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Fixed appliances

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:21 am
by Graeme
What is classed as a fixed appliance, and what is not?. My question is that simple.
I have read these forums in detail, but am none the wiser. Everyone seems to have a slightly different idea on the topic.

Re: Fixed appliances

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:03 pm
by safe + sound
Graeme, the Code of Practice defines fixed equipment as "Equipment designed to be fastened to a support or otherwise secured in a specific location."
In section 5.5 it gives examples: central heating boiler, hand drier, fixed air conditioning unit, bathroom heater, electric towel rail, immersion heater, luminaire & water boiler and explains that fixed equipment can also be moveable or portable (or handheld) when connected to the fixed installation via a fused connection unit for security purposes, common in areas used by the public, e.g. hotels & changing rooms. So appliances such as hair driers, kettles, mini bars, lamps & clock radios.

So, in my view any appliance that is permanently connected to the fixed installation is tested as a Fixed Appliance, with the necessary safe isolation process to access the fixed wiring connections, but the frequency of inspection and test needs to take account of the fact that the appliance itself could be moveable, portable or hand-held.

Re: Fixed appliances

PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:59 pm
by Graeme
Thanks for that, safe + sound.
It looks like all appliances are to fall into FAT. I do wonder about boilers, air con units etc. They have their own testing regulations, which are superior to the FAT we would carry out

Re: Fixed appliances

PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:56 am
by chrisjacob
Fixed appliances are the most popular type of orthodontic appliance. It consist of both metal and ceramic, and it is the most commonly used appliances. They are also known as “train track braces”. People wearing fixed orthodontic appliances should pay special attention to their oral hygiene to reduce the chance of developing tooth decay.