PrimeTest 300 - Electrocomponents

Operating Instructions
Bracken Hill
South West Industrial Estate
Peterlee
Co Durham
SR8 2SW
ENGLAND
Tel: +44(0)191 5863511
www.seaward.co.uk
sales@seaward.co.uk
service@seaward.co.uk
Part Number 305A551 Revision 1
April 2005
© 2005 Seaward Electronic Ltd
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Figure 1 PrimeTest 300 Front View
Figure 2 PrimeTest 300 End View
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Figure 3 Earth Continuity Measurement
Figure 4 Insulation Measurement (Class II)
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Figure 5 IEC Lead Test
Figure 6 Touch Leakage Measurement
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Figure 7 Protective Earth (PE) Conductor Current
Measurement
Figure 8 RCD and Earth Loop Test
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Limited Warranty & Limitation of Liability
SEAWARD Electronic Limited guarantees this product to
be free from defects in material and workmanship under
normal use and service for a period of 1 year. The
period of warranty will be effective at the day of delivery.
(c) Copyright 2005
All rights reserved. Nothing from this edition may be
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electronically, mechanically, by photocopying, recording,
or in any manner, without 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.
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Table of Contents
1.0
2.0
3.0
User Notes…………………………….. 12
Safety Notes……………………………13
Accessories…………………………… 15
3.1 Standard Accessories…………… 15
3.2 Optional Accessories……………. 15
4.0 Unit Description………………………. 16
5.0 Getting Started……………………….. 17
5.1 Charging new batteries…………. 17
5.2 Power on…………………………… 17
5.3 How to navigate menus…………. 18
5.4 Battery Health Check……………… 18
5.5 Connecting to Accessories.………. 19
6.0 Data Transfer…………………………. 20
6.1 Download to PC………………….. 20
6.2 Upload from PC…………………… 22
6.3 Send/Receive Config Data……… 22
6.4 Load Test ‘n’Tag Logo………….. 23
7.0 View Saved Data ………………………... 25
7.1 Search………………………………… 25
7.2 Options ……………………………….. 26
7.3 Viewing Test Details……………….. 26
8.0 Memory Options………………………… 27
9.0 Configuration……………………………. 28
9.1 Edit Test Sequences……………….. 28
9.1.1 Edit Sequence………………. 29
9.1.2 Copy Sequence…………….. 29
9.1.3 Delete Sequence……………. 29
9.1.4 Creating a New Sequence… 30
9.1.5 User Tests……………………. 32
9.1.6 Print Sequence……………… 34
9.2 Set Date/Time ………………………... 34
9.3 Bluetooth Favourites………………. 35
9.4 Restore Factory Settings………….. 35
9.5 Restore Factory Sequences………. 35
9.6 Verify Calibration……………………. 35
10.0 User Options………………………….. 36
10.1 Test Options………………………. 36
10.2 Preferences……………………….. 37
10.2.1 Display Time ………………… 37
10.2.2 Set Contrast…………………. 37
10.2.3 Auto Off Time……………….. 37
10.2.4 Data Entry……………………. 38
10.2.5 Backlight Mode……………… 38
10.2.6 Type of User…………………. 38
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10.2.7 Tones…………………………. 38
10.3 Change User………………………. 38
10.4 Change Password……………….. 41
11.0 Manual Test Functions……………… 43
11.1 Earth Continuity………………….. 43
11.2 Insulation Resistance……………. 44
11.3 IEC Lead……………………………. 44
11.4 Touch Current…………………….. 45
11.5 Earth Conductor Current……….. 47
11.6 Earth Loop Resistance………….. 48
11.7 RCD Trip Time ……………………. 49
12.0 Bluetooth Functions…………………. 50
12.1 Bluetooth USB Adapter…………. 50
12.1.1 Windows XP SP2…………… 51
12.2 Bluetooth Favourites…………….. 53
12.3 Bluetooth Connection to a PC …. 58
13.0 Automatic Test Mode……………….. 59
13.1 Entering an Asset ID…………….. 59
13.2 Entering Site Information……….. 61
13.3 Entering Location Information…. 63
13.4 Selecting a Test Sequence ……...64
13.5 Frequency of inspection………… 66
13.6 Running the Test Sequence……… 67
13.7 Options…………………………….. 75
13.7.1 View Results ………………… 75
13.7.2 Information…………………... 76
13.7.3 Print Label…………………… 76
13.7.4 Print Result………………….. 76
13.7.5 Test ‘n’ Tag………………….. 77
13.7.6 Write RFID Tag………………. 77
13.8 Saving Results……………………. 77
14.0 Electrical Specification……………… 78
15.0 Environmental Specification………..81
16.0 Maintenance………………………….. 82
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
As the manufacturer of the apparatus listed, declare
under our sole responsibility that the product:
PRIMETEST 300
To which this declaration relates are in conformity with
the relevant clauses of the following standard:
BS EN 61010-1:2001
Safety requirements for electrical equipment for
measurement, control, and laboratory use – Part 1:
General requirements.
BS EN 61326:1998
Electrical equipment for measurement, control and
laboratory user-EMC Requirements
Performance: The instrument operates within
specification when used under the
conditions in the above standards EMC
and Safety Standards.
The product identified above conforms to the
requirements of Council Directive 89/336/EEC and
73/23 EEC.
Seaward Electronic Ltd is registered under BS EN
ISO9001:2000 Certificate No: Q05356.
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Introduction
The PrimeTest 300 is a hand held, battery powered,
multifunction test instrument capable of performing a
comprehensive range of safety tests, including:
Earth Continuity
Insulation Resistance
IEC Cord Test
Protective Earth (PE) Conductor Current
Touch Current
RCD Trip Time
Earth Loop Resistance
Power socket wiring check
User defined tests.
The unique User Test facility in the PrimeTest 300
allows tests to be carried out on any electrical or nonelectrical appliance.
In addition to the standard electrical safety tests, test
records for items such as Fire Extinguishers, Microware
Ovens, Emergency Lighting can now be created and
stored. Test records can be downloaded to PATSLite
(supplied) or PATGuard for complete traceability.
The PrimeTest 300 is shipped complete with NiMH
rechargeable batteries and charger to allow greater
flexibility and portability.
The PrimeTest 300 uses the latest in wireless
technology to communicate with the range of available
accessories.
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1.0
User Notes
These operating instructions are intended for
the use of adequately trained personnel.
The following symbols are used in these operating
instructions and on the PrimeTest 300.
Warning of electrical danger!
Indicates instructions must be followed to avoid
danger to persons.
Caution, follow the documentation! This symbol
indicates that the operating instructions must be
adhered to in order to avoid danger.
Note: The PrimeTest 300 is equipped with context
sensitive help, providing useful advice and
guidance on the safe use of this product.
When help is available a HELP icon will
appear above the function key F1.
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2.0
Safety Notes
This PrimeTest 300 has been built and tested in
accordance with:
BS EN 61010-1: 2001.
BS EN 61557 part 1, 2, 4 and 10.
The PrimeTest 300 has left the factory in a perfectly
safe state. To maintain this state and ensure safe
operation of the unit, all notes and warnings in these
instructions must be observed at all times.
This instrument may be used on electrical circuits
which comply to over voltage category II.
Attention! During Insulation Resistance tests high
voltage levels occur within the PrimeTest 300.
The tester and all associated cables and leads
must be checked for signs of damage before
equipment is operated.
Where safe operation of the tester is no longer possible
it should be immediately shut down and secured to
prevent accidental operation.
