Solutions for semiconductor panel components

3 Solutions for power panels in semiconductor fabs

Machine builders serving the semiconductor industry face some particularly tough requirements for power quality and reliability. Read about three technologies available in panel components that can help meet those requirements.  

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Plug-in breaker

Learn the 4 key benefits of plug-in breakers

Plug-in technology is gaining wider acceptance among panelboard and switchboard equipment builders. They are capitalizing on the four big benefits of plug-in breakers to differentiate themselves with safer, more reliable products.

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Choose enhanced breaker and controller options to build more-competitive panels

Choose enhanced breaker and controller options to build more-competitive panels

Panel builders have many opportunities to incorporate smart, connected devices to make panels more functional and desirable to customers. In this article, we will examine the benefits and applications of 4 potential motor-protection-device configurations.

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compliance with UL standards for MCCs

Three insights on ensuring compliance with UL standards for MCCs

Builders and buyers of motor control centers (MCCs) rely on standards, notably UL 845, to ensure panel safety and functionality. This article provides insights and tips to help you better understand key elements of those standards.

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mini circuit breaker trip curves

What you need to know about miniature circuit breaker trip curves

One of the critical criteria when selecting miniature circuit breakers is their trip curve. Awareness of these curves will help you select the right breakers for your applications, and diagnose potential nuisance tripping issues.

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Smarter breakers

Smarter breakers enable higher-performing panels

Some panel builders are content to offer traditional, serviceable designs. Others position themselves as higher-value providers, offering panels with more functions and performance. They often achieve that by relying on smarter breakers.

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backup-power control system

Boost the reliability of your backup-power control system

Facility managers with backup-power systems are like skydivers; they can’t know if the backup actually works until they need it. Using smart devices in power-control-system panels greatly increases backup-power system reliability.

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automatic transfer switch

3 things to think about when selecting an automatic transfer switch

The automatic transfer switch has moved from a relatively mundane role in power distribution and control systems to being a major player. Read about three traits to consider to ensure you select the right ATS for your application.

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Streamlining panel design

Streamlining panel design equals higher SCCR


Sean Ghoddoucy, Segment Manager, National Alliance Accounts, ABB
Daniel Lightsey, ABB Ability(TM), Smart Power

Panels with higher AIC / SCCR ratings provide superior safety, helping protect employees and equipment while avoiding production losses and scrap. OEM machine builders and panel builders can pursue several paths to achieve those higher ratings.

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short circuit current ratings

4 Steps to calculate short circuit current ratings in industrial control panels

short circuit current ratings

Daniel Lightsey
ABB Ability(TM), Smart Power

Marcelo E. Valdes
PE, IEEE Fellow Applications Eng. Manager
ABB Electrification Products Industrial Solutions

Short circuit current ratings (SCCR) are a critical specification when designing industrial control panels. Determining the appropriate SCCR actually requires no calculations. Instead, there is a simple, four-step process to follow.

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