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Rapid Test is a RCD tester mounted into a switch board, with Wi-Fi capabilities. Rapid Test comprises of 2 units, 1 being the master module and the other being the channel module. The channel module is connected to the RCD via the test buss, and then the channel module is connected to the master. This creates the loop and then the test is activated via Wi-Fi from the tablet application and all results are recorded in accordance with the current Australian standards.
An electrician is required to install Rapid Test in to your switchboard. Following Rapid Test installation, RCD testing does not need to be completed by an electrician or competent person.
There are many benefits generated from installing Rapid Test. This all depends on the way you test and the requirement of the testing application. Some benefits could be:
- Reduced site down time saving money for industry
- Reduced staff down time due to more efficient testing
- Reduced testing costs due to time efficient testing
- No need to input test results twice as they are recorded onto the tablet and uploaded to the AIR portal(Asset Information Register)
- Protecting lives and creating a safer work environment
You need a master module and at least one channel module at every switch board. With this basic set up you can test up to 24 individual RCD’s. Each master has the ability to run up to ten channel modules creating the ability to test from 1 to 240 RCD’s with the one master module. Every installation is different and this is why Rapid Test was designed to be very versatile and can adapt to your specific requirement.
Rapid Test has been independently tested and complies to AS/NZ 3100:2009 for general electrical equipment, and also has EMC compliance. EMC compliance applies to most electrical and electronic devices that have the potential to unintentionally emit radio frequency energy (that is this emission is not a key element of their function). These unintended emissions may diminish the performance of other nearby electrical devices or disrupt essential communications. Rapid Test complies and does not interfere with other devices.
This functionality of Rapid Test is still in development, with some positive results already being achieved. The developers are working hard to create a LAN application and we are hoping to release this model later in the year.
You can buy Rapid Test in a few different ways.
- Direct from the web site
- Through an electrical wholesaler
- From your local electrician who will purchase either through the web site or via an electrical wholesaler as well
You download the Rapid Test application from the Google Play store, iTunes, or Windows Marketplace for free. This is the only way you can connect to a Rapid Test device to conduct RCD testing. There is currently an app for greater than 7” android devices, iPad or Windows tablet device.
Yes you will need a subscription to use Rapid Test, there are three different levels.
Each level is specifically designed around different user needs; this could be a variation of the amount of assets (Switch Boards) you require to protect to the level of reporting you or your customer require. At every level you can produce a compliance report, through to multiple user functionality at the top level.
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Rapid Test needs to be installed by a qualified and licensed electrician. Your electrician will identify the most appropriate method of installation in to your switchboard. Once installed, an electrician or competent person is not required to test RCD’s using the Rapid Test application.
A convenient Return on Investment (ROI) calculator is available here on the Rapid Test web site. Simply input information on your current switchboard and RCD installation, along with an estimate of your current compliance testing costs. The calculator will then generate an estimate on how quickly you will see a return on investment from installing Rapid Test in to your switchboard. Please remember the significant safety benefits of Rapid Test too!
Under WHS (Workplace Health and Safety) legislation in Australia, there is a mandated requirement to inspect, test and record results of testing RCD’s protecting circuits in hostile environments in line with the retest frequencies specified in AS/NZS 3760 or AS/NZS 3012 as applicable. Where RCD’s are also present on circuits protecting non-hostile environments, these RCD’s should also be tested in line with the retest frequencies specified in Australian Standards.
A large percentage of companies have been testing RCD’s prior to this legislation to help protect their most valuable asset, you and your employees. Only an operational RCD will protect you in the event of an incident. Simply put, testing RCD’s helps protect lives.
A RCD, or Residual Current Device, is a life-saving device which is installed in your switchboard on power and/or lighting circuits.
A RCD is designed to measure any current leakage from the electrical circuit normally associated with an electrical shock. Should leakage be detected, the RCD will quickly shut off power to that circuit. In that manner, a RCD will undoubtedly prevent you from a fatal electric shock if you inadvertently come in contact with bare wires.
RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide. They can and will have lives in the event of an incident.
An RCD is a sensitive safety device, installed on power and/or lighting circuits in your switchboard, that continually monitors your electrical circuits and switches off electricity automatically if there is a fault.
A RCD is designed to protect against the risks of electrocution and fire caused by earth faults.
An RCD constantly monitors the electric current flowing through the circuits it is used to protect. If it detects the electrical current flowing out does not match the current returning, as may happen if current is flowing through a person who has touched a live part, the RCD will switch the circuit off very quickly, significantly reducing the risk of death or serious injury