Aim Dynamics: June 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stay Safe When Working with Electrical Equipment

When working in dangerous environments, safety should always be the first priority. This is especially true for those who work with electricity. With that in mind, here are a few safety measures you should take before you start working:

Check Electrical Equipment

Malfunctioning electrical equipment is a massive electrocution risk. Inspect your equipment carefully for any faulty or peeling wiring and other forms of damage. If your device has a current transformer, don’t forget to inspect that as well. If you feel a tingling sensation when touching an electrical device, stop working immediately and ask for replacement equipment.

Take Off Your Watch

It is no secret that metals conduct electricity, so remove your watch while you’re working. Rings, piercings, and jewelry should also be removed. It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but this important safety measure easily slips the mind of many people.

Bring a Towel

A small, super absorbent face towel will suffice. This is so that you can wipe off any sweat from areas where your skin is exposed, thereby decreasing the chance of your sweat conducting electricity.

Working with electricity is no laughing matter. All it takes is for one person to be lax in his or her safety procedures for an accident to happen. Always run through the safety measures above before you start working with electricity.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Choosing a Split-Core Transformer

Current measurement is vital to ensuring the proper delivery of electricity. That’s why you must choose the best current transformer on the market for the most accurate measurements possible.

These days, many companies choose to implement split-core transformers for retrofit measurements. Given their designs, they are extremely easy and safe to install, and do not require the power line to be disconnected prior to installation.

Of course, there are many types and models of split-core transformers out there. To make purchasing easier, keep these buying tips in mind:

Take Note of Capacity
When looking for split-core transformers, the first consideration should be its capacity. After all, you wouldn’t want to purchase a model that has a lower capacity rating than the power line it’s supposed to measure. Fortunately, some brands offer transformers that have a rated input of up to 200 Amp.

With the appropriate capacity rating defined, your next consideration should be the accuracy of the product. For split-core transformers, an accuracy of 10-130% of the rated current is ideal. Linearity accuracy should also be rated ±1%.

Your Supplier

Of course, choosing a top-notch supplier is just as important as choosing an excellent product. With their help, you’ll gain access to a wide variety of quality products at reasonable prices. They’ll also ensure that your orders are delivered on time and in excellent condition.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What are Current Transformers and What Do They Do?

There’s no denying that electricity is indispensable in today’s world. However, the same power that runs your TV can also be very destructive if delivered to your home in too large a quantity. That’s why proper electricity level is vital to ensure that your appliances don’t just explode the moment you plug them in.

Yet monitoring and measuring electricity is not exactly an easy task, especially since electricity is distributed in dangerously high voltage levels. Even if you had an instrument, how can it survive exposure to such power?