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Avoid Dangerous Accidents by Conducting a Megger Insulation Test

Megger MIT1525 15kV Insulation Resistance TesterAn insulation resistance test is conducted to examine the effectiveness of insulation in a variety of electrical power system apparatus. Faulty electrical insulation is the source of dangerous shock hazards and can often cause ancillary damage to adjacent equipment as well. Routine electrical testing and maintenance can help to identify when insulation has deteriated before it reaches the point of failure, saving the expense of repairs and unplanned outages. 

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An insulation test is done by applying a high DC voltage to a conductor and measuring the magnitude of leakage current through the insulation.  The resistance of the insulation is then calculated and displayed on the instrument being used for the measurement.  It is the integrity of this insulation that protects energized conductors from ground or other energized conductors. Good insulation should have a very high resistance reading. Compromised or degraded insulation will result in lower resistance readings which warrant concern for the integrity of the insulation.  

Much of the electrical power industry would refer to this test as a Megger test since they have in many ways pioneered insulation resistance testing.  Megger is a leading manufacturer of portable test equipment and is well trusted for the quality and reliability of the product that it provides.

Don’t have the budget to purchase Megger test equipment? Don’t worry, Protec offers test equipment rental to cater to electrical testing needs.

Related electrical test equipment available for rent from Protec:

AEMC 1026 1kV Digital Megohmmeter

Megger MIT525 5kV Insulation Resistance Tester

Megger MIT1525 15kV Insulation Resistance Tester

Metrel 2077 5kV Insulation Resistance Tester

This electrical test equipment is available for rent, lease, or purchase from Protec Equipment Resources. We are here to help you with your testing equipment needs.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December, 2010 and has been updated freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.