Supernova Plus Manual
Seaward Supernova Plus
Portable Appliance Tester
Instruction Manual
Bracken Hill, South West Industrial Estate,
Peterlee, Co. Durham SR8 2SW. England.
Tel: +44 (0)191-586 3511 Fax: +44 (0)191-586 0227
www.seaward.co.uk
[email protected]
[email protected]
Seaward Supernova Plus
Portable Appliance Tester
Instruction Manual
283A577
July 2009
© 2009 Seaward Electronic Ltd.
Issue 3
Limited Warranty & Limitation of Liability
SEAWARD Electronic Limited guarantees this product for a period of
1 year. The period of warranty will be effective from the day of
delivery.
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All rights reserved. Nothing from this edition may be multiplied, or
made public in any form or manner, either electronically,
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prior written consent from SEAWARD Electronic Limited. This also
applies to accompanying drawings and diagrams.
Due to a policy of continuous development SEAWARD Electronic
Limited reserves the right to alter the equipment specification and
description outlined in this publication without prior notice and no part
of this publication shall be deemed to be part of any contract for the
equipment unless specifically referred to as an inclusion within such
contract.
Table of Contents
Declaration of Conformity.......................................................... 1
Before Starting........................................................................... 3
Safety ........................................................................................ 4
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCING THE TESTER ................. 6
Introduction................................................................................ 6
Your Portable Appliance Tester ................................................ 7
The Top Panel................................................................. 8
The Keyboard ............................................................................ 9
Definitions................................................................................ 11
Quick Reference...................................................................... 12
CHAPTER 2 CONNECTING THE TESTER ................ 14
CHAPTER 3 USING THE TESTER ............................. 15
Introduction.............................................................................. 15
Fast Key Menus....................................................................... 16
How to.... ....................................................................... 16
How to perform Automatic Tests ............................................. 17
Re –Test Period ............................................................ 18
Test Settings ................................................................. 19
Default Sequence.......................................................... 20
Use Testcodes .............................................................. 23
Options after Test.......................................................... 28
Abort Actions ................................................................. 30
How to use the Meter Display ................................................. 31
How to view Test Results ........................................................ 34
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Appliance Number......................................................... 34
Site Name...................................................................... 34
Location Name .............................................................. 35
User Name .................................................................... 35
Test Status .................................................................... 36
Storage Status .............................................................. 36
Date From ..................................................................... 36
Date To.......................................................................... 36
Search ........................................................................... 37
Search Result................................................................ 37
Appliance Test Results ................................................. 37
How to Perform Manual Tests ...................................... 39
Entering Manual Mode .................................................. 39
Re –Test Period ............................................................ 41
Performing a Manual Test............................................. 42
How to Download Data ................................................. 46
Destination .................................................................... 47
Output Connection ........................................................ 48
Baud Rate ..................................................................... 48
Download Format.......................................................... 48
Appliance Number......................................................... 50
Location Name ............................................................. 50
User Name .................................................................... 51
Test Status .................................................................... 51
Storage Status .............................................................. 51
Date From ..................................................................... 52
Date To.......................................................................... 52
Search ........................................................................... 52
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How to print Barcode Labels and Testcodes .......................... 53
To Print Barcode Pass/Fail Labels................................ 53
To print barcode testcodes ........................................... 53
Edit Test Settings .......................................................... 54
Edit Site List .................................................................. 60
Edit Location List........................................................... 61
Change Date / Time ...................................................... 62
Edit Phone Book List..................................................... 62
Change Password......................................................... 66
Set Brightness............................................................... 66
Factory Settings ............................................................ 66
View Memory Used ....................................................... 67
Perform Memory Test ................................................... 67
Delete Single Appliance ................................................ 68
Clear Upload Memory ................................................... 69
How to upload.......................................................................... 69
How to change the User.......................................................... 70
Help Provided to the User ............................................. 71
The effect of User Levels during Test Sequences........ 72
CHAPTER 4 TIPS & TROUBLESHOOTING............... 73
Power-On Self tests: ............................................................... 73
Safety Tests during operation ................................................. 74
Temperature monitoring .......................................................... 75
Multiple Earth connections: ..................................................... 76
Barcodes ................................................................................. 76
Downloading to Computer Software ....................................... 77
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CHAPTER 5 MAINTAINING THE TESTER................. 79
Cleaning the Tester ................................................................. 79
User Maintenance ................................................................... 80
CHAPTER 6 ACCESSORIES...................................... 81
Standard Accessories ............................................................. 81
Optional Accessories............................................................... 82
CHAPTER 7 SPECIFICATIONS.................................. 83
Earth Bond Test ...................................................................... 83
Earth Screen Test ................................................................... 83
Insulation Test ......................................................................... 84
Substitute Leakage Test.......................................................... 84
Flash Test................................................................................ 84
Leakage................................................................................... 85
Touch Leakage........................................................................ 85
Power Tests............................................................................. 85
IEC Lead Test.......................................................................... 85
Mechanical .............................................................................. 86
Environmental.......................................................................... 86
APPENDIX A PURPOSE OF TESTS .......................... 87
Earth Bond Test ...................................................................... 87
Earth Screen Test ................................................................... 87
Insulation Test ......................................................................... 88
Substitute Leakage Test.......................................................... 88
Flash Test................................................................................ 89
IEC Lead Test.......................................................................... 89
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Powered Tests ........................................................................ 90
Leakage Test........................................................................... 91
Touch Leakage Test................................................................ 91
Load Test................................................................................. 92
APPENDIX B REFERENCE INFORMATION.............. 93
Factory-set Test Sequences ................................................... 93
Testcode Tables...................................................................... 95
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Disposal of Old Product
Disposal of Old Product
This product has been designed and manufactured with high quality
materials and components that can be recycled and reused.
When the crossed out wheelie bin symbol is attached to a product it
means the product is covered by the European Directive 2002/96/EC.
Please familiarise yourself with the appropriate local separate
collection system for electrical and electronic products.
Please dispose of this product according to local regulations. Do not
dispose of this product along with normal waste material. The correct
disposal of this product will help prevent potential negative
consequences for the environment and human health.
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Declaration of Conformity
Declaration of Conformity
for the
Seaward Supernova Plus Portable Appliance Tester
Manufactured by:
Seaward Electronic Ltd, Bracken Hill, South West Industrial Estate
Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 2SW, England
Statement of Conformity
Based on test results using appropriate standards, the product is in
conformity with Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 89/336/EEC
and Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC
Standards used:
EN 61010-1 (1993) Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment for
Measurement, Control, and Laboratory Use
EN 50081-1 (1992) Electromagnetic Compatibility. Generic Emission
Standard: EN55022 Class B
EN 50082-1 (1992) Electromagnetic Compatibility. Generic Immunity
Standard: IEC1000-4-2, -4-3, -4-4, -4-5
The tests have been performed in a typical configuration.
This Conformity is indicated by the symbol
Européenne
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, i.e. “Conformité
Before Starting
Before Starting
1.
Check that all the component parts are present:• Seaward Supernova Plus Tester
• Earth bond lead
• Flash probe
• 115V Adaptor (UK only)
• Dual serial port adaptor
• Instruction Manual
• Evaluation disc
• Computer download lead
2.
Read the operating instructions fully before conducting any
tests.
3.
Contact Seaward Electronic if you need information on
training for Portable Appliance Testing.
4.
Data may be lost or altered in virtually any electronic
memory under certain circumstances. Therefore Seaward
Electronic assumes no responsibility for financial losses or
claims due to data lost or otherwise rendered unusable
whether as a result of abuse, improper use, defects,
disregard of operating instructions or procedures, or any
other allied causes.
5.
Seaward Electronic reserve the right to update the software
in instruments returned to themselves for repair or
otherwise, without notifying the customer previously.
Seaward Electronic Limited can be contacted at:
Bracken Hill
South West Industrial Estate
Peterlee
Co. Durham
SR8 2SW
Tel : +44 (0)191 586 3511
Fax: +44 (0)191 586 0227
[email protected]
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Safety
Safety
Note
Please read the following Safety Instructions before use !
Safety Precautions
The manual contains specific warning and caution statements where
they apply.
A Warning will identify the conditions and actions that pose
hazard(s) to the user.
A caution will identify the conditions and actions that may
damage the Tester.
Symbols used within this manual and on the Tester are shown below:
Risk of electric shock
Warning of potential
hazard
Conformité Européenne
Use of the instrument in a manner not specified may impair safety.
Read the following safety information carefully before attempting to
operate the instrument.
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Safety
Warning
Due to the potential hazards associated with any
electrical circuit it is important that the user is familiar
with the instructions covering the capabilities and
operation of this instrument. The user should ensure
that all reasonable safety precautions are followed and if
any doubt exists should seek advice before proceeding.
This product is designed for use by suitably trained
competent personnel and should be operated strictly in
accordance with the instructions supplied.
Failure to comply with these instructions may expose the user to
electrical hazard
This Tester performs a number of electrical tests which involve high
voltages and high currents. Never touch the appliance being tested,
or the test leads, whilst a test is in progress.
Always check all test leads for signs of damage prior to use. Never
use damaged or defective leads.
Always ensure the mains supply to the Tester provides an adequate
earth.
This manual contains information and warnings, which must be
heeded to ensure user safety during operation. It is essential that
this manual is read fully before proceeding with any tests.
Should the Tester behave abnormally do not continue with the
testing. Disconnect immediately and contact Seaward Electronic for
servicing (see Chapter 5 - Maintaining the Tester).
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Introduction
Chapter 1 Introducing the Tester
Introduction
The Seaward Supernova Plus Portable Appliance Tester is a
powerful tool to assist in the analysis of the safety of portable
electrical and electronic equipment. A range of tests are provided,
with innovative features to aid difficult test situations, which allow
testing of a wide variety of equipment.
The Tester is designed to be easy to use, and also includes the
following innovative features: • Stores up to 2400 results including appliances, location, site, date
and time in non-volatile flash memory
• Accurate earth bond and leakage measurement even when
multiple earth paths exist
• Full QWERTY keyboard with fast keys.
• Full graphics display, Real-time clock
• Connects to PC, Barcode reader and printer
• Software adjusts the user interface to differing levels of expertise
• Auto testcode generation
• Fast Start-up
• Super fast download up to 10 times quicker than existing testers
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Your Portable Appliance Tester
Your Portable Appliance Tester
Item Number
Part
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Supernova Plus Tester
Earth bond lead
115V Adapter (UK only)
Flash probe
Instruction manual
Evaluation disc
Computer download lead
Dual serial port adaptor
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The Top Panel
Item Number
Part
1
110V/115V socket
2
230V socket
3
Class 2 Flash Probe connector
4
Remote Probe sense socket
5
Earth Bond lead connector
6
IEC Lead connector
7
Fuses
8
Indicators for selected sockets and mains on.
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The Keyboard
The Keyboard
Item Number
Part
1
LCD
2
Alpha-numeric Keyboard
3
Cursor keys
4
Green / Red keys
5
Fast keys
6
RS232 port
7
Parallel port
The user is provided with a 320 x 240 1/4 VGA Graphical Liquid
Crystal Display (LCD). The keyboard consists of an alpha-numeric
keyboard, together with specific function keys. To the bottom of the
keyboard are five function keys which allow the user fast access to
options displayed on the Display
There are four cursor keys used to navigate the menus.
