Small-Vault Switchgear can operate outside vault for safety.

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Constructed of solid dielectric EPDM rubber, which is free of oil and sulfur hexafluoride, Elastimold® Small-Vault Switchgear offers low-maintenance operation and reliability in submersible applications. System helps maximize safety via operation outside of power distribution vaults with insulated fiberglass pole. Available in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-way configurations with 15 kV or 27 kV voltage class, switchgear fits into new and legacy small utility vaults.

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Elastimold® Small-Vault Switchgear Improves Safety with Capability for Operation Outside Vault

Thomas & Betts Product Line Extension Features Low-Maintenance, Solid Dielectric EPDM Construction

MEMPHIS, Tenn., – Thomas & Betts (T&B) has extended its line of underground distribution switchgear with Elastimold® Small-Vault Switchgear, which improves safety via operation outside of power-distribution vaults with an insulated fiberglass pole (hot stick).

Elastimold Small-Vault Switchgear is constructed of solid dielectric ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber, which is free of oil and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) for low-maintenance operation and reliability in submersible applications. It is also compatible with the evolving smart grid.

In addition to safety, low maintenance and reliability, Elastimold Small-Vault Switchgear fits into new and legacy small utility vaults, which minimizes retrofitting costs for investor-owned utilities (IOUs), public-power utilities and other power-distribution operations.

“We designed Elastimold Small-Vault Switchgear for an IOU customer that needed switchgear retrofitted into legacy vaults with small spaces,” Ralph Donati, product marketing director at T&B, said. “The design makes it accessible from the street level with a hot stick, in response to the customer’s need for safer operation of solid dielectric switchgear that will be retrofitted into legacy vaults with space restrictions. The customer has been very pleased with the results.”

Elastimold Small-Vault Switchgear is available in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-way configurations. Voltage classes are available in 15kV or 27kV.

For more information about Elastimold Small-Vault Switchgear from T&B, please visit and look for Elastimold on the “Brands” tab, or call (800) 238-5000.

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, please visit

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