2014 Product of the Year finalists: Electrical Safety

Finalists in the Electrical Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2014 Product of the Year competition.


CBS ArcSafe RSA-187ARemote switch actuator

The CBS ArcSafe RSA-187A remote switch actuator allows technicians to remotely open and close TE and TF frame molded case circuit breakers from a distance of up to 300 ft while stationed outside of the arc-flash perimeter. The RSA-187A is compatible with all TE and TF molded case circuit breakers with ratings of 15 to 250 A at up to 600 V that are primarily used in switchboards, motor control centers, lighting, and customized power and control panel boards. The RSA-187A is lightweight, portable, and ideal for remote operation in difficult-to-access areas; the quick and simple setup is streamlined for repeated operation and requires no modifications to the user’s equipment.

CBS ArcSafe
Eaton Bussmann Class J fuse block
Power distribution fuse block

Eaton has introduced an innovative product that combines a Class J fuse block with a power distribution block, creating a solution that uses up to 50% less panel space and reduces installation time and labor by 33% when compared with traditional solutions. The power distribution fuse block is available with ratings of 100, 200, and 400 A and represents an industry-first solution that enhances overall system integrity. It utilizes safe, reliable technology to help both OEMs and end users save valuable panel space and reduce overall installation cost. Furthermore, the compact design uses fewer wire connections, which reduces watts loss and overall operating temperature.

Eaton Bussmann Fuses Made Simple
Control circuit selection program

Eaton has extended its Bussmann Series Fuses Made Simple program to include control circuits. This program is an easy and fast way to select and specify the right control circuit fuse. The program helps enhance the control fuse selection process and safety in a variety of commercial and industrial environments. It is designed to eliminate guesswork in the selection and specification process of supplementary control circuit fuses by utilizing a color-coding system. Each control circuit fuse has a different color label based on maximum voltage rating. The Fuses Made Simple—Control Circuits program features six color codes categorized by maximum voltage rating.

Eaton Crouse-Hinds PowerGard
Universal receptacles, back boxes

PowerGard receptacles and back boxes are engineered to supply power to lighting systems and panels in challenging environments. These universal receptacles and back boxes meet and exceed power needs with a universal footprint suitable for rig maintenance, retrofits, and new builds. PowerGard connectors offer longer product life, reduced maintenance, enhanced safety, and easy installation, and provide field flexibility for retrofits or installation in tight places. Featuring high impact strength, copper-free, aluminum housing, PowerGard connectors reject standard plug configurations that could potentially cause an arc in hazardous areas.


Eaton Crouse-Hinds Roughneck
Multi-pin, single pole connectors

The Roughneck multi-pin and single pole line are configurable connector platforms with options ranging from high-amperage single pole power to multiconductor control and instrumentation applications. The connectors are primarily used on land-based and offshore drilling rigs and can power equipment ranging from the top drive to the instrumentation in the operator's house. The line includes harsh/industrial and hazardous location connectors for use in Class I, Zone I applications. All products are certified to an IP68 environmental rating. The Roughneck line can be configured to suit user needs with options from 1,135 A rated single-pole power to smaller gauge multiconductor inserts.


Eaton Crouse-Hinds Type U Condulet
Type U fitting

Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds Type U Condulet fitting provides a universal solution for industrial applications. Enhanced design features include a smooth pulling surface that mimicks the sweeping bend of a factory 90 elbow and eases the burden of hand and mechanical wire pulling to deliver faster wire pulling. The Type U fitting’s angled cover opening addresses system access for splicing and future maintenance in corners and access points where installation of a LL, LR, LB, or factory 90 with a C fitting is not considered ideal. With a greater internal capacity than a standard Condulet, the Type U fitting provides a 40% wire fill rating and listing of the product as an enclosure.

Littelfuse SE-330
NGR monitoring relay

The SE-330 is an advanced ground-fault and neutral-grounding resistor (NGR) monitoring relay. It measures neutral current, neutral-to-ground voltage, and neutral-to-ground resistance. This relay provides continuous monitoring of the neutral-to-ground path to verify that the NGR is intact. The SE-330 can be used with low- and medium-voltage transformers and generators with low- or high-resistance grounding used in processing, manufacturing, chemical, pulp and paper, petroleum, and water-treatment facilities. Significant advancements of this series includes a 100-event data log with time-and-date stamp, replacing a 10-event non-time-stamped data logger, and a mini-USB interface.

Littelfuse Inc.
 Meltric DSN150
Combination plug, receptacle, disconnect switch

Meltric’s DSN150 is a combination plug, receptacle, and disconnect switch in one device. With the DSN150, installed workers can safely make and break live electrical connections up to 150 A or 75 hp. Safety features protect workers from electrical hazards and simplify NFPA 70E compliance. A safety shutter on the receptacle shields workers from live parts, and enclosed arc chambers prevent arc flash exposure. The DSN150 is the first model to be offered by Meltric Corp. that is UL listed with six optional contacts for control or monitoring of auxiliary equipment. The optional auxiliary/pilot contacts make last and break first when the plug is engaged or disengaged from the receptacle.

Meltric Corp.
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