When stator wedges are loose, this allows stator coils or bars to vibrate in the slot, leading to insulation abrasion and eventually a ground fault. Stator wedges are traditionally tested for tightness by tapping them with a hammer and listening to the sound produced. This method is slow and prone to inconsistency. Electronic evaluation of wedge tightness is faster, more accurate and provides more consistent results.
With the 180° rotating optical block, vibrant LCD display, and streamlined form factor, the FLIR T530 offers inspectors the necessary tools to support comprehensive inspections in challenging conditions, especially when equipment is difficult to access.
Circuit breakers are used everywhere – in our homes, offices, and electric facilities. The degradation of the electrical insulation that is an integral component of these protective devices, can be influenced from both environmental and operational stresses. Additionally, oxidation and ware of circuit breaker contacts can lead to relatively high resistance connections and overheating of the circuit breaker. In the worst case, contacts can become welded together, thereby defeating the protective intent of the circuit breaker. This is why it is important to utilize the proper electrical test equipment when testing, to ensure that the circuit breaker is properly fulfilling its intended purpose.