To the bottom of the keyboard are the two main function keys which
perform execute and cancel function as well as Start and Stop.
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The Supernova Plus also has the ability to use non-standard
characters, which can be displayed by pressing the ‘Symbols’ key
during text entry. Simply use the cursor keys to highlight the required
character and press the Green button. You can also use numeric
keys 1-9 to move you to extreme points of the symbol matrix.
The Shift can also be used when editing text
Shift and
Result
Left key
Go to start of line
Right key
Go to end of line
Up key
Go to start of text
Down key
Go to end of text
Delete key
Delete character under cursor
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Definitions
Definitions
Equipment Under Test The electrical / electronic apparatus
(EUT)
which is the subject of testing.
Powered Tests -
The EUT is supplied with mains voltage, with
measurement being taken of leakage
currents.
Fast keys -
The keys with symbols to the left of the
keyboard. These are used to select menu
options displayed on the screen.
Tester -
The Seaward Supernova Plus Portable
Appliance Tester
Un-powered Tests -
The EUT is the subject of electrical tests
using stimuli generated within the Tester.
The EUT is not provided with mains power.
User -
The test technician using the Tester to
perform tests on a EUT
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Quick Reference
Quick Reference
Editing the date in all modes
On delivery of the Supernova Plus it is necessary to ensure that the
correct date and time are stored. Once stored the date/time is
retained in memory and does not need to be entered again. To edit
the date: from the MAIN MENU select SETUP, select, CHANGE
DATE/TIME, use the cursor keys to highlight the digit to be changed.
To store the changed time/date setting, return to the MAIN MENU.
The unit will then display the message STORING SYSTEM DATA.
Entering a User Name
On delivery of Supernova Plus it is necessary to ensure that a user
name(s) is stored. To edit the user list: from the MAIN MENU select
SETUP, select EDIT USER LIST / OPTIONS, use the cursor keys
and select a name. Press the Green button to display the "EDIT
USER SETTINGS" screen. Press the Green button to edit the NAME,
use the keyboard to type in the desired name and press the Green
button to enable the OK Fast key. To save the changes and return to
the previous menu select the OK fast key.
Storing Appliance Test Results in Automatic mode
The Appliance Test Results will not be stored until you leave the
COMMENTS screen after a test. Select the OK fast key to leave the
COMMENTS screen. When storing results the message STORING
RESULTS is displayed.
Storing Appliance Test Results in Manual mode
The Appliance Test Results will not be stored until a Manual
Appliance Sequence has been completed. To do this first press the
letter A on the key pad, this will prompt you for an Appliance number,
enter this and press the Green button twice (if the Site and Location
do not require to be changed). Perform the tests required then press
the letter C on the key pad, this will prompt you to enter COMMENTS,
select the OK Fast key to store the results. When storing results the
message STORING RESULTS is displayed.
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Quick Reference
Storing System Data
System Data consists of everything changed from within the SETUP
MENU. To store the System Data return to the MAIN MENU from the
SETUP MENU. The unit will then display the message STORING
SYSTEM DATA. This will only be done if changes have been made, if
no changes have been made then the system data will not be
updated.
Using Symbols in Text Fields
Although there is an option to use non-ASCII symbols for Appliance
numbers, Site names, Location names, User names and Comments
there is no guarantee that your computer software will support them.
If you are unsure avoid using symbols.
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Quick Reference
Chapter 2 Connecting the Tester
The Tester can be powered by either a 110V or 230V supply.
The supply must include an earth connection via a 3 pin mains plug.
When switched on, the Tester will carry out a short self-test
procedure (approximately 2 seconds). During this test, the following
screen will appear: -
SOFTWARE VERSION: 0.XX
HARDWARE VERSION: 1.YY
Note
Current revision numbers are shown at the bottom of the
screen.
The Tester will then display the Main Menu.
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Introduction
Chapter 3 Using the Tester
Introduction
Once the start-up procedure of the Tester has been completed, the
following screen will appear: -------MAIN MENU------NEW TEST
VIEW TEST RESULTS
DOWNLOAD RESULTS
SETUP
MEMORY OPTIONS
CHANGE USER
REMOTE MODE
ACCESSORIES
USER : John
Thursday 4 March 2001 09:03
Navigation through the menus is by dedicated keys: Key
←
↑
→
↓‘
Red Button
Green Button
Function
Cursor Left
Cursor Up
Cursor Right
Cursor Down
No / Abort
Yes/Go/Enter
There are also the five Fast keys down below the display whose
action will change depending on the function of the Tester at any
particular point.
To select an option from the Main Menu, use the cursor keys. The
selected option will be displayed in inverse video. The highlighted
option is selected by pressing the Green button or Return key.
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Fast Key Menus
Fast Key Menus
To facilitate a fast access to commonly used options on the menus,
use the ‘fast’ keys on the keyboard. These are located below the
display. These correspond to the key name on the bottom of the
screen.
How to....
The remainder of this chapter has been sub-divided into sections
describing the Tester in terms of the essential functions to be
performed. A summary is shown below: •
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
How to perform Automatic tests
How to use the Meter display
How to view test results
How to perform Manual tests
How to download Data
How to print Barcode Labels
How to use Setup
How to use the memory
How to Upload
How to change the user
How to use Help
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How to perform Automatic Tests
How to perform Automatic Tests
To perform automatic tests, use the cursor keys to highlight the New
Test option on the Main Menu and press Enter to display the
following menus: -
Use the keyboard or a compatible Barcode Reader to enter an
Appliance Number.
Note
See Chapter 4 for tips on using barcodes.
If you need to change the current Site use the cursor keys to highlight
SITE and press Enter to change the Site Name.
------SITE LIST-----SEAWARD
SITE 2
SITE 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a site name and press enter to select
the desired option.
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How to perform Automatic Tests
If you need to change the current Location use the cursor keys to
highlight LOCATION and press Enter to change the Location Name
---LOCATION LIST-WORKSHOP
LOCATION 2
LOCATION 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a location name and press enter to
select the desired option.
Note
Default settings for Sites and Test Sequences are pre-loaded
into the Tester. See ‘How to use Setup’ to change these
settings.
Re –Test Period
Use the cursor keys to select RE-TEST PERIOD and then press the
ENTER key to choose a re-test period.
----RE-TEST PERIOD---NOT REQUIRED
1 MONTH
3 MONTHS
6 MONTHS
12 MONTHS
24 MONHTS
48 MONTHS
OTHER...
Complete the rest of ENTER APPLIANCE DETAILS as normal and
move on to the next stage in the test process.
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How to perform Automatic Tests
Note for PATGuard Plus Users
Re-test periods are downloaded with test results and are compared
with re-test periods of existing Assets on PATGuard Plus or used as
the re-test period for new Assets. This is to ensure that re-test
periods are ‘synchronized’ across the PAT system.
Asset Upload from PATGuard Plus will also include the re-test period
Test Settings
--SELECT TEST SETTING-DEFAULT SEQUENCE
USE TESTCODES
A. 230V HH / PORT 1
B. 230V HH / PORT 2
C. IT EQUIPMENT 1
The user has the ability to:- Set a specific test sequence by selecting DEFAULT SEQUENCE
- Allow Testcodes to determine the test to be carried out
- Use preprogrammed sequences for specific EUTS, e.g. IT
Equipment.
Selecting either of the first two options allows settings to be altered.
Selecting any of the remaining options allows the user to commence
immediately with that test.
Press the keyboard shortcut or use the cursor keys to highlight a Test
Sequence and press Enter to select the desired sequence.
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How to perform Automatic Tests
Default Sequence
When you first enter this menu all of the previous values are
displayed and one of the field descriptions is highlighted.
---------------DEFAULT SEQUENCE EDITOR----------------OUTPUT LIMIT DUR NUM
SOCKET
230V
VISUAL
YES
1
EARTH BOND
4A
0.10Ω
5
1
INSULATION
500V
0.50MΩ 5
1
SUB LEAKAGE
SKIP
FLASH
SKIP
LEAKAGE
SKIP
TOUCH LEAKAGE
SKIP
POLARITY
SKIP
PERFORM TEST
Use the cursor keys to highlight a field to be changed and press
Enter to select the desired option.
Test Parameter Fields
By selecting one of the test parameter fields from the Default
Sequence, a list of options for that field will be displayed: -------------------------------LEAKAGE-------------------------------OUTPUT
230V∼
LIMIT
SKIP
0.25mA
0.50mA
0.75mA
1.50mA
2.25mA
2.50mA
3.00mA
3.50mA
9.90mA
DURATION
2s
5s
10s
30s
60s
120s
180s
UL
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NUMBER
1
2
3
4
5
10
15
20
25
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Use the cursor left and right keys to highlight the description, then
use the cursor up and down keys to highlight the required setting.
Use the cursor left and right keys to change the highlighted field.
Use the Enter key or OK Fast key to save the settings and return to
the Default Sequence Editor. Repeat this process for each field as
appropriate.
Press the red button to abort changes made to the settings and
return to the Default Sequence Editor.
Earth Bond Limit Calculator
Earth Bond tests have an additional Fast Key; LIMIT CALC. Selecting
this enables the User to set an accurate Earth Bond Test limit by
specifying the cable parameters.
To start the test sequence, select PERFORM TEST.
In-Situ Earth Bond Test
For test sequences which include an Earth Bond Test where the Test
Current parameter is set to 100mA, the test can be performed in one
of two ways. A Fast key IN-SITU TEST (which becomes ISOLATED
TEST to return to the previous test mode) enables the user to select
an In-Situ test
Isolated Test
This is a normal Earth Bond Test where the EUT is plugged into the
Tester power socket and the Earth Bond lead is connected to the
EUT. This is the default test.
In – Situ Test
This is an Earth Bond Test where the EUT is not plugged into the
Tester power socket but remains powered up from its normal power
socket.
For this test to be correctly carried out, the Supernova Plus is
required to be powered from an adjacent socket to the EUT’s power
socket.
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How to perform Automatic Tests
There are two stages to this test:
1. An Earth Bond Test to the socket earth.
This is carried out by connecting the Earth Bond lead to the
socket screw (which should be earthed) or an adjacent
building earth to the EUT. Press the Green button to activate
the test. No Pass or Fail will be displayed for this test.
During this stage of the test, a large icon showing the Earth
Bond Probe and a main socket outlet will be displayed.
2. An Earth Bond Test to the EUT is now required.
This is carried out by connecting the Earth Bond lead to the
EUT earthed cover. Press the Green button to activate the
test. After the test the result of the Earth Bond Test will be
displayed.
During this stage of the test, a large icon showing the Earth
Bond Probe attached to mains power appliance will be
displayed.
Note
Any subsequent Tests in the Test sequence will be disabled for an InSitu test selected during Automatic testing. The stored Test sequence
will not be affected by choosing an In-Situ test.
If any test in the test sequence fails, then the test sequence is
aborted and a fail is displayed. A Failure Menu may be shown if the
option is selected (see SYSTEM CONFIGURATION Options.)
