Megger streamlines PAT testing for PnC Maintenance
Speed, simplicity, convenience and reliability were the prime requirements for PnC Maintenance of Street in Somerset when it recently decided to purchase a new PAT tester to replace its existing instrument, which was proving unsuitable for handling the company’s increasing volume of business. Although it was primarily designed for new entrants to the PAT testing market, a PAT420 Business in a Box from Megger proved to be the ideal solution.
In less than two years after it started offering PAT testing services, PnC Maintenance found that PAT testing had become an important and profitable part of its business. The company had been successful in acquiring a large and growing portfolio of clients, some with as many as 4,000 assets for testing. It was becoming apparent, however, that further growth in this sector was being inhibited by the limitations of the PAT tester the company was using.
In particular, this tester had no facilities for storing or downloading results, which meant that asset labels and reports had to be completed manually, processes that were not only time consuming but also tedious. In addition, if the existing tester was used to carry out more than around 30 tests in quick succession, its thermal protection system operated, and it was necessary to wait for the tester to cool down before further testing could be carried out.
To address these shortcomings, Paul Beck, the owner of PnC Maintenance, made the decision to purchase a new PAT tester that would be better suited to medium- and high-volume professional use. After carefully researching instruments currently on offer, he decided that the Megger PAT420 Business in Box was by far the best match for his requirements.
“It didn’t take long to decide that the PAT420 was the right instrument for us”, said Paul Beck, “as it’s been specifically designed to be fast and easy to use, and to operate continuously. In addition, its huge internal memory can store 10,000 test results, which is more than enough for even our biggest jobs.”
“Then the Business in a Box caught my attention. Even though this is aimed at companies that are new to PAT testing, it was just right for us as it includes not only the PAT420, but also all of the test leads we needed, along with software for storing data and producing reports. To further streamline our operations, we also bought the optional label printer for the PAT420.”
PnC Maintenance found that the operation of the PAT420 was intuitive, making the instrument simply to use from day one. It has also benefitted from the speed of operation, which has been further enhanced by a recent free firmware upgrade that has introduced an “expert” mode of operation. In this mode, which is intended for experienced users, it is possible to save time by bypassing the prompts and reminders that are displayed in the normal operating mode.
As expected, the internal result storage offered by the PAT420 has proved invaluable, and PnC Maintenance also finds that the method used for transferring results to a PC with a standard USB memory stick is straightforward, convenient and reliable.
“We’re very happy with our new PAT420,” said Paul Beck, “and, because of its streamlined operation, it will undoubtedly allow us to grow our PAT test business and to provide an even better service for our clients. We’re also very happy with the service provided by Megger. We’ve had very little need for technical support, but when we have asked questions, the response has always been fast, accurate and helpful.”
“In addition, Megger recently invited us to a seminar to learn about the latest changes to the PAT testing Code of Practice, and we found this very useful – it provided a lot of valuable information that was presented very clearly. In a nutshell, the PAT420 a great instrument backed by great support.”
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