EATON CORPORATION DELIVERS ARC FLASH SOLUTION TO INCREASE PERSONNEL SAFETY AND EFFICIENCIES OF MAINTENANCE
PITTSBURGH, PA … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE: ETN) recently announced the availability of Arc Flash Reduction Maintenance System (ARMS) for low-voltage power circuit breakers that improve safety by providing a simple method to reduce fault clearing time.
The ARMS Technologies™, a patented Eaton Corporation technology, is a protective feature that lowers the available arc flash energy to a connected downstream circuit, reducing the potential for serious injury to employees working on or near energized equipment. The ARMS Technologies™ product is a plug-in module that allows an instantaneous pickup level to be added to a tripping system, or temporarily lowers the existing instantaneous setting during maintenance periods.
The ARMS Technologies™ feature is available as a new option on Magnum DS Circuit Breakers and can be added as a field upgrade to any existing low voltage power breakers equipped with Digitrip™ trip systems. A comprehensive family of Digitrip Trip Unit Retrofit Kits with the ARMS Technologies™ feature is available for Magnum, DB, DS, and DS-II Breakers as well as many other manufacturers low voltage power breakers.
“These products help establish Eaton Corporation as an early innovator in the field of Arc Flash solutions,” said Bill VanWormer, Marketing Manager Aftermarket Products and Services. “Eaton Corporation is developing a growing list of Arc Flash solutions, equipped with ARMS Technologies™.”
In an arc flash incident, electrical energy is converted into heat, pressure, visible light and radiation. A circuit breaker equipped with ARMS Technologies™ can improve safety by providing a reliable method to reduce fault clearing time, thereby reducing the incident energy at downstream devices.
By enabling the ARMS Technologies™, either locally at the trip or remotely, operations personnel can safely perform maintenance on downstream equipment such as switchboards or a Motor Control Center (MCC). ARMS Technologies™ can also reduce the Hazard Risk Category, resulting in improved personnel safety and a decrease of the level of costly and bulky personal protective equipment that hamper workers’ ability to perform maintenance tasks. ARMS Technologies™ is controlled by a lockable switch that can easily activate a faster tripping time at the work location and be incorporated into a Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedure.
“Reducing employee exposure to electrical arcs is of critical importance in today’s work environment,” said Larry Connor, Product Line Manager for Low Voltage Power Breakers. “The ARMS Technologies™ feature further demonstrates Eaton’s industry leadership in product designs that support the most recent electrical standards and regulations aimed at improving worker safety in high-risk areas.”
In the electrical industry, Eaton is a global leader in electrical control, power distribution, and industrial automation products and services. Through advanced product development, world class manufacturing methods and global engineering services and support, Eaton provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Cutler-Hammer®, Powerware, Durant®, Heinemann®, Holec®, and MEM®, which globally serve the changing needs of the industrial, utility, light commercial, residential, and OEM markets. Eaton is the source for many direct replacement breaker and control products for Westinghouse and Challenger brands. For more information, visit www.EatonElectrical.com
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2004 sales of $9.8 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 59,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.