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At iFLY Seattle, a preventive maintenance program on the electrical systems at the heart of the facility keeps the air moving in the vertical wind tunnel (VWT). Parts of the program: powering down for static tests, conducting tests under power, and attending to what demands special attention. View examples in this slideshow. Go to article ››
As the first step, Zach Bryson, Project Manager for Keithly Electric Company, locks out and tags the power supply at iFLY Seattle. Initial inspection will proceed with the facility de-energized.
Suited up for arc flash safety, Bryson uses Fluke 87V Industrial Multimeters to verify that all sources of energy were isolated by lockout. The team used two meters - checking phase-to-phase, and phase-to-ground with each meter to verify all sources of energy have been discharged (capacitor bank).
Wireless test tools, like this wireless infrared camera, enable the customer to be directly emailed images from any Fluke CNX™ Wireless System via iPhone. Utilizing wireless devices reduces lag time between detection of issues and generating the report (usually performed at the shop/office). Information can be shared almost immediately between peers, management and/or equipment owners.
After verifying that all sources of energy have been isolated, Keithly technician Greg Burdick uses the Fluke 1630 Earth Ground Clamp Meter to check grounding at the harmonics filter.
Bryson fits an iFlex® flexible current probe at the harmonics filter, in preparation for further testing. A variety of wireless tests will be done after covers are re-installed.