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Preventing Electrical Overloads in the Home

April 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Wiring Devices 

outlet-overload-1Here at Sotcher, we know the dangers of electrical overloads and work hard to create testing equipment that prevents these in the manufacturing environment, but what about in the most important place of all – your home?  In this article, we’ll explain how electrical circuits work, how to figure out which outlets are on which circuit, and how to avoid overloading them. We’ll explain the electrical system in a way that DIYers can easily understand. Click the article below to learn more.

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The Essential Multimeter Tool

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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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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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.

Critical Criteria for Test Equipment: Part 3

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Service Tags, Test Stations, Wiring Devices 

Part three of a four part series that will examine some key features you want to consider when planning and configuring your manufacturing testing facilities.  Keep in mind, these individual features can often be combined or added onto an existing product for increased functionality.Show/Hide

Bar Coding of Products

If bar codes are available on the products, they provide an ideal way of programming the test station for the proper series of tests.

Dielectric Testing of Powered Products

If the product contains safety circuits, or if a minimum total test cycle time is desired, simultaneous testing should be considered.  This feature allows the product to be in operation during the performance of the dielectric test.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

When a product is plugged in the first time, or the operator is required to make adjustments to the electrical circuit, the use of GFCI’s should be considered.  Full time ground fault interrupter circuits protect the operator should they contact the electrical circuit.

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Critical Criteria for Test Equipment: Part 2

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Part two of a four part series that will examine some key features you want to consider when planning and configuring your manufacturing testing facilities.  Keep in mind, these individual features can often be combined or added onto an existing product for increased functionality.Show/Hide

Mixing Domestic and Exported Products

Appliances for North America and the International market are manufactured and tested in the same cell by using quick change test receptacles.  An outlet strip containing the carious receptacles may be used.  The test station can furnish the proper voltage to each.  The correct frequency can also be supplied if necessary.

Teach the Tester

If you manufacture products such as hair dryers or fans, but the product mix changes frequently, use a special feature that teaches the tester.  A good sample product is cycled through its various speeds and heat settings.  The tester measures the results and uses them (with tolerances applied) as test parameters to test similar products.  Safety tests such as dielectric strength are not affected with this process.

Central Data Collection Point

Networking all test stations within a product group to a host computer allows all test data to be retained at a single point.  This supports your data acquisition and statistical process control efforts.

Ground Verification

For operator safety, a second test circuit verifies that the frame of the product is held at a true ground potential whenever power is applied.

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How Do You Know When It’s Time for a Custom Solution?

May 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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When it’s time to upgrade or replace your existing test equipment, or you’re in the market for a new setup all together, how do you know if it’s better to spend the big bucks for a standard hi-pot tester or custom build your own solution?  Well, here at Sotcher we asked some experts and came up with three main components to consider when making this decision.Show/Hide

It’s All About the Benjamins

Obviously a big factor for consideration.  While most full featured hi-pot testers will put a dent in even the most considerable budgets, there’s another solution that costs less and is a better fit for your own manufacturing processes.  People are usually surprised to find that they can have a fully automatic test station with data acquisition included for less than the price of a micro-processor type hi-pot tester.  Which leads us to our next point.

Cut Once, Measure Twice

There have been considerable advances in data acquisition in the past decade when it comes to testing industrial equipment.  It’s become so affordable and efficient, you can usually get a test station designed to your specs for less than you would spend on the components to build it.  All companies recognize having full and complete records of every production test on a real time basis is invaluable.  Everything from rejection rates, liability protection, quality trends, production flow and management reports can be pulled to diagnose your testing programs in a custom solution.  However, these features are not always included in a standard hi-pot testing unit, so be sure to evaluate this when considering new equipment.

Does it Gel?

The last thing, but arguably the most important to consider, is how well does the solution you’re looking at match your current manufacturing processes and flows?  Does a plug and play tester suit your needs, or would you find value in having an automated test station with data acquisition and a wide range of test programs included?  These are all things that need to be considered when looking at implementing or upgrading your test equipment within your organization, and while there’s no easy answer, you’ll have a much better idea of what you need and if a custom solution is right for you after evaluating these criteria.

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