It must be assumed that safe operation is no longer
possible:
- if the instrument or leads show visible signs of damage
or
- the instrument does not function or
- after long periods of storage under adverse
environmental conditions.
Important:
- Do not operate the PrimeTest 300 in an
explosive gas or dust environment.
- Do not touch the bare tip of the measuring lead.
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The PrimeTest 300 has been designed to make
measurements in a dry environment. It must not
be used for making measurements in electric
circuits with nominal voltage greater than 300 V AC/DC.
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3.0
Accessories
3.1 Standard Accessories
The PrimeTest 300 is supplied with the following items:
3.1.1
3.1.2
3.1.3
3.1.4
3.1.5
3.1.6
3.1.7
3.1.8
3.1.9
3.1.10
3.1.11
3.1.12
1 off PrimeTest 300 unit
1 off professional carry case
1 off Seaward mains cord
1 off 1.2 M test lead black
1 off alligator clip, black
6 off Nickel Metal Hydride cells (size LR6)
1 off Battery charger
1 off USB Bluetooth Adapter (with CD-ROM
and manual)
1 off 110V Adaptor Lead
1 off PatsLite software (CD-ROM)
1 off Operating Instruction Manual
1 off Utilities CD-ROM
3.2
Optional Accessories
3.2.1
3.2.2
3.2.3
3.2.4
Bluetooth Label Printer
Bluetooth Barcode Scanner
Bluetooth RFID Wand
Bluetooth adaptor for Test’n’Tag Printer
It should be noted that the following part of the
PrimeTest 300 is user serviceable and must be replaced
with appropriate part as detailed below:
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1 off fuse, 1 ¼ “ X ¼ “ 12.5 A T, 250 V (27B098)
Do not open unit, no other serviceable parts.
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4.0 Unit Description
Refer to fig. 1 and fig. 2.
The PrimeTest 300 is a hand held, multi function,
instrument designed to perform electrical safety tests on
Class I and Class II equipment as well as performing
installation checks.
Identifying parts of the unit
1
LCD Display
2
ON/START key. Used to switch the PrimeTest
300 on or to start manual and automatic tests
3
OFF/STOP key. Used to switch the PrimeTest
300 off or to stop manual and automatic tests
4
F1 – F4 Function keys. The purpose of these
keys changes depending upon the mode of the
instrument. The lower part of the LCD display
describes these functions.
5
Arrow keys. These keys are used to navigate
the menu system and set up the instrument.
6
EUT socket. Fit the mains plug of the
Equipment Under Test into this socket.
7
Mains Inlet. Fit the Seaward mains cable into
this socket. Required during powered tests.
8
IEC Inlet. Used only for testing IEC mains leads.
This is not a mains inlet!
9
Probe socket. Plug the black lead into this
socket.
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5.0
Getting Started
5.1 Charging New Batteries
Before using the PrimeTest 300 for the first time the
rechargeable cells provided will need to be charged.
Fit the cells into the charger supplied ensuring that the
upper 6 positions are used and the cells are fitted the
correct way round (positive pointing towards the LEDs).
Set the switch on the side to the NiMH setting.
Plug the charger into the mains and switch on. While the
LEDs are lit the cells are being charged. When the LEDs
go off the cells are charged to approximately 90%. The
charger will now switch to trickle charge mode.
Remove the cells from the charger and insert into the
PrimeTest 300. See section 16.4.
The first time these newly charged cells are used they
should be fully discharged then fully recharged. This
should be done in order to get the best possible life out
of the cells.
5.2 Power On
Switch on the PrimeTest 300 by pressing, and holding,
the green ON/START key. After 2-3 seconds the unit
will beep and the display will show a ‘boot up screen’.
This screen will show the firmware version installed.
The first time the PrimeTest 300 is powered up the User
will be automatically set to Admin. The Admin user
gives full access to all the menus and functionality of the
unit.
For further information about changing User and
Password see section 10.3 – Change User & section
10.4 – Change Password.
The PrimeTest 300 will now be ready to use in Manual
mode. Refer to section 11 for more details.
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5.3 How to Navigate Menus
Most of the functions within the PrimeTest 300 can be
accessed from the menus.
Press Menu (F4) to select the main menu. Use the
up/down arrow keys to highlight the desired function or
sub-menu. Press either OK (F4) or the right arrow key to
select.
An alternative method of navigating the menus is to use
the Fast Key option. Press Menu (F4) and note that
each menu option has a letter underlined. By pressing
that letter key the menu option will be selected.
5.4 Battery Health Check
While the PrimeTest 300 is powered on there are
periodic checks of the batteries. As the batteries
discharge the symbols below will appear on the right
side of the LCD. If there is no battery symbol on the
display the batteries are good/fully charged.
Batteries still good
Batteries still good
This symbol will flash indicating the batteries are
ready for replacement/re-charge. Note:-Tests
performed with the batteries in this state are still
valid.
This symbol will flash for 2-4 seconds
accompanied by a beeping sound. The unit will
then power itself off. Batteries must be replaced/recharged.
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5.5 Connecting to Accessories
Before using the PrimeTest 300 to perform tests it is
necessary to ensure the unit is ready to work with the
various accessories that the user has. Instructions for
this can be found in section 12 - Bluetooth Functions.
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6.0 Data Transfer
Data transfer is used to transfer records and
configuration data to and from a PC load a logo in
bitmap format for use with the Seaward Test ‘n’ Tag
print system.
The Data Transfer functions are accessed by pressing
Menu (F4), selecting Data Transfer using the arrow
keys and pressing OK (F4).
6.1 Download to PC
This feature is used to download records to a PC. Select
Download to PC and press OK (F4) to accept. The
PrimeTest 300 will now attempt to make a Bluetooth
connection with the Computer that has been configured
as Bluetooth Favourite.
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Initially, the Bluetooth status icon will display the egg
timer for a few seconds, as shown above, while the
connection is established. When the connection is
established and ready to communicate the Bluetooth
status icon will change to show the Bluetooth icon as
shown below.
The PrimeTest 300 is now ready to transfer data. No. of
assets shows the number of records that will be
downloaded. Ensure that the PC application is ready to
receive data then press Send (F4).
A progress bar, as shown below, will now follow the data
transfer until download is complete.
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6.2 Upload from PC
Select the Upload from PC option from the Data
Transfer menu. The PrimeTest 300 will now attempt to
establish a Bluetooth connection to the PC as previously
described in 6.1 Download to PC. The PrimeTest 300 is
now ready to receive upload data from a PC.
6.2.1 Send/Receive Config Data
This feature can be used to transfer Site, Location and
User lists to/from a PC.
It can be used to configure multiple PrimeTest 300 units
with identical lists or to store a copy of the configuration
on PC.
To transfer configuration data from a PC, press Menu
(F4), select Data Transfer using the arrow keys, select
Send/Receive Config Data and press OK (F4).
The PrimeTest 300 will now attempt to connect to the
Bluetooth Favourite PC. When a connection has been
established the display will be as shown below.
The Send (F4) key will transfer the Site, Location and
User list from the PrimeTest 300 to the PC as a text file.
Note: The file transfer can be made using any
suitable PC application such as the
Seaward Bluetooth Downloader or
Hyperterminal.
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Data is transferred to the PrimeTest 300 as a text file
using the format shown below. The [END] statement
must be included.
[SiteName]
London
Leeds
Newcastle
[LocationName]
Sales Office
Eng Office
Workshop
Factory
[UserName]
Tom
Dick
Harry
[END]
Note: The maximum number of entries for each
field is SiteName (40), LocationName (50)
and UserName (40).
