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RCCD and Welding

01/19/2009 4:39 AM

Hi I have recently built and installed a new 600A MDB and Sub DB in a factory that builds truck bodies, the previous MDB did not have anysort of RCD protection, and having encountered problems before with ELCBs and welding machines I was loath to put any in. Now I have a problem with the supply authority whose inspector wants RCD protection for the whole installation.

I need a valid argument against RCD protection for welding circuits.

Ive done this work in Malawi, I have been to the standards assoc here and drawn a blank, I think their standards are a combination of SABS ( South Africa) and IEE.

Can anyone help ?

Thanks

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Re: RCCD and Welding

01/19/2009 8:00 AM

In the interests of safety why would you not wish to have earth leakage protection?

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01/20/2009 7:27 AM

Make a contract that covers you fully......then install.

Perhaps there are special ones for such situations? Talk to the welding equipment supplier.

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01/20/2009 8:06 AM

The panel is already installed. I built the panel didnt install it.

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01/20/2009 10:50 AM

Dan,

if you've had problems with welders and RCDs then the problem is leakage on the welding kit, not the system. Find and repair the faults on the site / equipment and all will be well. It makes good sense of course to install the system so that one fault does not shut the whole plant down.

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01/20/2009 12:32 PM

GA.

Yes, he should check the equipment with a Megger type tester. A digital voltmeter does not tell the whole story!

If the transformer is a true primary/secondary transformer, not an "Auto" transformer, then the equipment should not give problems with RCCD equipment....

If the input and output are connected, even via a cap, I could well imagine that problems could occur....

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