The InstalTest 3017, from Emona Instruments, is Australia's installation tester with measurement functions and Pass/Fail limits set to AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules.
The unit conducts all AS/NZS3000's mandatory tests, including visual inspection, polarity and correct circuit connections - tests not found on UK or European installation and multifunction testers.
The InstalTest 3017 is programmed with the Pass/Fail limits, test parameters and tables found in AS/NZS3017 Electrical Installations - Testing and Inspection Guidelines. The testing and certifying of completed work to AS/NZS3000 is mandatory, but often not carried out because traditional methods are so time consuming.
Consider a large installation with hundreds of socket outlets that should be tested prior to being energised.
With the Instaltest, simply choose the auto-sequence test called Socket Outlet and you can test, certify and store test results on each socket outlet at a rate of seconds per socket compared to manual, single test methods.
The InstalTest 3017 gives contractors a practical way of testing and certifying completed work to AS/NZS3000. This guarantees higher productivity and profitability for the contracting business, better compliance to standards and regulations, and improved overall electrical safety.
The InstalTest 3017 conducts all of the tests and inspections required under AS/NZS3000: voltage, visual inspections, earth continuity and resistance, insulation resistance, polarity, correct circuit connections, fault loop impedance and RCD verification tests.
Users can choose tests with fixed parameters and limits, or user defined parameters and limits.
Where AS/NZS3017 requires specific test parameters and limits, the InstalTest is pre-programmed with the compliant test settings. For example the earth continuity and resistance: Main Earthing test is set to a 200mA with 0.5ohm Pass/Fail limit. Pass is indicated by and Fail is indicated by.
In addition, the InstalTest can be used as a multimeter, insulation tester, loop impedance tester and RCD tester for troubleshooting and general electrical work.
Fast compliance testing with auto-sequence testing:
Traditional multifunction testers conduct single measurement functions only. The InstalTest introduces the concept of auto-sequence testing. An auto-sequence is several single tests grouped together to carry out particular task.
Examples of auto-sequence tests include metallic switchboard enclosure, aerial conductor, lighting point or Socket Outlet.
Each auto-sequence has pre-defined Pass/Fail limits and the tests are conducted in the sequence specified by AS/NZS3000 and AS/NZS3017.
For example to test a Socket Outlet, choose Socket Outlet from the auto-sequence menu, plug the mains measuring cable into the socket under test and the InstalTest automatically sequences through earth resistance, polarity and correct connections tests.
Sequence testing is particularly effective for carrying out testing and certifying of completed work, for example testing and certifying hundreds of socket outlets and lighting points on a large new installation using traditional methods is time consuming.
The InstalTest provides the fast and practical way of meeting the mandatory test requirements of AS/NZS3000, OHS and electrical safety regulations.
Easy to use graphical display:
Traditional installation and multi-function testers are operated via a rotary switch. The InstalTest features a full graphical display with pull down menus for measurement parameters, help screens with connection diagrams and user prompts for test connections or inspections.
The screen also displays Warning -Live Conductors messages when carrying out supply available tests, a particular benefit that improves operator safety.
Another advantage of a graphics display is that functions can easily be edited or added if standards or regulations change.
Print installation compliance reports:
Where record keeping and reporting is required, such as in OHS and electrical safety regulations, the InstalTest will store results, download to PC software and print Safety and Compliance Test Reports with user name, license number, switchboard, sub-boards and articles locations and test results.
This provides users with a complete installation compliance management system, allowing contractors provide a professional report of test results to the installation owner/occupier and maintain PC based records for required statutory period.