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Increase profitability and reduce machine downtime

27 July 2016

Eaton published its Circuit Protection – a vital backbone for your machine whitepaper, which advises machine builders how they can gain a competitive edge from implementing a successful circuit protection strategy.

The whitepaper outlines steps machine builders can take to ensure operator safety, improve machine uptime, productivity and ultimately profitability for them and their manufacturing OEM customers.

The paper discusses electrical fault conditions such as over-currents, residual or leakage currents, arcing faults, shock hazard and surges. It also describes how they can threaten a power system and its users. It goes on to review the possible consequences if no or non-sufficient circuit protection measures are in place to prevent such problems or limit their effects, in addition to highlighting applicable standards and products available. 

“Choosing and sourcing the right protection components and balancing them against one another across an entire power distribution network is complex and challenging,” said Dr. Peter Terhoeven, R&D Group Manager at Eaton. “Nevertheless, machine builders can bring a real competitive advantage to their offering if they can find a circuit protection component partner with sufficient breadth and depth of stock, matched by equally comprehensive global technical and logistics support. The issue of circuit protection can become a sales advantage instead of a design problem.”

The whitepaper guides the machine builder through an area that’s wide-ranging and complex. It shows that as well as enhancing safety for operators, the right circuit protection can eliminate or significantly reduce loss of production. This can be through nuisance tripping, power blackouts, equipment failure or damage due to let-through of excess electrical energy caused by overload currents, overvoltage or other reasons.

By having an appropriate circuit protection strategy, productivity and uptime is maximised by ensuring that if a fault develops, only the power circuit local to the fault is shut down; the rest of the system continues production without interruption. Correct protection also improves uptime for the affected circuit by interrupting power before it can cause serious and permanent damage. 

Eaton boasts a range of products and solutions including RCD, MCB, MCCB, ACB, fuses and hydro-magnetic circuit breakers. As such, it is ideally positioned to help meet these objectives from specification through to installation and maintenance.

The whitepaper is available free to download from

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