This is how the MEV-8 Insulation-level Monitoring System works
- The electric power network of the operating room is separated from the electrical grid by a medical insulation transformer.
- The insulation-level monitoring system monitors all the electrical devices connected behind this transformer. Units control the insulation level of the IT system, the transformer load, and temperature as well as the continuity of protective earth 24/7.
- The equipment indicates the faults and problems before dangerous situations arise.
Operating rooms are so-called group two medical facilities where the interfaces of electrically operated medical devices are used for near-heart functions. Faulty electrical equipment can be life-threatening for the patient and staff. Even the slightest equipment failure and leakage current can lead to burns, fire and even severe electric shock. Detecting electrical problems at an early stage is an extremely important issue in the operating room.
Our solution: MEV-8 Insulation Monitoring System for hospitals
Absolute reliability of electrical systems is of vital importance in medical environments. Earth (grounding) leakages of electrical currents occur in new and old electrical devices alike. In the worst case, they can even cause the death of people around the defective equipment.
The monitoring of the aforementioned operating conditions is very important as invisible parts of the defective electrical equipment can cause seriously dangerous situations. Examples of such places and processes in hospitals are operating rooms, operating-preparation and post-operation premises, anaesthetic rooms, intensive care rooms, heart catheterisation premises, arteriographic/ angiographic rooms and preterm-babies care rooms.
If the preliminary conditions for the malfunctioning of the system begin to form in the electricity supply of the devices used in the aforementioned critical environments, MEV immediately sets off an alarm, which prevents any accidents at a very early stage, thus saving money and even human lives.
Reasons to use MEV Insulation Monitoring System in critical environments
It is a matter of patient and personnel safety, and a matter of cost savings in hospitals. Regardless of all the precautionary measures, the possibility of device failure, power failure or human error cannot be discounted.
MEV -Insulation Monitoring System
- Protects patients and personnel from electric shocks as well as prevents electrical fires and burns.
MEV-System also ensures
- Supply of electrical power in all critical equipment
- The operating room and equipment are efficiently deployed all the time
- Unnecessary downtime can be avoided
- The personnel work more productively
- The service life of surgical equipment is extended.
Although the European standard requires an IT system and insulation monitoring system, not all countries yet follow the legislation. In addition to that, law enforcement is currently inadequate.
Long before an electric fault occurs, MEV notifies the personnel to preventively correct possible future insulation faults, such as malfunction of PE-wires and isolation transformers. Thus, insulation faults can be corrected well before they lead to a power failure because the personnel are alerted in due time before a critical incident occurs.
Due to the safety technology embedded in the MEV, complex and expensive equipment, as well as the people around it can be saved from harm and work more efficiently. In addition, the MEV allows the planning of fault repairs in advance to better suit maintenance purposes and clients’ needs.
MEV Insulation Monitoring System - absolute reliability
MEV–type insulation monitoring systems are required in operating rooms and similar Group 2 medical premises in all countries in the European Union due to the EU regulation.
Leakages of electrical currents occur in new and old electrical devices alike. During a surgery, such leakages in the operating and other equipment can be dangerous both for the patient and the personnel who performs the surgical procedures.
Our solution is to separate the equipment of the operating room from the main power system with an isolation transformer. MEV monitors the electrical devices connected after that transformer. Our systems, which are specially developed for use in healthcare facilities and operating rooms in hospitals, include high-reliability isolation transformers and are internationally approved by medical authorities.
The fifth-generation MEV-8
We have developed our newest, fifth-generation MEV-8 in cooperation with hospital engineers. Our MEV-8 meets all the regulatory acts and technical standards internationally. MEV-8 was completed in production in 2019.
MEV-8 line isolation monitoring relay measures leakage current from floating isolated AC system to ground. MEV-8 also monitor measurement wires and transformer load / temperature. Alarms are indicated via LED lights and relay contacts. MEV- 8 operates 230Vac, 50/60Hz.
- Monitors the insulation of a floating IT network (leakage current), transformer load (current A) and temperature (°C).
EV-8 Monitoring panel
- Indicates insulation level alarms, line controller alarms and test lead faults.
M-8 Transformer monitoring panel
- Indicates any overloading and temperature alarms.
SP-8 System monitoring panel
- Indicates any insulation level alarms, line controller alarms and test lead faults as
well as transformer overloading and temperature alarms.
LC-8 Line controller
- Monitors the continuity of a floating IT network’s protective earth.
- Locates any insulation faults in a floating IT network.
AG-8 Alarm transfer unit
- AG-8 Alarm transfer unit transmits alarms to touch-screen panels and the control
room’s PC programmes via the rs-485 bus.
MEV-equipment in the new Children´s hospital in Helsinki
Finnish hospitals have still older generations, such as MEV-4 -equipment in their operating rooms. That shows our MEV-system to be durable, reliable and long-lasting. Constant quality control and careful manufacturing guarantee the quality and functionality of our equipment.
We are looking for distributors especially in Europe. We would be happy to tell you more.
We also deliver the MEV-8 system directly to hospitals all over the world.
Contact information: Managing Director Timo Ohtonen, Tel. +358 9 566 09210 or -
More detailed information about technics: Mr. Petri Pelkonen or Mr. Kimmo Konttinen, tel. +358 9 566 0920
MEV-team - strong experience in insulation monitoring
Our MEV-team has 39 years’ experience in insulation monitoring. PPO-Elektroniikka Oy is a reliable partner. We have received the highest possible Dun & Bradstreet Credit Worthiness Classification and the highest credit rating by Bisnode Finland.
PPO-Elektroniikka Oy is a member of the Association of Finnish Hospital Engineering.
Articles in international publications
The new IFHE Digest 2019 has been published by The International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE). On page 19, the article by our Development Manager Petri Pelkonen and Managing Director Timo Ohtonen: Important information about operating rooms and their electrical safety.
We had also a presentation of our MEV-7 -Insulation Level Monitoring System In IFHE Digest 2017.
IFHE Digest -publication offers views from hospital and healthcare sector written by engineers, architects and facility managers all over the world. IFHE Digest is published every year by The International Federation of Hospital Engineering.
We are happy to give more information about our MEV Insulation Monitoring System and electrical safety in medical G2 premises: +358 9 566 0920 or -