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How Breaker Testing Can Give You Instant Peace Of Mind

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Trust Quality Breaker Testing from Civic

When you’re purchasing reconditioned circuit breakers, whether it be for personal or business purposes, it’s important to know that they’re going to work exactly as advertised. At Civic Recycling, it’s not something we merely take for granted; it’s something that we take pride in and have the utmost confidence in. What’s more, every reconditioned circuit breaker comes with a written test report, to offer peace of mind. We’ll discuss this in greater depth in the subsequent text. Now, we understand that simply saying these things won’t convince you that our products are any better than anyone else’s, which works just fine as we have ample evidence to show you.

Reconditioned and Tested Circuit Breakers

At Civic, we put each and every reconditioned circuit breaker through a rigorous testing process that includes multiple stages. The first stages are a complete cleaning of the inside and outside, followed by a 36-point visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the breaker. Once things have been properly visually inspected and cleaned comes the actual breaker testing. Molded circuit breakers consist are three main parts: the insulation, the contacts, and the trip unit. Three different tests are required to test the three different components, which are outlined as follows:

  • #1 – Insulation Resistance:

This test is done to verify the condition of the breaker’s insulating materials. Testing is performed using an insulation resistance test set at 1KV. The results of this test are included in the test report we spoke about.

  • #2 – Contact Resistance:

The second test performed is done to verify the current path in the breaker. Loose or bad connections, dirty hinge points or contacts, and burnt contacts will all show up as a high resistance reading. Testing is performed on each phase individually using a digital low resistance ohmmeter at 10amps, results are measured in milliohms and recorded, again, in the test report.

  • #3 – Over Current Trip Test:

The third test is to verify the time-current characteristics of the breaker. Testing is performed with direct injection to simulate an overload current. We have assembled over 2000 manufacturer’s trip curves, and test each phase on every molded case circuit breaker to ensure that it trips according to the manufacturer’s very own factory specifications. These results too will end up in the test report.

 


Civic Recycling Test Reports

If you’re not well-versed in this type of language, what we’re saying is that each and every circuit breaker we recondition and sell goes through a battery of tests to ensure it will perform at the highest levels possible. Each reconditioned breaker also has a test report attached to it. What this report includes the detailed results of each breaker. It’s something of an insurance policy when purchasing breakers, as you know that the breaker has been put through the necessary paces to perform the way it should. The test report has a unique tracking number attached to it so that it’s always there to reference for you.

As a further insurance policy on each breaker, testing is performed only by Certified Low Voltage Circuit Breaker Technicians. Not only that, but each reconditioned breaker will meet or exceed the standards set out by NEMA, NETA, IEEE, as well as the manufacturer’s own testing standards. How’s that for awesome safety!

Our Breakers Just Work!

What all of this amounts to is that the breakers we sign off on are simply going to perform to the highest of specifications set out in the industry. Our breakers will work and not break. We stand behind the work we put into them and the products that we, in turn, sell to our customers.

Should you have any further questions regarding our testing processes or what the right product for you is, don’t hesitate to contact our sales staff with any and all of your queries. We’ll get you properly outfitted with the product and services that are right for you.

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Top Five Facts on Reconditioned Electrical Equipment

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As Canada’s #1 circuit breaker specialist, it’s pretty clear that we have a good idea of what separates a quality product from one that won’t cut it. A lot of folks think that a product needs to be new to be able to perform at the levels they expect, and while that is true, reconditioned products need not be overlooked.

At Civic, we specialize in recycled and reconditioned circuit breakers. We do this for a number of reasons and chief among them is that we believe we can provide a product that performs just as well as something new, but for a relative bargain. Not only do we believe in providing our clients with value for the products they choose to buy, but we back this value up with a one year, 100% guarantee of performance. We don’t expect our customers to buy products of a lower quality, nor would we provide one to them, which is what makes our guarantee so important.


 Facts on Reconditioned Products

Instead of merely paying lip service to our guarantee and our reconditioned products, we want to share what makes these products perform at the highest levels. This starts and ends with the rigorous testing we put all of our products through before we put them to market. With that in mind, we would like to share a little bit about how extensive our testing actually is, as we’re happy to pull back the curtain and share with our customers all the work we put into getting the products right:

  • Our testing standards meet and/or exceed testing standards set out by  PEARLNEMANETA, IEEE and even the manufacturers testing standards.
  • The reconditioned breakers we sell come with a unique tracking number that corresponds to the test report that goes with your breaker.
  • Breakers are first cleaned inside and out then undergo a step by step 36-point visual inspection of the exterior and interior
  • Three different pieces of equipment are required in order to fully test a breaker and determine that it is safe, reliable and trips according to the manufacturer’s own trip curve: insulation resistance, contact resistance, and overcurrent trip test
  • We also perform Low Voltage Molded Case Circuit Breaker with Thermal Magnetic Trip Inspection. This includes nine important steps to guarantee performance: case, lugs, operating mechanism, interphase separators, arc extinguishers/chutes, arcing contacts, main contacts, current carrying components, and thermal/magnetic trips.

Not only this, we back up all of our testing with written test results which is a sort of insurance policy for our customers. They know exactly how extensive the testing was, so not only do they have a guarantee that the product was put through the proper testing, but they know it will perform to the highest of standards. When there’s a lot at stake these guarantees mean a lot to everyone who is relying on these breakers to do their job


 Priority on Safety and Testing Standards

At Civic Recycling, safety and product performance are our two main goals and as you can tell, we take these things very seriously. With our guarantee and the extensive and rigorous testing we put all of our breakers through, we’re extremely confident that our existing customers, and you, will be wholly satisfied with the way our products perform.

