EC: Fuses Made Simple
Power - Energy, power protection: Fuses Make Simple is the easiest and fastest way to select and specify the right fuse. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.
Fuses Made Simple groups the UL low voltage, branch circuit fuse portfolio into three tiers of protection and four fuse families, based on key performance characteristics. This makes it easy for users to select the appropriate fuse for the application or select a protection upgrade. The new label design also features a consistent and easy to read layout allowing users to gather important information on each fuse regardless of how it’s installed in the equipment.
Three tiers of protection help speed up specification and selection. Each tier offers distinct levels of performance benefits to help customers determine the desired level of protection for their application. Protection tiers include:
- Ultimate protection provides worry-free protection in virtually any application. The unique, dual-element construction delivers a powerful combination of all performance characteristics in one fuse, including fast short-circuit protection and current limitation as well as time-delay performance with up to 300 kA interrupting rating that can safely interrupt the highest levels of fault current to be encountered.
- Advanced protection delivers application-specific performance for sensitive devices and critical components (such as motors and transformers). Users can choose either fast short-circuit, current-limiting performance or energy-efficient, time-delay, current-limiting performance based on the protection need with 200 kA interrupting ratings.
- Basic protection meets the basic circuit protection needs for service, feeder, and branch circuit applications with up to 100 kA interrupting ratings.
Inside these three protection tiers are four distinct fuse families, each represented by a unique color: Low-Peak (yellow), Fusetron (green), Limitron (black), and General Purpose (gray). These colors visually communicate the performance benefits of the fuse families and eliminate confusion during the fuse selection process.
Every fuse in the Fuses Made Simple program clearly and consistently displays critical fuse information—including the part number, amp rating, voltage rating, and agency listings—in an easy-to-read format.
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