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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
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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The Handy Dandy Volt-Ohm Meter

February 13, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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volt-ohm-milliammeter-1A voltage tester and a continuity tester are adequate for many diagnostic jobs, and they are relatively inexpensive, but for more serious electrical and appliance troubleshooting and repairs, investing in a volt-ohm meter (VOM) is the way to go.  Click below to learn more.

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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.

Stay tuned for more!

Are Liability Concerns Also Manufacturing’s Job?

August 16, 2012 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Test Stations 

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 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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