Welcome to Vitrek’s Electrical Safety Testing Blog!

Welcome to Vitrek’s Electrical Test & Safety Blog

November 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Welcome to Vitrek’s Electrical Test & Safety Blog

Welcome to Vitrek’s Electrical Test & Safety Blog Page!

Welcome to the all-new Vitrek Electrical Test & Safety Blog! When you visit this page, you will find information related to the electrical test & safety industry and Vitrek products.. This includes industry updates & events, Vitrek product features, new product launches, and many other helpful topics – all brought to you by the Vitrek team.

This new industry feature is designed to allow more communication between Vitrek and our consumers, so you can stay up to date with everything that is happening within our company and the electrical test and safety industry. New posts will be on a regular basis, so be sure to check in regularly and see what’s new with Vitrek products and the latest industry trends.

“As a world leader in high voltage test and measurement solutions since 1990, Vitrek provides new and innovative products and solutions on a regular basis. Having a blog where we can  update our partners and customers about the latest news and industry happenings will be a great resource for anyone who performs electrical safety testing.” Said Don Millstein, Vitrek’s President.

Along with our informative blog posts, you will find other types of information as well, including brief videos with more information on a given topic. In other posts, we might include infographics, so you can have a visual representation of the effect a product may have or its benefits. For example, in our first blog, we have an infographic comparing our latest product, the PA920 Ultra-High Accuracy Multi-Channel Power Analyzer, to its competitors so you can see its advantages.

We have plenty of big things in store for our blog, so we hope that you will follow along with us every step of the way. Thank you for choosing Vitrek, and we hope you enjoy the blog!

If you are interested in learning more about the company and the topics discussed in any of our blogs, contact us, and we’ll be happy to give you more information.

The Basics of Insulation Resistance Testing and Why It’s So Important

March 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on The Basics of Insulation Resistance Testing and Why It’s So Important

An insulating material is one that resists electricity trying to flow through it. Insulators help resist shock and short circuits, making electrical insulation one of the most critical components in any building or system. This also means that measuring resistance is especially important, and you must have a clear understanding of the resistance levels to take adequate precautions. Let’s take a look at the basics of resistance testing, what makes it so important, and how the right equipment can help.

What Occurs During Insulation Resistance Measurement

The insulation resistance test was developed in the 20th century and is one of the oldest methods for assessing insulation quality. During the test, the device in question is measured while the phase and neutral are short-circuited together. Essentially, you’re applying a highly regulated voltage across a dielectric, measuring the amount of leakage current flowing through, and calculating the resistance level with this information. Stable voltages generally include 50, 100, 250, 500, or 1000 VDC. However, based on specific standards, insulation resistance measurement tests may be performed up to 1500 VDC. 

Insulation Resistance (IR) Testing Equipment — Which Ones Should I Use?

Choosing the best insulation resistance test equipment comes down to a few factors — safety, accuracy, and repeatability. Your equipment must match the required test voltage levels. Also, ask yourself what equipment you’re testing or where the tests will take place? Additionally, you shouldn’t ignore safety. Keep in mind the importance of partnering with a provider of safe and reliable equipment. Choosing equipment you can count on ensures a smooth and stable testing process.

The Purpose Behind Resistance Testing

Insulation resistance testing is essential to prevent shocks, short circuits, and other dangerous outcomes that risk workers’ safety and equipment longevity. Insulation is applied to products in various industries, from industrial plants to standard multifamily property homes. So resistance testing has a significant impact on plenty of people. 

In fact, insulation resistance testing is so necessary that almost 80% of electrical maintenance and tests involve evaluating the integrity of electrical systems. Insulation begins to age as soon as it’s developed, leading to reliability and performance issues that worsen over time. Some of the factors that lead to aging include:

  • Electrical Stress
  • Mechanical Stress
  • Chemical Stress
  • Temperature Variation Stress
  • Oxidation
  • Humidity/Water

Measuring IR can help you decipher the impact of this stress and will help you create a more controlled environment for your current appliances. Testing should also periodically be done on new equipment to know when to perform maintenance and maximize the system’s longevity. You can ensure safety in all locations by relying on accurate electrical resistance tests.

