Many loads are only switched on in an “emergency” (e.g. fire pumps, slides, all types of heating, etc.). Whilst they are offline, however, moisture or other factors can cause insulation faults in the associated supply cable or on the load itself. When these loads are switched on, the protective device will respond or fires will start, thereby preventing operation.
The insulation monitoring device, also known as the offline monitor, monitors the insulation resistance during offline periods and signals insulation faults immediately. When the load is switched on, insulation measurement based on the K contactor is deactivated. The fault memory is also able to detect transient insulation faults. If it can be assured that all poles on the load will be taken offline, this monitoring can also be used in TN and/or TT systems.
Response value of the insulation monitoring device: The insulation monitoring device must signal insulation faults ≤ 1 MΩ, this is because motors are frequently rendered non-operational at an insulation resistance of ≤ 500 kΩ.
Electrical safety is often difficult to assure on mobile power generators.
However, the ability to respond immediately and appropriately is vital in an emergency situation. It is for this reason that mobile power generators feature the protective measure (Protection by electrical separation with insulation monitoring and disconnection) in accordance with IEC 60364-5-51.
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