The investment will see the procurement of new, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, including a new Agilent 7890 Gas Chromatograph (GC) with Transformer Oil Gas Analyser (TOGA). This will more than double the laboratory’s capacity for Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) of electrical oil when used alongside the existing TOGA, helping to further reduce turnaround times for DGA services.
ESG has also purchased an Agilent 1260 Infinity 2 High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), which will be used to analyse furfuraldehyde, an indication of paper degradation within the transformer. In addition to the new equipment, the laboratory at Hexthorpe has undergone an extensive refit, to further augment the on-site facilities.
These upgrades mean ESG will be able to consolidate all of its transformer oil testing services at the Hexthorpe site, eliminating the need to transfer samples between laboratories to provide a more efficient service for clients.
Jim Clay, operations director, Energy and Waste Services, ESG said: “Oil testing is a crucial process for a wide range of industries, from power generation, to the rail sector. The information provided by test results can act as a vital health check for components and help organisations plan their maintenance schedules across their operations.
“This investment will significantly boost testing capacity, enabling ESG to analyse a greater number of samples more quickly and efficiently. This will ensure clients receive their results with minimal delay, so they can resolve any performance issues with transformers or other equipment as soon as possible.”
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