Circuit Breaker performs three tasks at once.

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Compact P&B W51 series thermal circuit breaker snaps into same cutout as many common power switches. When supplied with indicator lamp, it can replace 3 separate components: circuit breaker, indicator lamp, and power rocker switch. Trip-free, rocker actuated switch is rated for 5-20 A and is UL recognized as supplementary protector for the United States and Canada. Applications include household goods, fitness equipment, office machines, and industrial equipment.

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Circuit Protection and Switching Integrate with P&B W51 Circuit Breaker

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22 - Tyco Electronics recently introduced the P&B W51 series thermal circuit breaker. The new product is a thermal circuit breaker that doubles as a power rocker switch. When specified with its optional indicator lamp, a single P&B W51 circuit breaker can replace three components in a piece of equipment, permitting a reduction in component count, assembly time and cost. The compact, trip-free, rocker actuated design is rated for five to twenty amps. It is suitable for a wide range of applications in household goods, fitness equipment, office machines and industrial equipment.

The P&B W51 circuit breaker is designed to snap into the same cutout as many common power switches. Standard .250" quick connect tabs are used for wire termination: P&B W51 circuit breakers will continuously carry 100% of their rated capacity and may trip between 101% and 134% of their capacity. At 135% of rated capacity, the P&B W51 circuit breaker is designed to trip within one hour.

P&B W51 circuit breakers have an interrupt capacity of 1,000 amps per UL 1077 and have a resettable overload capacity of ten times the rated current. Reset time is rated at sixty seconds. The P&B W51 circuit breaker is UL recognized as a supplementary protector for the United States and Canada.

A 5-amp P&B W51 circuit breaker is priced as low as $1.12 each in 10,000 piece quantities. Delivery is four to six weeks.

For more information on P&B W51 series circuit breaker, contact Tyco Electronics' technical support center at 1-800-522-6752 or send e-mail to More information on the web at

Tyco Electronics is one of the major business units of Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC, LSE: TYI, BSX: TYC). Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Tyco Electronics is the world's largest passive electronic components manufacturer; a world leader in cutting-edge wireless, active fiber optic and complete power systems technologies; and is also rapidly developing extensive networking and building technology installation services. The company has facilities located in 51 countries serving customers in the aerospace, automotive, computer, communications, consumer electronics, industrial and power industries. Tyco Electronics provides advanced technology products from over forty well-known and respected brands, including Agastat, Alcoswitch, AMP, AMP NETCONNECT, Buchanan, CII, CoEv, Critchley, Elcon, Elo TouchSystems, M/A-COM, Madison Cable, OEG, OneSource Building Technologies, Potter & Brumfield, Raychem, Schrack, Simel and TDI Batteries.

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