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How to perform Automatic Tests
Use Testcodes
This option bypasses the need to edit a specific test sequence,
allowing direct entry of a Testcode through the keyboard or a barcode
scanner.
---------------ENTER TESTCODES------------------------OUTPUT LIMIT DUR NUM
SOCKET
230V
VISUAL
YES
1
EARTH BOND
4A
0.10Ω
5
1
INSULATION
500V
0.50MΩ 5
1
SUB LEAKAGE
SKIP
FLASH
SKIP
LEAKAGE
SKIP
TOUCH LEAKAGE
SKIP
POLARITY
SKIP
TESTCODE 1: I2F8008032
TESTCODE 2: R222111111
PERFORM TEST
Use the cursor keys to highlight the Testcode to be changed. Press
Enter to select that digit. Use the keyboard to change the value of
the digit. Press Enter to confirm the change. Press the Red button to
abort changes to the selected Testcode.
Use a barcode scanner to enter a Testcode
Use the cursor keys to highlight the PERFORM TEST option and
press Enter to commence the test sequence.
Press the Red button to return to the previous menu.
Perform Test
Use the cursor keys to highlight the Perform Test option and press
Enter to perform the test. Pressing the Red Button will return to the
previous menu.
The screen will change to the Meter Display (see separate section How to use the Meter Display for an explanation).
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How to perform Automatic Tests
Visual Test
If a visual test is included as part of the test sequence, the following
screen will be displayed: VISUAL
INSPECTION
COVER / CASE
POWER CORD
PLUG
RESULT
The first inspection (COVER / CASE) will be pre-selected on entering
this screen. Users can also navigate up and down the columns.
Hitting the Fast key marked PASS will cause a Pass to be entered for
the selected VISUAL INSPECTION and the next inspection to be
selected. Hitting the Fast key marked FAIL will cause a Fail to be
entered for the selected VISUAL INSPECTION and the next
inspection to be selected. Hitting the fast key marked N/A (Not
Applicable) will cause N/A to be entered for the selected VISUAL
INSPECTION and the next inspection to be selected. Only when all
tests have a result will the RH Fast key display and allow an OK.
Enter/Green key will cause an OK action if all results are filled.
Once the table has been completed then a large tick or cross will
appear depending on the overall result (any X will cause an overall
Fail).
The Overall Pass Fast key will set a Pass for every VISUAL
INSPECTION.
After the visual tests, the test sequence will continue into the first
actual electrical test of the test sequence.
Note
Help screens may be displayed depending on the User Level set. It is
possible to stop these appearing by altering the User Level. See
EDIT USER LIST / OPTIONS.
If an Insulation test has been selected, then once the test has
commenced, a screen similar to the following will be displayed: -
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How to perform Automatic Tests
If an external connection e.g. a probe is required, the display will flash
the connection icon. The user needs to connect the probe. The test
can then proceed when the Green or Enter button is pressed. At the
end of each test in the test sequence, the display will indicate the
result.
In-Situ Earth Bond Test
For test sequences which include an Earth Bond Test where the Test
Current parameter is set to 100mA, the test can be performed in one
of two ways. A Fast key IN-SITU TEST (which becomes ISOLATED
TEST to return to the previous test mode) enables the user to select
an In-Situ test
Isolated Test
This is a normal Earth Bond Test where the EUT is plugged into the
Tester power socket and the Earth Bond lead is connected to the
EUT. This is the default test.
In – Situ Test
This is an Earth Bond Test where the EUT is not plugged into the
Tester power socket but remains powered up from its normal power
socket.
For this test to be correctly carried out, the Supernova Plus is
required to be powered from an adjacent socket to the EUT’s power
socket.
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How to perform Automatic Tests
There are two stages to this test:
1. An Earth Bond Test to the socket earth.
This is carried out by connecting the Earth Bond lead to the
socket screw (which should be earthed) or an adjacent
building earth to the EUT. Press the Green button to activate
the test. No Pass or Fail will be displayed for this test.
During this stage of the test, a large icon showing the Earth
Bond Probe and a main socket outlet will be displayed.
2. An Earth Bond Test to the EUT is now required.
This is carried out by connecting the Earth Bond lead to the
EUT earthed cover. Press the Green button to activate the
test. After the test the result of the Earth Bond Test will be
displayed.
During this stage of the test, a large icon showing the Earth
Bond Probe attached to mains power appliance will be
displayed.
Note
Any subsequent Tests in the Test sequence will be disabled for an InSitu test selected during Automatic testing. The stored Test sequence
will not be affected by choosing an In-Situ test.
If any test in the test sequence fails, then the test sequence is
aborted and a fail is displayed. A Failure Menu may be shown if the
option is selected (see SYSTEM CONFIGURATION Options).
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How to perform Automatic Tests
Add Comments
When you have completed testing the EUT you can enter comments.
The Test Results can be reviewed before entering any comments by
selecting the REVIEW RESULTS Fast key.
It is also possible to compare the new Test Results with any previous
Test Results stored in memory for the same Appliance at the same
Site.
To compare the new Test Results with previous Test Results select
the COMPARE RESULTS Fast key.
Note
If there are more than one set of Test Results found in memory, the
Results Comparison will be with the latest chronological Test Results.
To enter comments, use the keyboard and enter comments into the
box. Press Enter for a new line. To store the comments press the OK
Fast key. Your results and comments will now be stored.
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The inverse video descriptions are Comments Designators. These
are used to remind the user what to enter into each comment line.
They are defaulted to correspond with the requirements of the
PATSLite software (supplied with the tester). The Asset Description
should be entered into Comment Line 1. To change Comment
Designators see SYSTEM CONFIGURATION found in the SETUP
menu.
Note
The PATSLite software expects the first line of the comments
to contain the Asset Description. Whatever is typed into the
first line will appear as an Asset description in PATSLite. If
nothing is entered then PATSLite will use the Appliance as
an Asset Description.
Options after Test
The options menu is displayed when an Automatic sequence has
been completed.
--------------OPTIONS-------------NEW TEST
REVIEW TEST RESULTS
RESULTS COMPARISON
DOWNLOAD TEST RESULTS
MAIN MENU
WRITE DATA TO BRAIN CELL
Use the cursor keys to highlight an option after test and press Enter
to select the desired option.
New Test
Perform a new test.
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Review Test Results
Display the results from the test in tabular form: -
A fast key is available to VIEW COMMENTS. Use the Red button to
return to the previous menu.
Results Comparison
Selecting this option will cause the tester to search memory for a
previously stored test result for the same Appliance and Site. If there
is one the display will show a comparison of the two test results. If
there is more than one, the latest result will be compared.
Download Test Results
This option allows previous test results to be downloaded to a printer,
PC or Z-Modem. The printer option allows a Pass/Fail label to be
printed on a compatible printer - see Chapter 6. On selecting this
option the DOWNLOAD OPTIONS menu is displayed.
Main Menu
Return to the Main Menu.
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Write Data to Brain Cell
This option can only be used when combined with the Seaward Brain
Cell Reader. Full details of this option can be found in the Instruction
Manual which is supplied with every Brain Cell Reader.
Abort Actions
During an Automatic test, pressing the Red Button immediately stops
the test in progress and displays the following menu: -------ABORT OPTIONS------RESTART TEST
RESTART APPLIANCE
ABORT TEST
ABORT APPLIANCE
Use the cursor keys to highlight an action following abort and press
Enter to select the desired option.
Restart Test
Restart the current test.
Restart Appliance
Restart the first test in the test sequence for the current appliance.
Abort Test
Abort the test without storing a test result and select the next test.
Abort Appliance
Abort the test sequence and select a new appliance.
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How to use the Meter Display
The following screen is displayed prior to tests commencing in both
Manual Mode and Automatic Mode:-
Ref.
Number
Function
1
Test Icon
2
Connection Icon
3
Test in Progress Icon
4
Test Duration Counter
5
Primary Display
6
Secondary Display
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Test Icon
Indicates the test selected.
Visual
Earth Bond
Insulation
Substitute Leakage
Flash
Leakage & Load
Touch Leakage
Polarity
Connection Icon
Indicates connection required for external probes.
Earth Bond
Probe
No Probe
IEC Lead
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Test in Progress Icon
Indicates test in progress with voltage warning.
Low Voltage
High Voltage
Applying Power
Test Duration Counter
Indicates duration of test. This will count down, when the counter
reaches zero if the Tester is still taking a measurement the counter
will flash.
Primary Display
Indicates test result or pass/fail limit.
Secondary Display
Indicates test output e.g. voltage or current.
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How to view Test Results
To view test results stored in memory, use the cursor keys to
highlight the VIEW TEST RESULTS option on the Main Menu and
press Enter to display the following menu: -
---------SEARCH FOR DATA----------------APPLIANCE: *
SITE: *
LOCATION: *
USER: *
TEST STATUS: *
STORAGE STATUS: NORMAL
DATE FROM: 01/01/1900 00:00
DATE TO: 04/03/2001 13:07
START SEARCH
Use the cursor keys to highlight the required search parameters and
press Enter to select the desired option.
Appliance Number
Enter an Appliance number to search for specific results. If the
Appliance number field is left blank then the character
will be
inserted, indicating a search for all appliances.
∗
Site Name
-------SITE LIST------*
OTHER...
SEAWARD
SITE 2
SITE 3
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Use the cursor keys to highlight a Site name and press Enter to
select the desired option.
∗
if you wish your search to include all of the sites. Select
Select
‘Other’ to search for a Site not in the list (this can happen if a Site
Name has been modified after testing). If you select ‘OTHER...’ you
are prompted to enter a Site name.
Location Name
---LOCATION LIST-*
OTHER...
WORKSHOP
LOC. 2
LOC. 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Location name and press Enter to
select the desired option. Select
if you wish your search to include
all of the names. Select ‘Other’ to search for a Location not in the list
(this can happen if a Location name has been modified after testing).
If you select ‘OTHER...’ then you are prompted to enter a Location
name.
∗
User Name
------USER LIST-----*
OTHER...
BOB
JOHN
USER 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a User name and press Enter to
select the desired option. Select
if you wish your search to include
all of the names. Select ‘Other’ to search for a User not in the list
(this can happen if a User name has been modified after testing). If
you select ‘OTHER...’ then you are prompted to enter a User name.
∗
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Test Status
When Test Status is highlighted use the Enter button to select the
option required, every time you press the Enter button a different
option will be displayed. This can be PASS, FAIL or
which
indicates both.
∗
Storage Status
When Storage Status is highlighted use the Enter button to select the
option required, every time you press the Enter button a different
option will be displayed. This can be NORMAL, DELETED or
which indicates both.
∗
Date From
--------------DATE FROM-----------01/01/1900 00:00
This option allows the user to search for test results after the selected
date. Use the cursor keys to highlight the digit to be changed. Use
the (up or down) cursor keys to change the value or enter the digits
directly using the keypad. Select OK to store the settings or CANCEL
to abort them.
Date To
----------------DATE TO-------------04/08/2002 10:37
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This option allows the user to search for test results before the
selected date. Use the cursor keys to highlight the digit to be
changed. Use the cursor keys to change the value or enter the digits
directly using the keypad. Select OK to store the settings or CANCEL
to abort them.
