At Hawkesworth, we carry out over seven million electrical equipment (PAT) tests a year across various industries.
One of the businesses we work with is Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS), a company that specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of weighing systems and waste management software.
We have carried out annual electrical equipment testing at their installation centre at Chesterfield since 2013.
As well as testing the electrical equipment in VWS’s office, we also check the equipment in their factory, where they manufacture and install a range of products.
Electrical equipment in factories is more prone to wear and tear than equipment in an office environment. Equipment is exposed to friction, heat, abrasion, corrosion and heavy impact daily. This makes it more likely to wear down and malfunction.
Although some of this damage manifests itself physically in the form of damaged cables and equipment casing, some damage is internal. This means that staff may not be aware of any damage until the equipment stops working.
And in a busy factory, this can cause production line issues until the equipment is fixed or a replacement is sourced.
"I would like to say how very nice the engineer was. He was very helpful, efficient and thorough during his visit to our site" VWS
Hawkesworth test a range of equipment for Vehicle Weighing Solutions, from monitors in the office to heavy machinery on the factory floor.
Our skilled engineers carry out a thorough visual check and internal test on each piece of equipment, ensuring that equipment is safe to use.
A thorough report with photos is provided so that if any equipment fails testing, VWS has the information they need to get it repaired or replaced.
We can also carry out of hours work at no extra charge, preventing disruption and reducing equipment downtime.
PAT testing in manufacturing and construction
If you work in manufacturing or construction, it is especially important to test your electrical equipment and tools on a regular basis.
This equipment is subject to a lot of wear and tear and exposure to dusty, moist environments which can cause damage.
We recommend that you carry out a risk assessment to determine how often your equipment is tested, however many construction sites have PAT testing carried out every three months.
This is not only because the specialist equipment used is very expensive and needs to be inspected regularly, but it can do a lot of damage if it isn't well-maintained.
If you are looking for electrical equipment testing for your factory or manufacturing plant, Hawkesworth is here to help.
Our network of engineers is available wherever you are in the UK, helping to ensure your equipment is safe to use and will not let you down.