6.3 Load TnT Logo
A bitmap logo can be transferred to the PrimeTest 300
for use with the Seaward Test ‘n’ Tag print system.
The logo must be in .BMP with a maximum size of 320
pixels by 240 pixels.
Press Menu (F4), select Data Transfer using the arrow
keys, select load T ‘n’ T logo and press OK (F4).
The PrimeTest 300 will now attempt to connect to the
Bluetooth Favourite PC. When a connection has been
established the display will be as shown below.
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The PrimeTest 300 is now ready to receive data. The
amount of data received is shown numerically on the top
left of the display (0 in the screen shot above).
Note: The file transfer can be made using any
suitable PC application such as the Seaward
Bluetooth Downloader or Hyperterminal.
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7.0 View Saved Data
This function allows saved data to be reviewed and
transferred to PC or Pass/Fail Label. From the main
menu select View Saved Data and press OK (F4) to
accept.
The display will now show a list of previously saved
results as shown below.
7.1 Search
The Search (F1) function is used to search through
saved data. The search filter is shown below.
Saved data can be filtered by Asset ID, Site, Location or
Test Status. Wildcards will return all records. In the
example above, the search will return results for all
Asset ID from all Sites, all Locations and all Test Status.
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7.2 Options
The Options (F3) key allows operations to be performed
on results returned from the Search function.
This allows selected records to be transferred to PC,
deleted from memory or transferred to label.
Example: The following steps would delete all records
for Site “My town.”
Menu (F4)
Select View Saved Data
OK (F4)
Search (F1)
Select Site “My town”
OK (F4)
Options (F3)
Delete Assets
7.3 Viewing Test Details
Using the arrow keys, highlight the required record and
press Select (F4). The Test Details for the highlighted
record will now be displayed.
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8.0 Memory Options
Memory options is used to view information about the
PrimeTest 300 memory status. Press Menu (F4), use
the arrow keys to select Memory Options and press
OK (F4) to accept.
The display shows the number is asset records currently
stored, the remaining memory space, number of assets
deleted and number of assets in upload memory.
The nature of Flash memory is such that when records
are deleted only the reference to the data is removed.
The data still remains and will use memory space. The
memory must be erased in order to release memory
used by deleted records.
If the Erase (F4) key is pressed, a prompt is shown
below. To erase the memory press Yes (F4).
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9.0 Configuration
The configuration facility is used to edit test sequences,
set time and date and configure Bluetooth connections.
It is also possible to restore factory settings using this
function.
The configuration menu is located in the main menu list
and presents the options shown below.
9.1 Edit Test Sequences
The PrimeTest 300 is supplied with 17 pre-configured
test sequences covering a variety of type of electrical
equipment. The test sequence editor can be used to
modify test sequences or create new test sequences.
Note: The PrimeTest 300 can store 33 user
defined test sequences, in addition to the
17 pre-configured test sequences.
Press Menu (F4), select Edit Test Sequences and
press OK (F4) to open the Edit Test Sequence window.
The Options (F3) key will display the available options
as shown below.
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The PrimeTest 300 allows the user to Edit, Copy, Delete
or Print an existing sequence or create a New
sequence.
9.1.1 Edit Sequence
To modify an existing test sequence, select Edit
Sequence from the menu shown above to open the
sequence editor. Details on how to use the sequence
editor are given in section 9.1.4.
9.1.2 Copy Sequence
A copy of an existing sequence can be made and
subsequently modified to create a new sequence. The
copy will be identical to the source and will have the
same sequence name. To avoid confusion, the copy
should be renamed by pressing Edit (F4). The copy can
be further edit as described in section 9.1.4.
9.1.3 Delete Sequence
Sequences can be deleted if no longer required to make
space for new sequences. A further prompt is presented
to avoid accidental deletion.
Note: If a sequence is accidentally deleted the
factory Sequences can be restored by
following the steps in section 9.5
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9.1.4 Creating a New Sequence
A new test sequence can be created using this option.
The default name for a new sequence is “New
Sequence n” where n is the next available location.
There are 17 factory sequences and so the first time
New Sequence is used the default name is “New
Sequence 18”.
To build the new sequence, use the arrow keys to
highlight the sequence name and press Edit (F4) to
open the sequence editor as shown below.
Pressing Edit (F4) allows the sequence name to be
changed.
To insert a test into the sequence, press Insert (F1) to
open the Insert a Test window and use the left or right
arrow key to show the list of available test.
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Now scroll through the list of default tests until the
required test is highlighted and press Select (F4).
Note: A unique feature of the PrimeTest 300 is the
ability to create User defined tests. For full
details of this feature refer to section 9.1.5
If the selected test has user definable parameters
associated with it the Edit New Test window will open.
For example, if an Insulation Resistance test is selected
the window below will open.
The required parameters can be chosen by selecting the
appropriate field and entering the required value using
the keypad.
Note: A decimal point is entered by pressing Shift
(F1) followed by the “2” key.
In the example Insulation Test above, the required
duration in seconds, pass/fail threshold in MΩ and
number of times the test is to be repeated can be
entered using the keypad. When the required data has
been entered, press OK (F4) to accept.
The new test will now appear in the sequence with the
values entered for each parameter shown.
To add further tests, position the highlight bar at the
required point in the sequence and press Insert (F4).
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Note: Tests are inserted into the sequence in the
position above the highlight bar.
9.1.5 User Tests
The PrimeTest 300 has the unique ability to create userdefined tests. When using the test sequence editor,
these appear in the list of available tests as shown
below.
The User test name and units of measured are fully
configurable to allow the PrimeTest 300 to record both
electrical and non-electrical measurement data.
Note: The results of a User Test are stored within a
test record for post processing.
User Tests can be added to factory test
sequence or new user defined sequences.
User tests are fully compatible with Seaward
PATGuard software.
To insert a User Test in a new sequence follow the step
in section 9.1.4 to open the Inset a Test window and
highlight User Test. Press Select (F4) to insert a User
Test and display the Edit User Test screen shown
below.
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The User Test Name will now be highlighted. For
convenience a selection of commonly used names have
been entered. Use the left/right arrows to scroll through
the factory-programmed names or enter a new name
using the keypad and edit function keys.
Now, using the down arrow, move the highlight bar to
the User Test Units field. Again, a selection of commonly
used units is available for convenience. Select the
required units using the left/right arrow or enter new
units using the keypad.
The screen below shows a User Test created to record
microwave leakage in mW/cm2.
An example test sequence created to measure
microwave leakage is shown below.
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When this test sequence is run using the Automatic Test
Mode described in section 13, the User Test will prompt
for data input as shown below.
The user is now required to enter a measurement and
select a Pass or Fail for this measurement. The
measurement and Pass or Fail information is now stored
as part of the test record.
9.1.6 Print Sequence
This feature allows test sequences to be sent to the
Bluetooth Favourite printer.
9.2 Set Date/Time
The Primetest 300 is equipped with a real-time clock
which is programmed before the unit is shipped. To alter
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the time or date press Menu (F4), select configuration,
Set Time/Date and press OK (F4).
Select the values to be changed using the arrow keys,
enter the required value using the keypad and press OK
(F4) to accept.
Note: The time must be entered using a colon to
separate the hours and minutes. A colon is
entered by pressing Shift (F1) followed by the
“3” key.
9.3 Bluetooth Favourites
Refer to section 12 for full details on using Bluetooth.
9.4 Restore Factory Settings
The factory settings can be restored at any time using
this function. The Site, Location and User list will be
restored to the factory settings.
