NEW PRODUCT USES NEW TEST CONCEPT TO MEET ELECTROMEDICAL TEST NEEDS OF NEW IEC 62353 STANDARD
New test technology incorporated in the advanced Rigel 288 electromedical safety analyser maximises versatility and portability considerations for EBME personnel involved in medical equipment safety testing.
As well as meeting IEC60601 test requirements, the Rigel 288 has been specifically designed to help biomedical engineers to carry out in-service and post-repair electrical safety testing of patient connected electromedical equipment in accordance with the new IEC 62353 standard.
In keeping with the revised earth continuity test requirements specified in the new standard, Rigel Medical has developed special test technology that utilises a 200mA test current instead of the 25A required in IEC 60601-1.
The new Rigel test system utilises a dual current high intensity test to overcome any contact resistance problems that might be present or other situations where weak conductor connections may inhibit protective earth testing with a lower test current.
The new technology also overcomes any contact resistance between the test probe and the device under test, for example, when measuring continuity of tarnished or corroded parts and often encountered detachable IEC power cables.
As a result, the new test means that valid earth continuity testing can be undertaken with battery power rather than mains power supply, enabling significant design improvements to be incorporated in the new tester.
This not only means that there is reduced risk of damage to the in-service medical equipment under test, but that service and test engineers can benefit from the increased flexibility provided by the lightweight tester. As a result, in-service test productivity can be enhanced and the down time of important electromedical equipment reduced.
The highly versatile Rigel 288 represents the next generation of electrical safety analysers and has been specifically developed to provide BME departments and medical service engineers with an all in one compliance test solution.
Rigel Medical is part of the Seaward Group of companies.