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GE Brings Simultaneous Safety And Reliability To Electrical Systems

GE’s Industrial Solutions business has announced the ArcWatch circuit breaker communication technology, which allows customers to enable an electrical system design that maximizes uptime while providing continuous arc-flash mitigation. The ArcWatch technology ensures only the circuit breakers nearest to the fault trip, a process that can take as little as 4 milliseconds.

Washington, D.C. (Manufacturing.net) — GE’s Industrial Solutions business has announced the ArcWatch circuit breaker communication technology, which allows customers to enable an electrical system design that maximizes uptime while providing continuous arc-flash mitigation. The ArcWatch technology uses a combination of communication algorithms across the GE portfolio of circuit breakers to ensure only the circuit breakers nearest to the fault trip, a process that can take as little as 4 milliseconds. This limits the energy in the event of an arc flash, protecting both people and equipment.

Systems with ArcWatch built-in reduced the impact of an event to <8 cal/cm2, which means there are lower requirements for using personal protective equipment. The use of fire-resistant clothing, instead of an arc-flash suit, makes it easier for electricians to work with their hands, making work faster.

Learn more at www.ge.com.

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