Note: User defined Site, Location and Users lists will
be removed is the factory settings are
restored.
9.5 Restore Factory Sequences
The factory test sequences can be restored at any time
using this function.
Note: New or modified test sequences will be
removed if the factory sequences are restored.
9.6 Verify Calibration
After 12 months have elapsed since the last verification
or calibration, the PrimeTest 300 real-time clock will
remind users that verification is required. Contact an
approved Service Agent and to arrange verification.
Note: Verify Calibration is password protected and
can only be accessed by an approved Service
Agent.
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10.0 Users Options
Each User has the option to customise aspects of the
PrimeTest 300 in accordance with their needs or
preferences. Changes to the set up of the unit will be
stored against the name of the active User.
To access the User Options, press Menu (F4). Use the
arrow keys to highlight and select User Options. This
will display the menu shown below.
10.1 Test Options
Test Options is used to configure the Asset ID counter,
Test Failure options and the headings used in for the
comments fields. The default Test Options are shown
below.
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Asset ID can be set to Increment at the end of each
test, present a blank field or Repeat Last ID.
On Test Failure field can be set to either End Test,
which will terminate a test sequence if a test failure
occurs, or Fail Menu, which will present a list options in
the event of a test failure.
The field descriptor for each Comments Line can be
changed to show Notes, Asset Description, Asset
Group, Make, Model or Serial Number as required.
10.2 Preferences
There are a number of general features within the
PrimeTest 300 that can be setup/customized for
individual users
Press Menu (F4). Use the arrow keys to highlight and
select User Options followed by Preferences. Press
OK (F4).
The first field shows the User Name. Any changes made
to these preferences will be stored against this User
only. Use the up/down arrow keys to highlight the
desired feature. Once the preferences have been setup
press OK (F4) to store the changes. Esc (F2) will exit
this screen without saving the changes.
10.2.1 Display Time
This feature allows the time to be displayed on the LCD.
Use the left/right arrow keys to adjust.
10.2.2 Set Contrast
This feature allows the contrast of the display to be set.
Use the left/right arrow keys to adjust.
10.2.3 Auto Off Time (mins)
The PrimeTest 300 will power itself off after a period of
inactivity. This time is set here. Use the left/right arrow
keys to adjust the value between 1 minute and 10
minutes.
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10.2.4 Data Entry
In Automatic mode it is required that an asset id number
be entered prior to starting a test. This can be done
either by using the keypad only, using the keypad and a
barcode scanner or using the keypad and an RFID
wand. Use the left/right arrow keys to set.
Note: In data entry mode the unit will automatically
try to connect to a barcode scanner or RFID
wand via the internal Bluetooth module – if
neither is available this feature is simply
draining the batteries un-necessarily. In this
instance it is recommended that the unit be set
to Keypad only.
10.2.5 Backlight Mode
The backlight on the PrimeTest 300 can be set to either,
never come on, stay on permanently or come on in
Power Save mode. Power save mode ensures that the
backlight comes on when a key is pressed and stays on
for several seconds before switching itself off again. Use
the left/right arrow keys to set.
10.2.6 Type of User
The user type can be set to Novice or Expert. For
Novice users, additional help prompts are provided
during test sequence.
10.2.7 Tones
The Tones (F3) key will select a screen which will allow
the various tones to be set up, i.e. Beep on Key Press or
Beep on Warning etc. Use up/down arrow keys to
highlight desired function and the left/right arrow keys to
set.
10.3 Change User
The PrimeTest 300 has a password protected User
system to prevent unauthorised modifications to the
configuration.
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There are two levels of access. When logged in as
Admin full access is available to all configuration
options as shown below.
The Change User option is used to change the active
User.
From the User Options menu, select Change User and
press OK (F4). The screen will now be as shown below.
Use the left/right arrow keys to change to an existing
User Name or press New (F3) and type in a new name
as shown below.
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Press Enter (F1) to accept the new user name.
This new user will have no password set as default. If a
password is required see section 10.4 – Change
Password. Press OK (F1) to finish.
Note: If a User has been set up along with a
password this password must be entered in
the Password field of the Change User screen.
The unit will not allow this User to be selected
if the password is incorrect.
As the active User has been change from Admin,
access to the configuration menus has been removed.
When logged in as any other User access is restricted,
as can be seen below, where the unavailable
configuration options have a line through them.
This feature allows an administrator to configure the
instrument and then prevent other users from making
modifications.
Note: Access for other Users is only restricted after
a password has been set for the Admin User.
If Admin password is blank, all Users have full
system access.
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10.4 Change Password
Note: The default password for all Users is blank.
First ensure that the required active User name has
been selected as described in section 6.3.
Press Menu (F4). Use the arrow keys to highlight and
select User Options followed by Change Password.
Press OK (F4). The screen now shows the Change
Password display.
Enter the current password into the first field – if no
password is set then leave this field blank.
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Use the arrow keys to move to the New Password field.
Type the new password. Use the arrow keys to move to
the Confirm New Password field. Enter the new
password again. Press Enter (F4) followed by OK (F4)
to finish.
Note: If there are any mistakes in this screen the
unit will not allow the new password to be
stored. Esc (F2) will exit this screen without
saving changes.
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11.0 Manual Test Functions
Once in Manual mode the tester can perform one of
seven tests as described below. The desired test can be
selected by using either the left/right arrow keys or the
menu.
An icon displayed in the top left of the LCD display
identifies the selected test.
11.1 Earth Continuity
Refer to fig. 3.
This test is applicable to Class I equipment
only.
This test will check 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 DC test current of ±200mA is applied between the
earth pin of the mains supply plug and the earth bond
test lead clip/probe. The worst-case result is shown on
the display.
Press Setup (F3) to set the Test Duration and Pass/Fail
limit. Use the arrow keys to highlight and set. The
pass/fail limit can be calculated whilst in this mode by
pressing Calc (F3). Enter the type and length of cable
and a new limit will be calculated. This can be
overridden by selecting the limit from the list. Press OK
(F1) when complete. Esc (F2) will exit setup mode
without saving changes.
If an Earth Bond lead other than that supplied with
the PrimeTest 300 is to be used for this test it’s
resistance can be ‘nulled’ out by fitting the probe end
into the EUT earth socket and pressing F2. The icon
above will be displayed on the left side of the LCD to
indicate this has taken place. Press F2 again to cancel.
Note: switching off the PrimeTest 300 will not cancel the
‘probe zero’
Fit the Appliance mains plug into the EUT outlet.
Connect the Earth Bond lead to the appliance metal
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part. Press the green START key to begin the test. The
test will run for the duration set. To end the test sooner
press the red STOP key.
11.2 Insulation Resistance
Refer to Fig. 4
This test is applicable to Class I and Class II
equipment.
This test is used to verify that the mains supply pins are
adequately insulated from earth.
During this test, 500V D.C. is applied between the
earth pin and both the live and neutral pins of the
appliance mains supply plug.
Press Setup (F3) to set the Test Duration and Pass/Fail
limit. Use the arrow keys to highlight and set. Press OK
(F1) when complete. Esc (F2) will exit setup mode
without saving changes.
Press Class (F2) to set the class of the appliance under
test. For a class II appliance the probe symbol will be
displayed at the top of the LCD display.
For both Class 1and Class II appliances fit the
Appliance mains plug into the EUT outlet. For Class 2
appliances only connect the Earth Bond lead to the
appliance. Press the green START key to begin the test.
The test will run for the duration set or until the red
STOP key is pressed.
