ABB introduces new digital test switch

Original provider of Flexitest (FT) switches launches revolutionary technology to make testing safer, faster, and easier.

ABB today introduced a new test switch solution for digital switchgear using current and voltage sensors. With the FT-14D Digital FlexitestTM switches, a new era of protection relay testing can be performed more safely, quickly and easily. The FT-14D switch allows a customer to integrate current and voltage sensors within digital switchgear and protective relays and thereby enable the Industrial Internet of Things.

The FT-14D incorporates a passive electronic module on the rear with RJ45 connectors to the relays and sensors, while still maintaining the same switch design customers are familiar with on the front. The plug-and-play RJ45 interface harness allows for ease of installation. Meanwhile, the color-coded and lamicoid-labeled front handles allow for easy identification of circuits for testing. It is EMI/RFI (electromagnetic interference/radio frequency interference) and ESD (electrostatic discharge) proof for added security. Historically, there are safety concerns when testing with traditional current and voltage transformers, exposing you to potential blades when you short-circuit the output of the current transformers; this concern is virtually eliminated.

"ABB is proud to continue its leadership in the Flexitest switch product line," said Richard Lindo, General Manager for Electrification Products Distribution Solutions, Control and Protection Products - Distribution Automation. "We want to enable customers to operate the same tests in a safer and easier way, using the latest technology available."

ABB's newest enhancements to the FT product line prove its dedication to providing customers with safer and more reliable solutions. FT-14D has two styles, allowing an additional ground CT or 14 potential type poles. ABB will be displaying this equipment at IEEE T&D 2018 in Denver, CO at ABB booth #2510. For more information, visit the webpage.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

For more information please contact:

Natalie Hodges

Media Relations Manager Affolternstrasse 44
Electrification Products division
Phone: +41 (0)43 317 54 04
E-mail: natalie.
8050 Zurich


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