The CE awards recognize 29 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, with the winners determined by a vote of CE subscribers, all of whom are responsible for or influence technology purchases, or have hands-on day-to-day interaction with the technologies in each category. CE asked that the voters identify the products they felt were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. More than 100 product nominations from 60 companies were listed on ballots for evaluation. Thomas Weinmann, Egon Hillermann and Chas Harris of ABB’s Enclosures and DIN Rail Products business accepted the award March 18, 2013 at a dinner ceremony in Chicago.
Introduced November 2012, the new SU200PR Ring Tongue family of high performance, current limiting miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) feature ring tongue lug connections, and conform to UL 489, CSA 22.2 No. 5 and IEC/EN 60947-2 standards. It is currently the only current limiting UL489 MCB on the market with rated current up to and including 35A for 480Y/277 VAC, and up to 63A for 240 VAC. The S200PR range Supplemental Protection conforms to UL1077, CSA 22.2 No. 235 and IEC /EN 60947-2 standards. Both ranges are available in 1, 2, 3 and 4 pole configurations, from 0.2A through 63A, and feature integrated captive screws that simplify the secure connection of cables, prevent installers from loosing the connection screws, provide extra protection and save time.
All markings on the new Ring Tongue MCBs are permanent laser markings, clearly visible from the front even when mounted in position on the DIN rail. These new miniature circuit breakers have a true Contact Position Indicator (CPI) that indicates the actual contact position, ensuring the display of fault conditions such as contacts that may be “welded” closed due to excessive fault. They also comply with the latest UL requirement for barriers of MCBs fitted with ring tongue terminals, and their structural material is a more flexible, recyclable Thermoplastic. A full range of accessories are also available which are the same as the current S200U & S200UP accessories, to further enhance the family compatibility.
“We are very pleased to have been recognized by Control Engineering magazine and its readers, and feel the Ring Tongue miniature circuit breakers will be highly effective in semiconductor and transportation industry applications,” said Harris, ABB US business unit manager - Enclosures and DIN Rail Products.
In addition to the semiconductor and transportation industries, the new Ring Tongue breakers are designed for wherever secure cable connections are essential in applications where vibrations, earthquakes and shocks are common environmental challenges.