Overhead Switch targets emerging Smart Grid systems.

Press Release Summary:

Designed to meet or exceed IEEE and ANSI standards, GridGuard Switch provides power utilities with remote and local operation as well as flexible switching capabilities. Three-phase, gang-operated, medium-voltage unit includes maximum safety features for crews during line disconnection. With GridGuard switch as line management and restoration tool, utilities can efficiently maintain lines and manage and restore power as needed.

Original Press Release:

ABB Announces GridGuard Overhead Switch for Smart Grid Distribution Systems

New three-phase, gang-operated medium voltage switch provides utilities with easy integration, flexible switching capabilities

Tampa, Florida, - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced the introduction of a new distribution class three-phase overhead, gang-operated medium voltage switch for emerging Smart Grid systems.

The ABB GridGuard switch - the only unit on the market that meets or exceeds both IEEE and ANSI standards, which is very important considering current rating and momentary interruptions - provides investor-owned and public power utilities with easy integration, remote and local operation, and flexible switching capabilities.

With the ABB GridGuard switch as a line management and restoration tool, utilities can more efficiently maintain their lines and manage and restore power as needed.

Utilities using GridGuard should experience higher reliability with fewer interruptions, shorter downtimes and efficient line management. The GridGuard switch also includes maximum safety features for crews during line disconnection, increasing both line crew confidence and productivity.

"We are pleased to announce the new GridGuard overhead switch as a major expansion of our medium voltage distribution components portfolio," said Mohamed Abdelrahim, sales and marketing manager for ABB. "Along with the ABB AutoLink electronic sectionalizer, this switch is an ideal fit within newly-designed Smart Grid systems and provides utilities with easy integration, standards compliance and flexible switching capabilities."

ABB announced it will provide full engineering, customer service and sales support for this comprehensive switch product offering. The switch is available with a variety of interrupter options, mounting configurations and control mechanisms, including a motor-driven feature. The GridGuard switch, supported by ABB's medium voltage facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, also provides no external-arc interruption for line, transformer or cable switching.

For more information, please visit www.abb.com/mediumvoltage.

This announcement was made at DistribuTech, a major annual transmission and distribution trade show and exhibition held this year in Tampa.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 12,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.

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