Rockwell Automation introduced the industry’s first 50-kA, arc-resistant medium-voltage drive featuring full regeneration capabilities. The advanced ArcShield technology adds to the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 7000 medium-voltage drive product line. Combined with an integrated arc-resistant Allen-Bradley CENTERLINE starter, the new PowerFlex 7000 drive system with ArcShield technology provides a fully integrated, arc-resistant starter-and-drive system.
The ArcShield technology redirects hazardous energy and gases created from an arc-flash event away from personnel. This helps reduce safety risks and protect equipment in heavy process industries, such as oil and gas, mining, power generation, and water and wastewater treatment.
The arc-resistant system is certified to meet the most stringent and comprehensive set of global arc-resistant standards. It provides a 50-kA arc rating and also meets Type 2B protection to provide full perimeter personnel protection, even when the low-voltage control door is open for maintenance purposes.
“The PowerFlex 7000 drive system with ArcShield technology is the latest addition to our growing portfolio of arc-resistant products. It has been developed to support the increasing requirements of the electrical safety programs implemented by our customers,” explained John Kay, C.E.T., product manager for Rockwell Automation’s medium-voltage MCC product line, and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. “The new drive system offers an integrated safety solution to reduce the safety burden put on industrial end users. Our unique designs were influenced by direct feedback and requirements requested by customers.”
Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com