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Circuit breaker factory authorized mechanism enhancements (FAME)

Eaton’s circuit breaker factory authorized mechanism enhancement (FAME) increases the life of VCP-W medium-voltage vacuum circuit breakers and Eaton MV-VR breakers, significantly reducing costs and ongoing maintenance requirements. FAME is ideal for switchgear modernization and upgrades.
Longer life
10-year or 10,000 operation scheduled maintenance intervals
Improved reliability
Increased mechanical endurance using advanced synthetic lubricant and robust components
Long-term savings
Extended maintenance intervals reduce labor expenses and process down-time
FAME mechanism

Gain longer life and savings

The FAME process involves upfront inspections and tests, and enhances the entire mechanism to include the following components:

  • Enhanced lubrication
  • Cast iron bearing block
  • Main-link roller and cam
  • Enhanced motor cut-off cam
  • Rugged anti-reverse system
  • Enhanced vertical supports
  • Escutcheon decal 

Significantly extend maintenance intervals

The maintenance interval of a FAME-enhanced VCP-W mechanism is 10,000 operations or 10 years, whichever comes first, if applied per usual service conditions as defined in IEEE Std C37.04 ™ 1999. This applies to all distribution-class circuit breakers rated up to 2000A continuous current, 41 kA max short circuit, 15 kV max voltage. FAME features a standard 3 year warranty. (2 years if applied as a motor starter)

Achieve dramatic long-term savings

The FAME process returns a superior product that requires no scheduled maintenance over a 10-year period — versus a typical VCP-W circuit breaker that can may require reconditioning up to four times in that time period. FAME may be added to a Class 1 reconditioning service, or as a stand-alone offering. Eaton also offers a tune up after 10 years to ensure your mechanism continues to operate even longer.

Remote power racking system (RPR-2)

Eaton’s RPR-2, enables remote racking of circuit breakers from leading manufacturers that can be inserted or removed using the rotation of a shaft. Operators may remain 25 feet or more away from the switchgear door during the racking process, which is outside of the arc flash protection boundary.

Safety first

As one of the largest and most experienced teams in the industry, Eaton strives to create a zero-incident culture through the implementation of our Safety Policy including division safety managers, layered risk assessments and a voice of the customer campaign. You can rest assured that every Eaton service professional is dedicated to continually improving our environmental health and safety performance through prevention, protection and preparation.
engineer inspecting switchgear

It’s all about you

Eaton’s engineering services team is dedicated to understanding your business so we can optimize your power system for safety, reliability and efficiency. With more than 1,500 experts in 60 locations throughout Canada and the U.S., and more around the world trained on major manufacturers’ equipment, our experienced engineers can diagnose problems, identify ways to improve performance, and transform concepts into practical solutions. With 24/7 support, we are available whenever you need us.

Turnkey solutions

From equipment modernization/upgrade to complete design, construction and commissioning of a new substation, Eaton’s turnkey power system team has the expertise and resources to design and manage your entire project from start to finish. Achieve a safer, more reliable and cost-efficient power system and the convenience of a single point of contact to reduce risk, schedule and budget.