Motor control center technology for oil and gas, industrial applications

Eaton's arc-resistant version of its FlashGard motor control center technology is designed to both prevent an arc flash event and protect personnel if an arc flash occurs for oil and gas applications as well as other industrial applications where an arc flash event may occur.
By Eaton Corporation May 17, 2016

Eaton's arc-resistant version of its FlashGard motor control center technology is designed to both prevent an arc flash event and protect personnel if an arc flash occurs for oil and gas applications as well as other industrial applications where an arc f

Eaton’s arc-resistant version of its FlashGard motor control center technology is designed to both prevent an arc flash event and protect personnel if an arc flash occurs. The solution is designed to emphasize prevention, insulation, and isolation to support safety during maintenance operations in oil and gas, water and wastewater, mining, and other industrial applications. The FlashGard design enables units to be disconnected and reconnected to the vertical bus with the unit door closed; maintaining a dead-front barrier during maintenance operations helps enhance operator safety. The solution also incorporates Eaton’s RotoTrack racking mechanism, which is designed to provide bus isolation, stab indication and lockout features to proactively prevent the initiation of an arc flash event.

The FlashGard arc-resistant MCC is also engineered to provide the added benefit of NEMA Type 2 arc-resistant construction, meaning that arc resistant designs or features are present on the front, back, and sides of the assembly. In addition, Eaton’s Arcflash reduction maintenance system can be applied to the primary circuit breaker feeding the MCC to reduce fault-clearing time at work locations downstream of the device. For added protection, an optional remote operated racking device can advance and retract the bus connections from a distance of up to 25 ft to keep operators well outside of the arc flash boundary. 

Eaton Corporation

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