Search
After all the search parameters have been set, highlight START
SEARCH & press the Green or Enter button to search.
Search Result
When you select Start Search the following screen will be displayed.
This screen displays the appliances which match the search criteria.
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Appliance Test Results
It is possible to view the results obtained for a certain appliance by
highlighting the appliance number and pressing the Enter button.
A fast key is available to VIEW COMMENTS.
Use the Red button to return to the previous menu.
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How to perform Manual Tests
Manual mode provides the user with direct access to the tests. In
this mode individual tests can be selected and performed. Appliance
number, site, location, user can still be assigned to appliances if it is
required to store the result.
Entering Manual Mode
Use the Fast key to select Manual Mode from the Main Menu.
Note
To store tests in memory from Manual mode you must first
select Create Appliance No., perform the tests required for
the EUT. When you have completed the required tests select
Enter Comments/Save Results, upon leaving this option the
Tester will now store the results. Note that Enter Comments
option is not displayed until there is something to store.
The manual tests and other options available are shown in the table
below: ----------MANUAL TEST SELECTION-------------A..CREATE APPLIANCE NO.
S..CHANGE 230V/115V OP SOCKET
1..VISUAL CHECK
2..EARTH BOND TEST
3..INSULATION TEST
4..SUB LEAKAGE TEST
5..FLASH TEST
6..LEAKAGE TEST
7..TOUCH LEAKAGE TEST
8..POLARITY TEST
C.ENTER COMMENTS & STORE RESULTS
Press the appropriate key to select a test or option.
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Create Appliance Number
This allows all manual tests performed to be stored against the
appliance number until the appliance number is changed.
Use the keyboard, compatible Barcode Reader or Brain Cell Reader
to enter an Appliance Number.
Note
See Chapter 4 for tips on using barcodes.
------SELECT SITE-----SEAWARD
SITE 2
SITE 3
If you need to change the current Site use the cursor keys to highlight
SITE and press Enter to select another Site name.
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Site name and press Enter to
select the desired option.
If you need to change the current Location use the cursor keys to
highlight LOCATION and press Enter to change the Location name
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--SELECT LOCATION-WORKSHOP
LOC. 2
LOC. 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Location name and press Enter to
select the desired option.
Note
Default settings for Sites and Test Sequences are pre-loaded
into the Tester. See ‘How to use Setup’ to change these
settings.
Re –Test Period
Use the cursor keys to select RE-TEST PERIOD and then press the
ENTER key to choose a re-test period.
----RE-TEST PERIOD---NOT REQUIRED
1 MONTH
3 MONTHS
6 MONTHS
12 MONTHS
24 MONHTS
48 MONTHS
OTHER...
Complete the rest of ENTER APPLIANCE DETAILS as normal (refer
to your Tester Manual) and move on to the next stage in the test
process.
Note for PATGuard Plus Users
Re-test periods are downloaded with test results and are compared
with re-test periods of existing Assets on PATGuard Plus or used as
the re-test period for new Assets. This is to ensure that re-test
periods are ‘synchronized’ across the PAT system.
Asset Upload from PATGuard Plus will also include the re-test period
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Select Manual Test
Use the appropriate number key from the table to select a specific
test or use the cursor to highlight the desired option.
Performing a Manual Test
After selecting the appropriate test the tester displays a screen from
which you can set test parameters.
The user can change an individual setting when the parameter is
shown in inverse video. Use the left and right cursor keys to highlight
a field on the display. Then use the up & down cursor keys to change
the variable in the selected field.
In-Situ Earth Bond Test
When selecting an Earth Bond Test and setting the Test Current
parameter to 100mA, the test can be performed in one of two ways. A
Fast key IN-SITU TEST (which becomes ISOLATED TEST to return
to the previous test mode) enables the user to select an In-Situ test
Isolated Test
This is a normal Earth Bond Test where the EUT is plugged into the
Tester power socket and the Earth Bond lead is connected to the
EUT. This is the default test.
In – Situ Test
This is an Earth Bond Test where the EUT is not plugged into the
Tester power socket but remains powered up from its normal power
socket.
For this test to be correctly carried out, the Supernova Plus is
required to be powered from an adjacent socket to the EUT’s power
socket.
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There are two stages to this test:
1. An Earth Bond Test to the socket earth.
This is carried out by connecting the Earth Bond lead to the
socket screw (which should be earthed) or an adjacent
building earth to the EUT. Press the Green button to activate
the test. No Pass or Fail will be displayed for this test.
During this stage of the test, a large icon showing the Earth
Bond Probe and a mains socket outlet will be displayed.
2. An Earth Bond Test to the EUT is now required.
This is carried out by connecting the Earth Bond lead to the
EUT earthed cover. Press the Green button to activate the
test. After the test the result of the Earth Bond Test will be
displayed.
During this stage of the test, a large icon showing the Earth
Bond Probe attached to a mains power appliance will be
displayed.
Earth Bond Limit Calculator
Earth Bond tests have an additional Fast Key; LIMIT CALC. Selecting
this enables the User to set an accurate Earth Bond Test limit by
specifying the cable parameters.
In – Situ Touch Leakage Test
The Touch Leakage Test can be performed without powering down
the EUT and plugging it into the tester power socket. The only
connection the User is required to make is to connect the Earth Bond
Test lead to the exposed metal work of the EUT and then perform the
test.
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Note
When the connection icon is flashing you cannot change any
settings. The settings cannot be changed for a test if you
have performed that test from within an appliance sequence.
For example after selecting Create Appliance No you can
only change the Earth Bond settings on the first Earth Bond
test, all subsequent Earth Bond test will conform to the same
settings.
Press the Enter button to start the test.
Press the Red button to abort the test at any time.
Note
In manual mode you will not get Abort Options, the test will
simply stop the test and revert to the Meter display. The
aborted test will not be stored.
If an Appliance Number has been created, the test result will be
stored under the entered Appliance number. To store tests to
memory select COMMENTS / SAVE RESULTS from the MANUAL
TEST SELECTION screen
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Enter Comments/Save Results
When you have completed testing the EUT, you can enter comments.
Other Fast keys are available for use before entering Comments and
storing results.
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Review Results
Display the results from the test in tabular form: -
A fast key is available to VIEW COMMENTS. Use the Red button to
return to the previous menu.
Results Comparison
Selecting this option will cause the tester to search memory for a
previously stored test result for the same Appliance and Site. If there
is one the display will show a comparison of the two test results. If
there is more than one, the latest result will be compared.
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How to download Data
To download results stored in memory, use the cursor keys to
highlight the Download Results option from the Main Menu and press
Enter to display the following menu:-
-------------------DOWNLOAD OPTIONS-------------------DESTINATION
: PC
OUTPUT CONNECTION : RS232
BAUD RATE
: 9600
DOWNLOAD FORMAT : SSS
OK
Use the cursor keys to highlight the required parameters. Use
repeated presses of the enter button to show the desired options for
destination, output connection and baud rate.
Destination
This option of selects the device to send the test results to, the
available options are:
PC
Download the test results to a computer with a compatible software
package. Select this option to download to PAT software.
GENERIC PRINTER
Download the test results to a compatible serial or parallel printer.
ROLL PRINTER
Download the results to a compatible Roll Printer.
Z-MODEM
This option can only be used when combined with a Seaward
MODEM (283A969). Full details of this option can be found in the
manual, which is supplied with every MODEM.
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TRANSFER PRINTER
This option can only be used with the Seaward Test ‘N’ Tag System
(308A910). Full details of this option can be found in the manual
supplied with every Test ‘N’ Tag System.
Output Connection
Selects the tester output connection to which the results are to be
sent, available options are:
RS232
This sends the data to the RS232 serial port (9 way D connection on
the tester) for connection using a compatible serial cable. Select this
option for downloading to PAT software.
Parallel
This sends the data to the Parallel port.
Baud Rate
If available this option selects the Baud Rate at which the data is
sent, possible values are 9600, 19200 or 28800. Leave default set to
9600 for downloading to PAT software.
Download Format
This field shows the format choices available depending upon the
destination selected.
For downloading to a PC the user has the option of sending data in a
PATS+ format, compatible with Seaward PATS+ software, SSS
format - Seaward Super String, compatible with Seaward PAT
software, Certificate - downloads results in non-ASCII certificate
format, Summary - downloads a summary of results.
In PATS+ format the user has the option to download site (send site
name with each test result) or to download user (send user name
with each test result). This will be truncated to 10 characters as it
appears to the software as a Usercode.
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For downloading to a generic A4 printer the user has the option of
sending data as a certificate, or a list, or as pass/fail labels. In the
certificate format the user has the option to produce one certificate
per page or to produce continuous printouts.
For downloading to a roll printer, including ‘till roll’ and thermal
printers the user has the option of sending data as a continuous list
or as pass/fail labels. When using a compatible thermal roll printer
the pass/fail labels will produce appliance numbers in a number and
barcode format. However, the restrictions of paper width means that
appliance numbers representing more than 12 characters cannot be
printed and a numbered label will print instead. Testcodes are
accommodated since these are displayed as two lines of 10
characters each.
Use repeated presses of the enter button to show desired settings for
download format. If appropriate the option field will illuminate. Use
repeated presses of the Enter button to show desired settings.
When the download options are set highlight the OK field and press
the enter button or select the OK Fast key to display the following
menu: ---------SEARCH FOR RESULTS----------APPLIANCE: *
SITE: *
LOCATION: *
USER: *
TEST STATUS: *
STORAGE STATUS: NORMAL
DATE FROM: 01/01/1900 00:00
DATE TO: 04/03/2001 13:07
START SEARCH
Use the cursor keys to highlight the required search parameters and
press Enter to select the desired option.
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Appliance Number
Enter an Appliance number to search for specific results. If the
Appliance number field is left blank then the character
will be
inserted, indicating to search for all of the appliances.
∗
Site Name
-------SITE LIST------*
OTHER...
SEAWARD
SITE 2
SITE 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Site name and press Enter to
select the desired option. Select
if you wish your search to include
all of the sites. Select ‘Other’ to search for a Site not in the list (this
can happen if a Site Name has been modified after testing). If you
select ‘other’ you are required to enter a Site name. Use the cursor
keys to highlight a Site name from the list and press Enter to select
the desired option.
∗
Note
If the list contains more sites than the unit can display then
use the cursor keys to scroll through the list.
Location Name
---LOCATION LIST-*
OTHER...
WORKSHOP
LOC. 2
LOC. 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Location name and press Enter to
select the desired option. Select
if you wish your search to include
all of the names. Select ‘Other’ to search for a Location not in the list
(this can happen if a Location name has been modified after testing).
If you select ‘OTHER...’ then you are prompted to enter a Location
name.
∗
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Note
If the list contains more locations than the unit can display then use
the cursor keys to scroll through the list.
User Name
------USER LIST-----*
OTHER...
BOB
JOHN
USER 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a User name and press Enter to
select the desired option. Select
if you wish your search to include
all of the names. Select ‘Other’ to search for a User not in the list
(this can happen if a User name has been modified after testing). If
you select ‘OTHER...’ then you are prompted to enter a User name.
