IPS and UPS Systems
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Potential Equalisation Socket WM Series
The publication of BS 7671 (17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations) Amendment 3 defines that it is now a mandated requirement in accordance with Section 710 to provide supplementary equipotential bonding in a UK healthcare facility at every Group 1 and Group 2 medical location. The same requirement applies globally within HD 60 364-7-710.
In all such medical locations this earthing facility must be provided whether bedhead services are supplied within trunking systems (medical supply units) or by wall mounted outlets.
The POAG-PES-WM solution is a fully compliant off-the-shelf quick fix solution to meeting this requirement and is available in either 1, 2 or 4 gang versions and in each case fitted to a single BS 4662 size accessory plate. A 47mm deep back box is required to ensure ease of fitment and connection.
A polyester powder coated steel facia plate as required by HTM 06-01 in the patient environment is supplied complete with fixings screws to secure into the wall box, a supplementary earth lead and potential equalisation socket (1, 2 or 4 as required by the facia plate piercing) as a complete ready-to-go assembly.
Earth Bonding Accessories
Earth Leads & Earth Reference Bars
The equipotential bonding lead is needed to prevent significant touch voltages within the medical environment. In order to bond all equipment and devices safely within the medical environment equipotential leads that are highly flexible and highly conductive are needed.
Earth Reference Bars:
Synergy Medical supply a new range of Medipower Earth Reference Bars (ERB) to supply all Group 1 and Group 2 medical locations. The ERB’s adhere to the International Standard HD 60364-7-710, protecting both patients and clinicians in healthcare environments.
Brandon’s ERBs are available in flush or surface mounting options. They are simple to install with easily removable links in order to fulfill recognised test procedures. The coloured labeling system allows for ease of identification of all the system earths connected to the ERB.
Uninterruptible Power Supplies
Disruption to the electrical supply of critical care medical equipment used in operating theatres and intensive care units can put patients’ lives at risk. By installing a UPS system, the impact of spurious power failures can be minimised.
A UPS system will continue to supply power in the event of mains failure for a period of typically 15 minutes to 3 hours depending upon the size of the batteries. As the switch over from mains supply to UPS supply is seamless, an integrated IPS/UPS system from Synergy Medical is an ideal solution for critical medical equipment.
- Low power consumption
- Simple to install
- Maximum reliability & efficiency
- High level battery reliability
- Sensitive supply compatible
- advanced communication – multi platform communication for all networks and operating systems.
Isolated Power Supplies
Also known as a medical IT system, an IPS system provides safe delivery of electrical power. We work in partnership with ESA Grimma to produce system solutions that ensure safe energy distribution.
The International Standard HD60364-7-710 and the Institution of Electrical Engineers (Guidance note 7, Chapter 10) define medical location into groups 0, 1 & 2. Group 2 locations include operating theatres, intensive care units and special care baby units.
The IPS system provides continuity of supply in the instance of the first insulation fault. IPS also offers additional protection from electrical leakage currents, for group 2 locations or HTM06-01 for clinical risk category 5 areas.
IPS units can be provided in a number of KVA sizes and in single through to triple variants in one enclosure.
Automatic Electrical Supply
The standards state that Group 2 Medical Locations shall have an automatic electrical supply available within 0.5 seconds of power failure. In the UK, it is common place to support the IPS system with an upstream Uniterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in order to meet the 0.5 second requirement. In other parts of the world, this may be by switching to an alternative source of supply.