TESTING FACILITIES

 

PROCESS AND APPLICATION SIMULATION

 

Static Electricity Control (SEC) and Lightning Protection EPC (LPEPC) testing philosophy is " MEASURE >TEST > MEASURE". Whilst this may seem simplistic, this philosophy has on countless occasions highlighted how static electricity control and lightning protection equipment has been successful in reducing static accumulation & potential discharge, damage due to lightning or has highlighted that incorrectly specified static electricity control or lightning protection equipment is ineffective . We believe that it is important to understand, record the level of static or risk associated with lightning so that you can determine what effect the static electricity control or lightning protection equipment is having on that process or site. Recording the level of static electricity or risk associated with lightning prior to installation of static electricity control or lightning protection equipment forms a baseline, providing a measure by which installed static electricity control or lightning protection equipment can be tested as part of preventative maintenance.

 

In the pursuit of trying to "fix the problem" and get production or the site back on line, testing is often overlooked or disregarded. Often resulting in misdiagnosis or specification of incorrect equipment.

 

DIAGNOSIS > MEASUREMENT > SPECIFICATION > TEST > INSTALLATION

 

SEC/LPEPC have a purpose built facility to conduct testing, maintenance and simulation. Our clients are able to provide samples for testing or if required set up machinery & equipment or simulate a specific environment for testing purposes. SEC/LPEPC have a mobile testing program for those clients that require on site assistance in relation to static electricity testing and simulation. ​

 

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO MEASURING STATIC ELECTRICITY IN LOCATION

 

When measuring static in location most meters will only read from -20KV to +20KV. This is a problem when measurements are above or below the 20KV max. It is important to understand that a measurement of 20KV and a measurement of 120KV are very different and have different effects on process, plant and personnel. The higher the level of static in location the bigger the risk in relation to spark ignition in flammable or combustible environments. The higher the level of static in location the higher the level of product or process misbehaviour. That is why it is important to be able to accurately read the level of static in location. Meters able to read measurements above 20KV are essential. An accurate diagnosis also results in the specification of the most appropriate equipment or fit for purpose equipment.

 

"DEMAND TESTING EQUIPMENT THAT CAN MEASURE STATIC ELECTRICITY IN LOCATION FROM -200KV to +200KV" Meech 983V2 Static Locator

When auditing/testing for lightning protection systems make sure you insist on a meter that can provide both soil resistivity and resistance to earth measurements. MOST meters other than a MEGGER DET 2/2 or 2/3 can only read soil resistivity or resistance to earth. Whilst some meters other than the MEGGER DET 2/2 or 2/3 are capable of measuring both soil resistivity and resistance to earth, they can  suffer measurement  inaccuracy due to frequency disturbances from metal pipes etc buried in the earth.