02 Feb

Technician Tips to Test Relays

Technician TipsTechnician Tips

In order to test relays, the technician should:
• Understand the construction, operation, and testing of the particular relay
• Have the manufacturer’s instruction manual available
• Be given the settings to be applied to the relay and test points
• Have a test instrument available that is suitable to conduct tests on a particular relay
• Be allowed to trip the associated circuit breaker to ensure the relay trip contacts will operate the breaker

Protective relays should be acceptance tested prior to being placed in service. Thereafter, they should be tested periodically to ensure reliable performance.  In normal industrial applications, relays should be tested at least every 2 years. In critical systems, testing should be conducted at least annually.

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