It doesn't take much to unleash an arc flash- but the consequences can be devastating. A wrench slipping from a worker's hand can produce a disastrous explosion that can maim or kill employees, destroy equipment, and disrupt a facility for weeks.
The main line of defense against arc flashes is to prevent them, but when flashes do occur, most electrical systems are ill prepared to contain them. That's because the traditional techniques used to handle flashes are rudimentary. Traditional arc-resistant switchgear is designed not to eliminate the flash, but to muffle it, exhausting its energy through a chimney or plenum. It provides no protection for equipment. Even worse, its effectiveness can be severely compromised if a cabinet door is open or a panel is off- as it is likely to be during routine maintenance.
GE's innovative Arc Vault™ takes a different approach. It doesn't exhaust the arc flash; it extinguishes it. Arc Vault™ can stop an arcing fault in less than eight milliseconds, a fraction of the time that traditional systems need to stop a flash.
Arc Vault™ sets the new standard for arc fault protection, but that's not the whole story. It also saves you money. By reducing downtime, decreasing switchgear damage, and the ability to be added as a retrofit, it enables you to maximize your return on your existing equipment.
Arc Vault™ is another way GE uses technology to add value to your business.
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