Travel is great, but it also requires a lot of planning, especially if you are going to travel outside of the country. From packing the right clothes to making sure that you have the right adaptors for the power outlets, there are many times when the planning will determine just how successful your trip is.
Behind all of the adaptors and outlets, of course, is a complex power grid that allows people around the world to eat, bathe, light their homes, and wash their clothes. And while we may take some of these things for granted when we are at our homes, the truth is that there are many times when travelers realize that things in other parts of the world are not quite as convenient. In some large cities like Athens, Greece, for instance, you may find that you have to flip the switch for a hot water heater 20 minutes before you shower. In other parts of the world, the power may not be as predictable as you would like. With the use of current transformer testing equipment and the latest CT testing options, however, there are many parts of the world where progress is being made.
Transformer Testing Equipment Allows Communities to Monitor Current Power Levels and Predict Future Needs
Very often, Americans take for granted the fact that power will always be available. When you are going to travel out of the country, however, it often does not take long to understand that this is not always the case. And when a power outage in a major city in the U.S. does occur, there are often serious consequences for businesses, hospitals, and various other kinds of services. From air traffic controllers to refrigerated goods in a packing plant, there are many locations that have back up generators in place, but this contingency is not always a plan that will last for an extended period of time.
Meter testing provides a way to monitor current levels of use, as well as predict the amount of energy that will be used in the near future. This weekend’s customs outage in airports across the nation is just one example of how dependent we are on technology and electricity. The cause of this most recent shutdown is yet unknown, but the customs and border patrol agency is saying they were working to identify the problem. Some of the photos on provided by the media and posted on social media showed huge lines of passengers at airports waiting to be processed. John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, just one of th airports affected, said they were starting to use backup computers systems, indicating that people were still being processed, but that it was much slower than normal.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the many ways that transformer testing and other kinds of power maintenance can help provide the many services that so many people around the world depend on:
- The basic unit of measure for electric power is the watt, and one thousand watts are called a kilowatt.
- Some countries, such as the U.S., use different voltages in homes, which relies on 120 volts.
- Single-phase power is what people have in their homes. Generally, the talk is about household electrical service as single-phase, 120-volt AC service.
- The appliances in the average American home uses voltages thousands of times smaller, typically just 110 to 250 volts.
- The power plant produces three different phases of AC power at the same time, and the three phases are offset 120 degrees from each other. Four wires come out of every power plant: the three phases plus a neutral or ground common to all three.
- In three phase power transformer testing, at any given moment one of the three phases is nearing a peak. High powered three phase motors, those that are typically used in industrial applications, and things like three phase welding equipment are tow examples of sources that have even power output.
Finding the right source of power is always important, and whether you are dealing with a reliable source in your home or a less reliable situation out of the country, there are many times when an interruption can be devastating. sometimes even dangerous.