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Eaton introduces new arc-resistant switchgear design

EM News Bureau ,  Tuesday, June 04, 2013, 12:31 Hrs  [IST]

Eaton-ArcGard-ElectricalMonitorEaton has introduced an arc-resistant, metal-enclosed load interrupter switchgear design, providing centralized control and protection for medium-voltage power distribution equipment. The ArcGard load-interrupter switchgear is engineered to enhance operator safety during maintenance operations for industrial, commercial, and utility customers, a product statement by Eaton said. The ArcGard medium-voltage switchgear 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.

ArcGard switchgear is designed to protect personnel from dangerous arcing faults by controlling, collecting, and channeling 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 minimized between the main blades and stationary contacts for increased equipment life, the release observed.

ArcGard switchgear meets ANSI Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and C37.20.7 arcresistant standards for personnel protection, the release added.
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