Arc-Resistant Switchgear uses environmentally friendly technology.

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Able to be shipped in single structure, ArcGard metal-enclosed load interrupter switchgear with arc-resistant enclosures provides centralized control and protection for medium-voltage power distribution equipment. It controls, collects, and channels decomposition of products from internal arcing faults to area away from perimeter of gear. While avoiding use of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) technology, unit incorporates vacuum interrupters as well as arc chute and flicker blade technology.

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Eaton Introduces New Arc-Resistant, Environmentally-Friendly Switchgear Designed to Enhance Safety for Industrial, Commercial and Utility Customers

PITTSBURGH … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton is introducing an arc-resistant, metal-enclosed load interrupter switchgear design, providing centralized control and protection for medium-voltage power distribution equipment. With environmentally-friendly switching technology, the ArcGard load-interrupter switchgear is engineered to enhance operator safety during maintenance operations for industrial, commercial, and utility customers. 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 Sulfur 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 channeling the decomposition of the products from internal arcing faults to a 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.

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.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. A global technology leader, Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in November 2012. The 2012 revenue of the combined companies was $21.8 billion on a pro forma basis. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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