Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
These solar disconnect switches for solar photovoltaic (PV) circuits have been introduced by Eaton. They are UL 98 listed and are labeled for NEC Article 690 PV applications per UL 1741 requirements. The switches have multiple factory-wired poles and factory-installed jumpers. They include a neutral block for grounded conductors, equipment-grounding lug, and clear polycarbonate dead front shield to prevent accidental contact with live parts. Only one fuse is required in these fused-style switches, and fuse clips are located on the center pole, away from potential back-feed. The switches are available from 30 to 600 amps and in a variety of enclosure styles.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.