The arc guard power center is a piece of electrical equipment that has become standard in many underground mines. This system is designed to withstand the forces generated by a furious bolted fault. These systems will power electrical circuit breakers when a fault is detected. This arc-resistant underground mining electrical equipment provides a new level of protection for personnel performing duties underground.
Arc guard power centers are a crucial technology that can protect equipment and personnel in an emergency. The system can close breakers and change relay settings in seconds to protect equipment. Programming PLCs and changing relay settings and instruments can happen in seconds, and these functions typically take cover removal for a shutdown.
Arc guard power centers are verified through interruption tests before they ship out to the customer. Short-circuit and short-time withstand tests on all equipment are taking place under the supervision of QA officials. Our generations within the power circuit breaker are instantly cool that extinguished by the breaker in seconds. This can be a crucial catch that can prevent the chance of a catastrophic failure.
Arc-resistant electrical equipment provides added protection and insurers that you can meet all ANSI IEEE standards for electrical hazards. Internal arcing faults can occur quite commonly due to insulation degradation or contamination. Even something as simple as the water entrance into a mining site could cause a severe accident. With these tools in place, you can prevent a curious arc fault and ensure the voltage has a path to dissipate safely.
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This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker/SMC. For nearly half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of safety, producing the best arc guard in the industry. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features, and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.