EC: Fuse and SPD Selector Tools
Software — Applications: Eaton's Fuse and Surge Protection Device selector tools can help customers cross reference popular solutions to pick the best option for their application. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.
Circuit and surge protection has become increasingly complex, requiring an increased knowledge on proper product selection. The resources, Eaton's Fuse and Surge Protection Device (SPD) selector tools, were developed to help customers cross reference popular solutions in order to pick the best option for their application.
For fuses, the online selector aids users in the selection of Bussmann series branch circuit, supplemental and photovoltaic (low voltage fuse) and medium voltage fuses (medium voltage fuse). The user can then select from the available attributes to find a fuse(s) that meets the application's criteria. Search results can be narrowed by selecting multiple attributes. Displayed results contain links to website pages that provided additional information.
For SPDs, users can sort by application, including construction, control panel or communication. Basic characteristics can then be chosen to narrow down the search to particular enclosure types, system configurations, operating voltages, short-circuit current rating and more. Lastly, users can select options including remote signals, alarms, surge counters, noise rejection. Displayed results contain links to website pages that provided additional information.
Choosing fuse and SPDs is a challenging issue that can pose a risk for specifiers and installers. Usually, the manufacturer only makes a minimal recommendation—usually a current rating and/or standards reference. By using Eaton's newest tools for Fuse and SPD selection, customers can more accurately identify the proper solution for their application to enhance safety and reliability.