Remote Racking Device employs medium-voltage safety feature.
January 21, 2010 -
Meeting needs of safety-conscious maintenance personnel, Low-Voltage Switchgear Remote Racking Device lets operators move up to 30 ft away from draw-out breaker during racking procedures. Push of start button draws circuit breaker out with 115 V motor in gearbox, and another push racks circuit breaker back into place. Cable-connected, handheld device permits remote control of gearbox and racking motor and incorporates motor directional switch and circuit breaker reset toggle switch.
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GE Co., GE Consumer Products
Louisville, KY, 40225
GE's Low-Voltage Switchgear Remote Racking Device First to Employ Medium-Voltage Safety Feature
PLAINVILLE, CT-Safety-conscious maintenance personnel in need of low-voltage breaker racking equipment will be charged up about GE's new Low-Voltage Switchgear Remote Racking Device. It allows operators to move up to 30 feet away from a draw-out breaker during racking procedures, a safety feature previously only available in medium-voltage switchgear.
Easy to operate, the new product's cable-connected handheld device permits remote control of the gearbox and racking motor. A simple push of a start button draws the circuit breaker out with a 115-volt motor in the gearbox. Another push of the button racks the circuit breaker back into place.
"Physically removing users from the breaker racking mechanics during operation provides a peace of mind not usually attainable in low-voltage applications," says Jane Barber, product manager, GE Consumer & Industrial. "Our first-of-its-kind solution delivers excellent compatibility, great functionality and newfound safety traits."
Along with new safety and ease-of-use features, GE's new Low-Voltage Switchgear Remote Racking Device offers:
A fully operational portable gearbox that allows a user to easily move a draw-out circuit breaker between "connect" and "disconnect" positions, provide "in/out" racking control with a motor directional switch, and control power with a circuit breaker reset toggle switch;
The convenience of using 115-volt AC power with a four-foot, plug-in power cord, and a sliding latch for attachment to the front of the breakers (WavePro(TM) or EntelliGuard(TM));
Compatibility and retrofit capability for products shipped before June 2005; Small Frame (800-2000 Amp) WavePro breakers accept the Racking Device without modification; Existing Large Frame (3200-5000 Amp) WavePro breakers compatible by simply replacing the cubicle door; all EntelliGuard breakers accept the Racking Device without modifications; Large Frame WavePro breakers (3200 Amp and above) require an accessory kit and a retrofit door.
WavePro(TM) and EntelliGuard(TM) are trademarks of General Electric Company.
To learn more about potential product applications, current distributors should contact 1-800-GE-1STOP. New customers should visit the "Where to Buy" or "Contact Us" links at www.geelectrical.com.
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