∗
Note
If the list contains more users than the unit can display then
use the cursor keys to scroll through the list.
Test Status
When Test Status is highlighted use the Enter button to select the
option required, every time you press the Enter button a different
option will be displayed. This can be PASS, FAIL or
which
indicates both.
∗
Storage Status
When Storage Status is highlighted use the Enter button to select the
option required, every time you press the Enter button a different
option will be displayed. This can be NORMAL, DELETED or
which indicates both.
∗
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Date From
--------------DATE FROM-----------01/01/1900 00:00
This option allows the user to search for test results after the selected
date. Use the cursor keys to highlight the digit to be changed. Use
the (up or down) cursor keys to change the value or enter the digits
directly using the keypad. Select OK to set the date or press the red
key to cancel any changes.
Date To
--------------DATE TO-------------04/03/2001 10:37
This option allows the user to search for test results before the
selected date. Use the cursor keys to highlight the digit to be
changed. Use the cursor keys to change the value or enter the digits
directly fusing the keypad. Select OK to set the date or press the red
key to cancel any changes.
Search
After all the search parameters have been set, connect the
appropriate printer or device. Highlight START SEARCH and press
the ENTER BUTTON to search and download.
On completion of successful downloading, the tester returns to the
search for results menu. The user can then conduct other search or
press the red button to return to the main menu.
Press the red button to return to the search menu.
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How to print Barcode Labels and Testcodes
The Supernova Plus is capable of printing barcode labels in
conjunction with a compatible thermal printer (see chapter 6).
To Print Barcode Pass/Fail Labels
To print barcode pass/fail labels it is necessary to carry out an actual
test (see how to perform automatic tests). After a test is complete
and the results stored in memory it is possible to download results to
a thermal printer (see how to download results) and print pass/fail
labels.
To print barcode testcodes
To print barcode test codes select SETUP from the Main Menu and
select EDIT TEST SETTINGS from the SETUP menu. From the
SELECT TEST SETTINGS menu chose the desired test e.g. 230V
HH / PORT 1. Attach the compatible printer to the port and from the
TEST SETTINGS EDITOR highlight the PRINT TESTCODE option
and press enter.
Note
The restrictions of paper width means that appliance numbers
representing more than 12 characters cannot be printed and a
numbered label will print instead. Testcodes are accommodated
since these are displayed as two lines of 10 characters.
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How to use Setup
To set up the Tester, use the cursor keys to highlight the Setup option
on the Main Menu and press Enter to display the following menu: ------------------SETUP-----------------EDIT TEST SETTINGS
EDIT USER LIST / OPTIONS
EDIT SITE LIST
EDIT LOCATION LIST
EDIT PHONE BOOK LIST
CHANGE DATE/TIME
SET LANGUAGE
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION
CHANGE PASSWORD
SET BRIGHTNESS
FACTORY SETTINGS
From this menu you can change the way the Tester will operate and
also change User levels and Sites. Use the cursor keys to highlight a
function and press Enter to select the desired option.
Edit Test Settings
This allows the user to add, modify, remove or confirm test settings
that can then be selected during automatic testing.
SELECT TEST SETTING
A. 230V HH / PORT 1
B. 230V HH / PORT 2
C. IT EQUIPMENT 1
D. IT EQUIPMENT 2
E. 230V MOV / STAT 1
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Test Setting and press Enter to
enter the TEST SETTING EDITOR.
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Test Settings Editor
The TEST SETTINGS EDITOR allows the test sequence for the
selected test to be examined and changed if required.
---------------------TEST SETTINGS EDITOR------------------OUTPUT
LIMIT
DUR
NUM
SOCKET
230V
VISUAL
YES
1
EARTH BOND
25A∼
0.10Ω
5s
1
INSULATION
500V=
1.00MΩ
5s
1
SUB LEAKAGE
SKIP
FLASH
SKIP
LEAKAGE
230V∼
0.75mA
5s
1
TOUCH LEAKAGE
SKIP
POLARITY
SKIP
TESTCODE 1: I1C700321
TESTCODE 2: S121111111
NAME: 230V HH / PORT 1
PRINT TESTCODES
OK
Use the cursor keys to highlight a field to be changed and press
Enter to select the desired option.
Name
Each test sequence is given a name. This is to help the user when
selecting test sequences during automatic testing. When Name is
highlighted press the Enter button, then use the keyboard to enter a
new name for the Test Sequence (of up to 15 characters) and press
Enter to confirm.
Test Parameter Fields
By selecting one of the test parameter fields from the TEST
SETTINGS EDITOR, a list of options for that field will be displayed
INSULATION Test for example: -
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-------------------INSULATION----------------O/P
LIMIT
DUR
REP
250V SKIP
2s
0
500V 0.50MΩ
5s
1
10s
2
1.00MΩ
30s
4
2.00MΩ
5
4.00MΩ
10
7.00MΩ
15
10.00MΩ
20
50.00MΩ
25
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When you first enter this menu all of the previous values and one of
the Test Parameter columns are highlighted. Use the cursor left and
right keys to highlight the Test Parameter to be changed and then
use the cursor up and down keys to highlight the required setting.
Use this process for each Test Parameter.
Use the Enter button or OK Fast key to save the settings and return
to the TEST SETTINGS EDITOR. Press the Red button to abort
changes made to the settings and return to the TEST SETTINGS
EDITOR.
Earth Bond Limit Calculator
Earth Bond tests have an additional Fast Key; LIMIT CALC. Selecting
this enables the User to set an accurate Earth Bond Test limit by
specifying the cable parameters.
Testcodes
Selections made in the Test Parameter Fields will automatically set
the correct Testcode. Alternatively entering a Testcode will
automatically set the correct Test Parameters for that Testcode.
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Store Settings
Use the cursor keys to highlight the OK and press Enter or select the
OK Fast key to save the settings and return to the previous menu.
Pressing the Red Button will abort all of the changes made and return
to the previous menu.
Print Testcodes
The Testcodes can be printed (using a compatible printer - see
Chapter 6).
Use the cursor keys to highlight PRINT TESTCODES then press the
Enter button to start the print. The following message will be
displayed:-
PRINTING TESTCODES
PRESS THE RED BUTTON TO
ABORT
On completion of printing, the TEST SETTINGS EDITOR menu is
displayed.
Press the Red Button to return to the TEST SETTINGS EDITOR
menu.
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Edit User List / Options
--------USER LIST-------BOB
JOHN
USER 3
Use the cursor keys to highlight a User name and press Enter to
select the desired option: ------------EDIT USER SETTINGS-----------NAME: JOHN
USER LEVEL: ADVANCED
STARTUP MODE: AUTO
BEEP ON KEYPRESS: YES
BEEP ON TESTS: YES
BEEP ON BARCODES: YES
BEEP ON WARNING: YES
OK
To change the user name highlight NAME and press the Enter
button.
Note
If you change the name of the user during testing all of the
previous tests will still be referenced to the old user name,
this gives unlimited amounts of users within the test results
memory.
Use the cursor keys to highlight options that can be selected for each
User and press Enter to select the desired option.
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User Level
Use the cursor keys to highlight a USER LEVEL and press Enter to
select the desired option.
Novice User
Selects the User level as a NOVICE user.
screens to be displayed prior to every test.
This will cause Help
Advanced User
Selects the user level as an ADVANCED user. No Help will be
displayed before each test automatically. Help is still available from
the Help fast key
Startup Mode
Use the cursor keys to highlight a test mode on startup and press
Enter to select the desired option.
Automatic Mode
The Tester will start up in Automatic Mode, with the Tester displaying
the Main Menu.
Manual Mode
The Tester will start up in Manual Mode, with the Tester displaying
the Manual Test Selection Menu.
Beep on Key Press
Use the cursor keys to highlight the option and press Enter to select
the desired option.
This option will cause a beep every time a key is pressed.
Beep on Tests
Use the cursor keys to highlight the option and press Enter to select
the desired option.
This option will cause beep whenever the High Voltage Test in
Progress icon is displayed or a test has failed.
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Beep on Barcodes
Use the cursor keys to highlight the option and press Enter to select
the desired option.
This option will cause a beep whenever a barcode has been
received.
Beep on Warning
Use the cursor keys to highlight the option and press Enter to select
the desired option.
This option will cause a beep whenever a warning message is
displayed or a test fails.
Saving User Settings
In the EDIT USER SETTINGS, highlight OK and press the Enter
button or select the OK Fast key. The user settings will then be
saved.
Edit Site List
-----EDIT SITE LIST----WORKSHOP
SITE 2
SITE 3
SITE 4
SITE 5
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Site name and press Enter to
select the desired option.
--EDIT SITE NAME-SITE 4
Note
If you change the name of the Site during testing all of the
previous tests will still be referenced to the old Site name,
this gives unlimited amounts of Sites within the test results
memory.
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Use the keyboard to edit the name of the Site and press Enter to
save and return to the previous menu. Press the Red button to return
to the previous menu without saving changes
Edit Location List
-----EDIT LOCATION LIST---WORKSHOP
LOC. 2
LOC. 3
LOC. 4
LOC. 5
Use the cursor keys to highlight a Location name and press Enter to
select the desired option.
--EDIT LOCATION NAME-LOC. 4
Note
If you change the name of the Location during testing all of
the previous tests will still be referenced to the old Location
name, this gives unlimited amounts of Locations within the
test results memory.
When choosing to edit a Location the name of the Location will be
shown in the box. Use the keyboard to edit the name of the Location
and press Enter to save and return to the previous menu. Press the
Red button to return to the previous menu without saving changes
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Change Date / Time
-------SET DATE AND TIME------01/08/2002 15:30
This option allows the user to change the Date and Time. Use the
left and right cursor keys to highlight the digit to be changed. Use the
up and down cursor keys to change the value or enter the digits
directly using the keypad. Select the OK Fast key to store the settings
or press the Red button to cancel any changes.
Edit Phone Book List
This option is used when combined with the Seaward MODEM
(283A969).
On selecting EDIT PHONE BOOK LIST the User is presented with a
PHONE BOOK LIST. This list has four phone number slots. Select
the required entry, and press Enter.
----EDIT PHONE NUMBER---0191 586 3511
The screen will now change to display a text box labeled EDIT
NAME. Edit the name of the number which you want to store the in
Phone Book. Press Enter when you have entered the name.
-----EDIT NAME---HEAD OFFICE
A new text box will be added to the screen, EDIT PHONE NUMBER.
Enter or edit the receiving computer’s modem phone number
Once you have entered the phone number press Enter. You will be
returned to the Phone Book List menu.
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System Configuration
The SYSTEM CONFIGURATION settings cover the range of system
settings available to the User.
APPLIANCE ID
This option allows the User to predetermine the Appliance Number.
Options are: BLANK, REPEAT LAST, INCREMENT LAST.
BLANK – Each time the appliance number field is displayed, it will be
blank.
REPEAT LAST – Each time the Appliance Number field is displayed,
it will be a repeat of the last number.
INCREMENT LAST – The least significant number will be
incremented by one each time the Appliance Number field is
displayed.
Default is BLANK.
SUB. LEAKAGE
This option allows you to set the Sub Leakage value indicated 10%,
6% or 0% high, depending upon national legislation or best practice.
