EC: XT Motor Control Center
Motion Control - Drives: Eaton XT motor control centers provide 24-Vdc control power in a compact footprint, and are designed to improve uptime and enhance safety for commercial, industrial, and OEM applications. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
The Eaton XT motor control center (MCC) provides users with a powerful, flexible offering that is capable of servicing all motor control applications.
At the heart of the XT offering is the NEMA-rated version of the XT contactor. This rugged contactor has a large installed base and a proven track record of reliability in numerous applications.
If communications is required, Eaton simplifies the task by providing out of the box, communicating versions of the XT MCC, which will communicate via either the EtherNet/IP or ModbusT TCP protocols. A linking device is added when DeviceNet, PROFIbUS or any other network protocol is required. Communications-enabled versions of the XT MCC allow customers to configure, control and monitor their system so that maintenance and operations personnel can identify and address problems before they cause downtime or energy waste.
By adding Eaton's FlashGard technology, the first arc-preventative motor control center technology available, customers can prevent and protect personnel and equipment from the dangers of arc flash. FlashGard is a revolutionary technology that enables the unit's stabs to be retracted from or engaged onto the vertical bus while its door remains closed. Maintaining a closed door during these operations places maintenance personnel in front of a closed door should an arc-flash event occur. This is a radically different approach from conventional MCCs where stab retraction and engagement is performed with an open door, which further exposes maintenance personnel to the dangers of an arc blast.
Further, the XT's compact unit footprint enables one MCC structure to be populated with a maximum of 12 units, making it perfect for applications where a limited installation footprint is available.
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