11.3 IEC Lead
Refer to Fig. 5
IEC leads are tested in 3 stages, continuity, insulation
and polarity.
The test durations for the each of the 3 stages are fixed.
Press Setup (F3) to set the Pass/Fail limits for
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Continuity and Insulation stages. Use the arrow keys to
highlight and set. The pass/fail limit for the continuity
stage can be calculated Calc (F2). Enter the type and
length of cable and a new limit will be calculated. This
can be overridden by selecting the limit from the list.
Press OK (F1) when complete. Esc (F2) will exit setup
mode without saving changes.
To perform an IEC lead test, connect the IEC socket
side of the lead into the IEC inlet plug on the PrimeTest.
Connect the mains plug side of the lead into the EUT
socket.
To start the IEC lead test, press the green START
button. The earth continuity resistance for the lead is
measured at ±200mA. The display indicates the highest
resistance and the pass/fail status. If this resistance is
less than the pass/fail limit, then the insulation
resistance will be measured.
During an insulation resistance measurement, a
high voltage is applied between Live/Neutral and
the common of the IEC lead.
The insulation resistance of the lead is measured over a
period of 2 seconds. The display shows the final reading
and the pass/fail status. If the insulation resistance is
greater than the pass/fail limit, then the lead polarity will
be checked.
The lead polarity stage checks for short and open circuit
conditions on the live and neutral conductors. It also
checks that the live and neutral wires are not crossed.
The display shows the final result and the pass/fail
status.
11.4 Touch Current
Refer to Fig 6
This test is applicable on Class I and Class II
Equipment.
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The Touch Current Test displays the current that would
flow if a person touched the appliance. This is based on
a 'body model' of 2kohm as per IEC61010.
The Tester uses the earth bond probe to detect any
current flowing from the appliance metalwork to earth
via the ‘body model’. The Tester displays the result in
milliamps (mA).
Attention – Before a Touch Current test is
performed on a Class II appliance the operator
should ensure that this appliance has already
passed a Class II Insulation test.
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."
Warning – The PrimeTest 300 is rated for loads
up to 13A. Repeating this test with full load over
and over again will cause internal heating which
may reduce the life of the unit.
Press Setup (F3) to set the Test Duration and Pass/Fail
limit. Use the arrow keys to highlight and set. Press OK
(F2) when complete. Esc (F2) will exit setup mode
without saving changes.
Fit the power lead supplied to the PrimeTest 300 and
plug the other end into a suitable mains outlet. Fit the
Appliance mains plug into the EUT outlet. Connect the
Earth Bond lead to the appliance metal part. Press the
green START key to begin the test.
Pre-load check - If the potential load current is too high,
a warning message appears, preventing the user from
continuing. This message will be displayed if a Live to
Neutral short exists or the EUT mains current
consumption is too high.
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Internal Relay checks – Before applying power to the
EUT the PrimeTest 300 performs a series of internal
safety checks to verify that internal relays are working
properly.
Once the test has started it will run for the duration set.
To end the test sooner, press the red STOP key.
11.5 Protective Earth (PE) Conductor Current
Refer to Fig 7
This test is applicable on Class I Equipment.
The Protective Earth (PE) Conductor Current Test
displays the current flowing down the earth line of the
EUT. This is measured by looking at the difference in
current flowing in the live and neutral conductors.
The Tester displays the result in milliamps (mA).
Attention – Before a PE Conductor Current test is
performed on a Class I appliance the operator
should ensure that this appliance has already
passed an Earth Continuity and an Insulation test.
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."
Warning – The PrimeTest 300 is rated for loads
up to 13A. Repeating this test with full load over
and over again will cause internal heating which
may reduce the life of the unit.
Press Setup (F3) to set the Test Duration and Pass/Fail
limit. Use the arrow keys to highlight and set. Press OK
(F4) when complete. Esc (F2) will exit setup mode
without saving changes.
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Fit the power lead supplied to the PrimeTest 300 and
plug the other end into a suitable mains outlet. Fit the
Appliance mains plug into the EUT outlet. Press the
green START key to begin the test.
Pre-load check - If the potential load current is too high,
a warning message appears, preventing the user from
continuing. This message will be displayed if a Live to
Neutral short exists or the EUT mains current
consumption is too high.
Internal Relay checks – Before applying power to the
EUT the PrimeTest 300 performs a series of internal
safety checks to verify that internal relays are working
properly.
Once the test has started it will run for the duration set.
To end the test sooner, press the red STOP key.
11.6 Earth Loop Resistance
Refer to Fig 8
This test is applicable to the mains electrical
installation.
This test will check the resistance of the Live to Earth
circuit of the installation.
Attention - The black probe must not be used
when performing an Earth Loop Resistance test.
The test duration for this test is fixed at approximately
10 seconds.
Fit the power lead supplied to the PrimeTest 300 and
plug the other end into the mains outlet under test. To
start the test, press the green START button.
While the PrimeTest 300 performs the test the LCD will
show 0.0Ω flashing. When the test is complete
measured value will be displayed.
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11.7 RCD Trip Time
Refer to Fig 8
This test is applicable to the mains electrical
installation.
This test will pass a sinusoidal current of 30mA down
the earth conductor and measure the time it takes for
the mains supply to trip.
Attention - The black probe must not be used
when performing an RCD test.
Fit the power lead supplied to the PrimeTest 300 and
plug the other end into the mains outlet under test. To
start the test, press the green START button. The
PrimeTest 300 will produce a test current of 30mA r.m.s
in the protective earth of the supply. The test will
commence at the start of a positive half cycle.
The RCD will trip. The time taken to trip will be
displayed.
Reset the RCD. When the PrimeTest 300 detects that
power has been re-applied it will commence the
negative half cycle test. The PrimeTest 300 will again
produce a test current of 30mA r.m.s in the protective
earth of the supply. The test will commence at the start
of a negative half cycle.
The RCD will trip. The time taken to trip will be
displayed.
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12.0 Bluetooth Functions
The PrimeTest 300 has built in Bluetooth connectivity. It
is possible to connect a variety of devices to the
PrimeTest 300 via the Bluetooth link:
PC – required to download stored data, to upload
Test’n’Tag logos, to upload configuration, test and
program data.
Barcode Scanner – required for scanning asset labels
Printers – required for printing pass/fail labels and
barcode labels.
RFID Wand – required for reading from and writing to
RFID tags.
The PrimeTest 300 will automatically search for the
appropriate accessory or device when function requiring
a connection is performed.
Note: When attempting to print a pass/fail label the
PrimeTest 300 will automatically connect to
the printer assigned in the Bluetooth
Favourites.
Similarly, when data is required from a
barcode scanner, the PrimeTest 300 will
automatically connect to the barcode scanner
assigned in the Bluetooth Favourites.
12.1 Bluetooth USB Adapter
The PrimeTest 300 is supplied complete with a
Bluetooth USB Adapter. This device can be used to add
Bluetooth connectivity to a PC or Laptop which is not
already Bluetooth enabled.
Follow the instructions that come with the USB adapter.
Note: The adapter must not be plugged into the USB
port until specifically requested to do so by
the install program.
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12.1.1 Windows XP Service Pack 2
The following information is provided by Belkin in
relation to using the F8T003V with Windows XP Service
Pack 2.
F8T001v2/F8T003v2 and Windows XP Service Pack 2
If you have Windows XP service pack 2 installed and
have a Belkin Bluetooth adapter installed the Microsoft
driver will take control of he device and will render you
unable to use the Belkin Bluetooth software.
