ABB introduces TruckMaster for remote racking to improve switchgear operator safety

2017-11-23 - TruckMaster solutions increase personnel safety by maintaining a safe distance between personnel and equipment during operations, providing the most effective means to avoid injuries such as internal arc events

Circuit breaker racking motorization places a safe distance between the operator and the switchgear, which safeguards non-internal arc classified switchgear and/or switchgear when the door is opened to rack-in/out. It offers a cost-effective motorization solution for maintenance related operations.

Beside the TruckMaster floor-rolling (FR) version, which is suitable for new floor-rolling retrofit breakers, ABB now introduces a new TruckMaster Cassette (CS) version for the global market that allows remote racking control for rotary racking mechanism-based circuit breakers. TruckMaster CS is versatile and can cope with all products with similar design, providing a light weight remote control solution with no need for panel modifications.

The new solution can be applied to ABB panels with cassette or floor-rolling circuit breakers, with two-position screw/rotary racking systems and equipped with withdrawable active, legacy and retrofit apparatus. The same is applicable to non-ABB panels assembled with ABB cassettes and breakers. TruckMaster also enhances safety for internal arc classified switchgear not equipped with a gas outlet and reduces the effects of very loud noise on operators.

“TruckMaster can be used as a working tool for the most up-to-date switchgear types, enhancing their operability and preventing human errors related to manual operations, preserving mechanism and interlock integrity as it applies the right force and arrests any operation in case of an abnormal encountered resistance due to the embedded self-stopping system” says Alessandro Palin, Managing Director of ABB’s Medium Voltage business.

This solution allows operating personnel to carry out the racking procedures from a safety distance with the panel door closed. The design integrates a portable, external driver controlled by the operator through a remote console. The driver docking is applied to the panel door, when motorized control is required, in order to accept the link with the portable driver. The magnetic driver docking allows a fast and easy readiness of the racking operation.

A single TruckMaster kit enables remote motorized switchgear line-up enabling a 50 percent reduction in cost compared to traditional motorized truck breaker upgrades.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.

For more information please contact:
Lynette Jackson
Head of Communications
Electrification Products Division
Phone: +41 (0)43 317 54 04
Affolternstrasse 44
8050 Zurich

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