Megger, a Valley Forge, Pa.-based manufacturer of portable electrical testing equipment, has donated a Digital Low-Resistance Ohmmeter, the DLRO200 Microohmmeter, to Mesalands Community College.
According to the college, this new equipment is being used to enhance the curriculum and the hands-on training of the wind energy technology program at Mesalands in order to better prepare technicians for a career in this growing industry.
David S. Danner, director of U.S. distribution sales for Megger, has been working with Mesalands since 2008 to provide students in the wind energy technology program with up-to-date, high-quality electrical testing equipment.
“At the forefront of new technology and improved electrical service, Megger is pleased to be integrally involved with the educational process,” says Danner. “To the end, we are proud to donate the DLRO200, a leading-edge, low-resistance ohmmeter that promotes the highest quality in accuracy, reliability and, above all, safety.”
The college says the DLRO200 is a versatile piece of equipment that can provide test currents from 10 amps up to 200 amps. The electrical testing device is portable and weighs less than 33 pounds. The high-current capability and compact design make this equipment suitable for testing circuit breaker contacts, switch contacts, busbar joints or other applications for which high current is needed.
Andy Swapp, wind energy technology faculty at Mesalands, says the DLRO200 is used to test the installation of conductors during the commissioning of wind turbines. He states that the DLRO200 is also part of the maintenance plan of wind turbines and is used when an electrical problem is suspected. Swapp says he is appreciative of this donation and his wind energy students will greatly benefit from the use of this equipment.
“The DLRO200 is a valuable and highly specialized piece of equipment. Our students are using the DLRO200 donated by Megger to familiarize themselves with the equipment and to practice safety procedures,” Swapp says.
Photos courtesy of Mesalands Community College – Wind energy technology student Kevin Blea utilizes the DLRO200 Microhmmeter in the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College.