The heat’s on for Clare as it passes cooker test
10 November 2009
One of the UK’s leading white good manufacturers is using Clare testers to conduct the electrical safety testing of its new range of induction hobs and ovens during the production cycle.
Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA), based in Prescot, Merseyside, produces freestanding, built-in and range cooking appliances under the Stoves, Belling and New World brands, and cooling products under the Lec brand.
In November 2009, the company launched its groundbreaking collection of induction products, including the BI60i Eco Induction Oven which uses 50% less energy than an A rated oven.
To ensure complete product safety, GDHA teamed up with Clare to install four HAL testers on its production lines.
HALs undertake accurate and high speed ramp DC testing during the final production stage, ensuring that the unit is completely safe for use by the consumer when it leaves the factory gates.
Specifically configured to undertake earth bond, flash (HIPOT), load, continuity and live to neutral electrical testing, HALs also help ensure consistent quality control throughout the production process.
The result is that every product is 100% tested in every mode and the new test configuration enables all products, whether they are destined for domestic or professional markets in the UK or abroad, to be tested by the same test procedure on any production line.
The Clare testers also ensure that the cookers meet safety compliance requirements of the low voltage directive and all major international standards including EN 50191 and EN 50106.
Dave Connelly, technical projects engineer at GDHA, said testing using the HALs has helped the company launch its new induction technology appliances.
“The HAL is an excellent and versatile instrument, providing fast, efficient and reliable safety testing of our products, saving time and money in the process. It’s also enables us to test more intelligently.”
Clare’s HAL flash/HiPot tester, HAL Scan multi point flash/HiPot tester and scanner and the HAL Combi four function electrical safety tester are all equipped with specialist technology to simplify test programming, by employing bar codes as part of a system providing full test results traceability.
Tests can be quickly configured into the tester by scanning in pre-defined bar codes that operate as test codes, making the equipment ideal for any ISO traceable application in quality control, conformance, or production line testing applications.
These pre-defined bar codes can be generated directly from the test equipment on adhesive labels, using the Test and Tag printer, or from proprietary Microsoft PC applications. These barcodes can be incorporated into live test procedure documents or the manuals required as part of ISO quality systems.
Specialist software and a large capacity internal database give the new generation of test instruments the ability to store test details and results against individual equipment serial numbers. Test reports can be downloaded directly to a PC or printer for the production of complete test data records.
In addition, the networking of test data with central management information systems allows the test station to become an important MIS data collection point, not only in identifying failure rates, but also by providing details of productivity levels and other information as part of quality audit trails.
Incorporating a stylish new case design for space efficient bench testing and equipped with highly intuitive user interface, operation of the HAL range of testers is achieved through the use of programmable soft keys and a rotary switch used in association with a large graphical display.
All HAL testers comply with the EN50191 safe operation of test equipment standard and are the only product available with fully isolated test outputs, making it the safest Flash/HiPot tester in the world. More at email@example.com or www.clareinstruments.com Tel: 0191 587 8741.