The Case for Molded Case Circuit Breakers

7 important facts for Engineering consideration:

We’re talking about protecting your entire control panel - pretty important isn't it?  Molded case circuit breakers have held the number one position for this application for many years.  Molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) offer several advantages that make them a popular choice in electrical applications, specifically the main power feed disconnect and protector.  Here are seven important facts concerning MCCB’s:

  • 1.  Overcurrent Protection: MCCBs are designed to protect electrical circuits from overcurrent situations, such as short circuits and overload conditions. They can quickly interrupt the flow of electricity when these events occur, preventing damage to equipment and minimizing downtime.
  • 2.  Reliability: MCCBs are built to high standards of reliability and durability, making them suitable for use in various industrial and commercial environments. They undergo rigorous testing to ensure their performance and safety.
  • 3.  Compact Design: MCCBs typically have a compact and space-saving design, making them easy to install in electrical panels and enclosures with limited space. Their compact size also facilitates transportation and handling.
  • 4.  Ease of Installation: Installing MCCBs is relatively straightforward, especially compared to traditional fuses or other types of circuit protection devices. They can be easily mounted in electrical panels and connected to wiring systems.
  • 5.  Long Lifespan: MCCBs are built to withstand repeated operations and harsh operating conditions, resulting in a long service life. This longevity reduces the need for frequent replacements and contributes to overall cost savings.
  • 6.  Compliance with Standards: MCCBs are designed and manufactured to comply with relevant industry standards and regulations, ensuring their safety and reliability. This compliance provides peace of mind to users and helps meet legal requirements.
  • 7.  Wide Range of Ratings: MCCBs are available in a wide range of current ratings, voltage ratings, and trip characteristics to suit various applications and operating conditions. This versatility makes them suitable for use in diverse electrical systems.

Overall, the use of molded case circuit breakers provides efficient and reliable protection for electrical systems, specifically the main power feed and protection of other downstream devices.

American Electrical, Inc. (AEI) offers an extensive line of MCCB’s - please click here to view:

Or call us at 804.379.2899 for more info. Our MCCB’s are in stock in Richmond, VA and are very cost competitive.  Most offered are 35 KA interrupting rating (better than most other offerings) and many trip amperages to choose from.  Please consider using AEI’s MCCB’s on your next project or retrofit.

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