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When we think of grid simulators and their applications, we often imagine grid testing. It’s true – grid simulators are frequently used as AC power supplies for turnkey test purposes and other battery management uses. However, they can be utilized in a number of interesting ways, many of which will directly contribute to technology of the future.
Posted: 7/20/2017 7:00:00 AM
Often used for inspection of electrical panels, piping and other infrastructure, thermal imaging cameras may seem like they have a pretty clear-cut line of duties. However, these heat-seeking devices have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, and are becoming increasingly useful, even cropping up in specialized smartphone cases to give ordinary people a chance to play heat detective. Engineers aren’t the only ones who use infrared technology anymore – here are five unexpected ways you can put a thermal imaging camera to use. 
Posted: 7/13/2017 7:00:00 AM
If you go into your medicine cabinet and pull out a bottle of pain relievers, you’ll find a tiny inscription that instructs you to keep the bottle at room temperature. When you go to the doctor to get a shot, the injection is extracted from a vial that had been stored in either a fridge or freezer. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, doctors, and many patients know why – improper temperature and humidity storage of an item can spoil it. Just like with fresh produce, there is an ideal storage climate and shelf life. However, while most of us can correctly assume that eggs will last longer in the fridge and shouldn’t be exposed to heat for longer than the trip home from the store, who among us knows the exact temperature range required to keep insulin effective? Forget efficacy alone – at what temperature does insulin no longer become safe? What is the limit for exposure?
Posted: 7/6/2017 7:00:00 AM
As we continuously move toward greener technology and energy, electric vehicles (EV) have moved from an elite acquisition (think Tesla Model S and BMW i8) to something more attainable for the masses (like the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf). Now that we know electric cars are not a passing trend but a staple of the future, engineers are looking for ways to improve how EV operate. One avenue of EV technology they are looking into building upon are the batteries that power these cars. You may never have guessed it, but the surprising way to emphasize EV battery performance can be boiled down to this: add water.
Posted: 6/28/2017 7:00:00 AM
It takes routine maintenance and knowledgeable engineers to keep an electrical system running smoothly. However, there are a couple of problems that can be hard to catch, even to a skilled eye. And left untreated, they can shut down your system and run up a pretty hefty bill for downtime and repairs. Here are some of the worst problems your electrical system will face. 
Posted: 6/21/2017 7:00:00 AM
In 2014, the European Commission adopted a new series of rules regarding the production and distribution of radio equipment into the European market. These new rules, known as the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, RED for short, apply to transmitters, receivers, and transceivers used for radio communication or determination. RED was published in its entirety in May of 2014, with the expectation that its provisions must be applied starting June 13, 2016 and as of June 13, 2017, manufacturers must be compliant with the new requirements. All equipment, even legacy equipment that was approved under the former Directive 1999/5/EC, has to align to Directive 2014/53/EU. Regardless of where your business may be located, if radio manufacturers and labs are not already compliant, they risk being rejected at customs. If you aren’t already compliant, it’s imperative that you make the necessary changes in order to be, and Advanced Test Equipment Rentals can help you get the right equipment immediately.
Posted: 6/13/2017 7:00:00 AM
You may not think you need to do much preliminary research before selecting an amplifier. There is a lot of transparency and educational supplements from manufacturers that explain what each product can do, empowering you to make an educated choice. However, if you are going to run varying tests with a single amplifier, you may need to dig a little more into the exact type of amp you need. Each one has a maximum level of efficiency, power storage, and testing speed – all of which are described by their amplifier type. To make the best selection possible, you should know exactly how much power output your testing requires.  Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from some common amplifier builds. 
Posted: 6/8/2017 7:00:00 AM
An unfortunate reality of working with machinery and equipment – no matter how advanced – is that the risk of issues, disruptions, or flat out equipment failure is always present. Routine maintenance will help prevent and mitigate a number of these risks, but even then, sometimes things just happen. If you put off testing your electrical system for hidden issues, you may wind up with an outage and some downtime. Even if your factory production halts for just one hour, the consequences can be grave. Here’s why. 
Posted: 5/31/2017 7:00:00 AM
One question we often see in the industry revolves around current injection testing – namely, what is the difference between primary and secondary current injection. How do you know which test unit you should request, so that you can avoid spending time and resources ordering a test kit that either offers too much or too little for your testing needs? 
Posted: 5/24/2017 7:00:00 AM
Frequently found in medium and high-voltage systems, protective relays help ensure the safety and reliability of today’s electrical power systems. These tools are compliant for IEC 61850 environments, can handle high burden electromechanical conditions, and are often able to test multiple scenarios in an all-in-one device. Protection test engineers utilize relay equipment throughout the lifespan of a relay to conduct any one of these three common protective relay tests: 
Posted: 5/17/2017 6:54:35 AM
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