You can verify if this is the problem by looking at your
system tray, you will see the following,
As you can see the Belkin icon is red in the centre
showing it is unable to communicate with the device,
and the Microsoft Bluetooth icon is present (Next to the
clock) showing it is that controlling the adapter.
Open the Windows device manager and expand the
“Bluetooth Radios” section, you will see the following
devices listed.
Right click on the “Belkin Bluetooth Adapter” and select
“Update Driver”, the hardware wizard will come up on
the screen.
If asked do not connect to windows update to search for
software. Select the second option “Install from a list or
specific location (Advanced)” and click next.
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On the next screen select the option “Don’t search I will
choose the driver to install and click next.
A list of compatible drivers will be shown, select the
“Belkin Bluetooth Device” which is the Belkin driver and
click next.
The hardware wizard will finish and you will be left with
the following in the device manager,
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Close all windows, you will now see in the system tray
that the Microsoft Bluetooth Icon has disappeared and
the Belkin icon now has a white centre showing it is
communicating correctly with the device.
You can now proceed and use the Belkin Bluetooth
software as normal.
After installation, click on the “My Bluetooth Places” icon
and run the Bluetooth Setup Wizard. Select “I want to
configure the Bluetooth services that this computer will
provide to remote devices” and click on NEXT.
Highlight Bluetooth Serial Port and click on configure.
Set to “Start automatically” and “Secure connection”.
Make a note of the COM number (e.g. COM 3), this will
be required later if any Seaward software related to the
PrimeTest 300 is to be installed (e.g. PatsLite,
PatGuard, downloader etc).
Click OK to finish.
You may need to restart your PC.
12.2 Bluetooth Favourites
In order for the PrimeTest 300 to automatically connect
to the correct Bluetooth accessory, details of that
accessory must be entered into the Bluetooth Favourites
list.
The Bluetooth Favourites list comprises of five sub-lists
(device types), each of which can store up to 3
accessories of the same type. The five sub-lists are
shown below:
Barcode Scanner
Printer (thermal)
Computer
RFID wand
Test’n’Tag Printer.
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Press Menu (F4). Use up/down arrow keys to highlight
Configuration, press right arrow key to select. Use
up/down arrow keys to highlight Bluetooth Favourites,
press OK (F1) to select.
The following shows how to add a Computer to
Bluetooth Favourites.
Use the up/down arrow keys to highlight the device type
(in this case Computer) then press Setup (F3).
Make sure that the device you want to add to your new
favourites is switched on.
Press Search (F1). The PrimeTest 300 will search for all
discoverable Bluetooth devices within a 10m range. The
time taken to perform the search will vary depending on
the number of Bluetooth devices in range.
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Wait for the progress bar to complete.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the field labelled “New”
and press the left or right arrow to open the list if
devices which have been found during the search.
Note: If more than 10 Bluetooth devices have been
found the list will show the last 10 devices
found.
In the example above, the search has identified
Bluetooth devices named “GX30” and “My Laptop.”
Note: If the required device is not shown, check that
it is powered on with the Bluetooth function
active then repeat the search.
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Note: Some Bluetooth devices do not report a
recognisable name and may cause confusion
when setting up Favourites. Turn off or disable
unused Bluetooth devices when configuring
Favourites.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the required device (in
this case My Laptop) and press Select (F4). My Laptop
is now placed in the “New” field as shown below.
Press Add New (F3) to add “My Laptop” to the
Favourite Computer list.
At this point a PIN number can be entered if required by
the device to be added to the Favourites list.
Note: Seaward accessories do not require a PIN. For
other Bluetooth devices refer to the
manufacturers documentation.
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“My Laptop” has been added to the Computer field with
Bluetooth ID.
Note: All Bluetooth devices have a unique ID. The
Bluetooth ID is shown when a device is added
to the Favourites list.
Press OK (F4) to store the changes and return to the
previous screen.
“My Laptop” is now a Bluetooth Favourite and the
PrimeTest 300 will automatically establish a connection
with “My Laptop” when using functions that
communicate with a computer e.g. downloading records
to PATGuard.
Note: Press Esc (F2) to exit without saving changes.
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If necessary, you can select another device to be set up.
When all your favourite devices have been set up, press
OK and they will be saved.
12.3 Bluetooth Connection to a PC
When the PrimeTest 300 is required to download data
to, or upload data from a PC it will automatically try to
connect to the PC entered in the Bluetooth Favourites
list (see 12.2 above). If the PC has been set up using
the USB adapter supplied (see 12.1 above) a message
will appear on the PC screen requesting a PIN number –
enter 0000. This should only happen the first time.
Note: Most Bluetooth devices use the default PIN
0000.
Each time a connection is attempted, after the first time,
a message box should appear stating “Bluetooth
Authorisation Request”. Click on this box then OK. This
message box can be prevented if the “Always allow this
device to access this service” box is ticked.
When a good Bluetooth connection is established with
the PC the Bluetooth icon on the PC screen will change
from white to green and the PrimeTest 300 LCD will
show the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner (this is
true of a successful connection to any
device/accessory).
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13.0
Automatic Test Mode
The automatic mode allows the PrimeTest 300 to
perform a predefined test sequence and store the
results along with details about the equipment under
test.
To perform an Auto Test press the menu key to open
the menu.
The Auto Mode is highlighted. Press OK (F4) or right
arrow to open the Asset Details screen.
13.1 Entering an Asset ID
If the PrimeTest 300 has been configured to accept data
entry from a barcode scanner, the tester will now search
for the barcode scanner in Bluetooth Favourites.
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Whilst searching, the Bluetooth status icon shows an
egg timer in the top right hand corner of the display.
When a connection to the barcode scanner is
established the status icon changes to the Bluetooth
icon.
An Asset ID can be entered by scanning the ID using a
barcode scanner as shown below.
Alternatively, the Asset ID can be entered using the
keypad. Simply enter the required ID in the Asset ID
field as shown below. The function keys can be used to
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entry.
When the required ID is shown in the Asset ID field
press the Enter (F4) key to accept. The Asset ID will
now be highlighted as shown below.
13.2 Entering Site Information
Using the arrows, move the cursor to highlight the Site
field as shown below.
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A Site can be chosen from the list or a New Site can be
entered using the keyboard.
The Edit keys can be used to correct the entry. When
the required data has been entered, press the Enter
(F4) key to accept.
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Once a Site name is entered, it is added to the list of
available sites for future use.
13.3 Entering Location Information
Now move the cursor to the Location field.
Again, a Location can be selected from the list or a new
Location can be entered using the keypad.
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Once the required has been entered, press Enter (F4)
to accept.
13.4 Selecting a Test Sequence
The test sequence is the set of tests that will be
performed on the Asset. The PrimeTest 300 contains a
number of pre-programmed sequences for a variety of
electrical equipment.
Move the cursor to highlight the test sequence field as
shown.
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Pressing the Left or Right arrows will open the list of
available test sequences
The UP/DOWN arrows are used to navigate through the
list. When the required test sequence is highlighted,
pressing Select or pressing the LEFT/RIGHT arrows will
select the highlighted sequence. In the example below,
the test sequence for 230V Hand Held or Portable Class
I equipment is selected.
Move the highlight bar using the UP/DOWN arrows.
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Then press Select (F4) or LEFT/RIGHT arrow to select
13.5 Entering the frequency of inspection and
testing
The Test Period is the frequency, in months, of
inspection and testing of the equipment.
Note: Suggested values can be found in the IEE
Code of Practise for In-Service Inspection and
Testing of Electrical Equipment.
