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HVPD unveil the safer way to conduct asset condition monitoring

08th February 2019

Global engineering company High Voltage Partial Discharge (HVPD) this week launched a new product that will make it safer and easier to monitor the condition of electrical assets.

The HVPD Kronos® Lite is a permanent, three-channel Partial Discharge (PD) Monitor, engineered to provide maintenance teams information about the electrical insulation condition of their Medium Voltage (MV) switchgear.

The product was developed using the same patented technology – developed in collaboration with US energy giants Chevron – that saw HVPD scoop a Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2014.

HVPD Technical Director Malcolm Seltzer-Grant said: “We’re delighted to launch this product, which is the result of a lot of hard work from our development and software teams. The HVPD Kronos® Lite will suit MV networks in a wide range of industries as an entry level device for MV switchgear condition monitoring for all sizes of substation.”

Partial discharge is electrical discharge across localised areas of insulation, caused by deterioration or improper installation. If left unchecked, it can cause unplanned operational outages or even catastrophic failure. Proper PD monitoring enables better maintenance decision making, and also helps to safeguard on-site personnel.

The new HVPD Kronos® Lite provides 24/7 insulation data via the HVPD Kronos® WebView, which is available remotely from any device connected to the local network.

Developed for the condition-based maintenance schemes of secondary, remote and unmanned substations, the HVPD Kronos® Lite can be installed inside or external to the switchgear cabinet to suit any physical access restrictions.

Based in Salford, UK, High Voltage Partial Discharge provides a comprehensive range of on-line partial discharge test and monitoring technology for in‑service condition assessment of high voltage electrical assets. Their customers include the biggest names in Transmission & Distribution, Oil & Gas, Mining, and other industries around the world.