 

Should you want to find out more, don’t hesitate to call in to our sales centre or send an email ([email protected]). We stand by all of our products whether they’re new, recycled, or reconditioned, and we’re always happy to tell you why.

 

Learn more about our Recycled and Reconditioned equipment, our testing standards, or Shop on our online store to find exactly what you need!

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Electrical Safety: The Top 5 Points you Need to Know

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Civic Recycling offers new and reconditioned electrical equipment. Our certified technicians follow our rigorous testing standards on all reconditioned products. Safety is our top priority and so we have put together some information to keep you safe.

Electrical safety is critical both at home and at work. Here, we look at 5 top considerations to enhance your safety.

Electrical Safety: Use sockets with tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles

The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that all buildings constructed or renovated after 2008 have tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles. TR receptacles are special devices with spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings of the receptacles. Because both springs need to be compressed before the shutters can open, electrocutions resulting from accidental insertion of a conducting material into one contact opening can be minimized.

Ensure that your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

When there is a break in the grounding path of a low-resistance current, the current can take an alternative path to the ground through the user. This is called a ground fault. Ground faults are common and have resulted in severe injuries and even deaths in the past. Ground Fault Current Interrupters (GFCIs) are lightning-quick circuit breakers used to cut off such faults.

Protect your electrical outlets with Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Replacement receptacles should be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protected. An AFCI is an electrical safety device that helps to prevent fires.  It resembles a GFCI in the sense that both devices have test buttons and a reset button. The main difference, however, is that GFCIs are designed to protect people from getting electrocuted whereas AFCIs are meant to prevent fires.

Be extra careful with transformers

Transformers must be carefully tested before installation and continuously monitored thereafter. Make sure that there is no continuity (electrical leakage) between the primary and secondary coil. Also, ensure that there is no leakage between the power cord and any metal external parts such as the rivets. Most transformers are equipped with circuit breakers for additional safety.

Use only tested devices that meet industry quality standards

The design and manufacture of electrical devices is guided by certain industry standards. The Canadian Electrical Code or CE code develops and maintains these standards. Our neighbours to the South follow the National Electric Code and the National Fire Protection Association. Electrical components that fail to meet these standards might expose you to unnecessary danger. Civic Recycling certifications meet and often exceed the standards set out by PEARL (Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League), NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association).

All Civic Recycling electric devices; from circuit breakers to transformers, and fuses to motor controls, are tested to the highest standards to ensure that they are not only safe but very reliable.

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RECONDITIONED CIRCUIT BREAKERS: ARE THEY SAFE?

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Sometimes a governmental safety alert is publicized and it gets people talking and rumors spreading regarding the safety of a certain product or sometimes even the practices of an entire industry. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the United States Department of Labor, released such an alert in the fall of 2011. Entitled Incorrectly Refurbished Circuit Breakers, the alert describes how a third-party electronic equipment rebuilder modified certain Eaton/Cutler-Hammer molded-case circuit breakers while incorrectly refurbishing them. Some of the safety issues cited regarding these third-party 600-volt and 1000-volt suspect breakers include:

  • Circuit breakers have been altered from the original manufacturer’s design
  • Exterior labels on cases were reproduced by the rebuilder in an attempt to make them look new and authentic
  • Frames for both 600-volt and 1000-volt units contain parts of unknown origin and specs
  • 1000-volt covers may have been assembled onto units rated at only 600-volts
  • Breakers show no indication of having been approved by a nationally recognized testing organization

Conclusion: These knock-off, counterfeit, bogus breakers are a safety risk and should not be used, due to their inherent danger. OSHA recommended pulling them out of service as soon as possible.

Reconditioned Circuit Breaker – Safe to Use?

Because of instances like this, some have questioned the safety of buying and utilizing a reconditioned circuit breaker. The fact is, not only are properly reconditioned circuit breakers safe, but in some instances may be even safer than new ones. This is evidenced by the number of brand new units that have been recalled by their manufacturers as a result of improper performance or risk of fire danger. You can see examples of some of these recalls here.

Here at Civic Recycling, we pride ourselves on our unrelenting attention to detail and dedication to providing unparalleled quality in all our products and services. For more than two decades we’ve brought our customers only the best and that’s certainly helped us in becoming Canada’s number one circuit breaker provider, offering not only the largest selection anywhere but also giving fair and reasonable prices that save our clients money every day.

The Ultimate in Recycling – Circuit Breaker Reconditioning

Reconditioning electrical equipment has been called the ultimate form of recycling. It’s not only good for the environment but it’s good for your business and your bottom line too. Companies have been using our reconditioned circuit breakers for decades with total confidence. The importance of having the equipment reconditioned by a qualified, certified firm, however, cannot be overstated.

Our highly-trained, PEARL-certified technicians are experts at disassembling, cleaning, analyzing, reassembling and then performance testing and conducting the final inspection on all types of electrical equipment, circuit breakers included. Each circuit breaker we refurbish goes out the door with a written test report, a unique, associated tracking number and a 100%, unconditional, one-year guarantee.

PEARL, which stands for Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League, has become an important force in the industry since its inception in 1997. We whole-heartedly subscribe to their stated mission of bringing the desired distinction of quality, safety and integrity to their members’ customers, with the safety of the end user representing their #1 priority.

Reconditioned Circuit Breaker from Civic Recycling – A Good Idea

Our testing and reconditioning procedures meet or exceed standards set out by PEARL, NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association).

Having PEARL-certified technicians in house here at Civic Recycling sets us totally apart from all others in Canada. PEARL is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer. ANSI, or the American National Standards Institute, was established in 1918 and has been setting industry standards longer than any organization.

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