5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Motor Disconnect Switch

Dust, water, corrosive chemicals and airborne particles are severe hazards to many manufacturing and production facilities. Any environment where critical electrical equipment is exposed to these elements is at risk, including your motor disconnects and switched receptacles.

Dust, water, corrosive chemicals and airborne particles are severe hazards to many manufacturing and production facilities. Any environment where critical electrical equipment is exposed to these elements is at risk, including your motor disconnects and switched receptacles.

Manufacturers and facilities must comply with regulations that require lockout devices to be within eyesight of equipment, and in plants that operate in food manufacturing and similar industries, there is no choice but to place those lockout devices in areas where liquid, chemicals, corrosives, and dust are abundant.

Unfortunately, most motor lockout/tagout devices aren’t built for these harsh environments. Only MENNEKES offers the industry-first compact sloped top enclosure that provides the ultimate sanitary design with its SPEC Grade Stainless Steel motor disconnects and switched receptacles.

Following are five signs you should look for to determine if your motor lockout/tagout device needs to be replaced with a cleaner and safer design.

1. Clean Design

Is your motor disconnect switch designed to ensure there are no places for water and debris to pool? Is it clean? Is it easy to install? To solve the drainage problems that other enclosures have, MENNEKES offers a generous drainage channel and an industry-first 15-degree sloped roof design. This innovative sloped top ensures run-off of liquids for the cleanest installation. No other line disconnect on the market provides this compact design other than the MENNEKES SPEC Grade Stainless Steel motor disconnects and switched receptacles.

Furthermore, all MENNEKES SPEC Grade Motor Disconnect Switch enclosures provide ample wiring space for easy installation and sealed fixing holes for flush rear-wall mounting. Together with the unique sloped roof, these features make the MENNEKES SPEC Grade Motor Disconnect Switch not only clean but also extremely easy to work with.

2. Materials

Is your motor lockout/tagout device impervious to water, dust, and corrosive materials? To be reliable (and to reduce your replacement costs), your device should be watertight. MENNEKES SPEC Grade Motor Disconnect Switches are made of 304 Stainless Steel and are designed for the harshest operating conditions. A one-piece punched gasket ensures the seal is both watertight and dust tight.

3. Safety

Does your motor disconnect switch meet current safety regulations? All MENNEKES SPEC Grade models have padlockable handles and are fully compliant with OSHA LO/TO regulations. Switches meet all code requirements, and for operator safety, MENNEKES patented mechanism on interlocked units assures "No Load" make and break of the plug connected equipment.

4. Size

Is your motor disconnect switch and receptacle the right size? The MENNEKES SPEC Grade Motor Disconnect Switches are offered in three sizes of NEMA 4X enclosures, including a small footprint option that’s a super-compact size, value-priced, and includes many of the features of larger options. There is a flexible option for any installation and budget.

5. Reliability

Do you trust that your motor disconnect switch can get the job done? Industrial environments have specific needs from their switches. They also need to reduce downtime or critical equipment during maintenance. MENNEKES SPEC Grade switches are designed to meet these needs in the harshest conditions by providing reliable and convenient power options in one compact enclosure.

Increase Safety and Cleanliness with the Innovative Sloped Top Design

Replacing old or sub-standard equipment with innovative MENNEKES SPEC Grade motor disconnects and switched receptacles that include the industry’s only compact sloped top design can improve your facility’s safety and productivity while reducing long-term costs. It’s the cleanest and safest solution for complex environments.

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