Default is 0%.
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POWER POLARITY
This option will allow the tester to perform the power tests in one of
three ways.
INPUT POLARITY - perform the power tests with the same mains
polarity as the Supernova Plus is powered.
AUTO CORRECTED - perform the power tests with the mains correct
polarity even if the Supernova Plus is powered from a socket which
has the mains polarity reversed.
INPUT & REVERSED - this option will perform two power tests for
every one selected, one with the correct mains polarity and one with
the reverse mains polarity.
Default is INPUT POLARITY.
ON TEST FAILURE
This gives the User the option of having a menu for a failure within an
automatic sequence. This menu will give you the option of retrying a
failed test or appliance.
Default is FAIL MENU.
COMMENTS
This option allows the User to determine if the Comments field will be
available at the end of a test.
ALWAYS – Comments always available at the end of test
ON PASS – Comments only available if the Appliance passed the
test.
ON FAILURE - Comments only available if the Appliance failed the
test.
NEVER – Comments will not be available at the end of the test.
Default is ALWAYS
APLNCE & CMNTS
This allows the user to set the number of characters available for the
appliance number and comments.
Options are:
APP = 10,
CMNTS = 20
APP = 15,
CMNTS = 20
APP = 10,
CMMTS = 10
Default is APP = 10,
CMNTS = 20
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COMENTS LINE 1 – 4
These options allow the User to designate each Comment line as a
specific field for use with PATGuard Plus software. Options are:
ASSET DESCRIPTION, ASSET GROUP, MAKE, MODEL, SERIAL
NUMBER, NOTES.
These should be set to correspond to the settings in PATGuard Plus.
Default is COMENTS LINE 1 – ASSET DESCRIPTION,
COMENTS LINE 2 – NOTES,
COMENTS LINE 3 – NOTES,
COMENTS LINE 4 – NOTES.
These correspond with the default settings in PATSLite and
PATGuard Plus software
AFTER TEST
The options set here determine the next action after all the test
results are saved to memory. Options are:
OPTIONS – Displays the OPTIONS menu giving the User further
choices.
NEW TEST – Will display the ENTER APPLIANCE DETAILS screen
to immediately commence the next test.
DOWNLOAD, NEW TEST – Will Download the test results with out
further prompting and display the ENTER APPLIANCE DETAILS
screen to immediately commence the next test. When this option is
chosen a further option is required to CONFIGURE the Download.
Default is OPTIONS.
ROLL PRINTER
This allows the user to define the roll printer to be used with the
Supernova Plus. For barcode printing with the Seaward Thermal
Printer (283A954) set to SEAWARD (283A954).
DATE AND TIME
This allows the user to password protect the date and time. An
existing password must be setup before this option will become
effective.
USER LIST
This allows the user to password protect the USER LIST. An existing
password must be setup before this option will become effective.
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Change Password
It is possible to Password protect the TEST SEQUENCE EDITOR
and the SYSTEM CONFIGURATION
If you currently do not have password protection you will be asked to
enter a new password twice, once for confirmation.
If you currently do have password protection then you will be asked
for the old password before entering a new one, again you will be
asked for the new password twice.
To clear the password protection simply press Enter when asked for
the new password. Or set the field to ‘blank’ (i.e. all spaces) if a
password was previously set.
Set Brightness
You can set the Brightness of the display. Use the cursor keys to
change the Brightness, once the Brightness is set press the Green
button to accept the changes. Press the Red button to abort any
changes made.
Factory Settings
It is possible to reset the Supernova Plus to the settings which were
configured from new. This option will first ask you if you are sure,
select Yes to reset or No to abort.
Caution
This will restore all lists to default settings including SITE LIST,
LOCATION LIST, USER LIST and TEST SETTINGS
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How to use the Memory
To use the memory tests and functions, use the cursor keys to
highlight the MEMORY OPTIONS on the Main Menu and press Enter
to display the following menu:-
--------MEMORY OPTIONS-------VIEW MEMORY USED
PERFORM MEMORY TEST
DELETE SINGLE APPLIANCE
CLEAR RESULTS MEMORY
CLEAR UPLOAD MEMORY
Use the cursor keys to highlight a test or function and press Enter to
select the desired option.
View Memory Used
The Tester allows the user to see how much of the results memory is
being used. The following bar graph of the memory remaining is
displayed:-
Perform Memory Test
AVAILABLE MEMORY
MEMORY CAPACITY REMAINING
98%
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Once the PERFORM MEMORY TEST option is highlighted press the
enter button.
The memory test checks all of the appliance results against their
checksums. If the test passes then no action is taken. If the test fails
then the Memory checksum requires updating. Use the cursor keys
and press Enter to choose an action if corrupted tests are found.
Note
The memory checksum is the sum of all of the memory
excluding display data, registers and deleted tests.
Delete Single Appliance
---DELETE SINGLE APPLIANCE-Enter the Appliance number to delete a single appliance and press
Enter.
A warning ‘Are You Sure?’ prompt will appear. Press the No Fast key
to return to the previous menu or press the Yes Fast key to perform
the delete operation and return to the previous menu.
Note
Deleting Appliances in this way will delete all of the matched
appliances across all Sites and Locations.
When a single appliance is deleted it is not removed from
memory but hidden from the user. This test is still resident in
memory and is taking up memory space, this test can be
reviewed / downloaded at a later date. Since the test is still
resident in memory the View Memory Capacity indicates
there are results stored. In this situation to remove all
resident tests select clear results memory.
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Clear Results Memory
This option will delete all of the appliances currently stored in memory
and should be used carefully!
Note
Users will be asked whether they are sure about performing
this action.
A warning ‘Are You Sure?’ prompt will appear. Press the No fast key
to return to the previous menu or press the Yes fast key to perform
the clear operation and return to the previous menu.
Clear Upload Memory
This option will delete all of the Appliance codes that have been
uploaded from an external computer PAT software program and
should be used carefully!
Note
Users will be asked whether they are sure about performing
this action.
A warning ‘Are You Sure?’ prompt will appear. Press the No fast key
to return to the previous menu or press the Yes fast key to perform
the clear operation and return to the previous menu.
How to upload
The Supernova Plus tester is capable of uploading Assets, Sites,
Locations and Test sequences of equipment previously tested and
saved in a PC using Seaward PAT software.
To upload data into the Supernova Plus, connect the serial port of the
tester to an appropriate port on a PC using the PC download test
lead supplied with the tester.
Before any communication can occur between the tester and PC the
user must register the tester in the PC software. Select Add Test
Instrument to display a test instrument dialogue box. The user must
select the instrument type (in this case Supernova Plus) and the
instrument serial number. Select OK.
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From the main menu on the tester use the cursor softkeys to select
REMOTE MODE. The tester displays the message ESTABLISHING
COMMUNICATION.
Using the PAT software user manual instructions detailing upload to
the tester, configure the Upload dialogue box for Destination (tester
and serial number) and COM port. Select OK.
A PATGuard dialogue box is displayed on the PC to ensure the tester
is in REMOTE MODE and connected to the PC. Select OK to send
data to the tester.
The tester displays the message READY : SSS COMMAND MODE.
The PC software displays an Upload dialogue box that monitors the
progress of the upload. Once upload is complete a dialogue box
informs the user of a successful upload.
Select OK to acknowledge upload complete.
After uploading Appliances selecting an appliance to test which has
been uploaded will cause the Tester to offer the Testcode associated
with the Appliance in the software record to be decoded and
displayed ready to perform the test.
How to change the User
To change the User, use the cursor keys to highlight the CHANGE
USER option on the Main Menu and press Enter to display the
following menu: -
------SELECT USER------BOB
JOHN
USER 3
USER 4
USER 5
Use the cursor keys to highlight the User and press Enter to select
the desired option.
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How to use Help
The Tester is provided with an on-line help function which can be
called up when the test screens are displayed, by pressing the HELP
Fast key.
Each test will have three or four help pages depending on information
content.
Help Provided to the User
The Help function provides the following information:-
Description of Test
The first help page shown contains information on the particular test,
including its icon and a description of the purpose of the test.
How to Perform Tests
The second page of information describes how the Tester performs
the test. A diagram showing how to the connect the Tester to the
EUT is included. An example for the Insulation test is shown below:-
A description of how to connect the test leads and perform the test is
provided in a step-by-step format.
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Note:
This topic will cover one or two pages depending on the
connection options available (Insulation can be Class 1 or
Class 2). Each connection option will have a new page of
information.
Why tests fail
The final page of information provides guidance on why a test may
fail e.g. connection problems. This includes a step by step check list
to ensure all of the connections are correct and secure.
The effect of User Levels during Test Sequences
There are two possible user levels: NOVICE, and ADVANCED.
Novice User Level
When the user level is set to NOVICE Level, the help information is
displayed before every test
Press the Enter key to continue the test sequence.
Advanced User Level
When the user level is set to ADVANCED Level, no help information
will be shown before a test. Use the HELP fast key to display help
information before a test.
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Power-On Self tests:
Chapter 4 Tips & Troubleshooting
Power-On Self tests:
When the tester is powered on, a number of messages can possibly
appear as the Tester performs safety tests on itself and the mains
power supply.
If a voltage greater than 30V is detected on the neutral input line or
the earth is missing then the following message will be displayed.
--------------------WARNING-------------------LIVE AND NEUTRAL REVERSED.
PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE
Check for incorrect wiring on supply.
The next test will check for an earth connection. If there is no Earth
connection, the following message will appear.
--------------------WARNING-------------------POSSIBLE DISCONNECTED,
FLOATING OR ISOLATED EARTH.
CHECK INPUT EARTH BEFORE
PROCEEDING.
PROCEED ONLY IF YOU KNOW THE
INPUT EARTH IS ISOLATED.
PROCEEDING WITH AN INCORRECT
EARTH MAY GIVE INCORRECT TEST
RESULTS.
Check for incorrect wiring on supply.
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Safety Tests during operation
The Tester will fail the earth check if it is being supplied with a
balanced supply (e.g. isolating transformer) since it will detect phase
voltage on both L and N supply connections. Only continue if certain
that the supply is balanced and the earth on the Tester connection is
secure.
If all the above is checked OK then the Supernova Plus may be
faulty. Contact your Seaward Agent for repair.
The unit then completes an internal check. If any faults are found
then the following message will be displayed: --------------------WARNING-------------------INTERNAL RELAY FAULT.
CANNOT PROCEED.
If this message is displayed then the Supernova Plus is faulty and
should be returned to you Seaward Agent for Repair
Safety Tests during operation
The Tester performs self-tests during normal operation. An internal
earth bond test and a low voltage test are performed prior to applying
mains power to any EUT (including Leakage tests). If the internal
earth bond test failed, the following message will be displayed: --------------------WARNING-------------------INTERNAL RELAY FAULT.
CANNOT PROCEED.
If this message appears, the Supernova Plus is faulty and requires
repair. Contact your Seaward Agent for repair.
