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Load interrupter switchgear offers high-level safety

Posted: 14 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:load interrupter  switchgear  fault protection  ArcGard 

Eaton Corp., a diversified industrial manufacturer, has introduced an arc-resistant, metal-enclosed load interrupter switchgear design. The ArcGard load-interrupter switchgear's design provides centralized control and protection for medium-voltage power distribution equipment.

With environmentally-friendly switching technology, the ArcGard is engineered to enhance operator safety during maintenance operations for industrial, commercial, and utility customers. It is the first medium-voltage load interrupter switchgear with arc-resistant enclosures that can be shipped in a single structure—reducing customer costs and equipment space.

The new ArcGard metal-enclosed switchgear is an Eaton Green Leaf Label solution and meets stringent standards of sustainability and efficiency. Eaton switchgear solutions incorporate Eaton's industry-leading vacuum interrupters and avoid the use of Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) technology, which contributes to the greenhouse effect.

"The ArcGard switchgear is part of more than 40 Eaton arc flash prevention solutions and builds on more than 60 years of switchgear innovation," said Javvad Qasimi, product manager at Eaton.

ArcGard metal-enclosed switchgear is designed to protect personnel from dangerous arcing faults by controlling, collecting, and channelling the decomposition of the products from internal arcing faults to an area away from the perimeter of the gear. Eaton's arc-resistant load interrupter switchgear incorporates arc chute and flicker blade technology, which means arcing is minimised between the main blades and stationary contacts for increased equipment life.

ArcGard switchgear meets American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and C37.20.7 arc-resistant standards for personnel protection. Additionally, the ArcGard switchgear is seismically tested to meet International Building Code (IBC) 2006 and California Building Code (CBC) 2007 standards.

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