To enter a value, simply move the cursor to the correct
field using the UP/DOWN arrows
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Now enter the required number of months and press
Enter (F4) to accept.
The Asset Details are now complete and the PrimeTest
300 is ready to perform the test.
13.6 Running the test sequence
Pressing the OK (F4) key on the screen below will
initiate the test sequence.
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The screen will now change to show the sequence of
tests that will be performed, with the name of the test
sequence shown at the top.
If the list of tests is longer than can be displayed, the
down arrow can be used to scroll down through the list
as shown below.
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The START key icon is flashing to indicate that a key
press is required to initiate the sequence. Press the
START key to begin.
The first test in the sequence is a visual inspection. The
default Visual Test consists of a three-point inspection of
the appliance cord, power lead and fuse. After
performing the inspection, the appropriate PASS/FAIL
results are entered using the function keys Pass (F3)
/Fail (F1). Function key All OK (F4) allows a PASS
result to be entered for all points of the inspection.
The sequence will now progress to the Earth Continuity
test as shown. This test will measure the resistance of
the protective earth path.
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The START key icon is flashing, indicating that a key
press is required to initiate the test. The probe icon is
illuminated to indicate that the test probe is required for
this test. Connect the test probe to an exposed metal
part on the equipment under test and press the START
key to begin measurement.
Real time measurement values are displayed whilst the
test is in progress.
The test will run until the countdown timer in the
Duration field has reached zero.
Note:
During the test, the mains cord should be
flexed at the points of entry into the
equipment and the mains plug. Changes in
the reading may indicate damage to the
protective earth conductor or a poor
connection.
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At the end of the test duration, the PrimeTest 300 will
compare the last reading with the Limit to determine the
outcome of the test. If the last reading is lower than the
Limit, a Pass result is recorded. This is indicated on the
display by a large tick mark next to the measurement
field, as shown below.
Similarly, if the last reading is greater than the Limit, a
Fail result is recorded. This is indicated by a large cross
next to the measurement field as shown below.
If the Earth Continuity test results in a Fail the sequence
is terminated.
The next test in the sequence for 230V Hand Held or
Portable Class I is an insulation resistance test. The
display is as shown below.
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Note: In order to perform an Insulation Resistance
measurement correctly, the EUT mains switch
must be in the ON position. If the EUT mains
switch is OFF, only the insulation of the power
cord will be tested, as the test voltage cannot
be applied beyond the mains switch.
When satisfied that the EUT mains switch is in the ON
position, press the START key to proceed. The display
will now progress to the measurement screen as shown
below.
The Class I icon is illuminated to indicate that the
insulation resistance is measured between the
live/neutral conductors and the protective earth. Note
that the probe icon is turned off as the test probe is not
required for Class I insulation resistance measurements.
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The display shows that the measured value is
>200MΩ. Τhis is greater than the Limit of 1.0 Mohm
hence the tick mark is shown to indicate a Pass result.
Next in the sequence is the Protective Conductor
Current measurement. Mains power is applied to the
EUT for this test and hence the mains must be
connected to the PrimeTest 300.
The PrimeTest 300 will check for the presence of correct
supply before starting a powered test. If there supply is
not present the message shown below is displayed.
Connect a mains supply to the PrimeTest 300 and press
OK to proceed.
The sequence will now progress to the Protective
Conductor Current measurement.
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The display now shows the supply voltage and
frequency measured prior to starting the test. The
measured protective conductor current is shown is real
time on both the digital display and the analogue
bargraph.
Note: The vertical bar midway along the analogue
bargraph indicates the Limit value (in this case
0.75mA).
The test sequence is now complete. The display now
shows the Test Details including the overall result of the
test sequence.
The Test Type field indicates whether the sequence
was a visual inspection only or measured values were
recorded during the test sequence. Test sequences that
do not involve the recording of measured values have
the Test Type is set to Visual.
13.7 Options
Function key F3 offers a list of post-test options as
shown below.
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This allows the user to view the results of each test in
the sequence, view information about the EUT, print a
test label, print the test results, print a Seaward Test ‘n’
Tag label or write the results to an RFID tag.
13.7.1 View Results
This will display the results for each test in the sequence
as shown below.
The Up and Down arrows can be used to scroll through
the test results. The scroll bar on the right hand side of
the display shows the position of the results in the
display window.
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13.7.2 Information
This will display the asset description and comment as
shown below.
Note: Asset Description is entered using the Upload
facility on Seaward PATGuard Plus
13.7.3 Print Label
This allows Pass/Fail labels to be printed using the
printer in the Bluetooth Favourites list.
When selected, the image that will be transferred to the
label will be shown on the display.
The default printer header, “Safety Tested” can be
modified if required. To change the print header, press
Setup (F3), enter the required text in the highlighted
field and press OK (F4) to accept.
Note: To print labels, the printer must be fitted with
Seaward thermal labels.
13.7.4 Print Result
This allows test results to be printed using the printer in
the Bluetooth Favourites list.
Note: To print results the printer must be fitted with
a paper roll.
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13.7.5 Test ‘n’ Tag
This allows Test ‘n’ Tag labels to be produced using the
Seaward Test ‘n’ Tag thermal transfer print system.
When selected, the image that will be transferred to the
Test ‘n’ Tag label will be shown on the display.
13.7.6 Write RFID Tag
This is used to write test records to Seaward RFID brain
cells. Refer to Seaward Braincell wand operating
instructions for details on how to use this feature.
13.8 Saving Results
Function key F4 allows the user to save the test results
and create a test record for the asset. Pressing the Save
(F4) opens a new window as shown below.
Information entered in the user comments field will be
stored as part of the test record. Each line can hold up
to 24 characters.
When the required information has been entered, press
Save (F4) to save the record.
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PrimeTest 300
14.0 Electrical Specifications
14.1 Earth Continuity
Test Current (2Ω load)
±200 mA
Test Circuit Voltage
± 4V min
Test Duration
2, 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds
Pass/Fail Limit
User Defined
Display Range
0.00 – 19.99Ω
Measuring Range
0.01 – 19.99Ω
Resolution
0.01Ω
Accuracy
± 5% ±2 digits
14.2
Insulation Resistance
Test Voltage Open Circuit
500V +20% / -0%
Test Voltage @ 1mA
500V min
Test Current Short Circuit <2 mA
Test Duration
2, 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds
Pass/Fail Limit
User Defined
Display Ranges
0.00 – 1.99MΩ
2.0 – 19.9MΩ
20 – 199MΩ
Measuring Range
0.01 – 40MΩ
Resolution s
0.01MΩ, 0.00 – 1.99MΩ
0.1MΩ, 2.0 – 19.9MΩ
1MΩ, 20 – 199MΩ
Accuracy
± 5% ±2 digits
14.3
IEC Lead Test
This is a 3 part test is made up of:
Earth Continuity – specification as 10.1 above.
Insulation Resistance – specification as 10.2 above.
Polarity Check – checks for: Live open
Neutral open
L/N Short
L/N reversed
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14.4
Touch Current
Test Voltage
Max Load Current
Input Impedance
A.1
Test Duration
Pass/Fail Limit
Display Range
Measuring Range
Resolution
Accuracy
Mains supply 230V +10% / -15%
13A
2KΩ As per IEC 61010 Annex
2, 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds
User Defined
0.00 – 3.50mA
0.10 – 3.5mA
0.01mA
± 10% ±2 digits
Caution – The PrimeTest 300 is rated for loads up
to 13A. Repeating this test with full load over and
over again will cause internal heating, which may reduce
the life of the unit.
