Safety First: UCEC’s Testing Procedures Ensure Quality + Confidence
By Garrod Massey
Operations Support Manager
UCEC takes incredible pride in our craftsmanship and attention to detail in each custom panel we manufacture. Along with this craftsmanship comes a vital link in the process: a focus on Quality Assurance
Before a control panel leaves the UCEC shop, it is submitted to a rigorous quality control and testing process. We’re in the business of creating great-looking panels that are crafted with care, but we are also passionate about client safety. Our testing procedures ensure safeguarding of our clients and their equipment alike.
Here’s a look at our panel testing procedures:
We can accommodate a wide range of voltages 480/380/220/120VAC – 48/24/12VDC.
Our testing procedures include continuity checks from point-to-point, phase-to-phase and phase-to-ground. We then take a look at the schematic and verify all of the components are labeled correctly. At this time, fuses are checked to verify the current ratings. All continuity checks are done with a Fluke 787 multimeter.
Other procedures include making sure the wire sizing is adequate. If you undersize a wire, for instance, it can melt and create a fire. We torque all terminations to the manufacturer-suggested specs, using torque wrenches and torque screwdrivers. This is crucial because a loose wire creates ohmic heating, and we certainly don’t want that.
This attention to detail leads to the final testing procedure: powering up. Here we will check component integrity, force PLC inputs and check all safety circuits for functionality. If I’ve checked my list carefully and tested each component, then this final step is a satisfying conclusion to a job well done.
As the panel leaves the UCEC shop, there is enormous pride in knowing that we are shipping out a well-made, high-quality and safety-inspected custom control panel. And for that, we thank our customers. We care about your safety, each and every day.