SafeGear and SafeGear HD arc resistant switchgear meets or exceeds IEEE C37.20.2 for metal clad switchgear, IEEE C37.20.7 arc resistant testing guidelines, and has been seismically tested to IBC Region D. SafeGear is also qualified to Ip1.5.
SafeGear, rated up to and including 50kA, and SafeGear HD, rated for 63kA applications, not only meet the conventional standards for metal-clad switchgear, but goes beyond the metal-clad standards to provide the added protection of arc-resistant construction. The arc-resistant design reduces life cycle costs through equipment protection, and improves safety for operations and maintenance personnel.
During an arc fault, expanding hot gases are carefully routed through a system of vents and flaps, through the roof and ducted safely away from personnel at the front, rear, and sides of the switchgear. Doors and panels are reinforced and sealed to withstand the temporary pressure surge until relief vents and flaps operate.
Using techniques such as Type C construction with double sidewalls, damage is contained in the compartment of fault origination, rather than spreading to adjacent compartments (available in SafeGear only). Type B construction allows access to the isolated low voltage instrument compartment while still providing protection from an internal arcing fault. Additional features such as closed door racking, automatic secondary disconnects, and a top mounted plenum increase personnel safety and reduce PPE requirements.
Ultimately, equipment damage is reduced, equipment reliability is increased, and tragic injuries to employees are prevented.
A wide array of rugged, stackable circuit breaker and auxiliary equipment modules are assembled to form the switchgear lineup. The modules can be arranged in a variety of one-high and two-high configurations which allows for fast, efficient delivery of custom switchgear. Quality is assured by extensive design and production tests, coupled with manufacturing in facilities that have been certified in compliance with ISO 9001 and 14001.
SafeGear and SafeGear HD utilize the ADVAC spring charge mechanism breaker. The AMVAC magnetically actuated breaker is available for SafeGear. These breakers have the lowest total cost of ownership due to extremely low maintenance requirements and are the easiest breakers to maintain in the industry.