Safety equipment: UV camera targets corona detection in electrical transmission and distribution

Safety products: Sonel’s Model UV-260 camera combines high performance, functionality and operational simplicity to facilitate detection of partial discharge conditions; offers longer battery life, larger display, lower cost.

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Safety equipment: Sonel Test & Measurement, global supplier of high-quality electrical instrumentation, has introduced a high-performance UV camera designed to facilitate the detection of ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted from dielectric breakdown in electrical distribution wiring, transformers and switchgear. Sonel’s UV-260 Ultraviolet Corona Camera offers utility personnel a unique combination of performance capabilities and cost benefits that sets it apart from competitive units.

Operators who need to “see” power being delivered over transmission or distribution lines can set up Sonel’s UV camera to take video that detects and records potentially harmful coronas. As a highly sophisticated corona-detection tool, the UV-260 camera boasts high sensitivity to UV radiation over a spectral range of 240 to 280 nm. It also uses a built-in GPS to accurately locate and record corona-emitting sources, and can operate in full sunlight without degradation. Additionally, the camera’s large (5.7 in.) color, LCD touch screen with 26X optical and 12X digital zoom with dual image technology can display both visible and UV images simultaneously.

“Our new UV-260 offers users an ideal predictive maintenance and inspection UV camera for troubleshooting overhead transmission lines and conductors in high-voltage substations,” said Michael Daish, Sonel Test & Measurement’s sales and marketing executive. “Compared to competitive products, the Sonel camera offers exceptional performance, a better display and longer battery life, all at a lower price.”

High-performance recording functions of the UV-260 camera include audio input and the ability to upload recorded information via an SD card or video cable directly to a PC. Sonel’s PC software is provided to facilitate creation of reports. In addition to offering long battery lifetime, the user-friendly UV-260 camera and accessories are housed in a rugged carrying case.

About Sonel Test & Measurement
Sonel is a manufacturer of high-quality measuring instruments for electrical and telecommunications applications. Sonel Test & Measurement, Inc., located in Santa Clara, CA, maintains sales and rental product inventory and technical support services, as well as sales and marketing for North America.

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