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The Essential Multimeter Tool

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Test Stations, Wiring Devices 

multimeter_off_largeIf you work with electronics and electrical systems, chances are good you’ve heard about, and likely own, a multimeter. But to give the rest of us a little background, a multimeter is a handy device that’s able to measure a wide range of parameters in the world of all things electrical. For example, they can usually measure connectivity, frequency, current, resistance, volts, amps, ohms, temperature and more.  Check out the article below to learn more.

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Testing a Circuit Breaker Panel

February 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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FH01MAY_TESVOL_01Continuing our series on electrical testing around the workplace and at home, we decided to take a look at something that everyone has in their house: the conventional circuit breaker panel. As our gadgets and household appliances get more and more complex, they also require more power.  How do you test to see if your circuit breaker can handle 240 volts of pure domestic power?  Well click below and we’ll show you how!

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How Trailer Wiring Testers Work

February 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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trailerCorrecting problems with electrical wiring can be intimidating, particularly when it involves connecting two large, mobile objects like a tow vehicle and a trailer. It might be easy to detect if something is wrong — the most obvious indicator is that the trailer’s brake or turn signal lights won’t light up. But some wiring issues can be harder to detect and narrowing down the specific problem can be even trickier. That’s where wiring testers come in.

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Get Aggressive with Testing

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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ZeroDefectsAre you ready to get aggressive with your test strategy? Changing hardware requires more aggressive testing. The zero-defect strategy companies aim for generally helps set ambitious goals for defect detection, but they never reach the goal completely, and there is no single inspection or testing system that can meet the needs of every manufacturing environment.Show/Hide


Laser cutting of metal sheet with sparksTo ensure test success, do you use a combination of design for manufacturing (DFM) and test (DFT)? What about data collection/analysis, automated optical inspection (AOI), in-circuit testing (ICT), and functional tests? How do you develop an effective test strategy that considers the critical stages along the manufacturing process?

 

 

The error that most manufacturers make is in placing the quality control at the end of the process hoping to cull out all of the defective product. This never works and it never will.  The only effective Zero-Defect program that works is one where the quality is controlled at strategic points along the process. If this is established correctly, there is no need for a QC department at the end of the process, except perhaps for verification of the QC functions built into the process by means of an effective sampling plan.

 

photo-3_38The problem is that most manufacturers are not willing to invest in the QC along the way. Instead, they simply try to push as much raw material through process as possible and then complain about the outcome when the process tanks. It is the equivalent to being a poor sport.  If you want a truly effective strategy that limits defects and provides a holistic approach to testing and tolerances, it’s best to look at the entire manufacturing line and not just the end result.

Why is Electrical Equipment Testing So Important?

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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electricalTestMany renowned companies, such as Sotcher, are manufacturing electrical test equipment to meet the diverse testing needs of today’s environment.  Accuracy is key in the electrical test equipment industry, and the various test devices manufactured by Sotcher are extremely accurate and reliable.  Strict guidelines are followed in the production of these sensitive units to maintain the highest quality standards for our customers and their partners.Show/Hide

man-in-hardhat-testing-equipmentTesting electrical equipment at frequent intervals plays a pivotal role in the proper working of any electrical system.  There are a number of benefits from doing this, but one of the key ones is energy conservation – not only at the equipment and business level, but  also from an environmental perspective.  By saving electrical energy and reducing your energy consumption, you can enjoy big savings but also contribute to a leaner and more efficient face of modern manufacturing.

Test equipment like the new Power Cord Test Station can be very helpful in minimizing financial loss due to malfunction or production loss due to equipment failure.  The sound working of various electrical devices is of prime importance in our industry, and testing units that check the efficacy of these devices is the best way to keep costs low and production high.  Reducing production loss indirectly obviously means a huge cost savings to you and a better return on investment for all that expensive capital equipment.  Be a part of the solution and get in touch with us today to learn about how you can save money with Sotcher’s testing equipment.

Are Liability Concerns Also Manufacturing’s Job?

