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HEADS UP. FAULTY MOULDED CORDS

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:57 am
by edutech
We recently came across a number of faulty moulded 3 core power cords (kettle leads). There was no measureable earth path i.e. earth resistance greater than 20 ohms. It is of particular concern that these were found within schools.

We have contacted the chinese manufacturer who are investigating the matter. One point raised by them is that they are aware of a number of faulty counterfeit cords on the market from China, both here and in mainland Europe.

It seems bizare that the chinese are counterfeiting their own products (how much cheaper can they get), but keep an eye out for them.

Re: HEADS UP. FAULTY MOULDED CORDS

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:46 pm
by edutech
As a post script, we have now identified the problem with the cords.

The earth pin is sleeved, thus no reading from the machine.

The plugs are stamped as BS approved, but clearly they do not conform.

Re: HEADS UP. FAULTY MOULDED CORDS

PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:21 am
by Grizzly
Should the sleeved earth pin really had been spotted during the visual inspection stage, before the offending articles were even plugged into the PAT machine?

Re: HEADS UP. FAULTY MOULDED CORDS

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:50 pm
by Grizzly
This new website, from the people who brought you http://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/, deals with this very issue: http://www.bs1363.org.uk/