Rigel Medical (Part of Seaward Group)

In service testing of electromedical devices

Rigel Medical will be launching a new safety analyser at this year’s MEDICA show which has been specially designed to meet the requirements of the new IEC 62353 in service test standard for electromedical equipment.

The new Rigel 288 hand held safety analyser is designed to ensure the in-service safety of electromedical devices and systems in line with IEC 62353 ‘recurrent test and test after repair of medical electrical equipment’.

Although complementary to IEC 60601, the new standard is less complex and incorporates tests beyond those of type testing. As well as recognising that the laboratory conditions described in IEC 60601 may not always be relevant to working locations, one of the main differences of IEC 62353 is the permitted use of a minimum earthbond test current of 200mA instead of 25A in IEC 60601-1.

In terms of assessing leakage currents, the new standard also incorporates a number of different measurement methods to help guarantee safer practice and the repeatability of measurements.

The new Rigel 288 represents the next generation of biomedical electrical safety analysers and has been developed in line with IEC 62353 requirements as well as IEC 60601.

The ergonomically designed hand held safety tester combines innovative lightweight design and advance test technology with a range of special features including battery power, blue tooth connection for data transfer and a menu driven easy to operate user interface.

The Rigel 288 incorporates a low current earth bond test and provides automatic, semi-automatic or fully manual electrical safety testing of all electromedical equipment. Importantly, preset or customised test programs can also be selected to enable users to comply with individual, local or international standards outside the scope of IEC 62353 and IEC 60601 to provide fast and efficient testing of medical equipment with up to 10 individual patient connections or applied parts.

The instrument’s internal memory can be used to store details of test results for transfer to a PC database, alongside user defined inspections and checks on such equipment as SpO2, NIBP, ECG and other electromedical equipment.

At MEDICA the new Rigel 288 will be on display alongside other test equipment from the Rigel range.

These include the established Rigel 277 Plus and Rigel 266 Plus electrical safety testers and the Rigel 300 series, which includes a range of testers to verify the functionality of NIBP testers, pulse oximetry analysers, ventilators and defibrillators.

Rigel Medical is part of the Seaward Group of companies.

• To help all those likely to be affected by the introduction of IEC 62353, Rigel Medical has produced a new booklet summarising the standard’s methods and requirements. ‘A Practical Guide to IEC 62353’ will be available from the Rigel stand at MEDICA or via www.rigelmedical.com.



Rigel Medical is based at Bracken Hill, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 2SW
Tel. +44 (0) 191 587 8744 Fax. +44 (0) 191 586 0227
e mail: sales@rigelmedical.com www.rigelmedical.com


Ian Watson, Mitchell Halton Watson Ltd., 8 Higham Place, Newcastle NE1 8AF
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