August 16, 2012 by · 4 Comments
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So your boss is harping on about liability protection and the importance of investing in new testing equipment and following safety protocols. Sure, they’re concerned about the wellbeing of their floor crew, but in the end it all boils down to dollars and cents. Why should you, as a front line employee be concerned about things like liability protection? Well, here’s a couple reasons that might serve as a wakeup call:Show/Hide

Good for the Goose – Good for the Gander

As a manager, when looking at capital appropriation requests and purchasing new testing equipment to improve liability protection, you’re concerned about saving yourself from unnecessary lawsuits and litigation. From a workers perspective though sometimes it’s hard to see how that benefits you. Well consider it this way – How much do you value your job? What would happen if your plant was shut down due to a costly and debilitating claim? How does that affect your career? Your family? Your life? There are very real consequences to not being covered in today’s world, and you’re the first wave in keeping that from happening.

It’s Your Life on the Line

Manufacturing workers and plant owners and management have had a long standing tradition of butting heads on certain issues (where do you think unions came from?), but on this issue, they unanimously agree. Safety is not only a fiscal concern, but it’s also a human one. When you’re working in any kind of high risk environment, it’s essential that all equipment is sound, workers are alert and procedures are followed to the T. Liability protection isn’t just about keeping the company profitable, but about keeping the people behind it safe and secure in their jobs.

How to Save Money with Test Equipment Rentals

 

Do you have the need for high quality electrical testers to keep your equipment in top shape and avoid costly repairs?  Most organizations that work with fine tuned machinery do, however not a lot of companies can afford a full blown electrical testing station with top of the line data collection and measurement capabilities.  A single tester can cost several thousands of dollars, and put a serious dent in the operations budget.Show/Hide


So how do you meet this need and still keep the budget tight?  To get around the expensive price tag of testers, you might want to consider renting.  With test equipment rental, you only need to pay for a fraction of the cost and get the added benefit of on demand availability.  Use it when you need it, don’t pay for it when you don’t!

For testing equipment needs, Sotcher provides leading machinery to some of the major rental companies in the industry.  We measure and test our own products to the highest standard, and that level of quality and reliability can’t be beat by any other test equipment manufacturer.  We also have a dedicated support staff available at all times to ensure they get the equipment they need, on time and calibrated to exacting standards.  Give us a call today for a complete list of available test equipment and any other questions you may have.

How Data Acquisition Can Save Your A$$

June 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Liability is a reality of today’s business environment and if you’re not prepared to protect yourself, regardless of whether those claims are valid or not, you may be risking not only your company’s welfare but your own job as well.  So what’s the one thing stopping you from being exposed and keeping your company and your job in check?  Read on to find out.Show/Hide

 

In our previous post we touched on the importance of data acquisition and how it’s revolutionized line testing and manufacturing processes.  The ability to gather information from a wide number of sources and combine them into a single piece of information or trend is critical for management to determine when a product group falls outside established guide lines.  But what’s the real advantage to an organization from robust and automated data acquisition technologies?

 

Aside from improved visibility for management and eliminating the hassle of paperwork and endless documents that get stuffed into a file cabinet, never to be seen again, what is the real benefit to the company as a whole?  Most people don’t think about this when assessing the payback on data acquisition, but we have two words for you – Liability Protection.

 

When you tie all test data, repair service and warranty maintenance together from start to finish, you get a detailed holistic view of the lifespan for each serial number that goes through your testing process.  This can be a huge help if the equipment ever malfunctions or breaks down, causing injury or potential harm to the person using it.  Having this data on hand and easily accessible keeps your company from being held accountable and provides a documented roadmap of each preventative step along the way.

Is YOUR Testing Line Missing the Data Acquisition Revolution?

January 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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We all recognize the benefits of having on-demand data acquisition available across all areas of your testing process.  From rejection rate and quality trends to production flows and management reports, this information is invaluable when it comes to measuring the efficiency of your testing line.

If it’s so important though, why aren’t more people doing it?  We here at Sotcher hear all the time how standard Hi Pot testers lack the sophistication and customization needed to track and measure your testing processes, but what most people don’t realize is that it’s not the only option out there.Show/Hide

 

We touched on custom solutions as opposed to standard Hi Pot testers in our last post, and have heard time and time again from customers how valuable it’s been to implement testing equipment with data acquisition capabilities.  Not only does it provide proof that the tests were run, enhancing customer confidence, but it also gives you a basis for trend analysis, leading to improved process control.

 

What does all this mean for you?  If you’re not gathering the right data and able to pull it into meaningful reports on a real time basis, it’s time to reevaluate your existing line equipment.  The costs of upgrading to a system with data acquisition capabilities is far more affordable and practical now more than ever, and the improvements in efficiencies and liability protection alone is definitely worth the investment.

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