Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging from Electrical Test Midlands
Thermal Imaging

By detecting anomalies often invisible to the naked eye, thermography allows corrective action to be taken before costly system failures occur. Thermal Imaging or Thermography is the process of using a special camera designed to look only for heat by way of infra red (IR) energy waves. Potential problems can often be found due to excess heat being released by an electrical system, even those which would normally produce some heat when performing at their optimum level.

If undetected these problems can lead to failure and can result in expensive production loss or downtime and, in the most extreme case, can lead to fire. A regular programme from electrical test midlands of thermal imaging as part of routine maintenance can highlight potential problems long before any event. As a result any required repairs can be planned for in terms of both time and budget. In short, it is an invaluable resource for predictive maintenance. Thermography has applications in many different areas which are listed below.

Thermography can detect the following in electrical systems:

Loose connections
Overloads
Phase imbalances
Corrosion
High resistance in fuses and switchgear
Thermography can detect the following in mechanical systems:

Motor overload
Worn Bearings
Boiler seal leakage
Insulation breakdown
Hydraulic, steam and hot water systems
Tank levels and insulation
Valves
Turbines
Thermography can detect the following in buildings:

Continuity of insulation
Flat roof leakage
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
Cold storage thermal gain
Seals

5 most common causes of electrical fires

Some electrical fires happen because of problems in house wiring or appliance failure, but many occur due to mistakes that homeowners make like overloading electrical outlets or extension cords.

When working with members of your community on fire and life safety, it is important to teach the common causes of electrical fires. Here are the 5 most common causes of electrical fires.

1. Faulty outlets, appliances Read more 5 most common causes of electrical fires

Bags of love

Electrical Test Midlands are currently collecting for personal items for HOMELESS LADIES. Let’s face it, many people are only a few ‘pay days’ away from being homeless too!

Being homeless is bad enough, let alone at certain times of the month for ladies!

With this in mind, Electrical test midlands are collecting donations on behalf of a voluntary organisation who are collecting ‘BAGS OF LOVE’.

What’s a BAG OF LOVE?

Well, it’s basically a handbag you don’t use any more filled with sanitary, personnel items for a homeless lady.

We have made 2 today, containing the following items:-
Toothpaste, toothbrush, sanitary items, deodorant, wipes, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
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The contents of each bag has cost me so little but will mean SO MUCH to the receiver.
If you can donate any of the above items and/or have a handbag you’re happy to donate, please consider making your own ‘BAG OF LOVE’ for a homeless lady.

We are happy to receive items and pass them on but sadly can’t collect things from people.

If you can donate, just let us know and We can discuss a ‘drop off point’.
Thanks in advance xx

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

We are delighted to announce that they will be sponsoring the Top Marques Insurance Charity Evening in support of the Well Wishers Charity.

Well Wishers Charity supports the work of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust by helping to fund equipment and resources to help patients and their families. The event will be held on the 9 February 2019 at Grand Station in Wolverhampton.

Richard Jones MD of Electrical Test Midlands said, ‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor such a prestigious event for such a worthwhile cause and look forward in February’.

Electrical Test Midlands Limited are a family business providing expert technical accredited assistance across the varied size of and sectors our clients’ businesses operate within.

Emergency light testing

Emergency light testing.

What can you expect from ETM?

A typical emergency lighting test will consist of each circuit supplying emergency light being isolated in an attempt to establish that the battery in the emergency light fittings can keep all exits sufficiently lit in the event of power failure.

Unfortunately, there will be some periods whereby you will have to be without your lighting circuits. However, we are an experienced contractor that’s prepared to listen to your needs, and then create a schedule for working around them in order to keep you legal without affecting the running of your business.

Your Report Will Include:

Details of your lighting system
Circuit info & test findings
List of items inspected & tested
Details of deviations from the British standard

The latter will require your attention to ensure compliance with current UK legislation and to protect you from legal liabilities resultant of negligence towards your emergency lighting system.

Following an inspection of an emergency lighting installation, ETM will issue a certification that will detail the specific nature of the inspection – along with any departures from BS5266 that may exist.

Electrical Test Midlands have become a Registered member of ECA

We are proud to announce Electrical Test Midlands have become a Registered member of ECA. ECA is the UK’s leading trade association that represents and supports the interests of businesses and organisations involved in electro technical and engineering services design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and monitoring across the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland). Since 1901.

A New Website for ETM

You may notice that we have just launched a great new website. Bigger and better than our previous website, stacked with all the information and expert knowledge you will need.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the marketing people for a brilliant job in developing and building the new site. As always, the team at their Burntwood based offices did a great job in delivering over and above what we were expecting and within the agreed deadline. Thanks guys!

We hope the new website has lots of information that you find beneficial, however please remember that we are always available to discuss your requirements face to face or over the phone. If you’re looking for assistance from a company with a proven history of supplying excellent service spanning over 20 years who works cost effectively and efficiently for electrical, gas and plumbing installation projects then look no further.

