the safety of people leading to serious injuries and even death.

To be safe in your workplace, you need full-proof electrical connection. Partial discharge monitoring is one of the ways to detect problems with electrical connections using high and medium voltages. Partial discharge testing searches for and detects faults in switchgears, transformers and rotating machines. This way you can then easily fix the fault before any further accidents could happen.

PD testing switchgear is one of the services that Live HV offers. Switchgears may seem to be innocently working well. But underlying faults could be beginning to develop as the gear ages waiting for opportunity and trigger to create that inevitable disaster. This places operators directly within the danger zone.

Live HV can diagnose the functionality and safety of existing and working switchgears especially in insulation. This is done using the latest PD testing technology including Transient Earth Voltage sensors and High Frequency Current Transformers and Acoustic Gear Detectors. The advantage of using the sensors from Live HV is that assessment and testing can be done without the need to shut down the power.

After using the sensors and detectors, the data gathered are then transformed into a computer software for study. Partial discharge testing switchgear specialists and engineers from the company analyze and interpret the data and make a careful diagnosis of the function of the switchgear. The specialists can detect if there is a problem with the asset. And they can also trace the location of the culprit. PD testing can also be used in ensuring a functioning and safe line when installing new circuit breakers to the switchboard.

The company also recommends appropriate actions after making the tests including the retrofitting and replacement. Live HV recommends PD testing of switchgears not only during the time of monitoring. The company believes that constant assessments and regular monitoring should be done to ensure the connection is secured and the equipment is well-conditioned.

The company offers on-line and off-line PD testing of switchgear. Live HV offers the on-line service to ensure that downtime of network is reduced and work can continue even during the testing, ensure safety of the switchboard and ensure that the equipment is in condition. The more information you get about your switchgear, the easier to address safety problems and the more secure you feel at work.

Off-line services can help you detect problems with an asset which is already out of service. It can trace and prove glitches in the equipment during the commissioning and decommissioning period and confirm the faulty condition of the gear.

Live HV has been and continues to be a trusted partner of many businesses and agencies in Europe for over 10 years now. The company extends its services to New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific bringing the latest technology of partial discharge monitoring to these parts of the globe.