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Temperature monitoring
If the low voltage test fails, then either of the following warnings will
be displayed: --------------------WARNING-------------------APPLIANCE MAY BE SHORT CIRCUIT
PRESS THE ENTER BUTTON IF SAFE
PRESS THE RED BUTTON TO ABORT
--------------------WARNING-------------------FUSE MAY BE OPEN CIRCUIT OR
PRESS THE ENTER BUTTON IF SAFE
PRESS THE RED BUTTON TO ABORT
These messages mean that the EUT is switched off or the fuse may
be open circuit, or it maybe possible that the EUT will draw more than
18A and could damage the Tester. User discretion is required. If in
doubt abort the test and seek advice.
Temperature monitoring
The tester is provided with internal temperature monitors to ensure
sensitive components are not overheated. High rates of testing may
cause this situation, especially with long duration Earth Bond tests.
Setting Earth Bond test duration to 2 secs will increase operating
time.
If the following message appears, leave the tester to cool
down before pressing Enter to continue testing.
WARNING
THE TEST HAS BEEN ABORTED BECAUSE THE APPLIANCE
TESTER BECAME TOO HOT. ALLOW THE UNIT TO COOL
BEFORE STARTING PRESS ENTER BUTTON TO CONTINUE
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Multiple Earth connections:
Multiple Earth connections:
In general, multiple earth connections to an EUT (e.g. water pipe
connections to a water heater) can cause difficulties in measurement.
This has previously needed the additional earth connections to be
isolated.
The Supernova Plus tester is capable of testing earth connections in
the presence of additional earth paths. This is done automatically by
performing a point to point measurement of the earth connection, and
measurement of the differential leakage current, rather than the earth
lead current. Measurements are thus assured without special
precautions.
Barcodes
Barcode Scanner Specification
The Supernova Plus Tester can be used with barcodes and barcode
scanners, readers or wands compatible with other Seaward PAT
testers These connect to the serial (RS232) connector The required
barcode reader / scanner configuration is as follows:Baud Rate:
Start Bits:
Data Bits
Stop Bits:
Parity:
Inter-character Delay:
9600
2
8
2
None
20ms
When to use a Barcode Scanner
Barcodes can be scanned at the following points:• Entering a Testcode as part of an Automatic Test in the ENTER
TESTCODES screen
• Entering a Testcode in the TEST SETTINGS EDITOR
• Entering an Appliance number in the ENTER APPLIANCE
DETAILS screen.
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Downloading to Computer Software
Interfacing
The Tester provides two interfacing ports:A Serial Port - for connection to a PC, Printer, Barcode
Reader/Scanner, Modem, Brain Cell Reader
Also provided with the Tester is a Dual Serial Port Adaptor. This
adaptor enables two accessories to be connected to the serial port of
the Tester at the same time. The grey socket in the dual side of the
adaptor is to plug in input devices e.g. Barcode Reader/Scanners.
The black socket in the dual side of the adaptor is for output devices
e.g. downloading to PC, Printers or Z-Modem.
Note
A Brain Cell Reader cannot be used with the Dual Serial Port
Adaptor. The Reader needs to be plugged directly into the Tester
serial port.
A Parallel Port – for printing to generic printers
To avoid any problems during download, ensure that leads are
undamaged and correct for the application.
Downloading to Computer Software
The Supernova Plus can be setup to be compatible with various
software packages. The APLNCE & CNMTS option can be found in
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION in the SETUP menu this may need to
be set for 10 DIGIT RESTRICTION for non Seaward software. Check
with your software supplier.
For all non Seaward software programs always select PATS+ as the
DOWNLOAD FORMAT on the DOWNLOAD OPTIONS screen prior
to Download.
For Seaward PAT software programs always select SSS as the
DOWNLOAD FORMAT on the DOWNLOAD OPTIONS screen prior
to Download.
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Serial Port
The serial port uses a standard 9-way D-type connector
Pin
Description
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
N.C.
RX
TX
DTR
0V
N.C.
0V
N.C.
+5V
Baud Rate:
9600, 19200, 28800 (selectable)
Start Bits:
1
Data Bits
8
Stop Bits:
2
Parity:
None
Inter-character Delay:
20ms
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Cleaning the Tester
Chapter 5 Maintaining the Tester
Cleaning the Tester
The Tester case can be cleaned with a damp cloth, with if necessary,
a small amount of mild detergent. Prevent excessive moisture
around the socket panel or in the lead storage area.
Do not allow liquid inside the Tester, or near the sockets panel. Do
not use abrasives, solvents, or alcohol.
If any liquid is spilt into the Tester case, the Tester should be returned
for repair, stating the cause of the defect.
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User Maintenance
User Maintenance
The Tester is a rugged quality instrument. However, care should
always be taken when using, transporting and storing this type of
equipment. Failure to treat the product with care will reduce both the
life of the instrument and its reliability.
If the Tester is subject to condensation, allow the Tester to
completely dry before use.
• Always check the Tester and all test leads for signs of damage
and wear before use.
• Do not open the Tester under any circumstances.
• Keep the instrument clean and dry.
• Avoid testing in conditions of high electrostatic or electromagnetic
fields.
• Maintenance should only be performed by authorised personnel.
• There are no user replaceable parts in the Tester.
• The unit should be regularly calibrated (at least annually).
• For repair or calibration return the instrument to Seaward at:Seaward Electronic Limited.
Bracken Hill
South West Industrial Estate
Peterlee
Co. Durham
SR8 2SW
Tel : +44 (0)191 586 3511
Fax: +44 (0)191 586 0227
[email protected]
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Standard Accessories
Chapter 6 Accessories
A series of standard and optional accessories are available for the
Seaward Supernova Plus Tester. The standard accessories are
supplied with the Tester.
Standard Accessories
Accessory
Part Number
Earth bond test lead
249A908
Insulation probe
44B101
115V Adaptor (UK Only)
281A075
Instruction manual
283A577
Computer download lead
194A919
Dual serial port adaptor
283A972
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Optional Accessories
Optional Accessories
Accessory
Part Number
Calibration Checkbox
283A951
Barcode Scanner
194A922
Thermal Label Printer
283A954
Thermal Printer Labels
283A304
Appliance Number Labels (250)
194A307
Serial Printer Lead
283A955
Serial-PC Download Lead (9-9 way)
194A919
Serial-PC Download Lead (9-25way)
194A920
Pass Labels (500)
91B038
Read/Write Brain Cell Reader
288A910
Brain Cells (Self Adhesive) (50)
288A953
Brain Cells (Cable Tie) (50)
288A954
Test ’n’ Tag Printer
308A910
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Earth Bond Test
Chapter 7 Specifications
Earth Bond Test
Test Voltage * .....................................................6V nominal (no load)
Test Current *..........…...…...4A, 10A, 25A selectable (into s/c load)
Range ......... ................................................................. 40mΩ - 19.99Ω
Resolution.............................................................................…..0.01Ω
Accuracy................................................. +/- 5% of reading, +/- 2 digits
Pass Levels....................................................…...................selectable
Misc...........................................….4-wire measurement, floating earth
Earth Screen Test
Test Voltage * ............................................. 100mV nominal (no load)
Test Current *........................................………..100mA (into s/c load)
Range.......………………………………………...………40mΩ - 19.99Ω
Resolution............................................................................…...0.01Ω
Accuracy ………………….+/- 5% of reading, +/- 2 digits up to 5.00Ω
Pass Levels......................................................……….........selectable
Misc...........................................….4-wire measurement, floating earth
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Insulation Test
Insulation Test
Test Voltage * ............... 500V d.c. or 250V d.c. nominal (0.5MΩ load)
Short Circuit Current ............................................. 2mA d.c. maximum
Range.......................................................................... 100kΩ - 100 MΩ
Resolution.......................................................…..0.01 MΩ (<100 MΩ)
Accuracy..................... +/- 5% of reading, +/- 2 digits (100kΩ - 20MΩ)
Pass Levels ……...…0.5MΩ, 1MΩ, 2MΩ, 4MΩ, 7MΩ, 10MΩ, 50MΩ
Substitute Leakage Test
Test Voltage * .....................................................................40V a.c. o/c
Display Range .......................................................... 0.1 - 20.0 mA a.c.
Resolution.........................................................................…....0.01mA
Accuracy..........................+/- 10% of reading, +/- 2 digits 1.00 - 20mA
Pass Levels …………………0.25mA, 0.5mA, 0.75mA, 2.5mA, 3.5mA
7.0mA, 9.9mA, 15.0mA
Flash Test
Test Voltage ....................….1.5kV a.c. (Class I), 3.0kV a.c. (Class II)
Display Range ............................................................ 0.1 - 2.5 mA a.c.
Resolution..........................................................................….0.01mA
Accuracy................................................ +/- 5% of reading, +/- 2 digits
Pass Levels.........................................1.0mA, 1.5mA, 2.0mA, 2.25mA
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Leakage
Leakage
Range......... ..................................................................0.1mA - 10.0mA
Resolution..........................................................................…...0.01mA
Accuracy................................................ +/- 5% of reading, +/- 2 digits
Pass Levels...................….0.25mA, 0.5mA, 0.75mA, 1.5mA, 2.25mA,
2.5mA, 3.0mA, 3.5mA, 9.9mA
Touch Leakage
Range......... ....................................................................0.1mA - 2.0mA
Resolution.........................................................................…....0.01mA
Accuracy.............................................. +/- 10% of reading, +/- 2 digits
Pass Levels.................................................….0.25mA, 0.5mA, 1.0mA
Power Tests
Socket......Selectable 115V BS4343, BS546 / 230V BS 1363 socket.
Measured Voltage ................................................................. 90 - 300V
Indication only.
Measured Load ....................................................................... 0 - 4kVA
Indication only.
IEC Lead Test
Test Voltage *…………………………...…………………………..40Vac
Detects................................................... Open, Short, Good, Reversed
* - Test stimulus based on mains supply of 230V, varies with supply
voltage.
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Mechanical
Mechanical
Size............................................................. 450mm x 410mm x 155mm
Weight ........................................................................................... 3.5kg
Environmental
Operating ............................................... 0ºC to 40ºC (non condensing)
Storage ................................................-10ºC to 50ºC (non condensing)
Maximum R.H ..................................................................................90%
Supply Rating ............................................. 110V/230V +/- 6% 50/60Hz
Max Output Current ..........................................................................16A
Fuses (Internal).............................................…….not user replaceable
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Earth Bond Test
Appendix A Purpose of Tests
Earth Bond Test
This test is to ensure that the connection between the earth pin in the
mains plug of the appliance and the metal casing of the appliance is
satisfactory and of sufficiently low resistance.
A selectable test current is applied between the earth pin of the
mains supply plug and the earth bond test lead clip.
A high current is normally used to stress the connection under fault
conditions. The length of the test should be limited to prevent
damage due to overheating.
Earth Screen Test
This test is to check the earth screen connection using a current
which will prevent damage that may be caused by testing using high
currents. This is often required by sensitive electronics such as
computers and other Information Technology (IT) equipment.
A low voltage of approximately 100mV AC RMS is applied between
the earth pin of the mains supply plug and the Earth Bond test lead
clip. A current of 100mA is allowed to flow for the duration of the test.
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Insulation Test
Insulation Test
Warning
500 V / 250V d.c. test voltage
This test is used to verify that adequate insulation exists between the
mains supply pins and earth.
