The quality of the electrical infrastructure of a facility is instrumental in order to ensure a quality experience for the end user. The requirements for each piece of our equipment is listed in the Assembly Instructions for the equipment. This document serves as a further description of why these requirements are necessary and what may result if they are not met.
The facility must ensure that the rated current for each breaker is not exceeded. If too much current is drawn from a circuit, it will trip the breaker. If a facility has issues with their breakers tripping, devices should be removed from this circuit until the problem is eliminated.
A larger, more difficult to diagnose issue with electrical infrastructure is caused by a facility having a shared ground for multiple circuits. This issue is more frequently seen, as it is not a requirement in all electrical codes for a facility to have dedicated neutrals. This is especially prevalent in older buildings. This can cause current to flow erratically, potentially causing a “backflow” through some lines and reducing the current. A reduction in the current would also induce voltage drops. With this, the equipment may become erratic and lose some or all functions.
Note: If a facility is experiencing erratic issues with their equipment, reach out to Engineering Field Services (EFS) to use a voltage quality analyzer. EFS will send out a voltage quality analyzer to the technician. The analyzer should be installed into an outlet on the same circuit as the problem units. A light will turn on to show the voltage quality recorder is recording. Keep this device installed for minimum of 24 hours to accumulate sufficient data. This device is best installed during busy periods of the facility, as this is when issues are most likely to occur. Once the device is removed, return it back to EFS. The data will be analyzed and the results will be shared to determine if issues are occurring.
Please see the following table which lists the number of machines that can be connected per electrical branch circuit:
* Powered by Cell Batteries
- Not Applicable
The “full load” current is the current draw with a 200 lb user at the maximum speed of the treadmill (14mph). At 120Vac, this is typically 17-18Arms with a new belt and deck. Current and power consumption will increase as the belt wears. Note that if the guidelines provided are not followed, it is possible for a facility to have issues arise after the treadmills age. If the guidelines are being followed and breakers begin to trip, replacing treadmill belts may be necessary.
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