Portable Appliance Testing is the electrical equivalent of your cars annual MOT test. Regular P.A.T is a must for many businesses as part of their health and safety policy.
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that employers have a duty to ensure that the electrical equipment they provide such as microwaves, kettles, computers and workshop tools all comply with regulations and are safe for use by employees and visitors. Portable appliances can be extremely dangerous if left unchecked. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reports that portable appliances are responsible for a quarter of all reported electrical accidents.
Thermal Imaging is used as a preventative maintenance technique. This involves using a handheld thermal imaging camera to measure the actual working temperatures of apparatus during normal operating conditions. From this reading and using our experience, we are able to determine whether the equipment is operating within its temperature range or whether an underlying fault is present which may then result in eventual breakdown and risk of fire.
Electrical faults are often time-consuming and costly to diagnose as switchgear and termination panels have to be shut down, stopping workflow in the process. Also, the very nature of the problem is often hidden by this action.
Infrared thermal imaging, however, avoids both of these issues and can pinpoint faults in seconds, months before they actually cause failure. This allows maintenance to be scheduled and workflow to continue, generally saving far more expense than the cost of the survey.
Thermal Imaging can find:
Electrical Periodic Test & Inspection
Why is a fixed wire test needed?
Electrical installations deteriorate and sustain damage in everyday service. Switches, sockets, conduits & cabling are all susceptible to impact damage and general wear and tear. Also depending on the type of environment, the installation is situated within dust, corrosives & liquids can all have an adverse effect on the installation.
AME Services Ltd can provide a fully comprehensive Fixed Wiring Test in accordance with the latest IEE Wiring Regulations – Currently 17th Edition. All AME Services Ltd engineers are qualified to the latest standards.
All commercial electrical installations should be inspected and tested regularly to comply with current legislation, proper precautions must be taken to reduce the risk of electrical failure causing injury or death. Since July 2008, IEE Regulations 2008 -17th Edition have brought testing into line with European standards.
It is imperative that emergency lighting comes on in the event of normal light failures. It needs to be sufficiently bright and illuminated for enough time in order that all persons can be safely evacuated from a building in the event of an emergency, the lights must be positioned in such a way as to illuminate all exits and changes of direction within a building.
Regular maintenance of emergency lighting and fire alarms is essential, to ensure correct operation when an emergency occurs and compliance with current regulations and insurance requirements. Any faults discovered during maintenance should be repaired immediately.
Emergency Lighting is covered under the British Standard For Emergency Lighting, BS 5266, all installations should be installed and maintained in line with these standards.
Emergency lights are a system that uses a battery backup, so should the power fail, the lamps illuminate from the battery, with this in mind, the batteries also need to be tested and maintained on a regular basis.
Our engineers carry out work on emergency lighting systems on a regular basis; our services include providing advice on compliance with current regulations, risk assessments and servicing/maintenance visits.
BS 5266-1:2005 Emergency lighting. Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises.
Fire detection & alarm systems should be regularly tested. Fire alarm regulation ( BS5839 ) states that the duty holder should undertake periodic checks to ensure the system is fully functional.
Failure to keep the system in good working order may lead the local Fire Brigade Inspector to serve enforcement notices requiring compliance, the Fire Brigade also have the authority to close any premises which fail to meet standards.
Communications & Data Installation
- Structured Cabling ( Cat5e / Cat6 / Fibre Optic )
- Voice Multicore Cabling
- Backup Systems ( UPS / Generators )
Modern companies cannot compete effectively without a reliable physical IT network infrastructure – it is the very heart of its information management and is one of the keys to success.
AME Services can provide you with a competitively priced, well managed and efficient way to ensure your workplace has the best structured cabling installation to meet all your IT and business needs.
At AME Services Ltd. we offer a full range of services designed to transform and enhance your commercial or retail environment. From small scale alterations to full refurbishment or new installation, we can help you achieve the results you require within your time scale and budget.
We provide a range of solutions from off the shelf products to purely bespoke shopfitting, co-designing with you to optimise customer satisfaction. Priding ourselves on building long term relationships with our clients, providing a friendly reliable service. Our team have over twenty years experience in the retail environment supporting many globally recognised high-street brands.