During the insulation test, a 500V DC voltage is applied between the
earth pin and both the live and neutral pins of the appliance mains
supply plug. The Tester displays the resistance measured and allows
the user to confirm sufficient insulation exists.
For Class 2 appliances, the Earth Bond Test clip can be used for an
earth return lead.
For appliances which incorporate over-voltage protection, a 250V DC
test voltage is provided to allow a reading to be taken without the
protection devices generating a false failure.
Substitute Leakage Test
The substitute leakage test applies a nominal voltage of 40V AC RMS
to the appliance and is applied between the earth pin and both the
live and neutral pins of the supply plug. For Class II appliances,
connect the Earth Bond test clip to the appliance as a substitute for
the Earth.
The Tester measures the current that flows and scales the result to
display a guide to the current that would flow if the test voltage had
been the nominal mains supply voltage, scaled for the applicable
socket.
Please note that values for Substitute Leakage may differ
substantially from that of conventional Earth Leakage tests because
of the way that the test is performed (e.g. it will be affected by the
presence of Neutral-to-Earth suppression capacitors).
This test can prove useful in situations where neither conventional
Insulation nor Flash tests are acceptable methods of testing the
insulation of the appliance.
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Flash Test
Flash Test
Warning
1500V/3000V a.c. test voltage
This test is used to determine that the insulation is of sufficient
strength to prevent breakdown, particularly where high transient
voltages are likely. This test can be omitted when testing equipment
with component whose voltage withstand rating is insufficient to
accommodate the test without damage. This is especially true of IT
equipment.
For Class I appliances, a nominal test voltage of 1.5kV AC RMS is
applied between the earth pin, and both the live and neutral pins of
the appliance mains supply plug
For Class II appliances, a nominal voltage of 3kV AC RMS is applied
between the flash probe tip and the live and neutral pins of the
appliance mains supply plug.
IEC Lead Test
This test confirms the electrical safety of 230V IEC leads.
The IEC test performs a continuity and polarity check on the Live and
Neutral conductors and confirming that there are no breaks or cross
wiring in these conductors.
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Powered Tests
Powered Tests
Warning
Mains voltage applied to appliance
The following powered tests differ from the previous tests in that they
apply mains supply voltage to the appliance to perform their
functions:• Leakage Test
• Touch Leakage Test
• Load Test
The Tester performs an initial low voltage test to establish that the
appliance can be safely powered.
Warning
It is important that the user verifies that an appliance
with moving parts (e.g. an electric drill) is safely
mounted to allow movement without causing damage to
equipment or personnel.
If the potential load current is too high, a warning message appears,
allowing the user to continue. If a Live to Neutral short exists, this
message will appear, and if tests are continued the fuses will blow. If
the potential load current is low, a warning message appears to allow
the user to check that the appliance is switched on, and all fuses are
intact. The Tester also performs a safety test to verify that internal
relays are properly set before applying full mains supply to the
appliance.
Power to the appliance will remain until the Red Button is pressed.
This allows the user to switch between the three powered tests
without removing power from the appliance.
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Leakage Test
Leakage Test
Warning
Mains voltage applied to appliance
The Leakage Test shows the current being lost through Leakage as
the difference in the currents flowing in the Live and the Neutral
conductors. This difference is the total leakage away from the
appliance, and is generally equivalent to the current flow through the
earth lead of the appliance, and displays the result in milliamps (mA).
This differential method of determining leakage will show the full
leakage of an appliance in-situ, so if the appliance has an extra earth
point, i.e. water pipe, then the Tester will show the full and true
appliance leakage. This is also known as Enclosure or Differential
Leakage.
Touch Leakage Test
Warning
Mains voltage applied to appliance
The Touch Test displays the current that would flow if the appliance
was touched by a person. This is based on a ‘body model’ of 2kΩ.
The Tester detects any current flowing in the Earth Bond Lead
(attached to an appropriate point on the appliance) and indicates the
potential leakage through a metal panel. The Tester displays the
result in milliamps (mA).
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Load Test
Load Test
Warning
Mains voltage applied to appliance
The Power test supplies the equipment under test (appliance),
connected to 115V/230V test sockets, with the rated voltage of that
socket.
The Tester measures the power used by the appliance and displays
the reading in kVA. There is no test duration limit on the Power tests.
Once supplied with power, the appliance will be supplied until the test
is cancelled. This will allow appliances with slow start-up speeds the
time to ramp up to their working state.
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Factory-set Test Sequences
Appendix B Reference Information
Factory-set Test Sequences
Name
Earth
Bond
Insulation
Leakage
Touch
Leakage
Flash
230V
HH/PORT 1
0.1Ω
1.0MΩ
0.75mA
SKIP
SKIP
230V
HH/PORT 2
SKIP
2.0MΩ
0.25mA
SKIP
SKIP
IT
EQUIPMENT
1
0.1Ω
1.MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
IT
EQUIPMENT
2
SKIP
2.0MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
230V
MOV/STAT 1
0.1Ω
1.0MΩ
3.5mA
SKIP
SKIP
230V
MOV/STAT 2
SKIP
2.0MΩ
SKIP
0.25mA
SKIP
230VLEAD
(3M)
0.15Ω
1.0MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
230V LEAD
(6M)
0.19Ω
1.0MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
230V LEAD
(12M)
0.29Ω
1.0MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
230V
HH/PORT NI
1
0.1Ω
SKIP
0.75mA
SKIP
SKIP
230V
HH/PORT NI
2
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
0.25mA
SKIP
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Factory-set Test Sequences
110V
HH/PORT 1
0.1Ω
1.0MΩ
0.75mA
SKIP
SKIP
110V
HH/PORT 2
SKIP
2.0MΩ
SKIP
0.25mA
SKIP
110V
MOV/STAT 1
0.1Ω
1.0MΩ
3.5mA
SKIP
SKIP
110V
MOV/STAT 2
SKIP
2.0MΩ
SKIP
0.25mA
SKIP
110V LEAD
(3M)
0.08Ω
1MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
110V LEAD
(6M)
0.2Ω
1MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
110V LEAD
(12M)
0.3
1MΩ
SKIP
SKIP
SKIP
All tests have visual test included
Extension lead tests include a Polarity check
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Testcode Tables
Testcode Tables
The test sequence code is split into two 10-digit testcodes, this
Appendix describes how the two testcodes are broken down.
First Testcode:
Digit 1
Visual
Inspection/Polarity
Voltage
H
No Visual Inspection
230V
I
No Polarity Test
Visual Inspection
230V
J
No Polarity Test
No Visual Inspection
230V
K
Polarity Test
Visual Inspection
230V
L
Polarity Test
No Visual Inspection
115V
M
No Polarity Test
Visual Inspection
115V
N
No Polarity Test
No Visual Inspection
115V
O
Polarity Test
Visual Inspection
115V
Polarity Test
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Testcode Tables
Digit 2
Earth Bond
0
1-9
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
Skip Earth Bond
Earth Bond Fault Limit (mΩ)
1.5 mΩ
2.5 mΩ
3.5 mΩ
4.5 mΩ
5.5 mΩ
6.5 mΩ
7.5 mΩ
8.5 mΩ
9.5 mΩ
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Testcode Tables
Digit 3
Earth Bond
Multiplier
Current
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
x1
x10
x100
x1000
x1
x10
x100
x1000
x1
x10
x100
x1000
x1
x10
x100
x1000
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
Reserved
4A
4A
4A
4A
10A
10A
10A
10A
25A
25A
25A
25A
100mA a.c.
100mA a.c.
100mA a.c.
100mA a.c.
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Testcode Tables
Digit 4
Insulation
Voltage
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
B
C
D
E
Skip
0.5MΩ
1.0MΩ
2.0MΩ
4.0MΩ
7.0MΩ
0.5MΩ
1.0MΩ
2.0MΩ
4.0MΩ
7.0MΩ
10.0MΩ
50.0MΩ
10.0MΩ
50.0MΩ
250V d.c.
250V d.c.
250V d.c.
250V d.c.
250V d.c.
500V d.c.
500V d.c.
500V d.c.
500V d.c.
500V d.c.
250V d.c.
250V d.c.
500V d.c.
500V d.c.
Digit 5
Sub-Leakage
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Skip
0.25mA
0.50mA
0.75mA
2.50mA
3.50mA
7.00mA
9.90mA
15.0mA
1.00mA
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Testcode Tables
Digit 6
Flash
0
1
2
3
4
Skip
1mA
1.5mA
2.00mA
2.25mA
Digit 7
Leakage
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
Skip
0.25mA
0.50mA
0.75mA
1.50mA
2.25mA
2.50mA
3.00mA
3.50mA
9.90mA
1.00mA
Digit 8
Touch Leakage
0
1
2
3
Skip
0.25mA
0.50mA
1.00mA
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Testcode Tables
Digit 9
Earth Bond Test Duration
1
2s : add 0.0 to the earth bond limit
2
5s : add 0.0 to the earth bond limit
3
10s : add 0.0 to the earth bond limit
4
30s : add 0.0 to the earth bond limit
5
2s : add 0.1 to the earth bond limit
6
5s : add 0.1 to the earth bond limit
7
10s : add 0.1 to the earth bond limit
8
30s : add 0.1 to the earth bond limit
9
2s : add 0.2 to the earth bond limit
A
5s : add 0.2 to the earth bond limit
B
10s : add 0.2 to the earth bond limit
C
30s : add 0.2 to the earth bond limit
D
2s : add 0.3 to the earth bond limit
E
5s : add 0.3 to the earth bond limit
F
10s : add 0.3 to the earth bond limit
G
30s : add 0.3 to the earth bond limit
H
2s : add 0.4 to the earth bond limit
I
5s : add 0.4 to the earth bond limit
J
10s : add 0.4 to the earth bond limit
K
30s : add 0.4 to the earth bond limit
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Testcode Tables
Digit 10
Insulation Test Duration
1
2
3
4
2s
5s
10s
30s
Second Testcode
Digit 1
Sub-Leakage Test Duration
Q
R
S
T
2s
5s
10s
30s
Digit 2
Flash Test Duration
1
2
3
4
2s
5s
10s
30s
Digit 3
Leakage/Load Test Duration
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
2s
5s
10s
30s
60s
120s
180s
Unlimited
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Testcode Tables
Digit 4
Touch Leakage Test Duration
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
2s
5s
10s
30s
60s
120s
180s
Unlimited
Digit 5
Number of Earth Bond Tests
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
B
1
1
2
3
4
5
10
15
20
25
30
Unlimited
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Testcode Tables
Digit 6
Number of Insulation Tests
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
B
1
1
2
3
4
5
10
15
20
25
30
Unlimited
Digit 7
Number of Substitute Leakage
Tests
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
B
1
1
2
3
4
5
10
15
20
25
30
Unlimited
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Testcode Tables
Digit 8
Number of Flash Tests
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
B
1
1
2
3
4
5
10
15
20
25
30
Unlimited
Digit 9
Number of Load/Leakage Tests
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
1
1
2
3
4
5
10
15
20
25
30
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Testcode Tables
Digit 10
Number of Touch Leakage Tests
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
1
1
2
3
4
5
10
15
20
25
30
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Testcode Tables
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