Receive Accurate Results From Your Insulation Resistance Tester by Vitrek

IR testing requires equipment capable of the job. A good insulator will leak very few electrons. The better the insulator, the […]

Safety Recommendations for Setting Up a Hipot Testing Workstation

January 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Safety Recommendations for Setting Up a Hipot Testing Workstation

Hipot testing is necessary for ensuring the electrical safety compliance of electronic equipment. However, testing the voltage on commercial equipment can result in errors and even death if the operators have not been properly trained on the importance of establishing a safe testing environment. Before any tests are performed, operators should be thoroughly trained on the effects of electrical currents on the human body, the importance of safety interlocks, and how to program the necessary tests and store them in memory. If operators lack the appropriate training, setting up a safe hipot testing workstation would be for naught. After prioritizing safety training, use these recommendations to create a safe testing area. […]

Ensuring Your LED Lighting Products Remain Compliant

December 6th, 2022|Comments Off on Ensuring Your LED Lighting Products Remain Compliant

LED lighting products and fixtures have helped countless facilities improve their energy efficiency. The lighting and energy industry has done much to improve the overall quality of these products but ensuring that each new iteration meets these new safety and energy standards can prove challenging for engineers and technicians alike. […]

Vitrek Returns to the APEC Conference This March

January 20th, 2022|Comments Off on Vitrek Returns to the APEC Conference This March

In the world of power electronics, one event has defined the industry for the last 35+ years, setting expectations, introducing new technologies, and providing networking opportunities. The Applied Power Electronics Conference — APEC — has brought together generations of power electronic professionals from across multiple industries to learn and grow their knowledge base. Vitrek is proud to announce our return to the APEC conference in Houston, TX, this year! […]

Time for a New Webinar — New Virtual Product Training Coming for Our Ultra-Portable RF Recording Solutions

November 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on Time for a New Webinar — New Virtual Product Training Coming for Our Ultra-Portable RF Recording Solutions

When it comes to using the Vitrek family of products, knowing how to properly implement and understand the data they provide is of the utmost importance. While some people have prior knowledge of our products, it’s not out of the question that you might need a refresher course or a deeper dive into what makes these products tick. Our online training webinars provide our customers with the ability to speak with our industry experts and acquire the product knowledge training they need.  […]

Vitrek Power Analyzers — Key Takeaways From Our Webinar

September 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Vitrek Power Analyzers — Key Takeaways From Our Webinar

Power analyzers are a critical component of knowing the energy output of a given device once it’s turned on. Understanding the power consumption of specific units with a high degree of accuracy can help assess their overall performance and whether you need to perform a more in-depth maintenance check.  […]

Get More Out Of Your Military & Aerospace Applications

July 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on Get More Out Of Your Military & Aerospace Applications

When testing the electrical systems for your military and aerospace applications, you need to ensure they are ready for the job and meet all the necessary standards. These specialized systems work to keep the highly sophisticated and advanced technology housed in these applications running at full strength, which requires the right amount of power to do their jobs effectively. Having the right electrical safety and performance testing equipment on hand can help determine the overall effectiveness of your applications. 


Webinar Recap: Vitrek Electrical Safety Testing for the Automotive Industry

April 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Webinar Recap: Vitrek Electrical Safety Testing for the Automotive Industry

Vitrek is a leading provider of testing solutions for electrical safety across multiple industries. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, and in business for over three decades, Vitrek has established itself as one of the premier electrical safety testing companies on the market. They serve over 30 different countries and provide electrical safety testing equipment that can be utilized in countless applications.


Webinar Recap: Electrical Safety Testing for the Appliance & Consumer Product Industries

February 18th, 2021|Comments Off on Webinar Recap: Electrical Safety Testing for the Appliance & Consumer Product Industries

Vitrek is proud to hold educational webinars for our customers in various industries with information and products that are relevant to their applications. One such industry that relies on some of the technology that we offer is the appliance and consumer products industry, which requires extensive electrical safety testing in order to bring their products to market. All products that will be sold to consumers need to be tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) in order to earn the proper safety certification.


