Posts Tagged ‘Barcodes’

Barcodes Supply a Complete History with PAT Tests

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Portable Appliance Testing, or simply known as PAT testing, is a very important test required by the British government requiring tests to be performed that measure the safety of electrical appliances. Some appliances, such as the microwave, must be tested to ensure that there are no harmful emissions being released that could be passed onto its users or technicians. Other appliances, such as hand-drills must be tested to ensure they can be used without the user being electrocuted or otherwise harmed with its use. The history of these tests, as they are typically required every few months for more dangerous appliances, and sometimes annually for lesser dangerous appliances, must be kept as to allow technicians to know the result of tests performed in the task.

Utilizing new technology that’s been implicated everywhere from warehouses to retail stores, the use of barcodes on PAT testing labels is becoming a very popular and crucial part PAT testing. By allowing the entire history of an appliance’s testing results to be stored in a barcode, the people who have to test the appliances have all the information they need to make important decisions regarding the appliances safety and what sort of result they should apply.

There is a lot of potential and benefit in the use of barcodes as means of storing important data collected by Portable Appliance Testing. Instead of having to write down information and the history of the tests, technicians can now input the data directly to a wireless database and with a simple scan of a scanning device, information can be instantly accessed and evaluated on the spot wherever the technician may be. This use of digital data can cut down on a lot of writing and note taking for workers, and can eliminate any problems that could arise with the inability to read certain handwritings.

The obvious benefit and advantage of the use of barcodes with PAT testing can be easily noticed with compared with the system that does not use any bar codes on the labels. Traditionally, when a PAT test is performed, only the most recent information can be jotted down on the label, which severely restricts what sorts of information one can put on the label, as the tester is limited to the size of the label. However, with the use of barcodes on PAT testing labels, essentially an unlimited amount of information can be accessed on even the smallest of labels. This has the ability to the job itself that much more safe and easy to perform by testers, as a complete list and source of the valuable data required to make decisions regarding an appliances safety can be made with all information in mind.

It seems as time goes on, the obvious superiority of barcode use with PAT testing will become apparent and most PAT labels will move towards their usage. For testers who require, or simply feel safer knowing all of the information regarding an appliance as they service it, this mode of information display is a must.

PAT Test Labels with Barcodes Offer Information with a Simple Scan

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Portable Appliance testing an integral part of harm prevention in the use of electrical appliances in a variety of environments where electrical appliances are commonly used. Taking place in residential, commercial, and industrial settings, the PAT test as its commonly known is used to designate the level of safety surrounding the use of potentially hazardous appliances.

Anything from hand drills and microwaves, to much larger equipment must be tested on a continual basis at intervals established by how dangerous the appliance itself could be. For electrical appliances considered more dangerous, three to six months is typically the intervals at which their PAT testing must be conducted. For electrical appliances whose danger is slightly less, intervals of testing may be closer to once a year. Once a PAT test is performed, a PAT test label is affixed to the device, and a newer and much more comprehensive form of PAT test label is the PAT test label with barcode.

PAT test labels with barcodes are an amazing new form of PAT test labels that, along with all the crucial information that goes along with the proper conduction of a Portable Appliance test, have barcodes that open up a new world of harm prevention. Barcodes are used in a variety of different applications, and their advantage is that they can hold a lot of information that can be accessed with a much greater ease than any method that has been created before.

The results of a PAT test must be marked on the surface of the PAT test label, which is used to display how safe the electrical appliance is to use. Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and forms, they all have the same function, which is primarily to prevent the use of any possibly dangerous appliance. The history of these tests, which may occur at different intervals depending on the danger involved, must be logged as to assist in future tests of the appliance. PAT test labels with barcodes allow the tester to access the entire history of an appliance’s PAT test results, whereas before the most recent test result is the only available information directly accessibly by the label itself. The use of these labels helps deter any possible errors with regards to handwriting mix-up, and the technology involved is really quite simple and easy to learn.

PAT test labels offer important information about the results of mandatory electrical appliance testing, and the use of them is very handy in making judgment calls when it comes to using and operating electrical appliances. Although PAT test labels themselves offer quite a bit of information, when coupled with barcodes, as is the case with PAT test labels with barcodes, much more information regarding an electrical appliance’s safety and test history can be accessed remotely and with a simple scan of a scanning device. This is an exciting development, and a very novel idea where safety and the ability to store mass amounts of information with the use of a barcode and come together and make PAT testing that much more comprehensive.

The Need for Barcodes and Cable Wraps on Electric Devices

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The safe operation of an electric device of any kind depends to a great extent on a regular and thorough routine of maintenance and inspection. This applies to the entire gamut of electrically powered devices, from hand-held tools and components for communications to industrial machinery and satellite systems.
Maintaining a device’s ability to continue operation at an acceptable level of safety is a massive undertaking, considering the varied and complicated systems of wiring and circuit routing that can be found in even the simplest of electrical devices.

Today’s world is a veritable matrix of electrical systems. The number of electrical devices found just in the home is staggering, and the continued operation of nearly every aspect of human life today is completely dependent upon the safe use of electricity.

One of the important aspects of maintaining safe electric usage is in the management of the wiring and circuits. This can apply to small wire bundles found inside a computer hard drive or to massive enclosed wiring cables that connect industrial machinery to their source of power. This is why cable wraps are vital in preventing the short-circuiting which will happen when wires touch.

These cable wraps come in a wide variety of forms for the many application requirements within the various electrical systems. The most basic form of cable wraps is a simple tie wrap, as one might use in the home by using a piece of coated wire or length of tape to sort out a mess of wires around the PC, which by the way has its own circuits wrapped inside.

Yet the variety of applications of cable wraps will be found inside devices, around the wiring that routes the power to and from devices, and around huge cabling systems that transfer massive amounts of electricity within municipal power grids. These cable wrapping systems can range from simple Velcro tie wraps to insulation sleeves which can run several miles in length.

The use of barcodes in the area of electrical safety and operation has come to be more common, due to the deluge in recent years of personal communication devices and computing systems that can be found everywhere.

The barcodes are helpful, of course, to identify an individual device as anyone who has shopped in a food market knows quite well. Yet the application of barcodes as an aid to electrical safety is just as important. The immediate identification of an electrical device can include not only serial numbers and manufacturer information, but its history of inspection and safety ratings as well.

As has been stated before, the vast usage of electricity and its importance in the
powering of the machinery of the modern world most certainly mandates the constant and unrelenting vigilance of highly-qualified electrical inspectors.

The systems which everyone depends on for lighting, communication, food delivery, labour, and nearly every other function of life have become highly complex. Consequently, the approach to their continued levels of safe usage must keep up with this complexity by improvements in power management and circuit systems maintenance.