Our accreditations speak for themselves

  • NICEIC
  • CHAS
  • Safe Contractor
  • SMAS
  • Constructionline
  • TrustMark
  • ISO 9001

On all levels, our workforce is totally committed to excellence. This is evident during every stage of our client relationships. From the first point of contact, you can be certain you will always receive a swift and professional response.

Five-year electrical checks compulsory for landlords

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Five-year electrical checks compulsory for landlords

23 July 2018

THE GOVERNMENT have announced a number of measures around building safety, including the launch of a consultation on building regulations and fire safety guidance.

The Government is yet to publish further details concerning the announced requirement for landlords in the private rented sector to carry out electrical installation safety checks every five years.

The National Association of Landlords (NLA) will be pressing the department for more information concerning:
the full scope of the inspections required
the regulatory and enforcement regime
who will be deemed competent, or authorised to carry out the checks
any exemptions which may be created, for instance in respect of new buildings
when the testing requirement is likely to come into force, and whether the Government is confident there will be sufficient qualified electricians to carry out the volume of inspections required.

NLA will also seek confirmation that portable appliances are not to be included in the checking regime, as they argued that this could introduce unreasonable practical costs and burdens for private landlords, relative to the risk posed by landlord-supplied appliances.

The secretary of state for communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said there will be a full-scale technical review of the guidelines covering fire safety matters within and around buildings, known as ‘Approved Document B’, this autumn.

The Government are seeking views on the proposed clarification of statutory guidance on fire safety that aims to improve usability and reduce the risk of misinterpretation by those carrying out and inspecting building work. The key aim is to update the existing guidance to reflect modern building practices and technical and scientific innovations, including the latest understanding of fire risks.

In addition to the new electrical checks the Minister announced:
a residents panel will be established to ensure proposed safety improvements are grounded in the experience of those who live in high-rise buildings
Dame Judith Hackitt will chair an Industry Safety Steering Group to drive the culture change needed to improve safety and hold industry to account
working with a small group of organisations from industry, safety improvements will be piloted, in line with Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations, demonstrating early leadership on building safety reform.

Speaking at the launch of the consultation, he commented, “There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes. That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.

“Dame Judith’s report sets out the right framework to improve safety, but I will not hesitate to go further than the recommendations where I deem it necessary. That is why I am going further than my original commitment to simply clarify the guidelines, by commencing an end-to-end technical review of the fire safety aspects of building regulations in the autumn.”

The Government has continued its focus on building safety regulations, having previously:
Launched a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres and above. The consultation closes on 14 August.
Consulted on banning or restricting the use of ‘desktop studies’ from being used to assess the fire performance of cladding systems, unless our separate consultation demonstrates that they can be safely used. The consultation has closed and the government is reviewing the responses.
Announced further action to support local authorities as they work with building owners to remove potentially unsafe cladding on private sector high-rise residential buildings.

Its time to use Electrical Test Midlands

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Its time to use Electrical Test Midlands
Is your electrical testing due?
If you would like to see what ETM Electrical Test Midlands can do for your electrical testing, contact us directly to talk through your requirements. #Electrical Testing #Electrical Inspection & Testing #Electrical Compliance #Energy Monitoring #Thermal Imaging #Fixed Wire Testing #Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) #Emergency Lighting Testing #Fire Alarm Testing As a duty holder, you have a number of legal responsibilities to prevent danger arising from electrical systems and work activities on or near them. One of these responsibilities is to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger, of which regular electrical inspection and testing play a key part

PAT Testing

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ETM Ltd are experts in the field of PAT Testing.

Electrical Test Midlands was originally set-up to cater to the complicated, and ever changing, sector of electrical testing.

Our input within the industry has grown and our amount of experience allows us to interpret, and respond to, the ever-changing UK legislations and regulations that abound the PAT testing industry. Which is probably why we are continually awarded major PAT testing contracts across the UK.

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Portable appliance testing is vital in order to prevent your business premises becoming a source of legal liability, injury or, at the worst end of the scale, loss of lives. Employee safety should always be a major consideration within any business – although the occurrence of electrical accidents within the workplace is still all too common.

This is where we step in, to ensure that your business premises is running with full electrical compliance. Giving you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are not likely to fall victim to legal claims involving faulty machinery, a PC monitor with a loose connection, or even just from the use of a simple Kettle.

The testing procedure, itself, is not daunting or intrusive, and is carried out by ETM engineers in a very flexible and understanding manner. We know PAT testing and electrical safety is vitally important – but, equally so to us, is the efficient running of your business. Therefore, we go out of our way to maintain your business flow throughout the entire testing procedure.

 

Let us take the load

Our PAT Testing engineers will arrive at your premises with their testing tools pre-loaded with your business details. Each of your electrical appliances are tested and each one will be issued it’s own unique bar-code. Upon passing or failing a test the appliance is appropriately labelled and the details of this recorded.

After our engineers have completed the testing stage, they return to head-office to download and prepare your asset register and pass/fail certification and put together reference to any remedial work that was flagged up during inspection. If required, we can then return to rectify any problematic appliances – ensuring you of a compliant workplace and saving you from an electrical appliance related legal claim.

Require PAT Testing within your business? Call the experts, and one of our friendly team will be happy to advise you on how we can help. 0800 066 3227