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MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 20, 2012 – Thomas & Betts (T&B) is collaborating with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) to provide a new capacitor switch control that improves the efficiency of power distribution systems. The new capacitor bank control combines Joslyn Hi-Voltage® capacitor switches with SEL advanced monitoring control systems.
“Voltage regulation and volt ampere reactive (VAR) compensation wield the most influence over how efficient a power distribution system is,” said Sergio Arellano, product line manager with Thomas & Betts. “The fastest way to improve the efficiency of a power distribution system is to install switched capacitor banks with smart electronic controls. It also provides the quickest return of investment of all possible methods.”
Among the new capacitor bank controls being offered by this collaboration is the SEL-734B Three-Phase Monitor and Capacitor Bank Control, which is used for the automation and monitoring of three-phase banks, combined with T&B’s selection of VerSaVac (VSV) one- and three-phase vacuum switches for pole-top capacitors, and VBM distribution vacuum switches. Capacitor bank upgrade kits are also available for applying the capacitor bank control system to existing fixed-capacitor banks.
The new capacitor bank control system includes a full set of power quality monitoring, control and reporting functions, and can be combined with metering accuracy measurements. Its plug-and-play pole mount enclosure provides weather-protected space to mount network radios, power supplies and encrypting transceivers. The capacitor bank control system also includes SEL standard software tools, a 10-year product warranty on SEL products and technical support.
For more information about T&B’s collaboration with SEL on the capacitor bank control, call (800) 816-7809.
Established in 1982, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) designs, manufactures, supplies and supports products and services for power system protection, monitoring, control, automation and metering. SEL offers unmatched local technical support; a worldwide, 10-year product warranty; and a commitment to making electric power safer, more reliable and more economical.
Thomas & Betts Corporation (NYSE: TNB) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. With headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., Thomas & Betts reported revenues of $2 billion and had approximately 8,750 employees in 2010.