14.5
Protective Earth Conductor Current
Measurement Method
Differential
Test Voltage
Mains supply 230V +10% / -15%
Max Load Current
13A
Test Duration
2, 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds
Pass/Fail Limit
User Defined
Display Range
0.00 – 19.99mA
Measuring Range
0.25 – 19.99mA
Resolution
0.01mA
Accuracy
± 10% ±2 digits
Caution – The PrimeTest 300 is rated for loads up
to 13A. Repeating this test with full load over and
over again will cause internal heating, which may reduce
the life of the unit.
14.6
Earth Loop Resistance
Test Voltage
Test Current
trip
Test Duration
Mains supply 230V +10% / -15%
Such that a 30mA RCD will not
Approx 10 seconds
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Pass/Fail Limit
Display Ranges
User Defined
0.0 – 19.9Ω
20 – 199Ω
Measuring Range
1.0 – 199Ω
Resolution s
0.1Ω, 0.0 – 19.9Ω
1Ω,
20 – 199Ω
Accuracy
± 10% ±2 digits
14.7
RCD Trip Time
Test Voltage
Test Current
Test Duration
Pass/Fail Limit
Display Range
Measuring Range
Resolution s
Accuracy
14.8
Mains supply 230V +10% / -15%
30mA rms sinusoidal
2000ms max
None
0 – 2000ms
20 – 2000ms
1ms
± 10%
Voltage/Frequency Measurement
Incoming mains voltage and frequency are displayed
during the 4 powered tests only.
Voltage Display Range
0 – 300V
Voltage Measuring Range
20 – 300V
Voltage Resolution
1V
Voltage Accuracy
± 10%
Frequency Measuring Range 50Hz or 60Hz
Frequency Accuracy
Indication only
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15.0 Environmental Conditions
15.1 The PrimeTest 300 has been designed to perform
tests and measurements in a dry environment.
15.2 Maximum barometric elevation for making
measurements is 2000M.
15.3 Overvoltage category IEC 60664/IEC 61010, 300V
Category II.
15.4 Pollution degree 2 according to IEC 61010-1.
15.5 Protective system IP40 according to IEC 60529.
15.6 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Interference
immunity and emitted interference conforming to
IEC 61326-1.
15.7 Operating temperature range of 0°C to 40°C,
without moisture condensation.
15.8 The PrimeTest 300 can be stored at any
temperature in the range -25°C to +65°C (relative
humidity up to 90%). The batteries should be
taken out of the instrument for storage.
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PrimeTest 300
16.0 Maintenance
Before opening the PrimeTest 300 ensure that
it is disconnected from all voltage! Electric
shock danger!
16.1 Preparing to work on the PrimeTest 300.
Make the PrimeTest 300 is voltage free as follows,
before opening the instrument;
Power the unit off using the red OFF button, ref fig. 1 (3)
Disconnect the black test lead from the unit
Disconnect the Seaward mains cable, from the mains
inlet socket, ref fig 2 (7).
Disconnect the IEC mains cable, from the IEC socket ref
fig 2 (8).
Disconnect the EUT mains cable, from the EUT socket,
ref fig 1 (6).
16.2 Securing the PrimeTest 300
Under certain conditions safe operation of the PrimeTest
300 can no longer be assumed:
Visible damage of the instrument case.
Incorrect measurement results.
Recognisable abuse to the instrument due to prolonged
storage under improper conditions.
Recognisable abuse to the instrument due to
extraordinary transportation stress.
In these cases, the PrimeTest 300 should be
immediately switched off, disconnected from any test or
measurement function and secured to prevent any
further use.
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16.3 Cleaning
Clean the external case of the PrimeTest 300 with a
clean dry cloth.
Avoid using solvents and abrasive scouring agents to
clean the external case of the PrimeTest 300.
Check the battery contacts and compartment are free of
electrolytic contamination.
Any contamination of the battery contacts or
compartment should be cleaned with a dry cloth.
16.4 Battery Replacement/Charging
Before opening the PrimeTest 300 ensure that
it is disconnected from all voltage! Electric
shock danger!
Although the PrimeTest 300 is supplied with rechargeable NiMH cells it will work with non rechargeable Alkaline cells. Removal and replacement
procedure for both types of cell is the same:
Power the unit off using the red OFF button, ref fig. 1 (3)
Disconnect the black test lead from the unit
Disconnect the Seaward mains cable, from the mains
inlet socket, ref fig. 2 (7).
Disconnect the IEC mains cable, from the IEC socket ref
fig 2 (8).
Disconnect the EUT mains cable, from the EUT socket,
ref fig. 1 (6).
Position the PrimeTest 300 face down and release the
captive screw in the battery compartment cover.
Remove the battery compartment cover.
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Remove the discharged batteries from the compartment.
Fit the discharged batteries (NiMH only NOT Alkaline)
into the supplied charger – charging time is around 8
hours.
Insert the newly charged set of batteries into the battery
compartment ensuring that the battery polarity matches
the marking on the inside of the battery compartment.
Relocate the battery cover over the battery compartment
and fasten in position with the battery cover captive
screw.
This unit will contain either Alkaline or Nickel
Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries. Do not
dispose of these batteries with other solid
waste. Used batteries should be disposed of
by a qualified recycler or hazardous materials
handler.
16.5 Replacing All Fuses.
If, during one of the powered tests, a message appears
stating that incoming mains is missing it is possible that
one of the fuses has blown. All fuses should be checked
and replaced where necessary.
There are 3 fuses, one in the mains plug and 2 internal
fuses. The mains plug fuse is replaced in the same way
any plug top fuse is replaced. The internal fuses should
be replaced as follows:
Before opening the PrimeTest 300 ensure that
it is disconnected from all voltages! Electric
shock danger!
All replacement fuse types are specified for
ratings and size on the battery compartment
cover on the rear of the PrimeTest 300.
Power the unit off using the red OFF button, ref fig. 1
(3).
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Disconnect the black test lead from the unit.
Disconnect the Seaward mains cable, from the mains
inlet socket, ref fig. 2 (7).
Disconnect the IEC mains cable, from the IEC socket ref
fig 2 (8).
Disconnect the EUT mains cable, from the EUT socket,
ref fig. 1 (6).
Position the PrimeTest 300 face down and release the
captive screw in the battery compartment cover.
Remove the battery compartment cover.
Lift one end of the fuse out of the fuse holder with the
help of a flat bladed screwdriver.
Lift the defective fuse completely out of the fuse holder.
Insert a new fuse as described and specified by the text
on the battery compartment cover.
Ensure that the new fuse is seated and centred in the
fuse holder.
Relocate the battery cover over the battery compartment
and fasten in position with the battery cover captive
screw.
16.6 Service and Calibration.
To maintain the specified accuracy of the measurement
results, the instrument must be recalibrated at regular
intervals by either the manufacturer or an authorised
Seaward Service Agent. We recommend a recalibration
period of one year. If a period of greater than 1 year has
elapsed since the last calibration/validation a warning
message will appear on the display every time the unit is
powered up.
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PrimeTest 300
16.7 Spare Parts.
Seaward Part No
Fuse 1¼ “ x ¼ “ 12.5A 250V Type T
27B111
Test Lead (with alligator clips)
44B124
Carry Case
71G082
For help or advise on Service and Calibration contact:
Service Department
Seaward Electronic
Bracken Hill
South West Industrial Estate
Peterlee
Co Durham SR8 2SW
England
Tel: 0191 5878739 / 0191 5878737
Email: service@seaward.co.uk
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