Date: March 1, 2007

Eaton Introduces New FlashGard™ Motor Control Center, The First To Address The Dangers Of Arc Flashes

PITTSBURGH … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today introduced the FlashGard™ Low Voltage Motor Control Center (MCC) to address the dangers associated with arc flash events. FlashGard is the first in the industry to offer features that help prevent injuries from electric shock, arc-flash burns and arc-blasts.

To better enhance electrical safety, Eaton combined key safety features from various electrical industry products, including:

• Arc flash prevention

• Reduction of the time-available fault current

• Maintaining a closed door whenever possible

• Removing dangerous voltages from the unit

“These features will allow for safe access into the unit without exposure to the main bus voltage,” said Bill VanLandingham, Eaton business unit manager, Power Distribution & Control Assemblies. “They’ll also reduce the personal protective equipment required to complete routine maintenance and better protect operators from the hazards of an arc-flash event.”

FlashGard offers an insulated horizontal bus, an insulated labyrinth vertical bus, shutters to isolate the vertical bus when a unit is removed and finger-safe components inside the units. To reduce the time-available fault current, FlashGard offers an ARC Reduction Maintenance Switch. It also provides an applied breaker to reduce trip time during an arc flash.

Maintaining a closed-door unit is instrumental in mitigating an arc event. FlashGard offers disconnect units from the vertical bus with the door closed and an optional remote operated racking device. An operator may advance and retract the stabs from a distance of up to 25 feet. FlashGard also includes an unrestrictive racking mechanism to prevent overtorquing and an interlock to prevent removal of buckets while the stabs are engaged on the vertical bus.

“FlashGard represents an industry first and underscores Eaton’s commitment to the advancement of innovative arc flash safety solutions,” said VanLandingham.

Eaton’s Cutler-Hammer® brand FlashGard MCC is now available through the worldwide Eaton distribution channel or by contacting your local Eaton sales office. For more information, call


Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in electrical control, power distribution, uninterruptible power supply and industrial automation products and services. Eaton’s global electrical brands, including Powerware® and Cutler-Hammer®, provide customer-driven PowerChain ManagementTM solutions to serve the power system needs of the industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, Information Technology, mission critical and OEM markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 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, PowerChain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 60,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit

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