Abstract: A testing apparatus for testing a sample fault indicator (11) of the type which has a current sensor (15), an automatic reset, an inrush restraint feature, and an indicator display (13) that are widely used by electric utilities for fault location of overhead and underground distribution power circuits. The first objective of the testing apparatus is to test the predetermined current threshold level of the sample fault indicator (11) which is specified by the producer. It provides for the simulation of a fault current condition by means of a pulse driver circuit (99). The output response of properly working fault indicator (11) under this test will cause the indicator display (13) to register a fault state. The second object provided by this apparatus is to test the automatic resetting of the sample fault indicator (11). It provides for simulating a reset signal (105) for a controlled duration of time.
May 10, 1996
Date of Patent:
October 21, 1997
Innovative Utility Products Corp.
Stephen J. Tomari, John Drew Smith, Kirk E. Moser