Check Out Vitrek’s Available Education and Product Training Resources

August 18th, 2020|Comments Off on Check Out Vitrek’s Available Education and Product Training Resources

At Vitrek, we do more than just design and build high-quality electrical testing equipment — we ensure that our customers have all of the tools that they need to succeed when using our products. Here, we offer an overview of the plethora of educational resources that we have available on our website.


Vitrek’s Latest Product Catalog Is Now Available

March 17th, 2020|Comments Off on Vitrek’s Latest Product Catalog Is Now Available

Vitrek is pleased to announce that our 2020 product catalog is now available to our customers across industries, including manufacturing, calibration and testing labs, medical and healthcare, aerospace and military, and other industries that require electrical testing and safety products of uncompromising quality. We provide high voltage measurement equipment, electrical safety (hipot) testing instruments, power analyzers, and other products, including our newest series of DC loads, that stand up to some of the most demanding environments. 


Vitrek to Launch New DL Series of DC Loads

February 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Vitrek to Launch New DL Series of DC Loads

This month, Vitrek introduced a new product to our ever-expanding catalog of high-voltage testing and measurement equipment. Our latest product, the DL Series Electronic DC Load, is intended to improve testing for a series of power supplies, testers, and drivers. The new device is designed to be accurate, flexible, and easy-to-use, rivaling all other similar DC loads on the market with superior performance and results. […]

Join Vitrek at Booth #3478 at the ATX Trade Show!

January 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Join Vitrek at Booth #3478 at the ATX Trade Show!

We are incredibly excited to announce that Vitrek will be attending the ATX West Expo in Anaheim, California! The nation’s largest annual automation technology event is going to be taking place from February 11th-13th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Be sure to stop by and visit us at booth #3478 to network with our team about how our selection of high-voltage test and measurement equipment can help your operations. […]

Vitrek’s Newest PA920 Power Analyzer is Now Available!

November 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Vitrek’s Newest PA920 Power Analyzer is Now Available!

Vitrek’s Newest Power Analyzer, the PA920 is Now Available!

After tireless preparation, we are proud to announce the latest addition to the Vitrek family of power analyzers, the Ultra-High Accuracy VItrek PA920 Precision Harmonic Power Analyzer! This new product offers 0.024% power accuracy on all channels and has improved voltage and current self-heating adders. This product, like all Vitrek’s power analyzers, boasts faster sampling and bandwidth and higher harmonic frequencies than any competing analyzer on the market.

The Vitrek PA920 series of power analyzers are the most powerful and accurate on the market today, with the 0.024% power accuracy being the fastest currently available across any brand. For maximum flexibility, the PA920 has quick-and-easy channel selection between four different customizable channels, which can handle measurement bandwidths up to 5 MHz. The full performance will factor up to 100:1, providing you with maximum results for even the most difficult power measurements out there.

The PA920 model displays up to 500 harmonics at high power frequencies, with adjustable chart settings for linear or logarithmic amplitudes. It also displays three different VPAs (Virtual Power Analyzers) on the power data screen, as well as waveform acquisition and analysis for up to six signals on the scope view. This model also has a scope view with an unlimited ability to expose fine details, as well as a vector screen that displays voltage and vector levels for each VPA. Finally, the PA920 keeps the history of all results and harmonics up to 397 days.

One of the best parts about our newest power analyzer is how flexible it is to meet any application. It is offered in both a pre-configured model or as a modular package, allowing quick and easy ordering that fits your budget.

This product is manufactured domestically and comes with a two-year parts and labor warranty, as well as a two-year accuracy specs and calibration cycle. The newest PA920 power analyzer is now available on our site for order and for rent, with free demos available as well!

Click Here to check out the full line of Vitrek Power Analyzers!