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Dedicated new electrical training centre equipped with specialist HV test equipment

A new high voltage (HV) electrical training facility has been equipped with specialist test equipment from Seaward to ensure the highest standards of technical tuition and learning.

As part of the new investment at Eastwood Park, neon anddigital high voltage indicators and digital phasing equipment manufactured byelectrical test specialist Seaward have been installed.

The test equipment will be used on a variety of high voltagecourses to help delegates understand the regulations relating to safe HVworking practices and to enable them to carry out practical work that willinclude simulated fault finding, making systems safe, proving live and carryingout power supply phase comparisons.

The Seaward KD1E high voltage indicators include both neonand digital systems to confirm the presence of voltage on earthed neutralelectrical circuits up to 11.5KV. The test rods conform to industry recommendedcreepage and safety standards, comprising high grade PVC tubing andencapsulated resistor chains. 

The equipment includes neon indicator units for proving liveapplications and digital readout units that provide a direct reading of voltagemeasurements.

The KD1E indicators at Eastwood Park will be used alongsideSeaward PR11 high voltage phasing rods that enable comparisons to be made atthe point of paralleling two circuits. The phasing rods, which are used withoutthe interposition of voltage transformers or secondary wiring circuits,incorporate a neon indicator and are suitable for all types of switchgear.

The training courses at Eastwood Park’s new HV centre arebeing built around the needs of Authorised Persons for HV distributionequipment, including NHS maintenance staff, MOD estates technicians, MOD andthose in the commercial sector, such as large business parks, who operateprivate power networks.

Kevin Furey, senior engineering and training consultant isheading the new centre. He said: “The new HV training facility will enable usto replicate a variety of faults and operational conditions, creating a safeand reassuring environment in which engineers can learn and gain the necessaryaccreditation to meet Competent and Authorised Person roles.

“The investment in the new HV switchgear and power controlfacility is complemented by the use of specialist test equipment from Seaward.This equipment is widely used in the electrical utility and distributionsector, enabling our trainees to gain a thorough practical understanding of HVsystems and procedures.”

Eastwood Park provides a wide range of technical trainingcourses that have been developed in partnership with leading industry bodiesand associations, including the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and EstateManagement (IHEEM).

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