PAT Productivity Increased with Apollo Test Technology

Simon BarkerA specialist electrical services company has increased its productivity with the latest portable appliance test technology from Seaward.

The Leeds-based S Barker Electrical Ltd. is using a new Apollo 600 tester to complete thousands of appliance safety tests for a wide and expanding range of customers throughout West Yorkshire and beyond.

In doing so the company claims that test times have been significantly reduced, creating a near doubling in productivity without compromising the integrity of the testing undertaken.

The lightweight Apollo 600 includes all of the electrical safety tests required by the IET Code of Practice including, earth continuity, insulation resistance at 250V or 500V, protective conductor current, touch current, IEC lead polarity and RCD trip time.

An important factor in the company’s choice of the new tester is the fast test time and extended long life battery power of the unit which reduces the reliance on mains supply and substantially cuts the downtime between tests.

Business owner and fully qualified electrician, Simon Barker explains: “With some of our larger customers requiring the testing of thousands of electrical items across a single site, the ability to complete testing without constantly plugging-in and re-booting the instrument from one appliance to the next provides a substantial time saving.

“This practical benefit of mains-free testing has had a significant impact on our day to day activities where testing can be undertaken with the freedom and flexibility to move around large industrial and office premises without constantly waiting for the instrument to power-up.

“This means that contracts can be serviced with maximum efficiency – which benefits both the customer and my business.”

S Barker Electrical provides the full range of electrical wiring installation and inspection services, alongside alarms and CCTV installations. Portable appliance testing was an additional service to be introduced by the company and the improved productivity has enabled it to increase its customer base to include property landlords and musicians alongside universities, industrial sites and large commercial operations.   

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