Automatic Testing of lineman’s gloves, sleeves, blankets, line hose, hoods or
line jumpers Up to 50,000V AC(L), 100,000V DC(M) or both(N)
BLANKET TESTING: The machine is capable of testing one or two blankets (depending on model). The bottom support is covered with a non-tracking film to eliminate drawer damage due to flashovers around the edge of a blanket. All standard size and voltage blankets including Class IV 42” x 42” can be tested. One set of electrodes is provided with the tester for each position. Additional electrodes are available for all sizes of blankets.
CURRENT: The current of each glove/sleeve being tested is continuously monitored by the microprocessor control system. The active current leakage as well as the peak current is displayed on an LCD display both digitally and with a bar graph.
HIGH VOLTAGE TEST TANK: The tank is constructed of 12 gauge stainless steel. The outer lip and all edges are smooth and rounded to a .75 inch radius to eliminate corona from the tank at voltages to 50,000 volts A.C. and 100,000 volts D.C. A one inch drain valve is provided in the bottom of the tank to drain water.
When gloves are lowered into the testing position, the excess water is held in an overflow basin on the rear of the tank by physically raising its discharge hose. This provides a maintenance free shut-off which eliminates high voltage arcs caused by water dripping from the tank to ground during the test. At the end of the test, the discharge hose is lowered and the excess water allowed to drain into a catch basin.
VENTILATION: Approximately 9 cfm of air flow is directed into each glove/sleeve to remove the ozone generated inside it while testing. The exhaust manifold at the rear of the machine pulls air across the surface of the water through an inlet which is the length and even with the top of the high voltage tank. This removes ozone generated on the outside of each glove/sleeve.
ENCLOSURE: Eyebolts are provided in the top for lifting by a crane. An interlocked access door is provided to the testing area at the end opposite the power supply and control area so the operator can go inside the machine for cleaning and maintenance. Fluorescent lamps are provided inside the unit and are wired so they can be operated when the unit is turned off. An interlocked front access door is provided in the power supply and control area.
WATER FILL: Each glove is filled through a .375" tube to permit simultaneously filling each glove within 30 seconds.
CONTROLS: A menu based system provides all controls from the front control panel. All standard tests come predefined for the user. These predefined tests set all the machines settings and automatically run the test on the specified class of glove or sleeve. There are also 10 user defined test modes available, as well as a mode for manual control of the entire system.
INDICATORS: All LED light indicators operate in a fail safe mode by being lighted at all times. The lights flash when indicating. A red "HIGH VOLTAGE FAILURE" light and an amber "OVERCURRENT" light are provided on the carrier just above each glove. A red " FAIL" light and a green "TEST COMPLETE" light are provided on the control panel. The LCD current display shows the current leakage current, as well as saving the peak current. After a failure the LCD display also indicates which gloves failed.
OPERATION: The operating cycle begins after the operator selects the new type of gloves to be tested from the menu, which automatically adjusts the depth, water fill level, test time, voltage, current limit, blower speed and exhast fan speed with a single setting. If the type is not changed from the last test, then no menu selection is required. Next the items to be tested are mounted in the machine. Then the operator simply pushes the "START" button. The machine can be fully loaded with material or just one item can be tested. Gloves will be simultaneously and automatically filled with water to the proper level. The water filling can be bypassed at any position that does not have a glove or on all positions when testing sleeves. The gloves/sleeves will be lowered into the high voltage tank.
The high voltage cycle consists of raising the test voltage to the set value, automatic timing of the test duration, automatic flashing lights for overcurrent or failed gloves/sleeves, audible indication of failed rubber goods, and the lowering of the test voltage. At the end of the cycle, the gloves/sleeves are returned to the load position. At the end of all tests without a high voltage failure, a green "TEST COMPLETE" light flashes and a pulsating audible signal sounds.
1038 Lomb Avenue SW
Birmingham, AL 35211 (Google Maps)