New ABB ReliaGear neXT power panel makes installation faster and easier than ever
April 7, 2020
Breakthrough modular design combines “best of both” technologies from ABB and GE Industrial Solutions, with installation of some components taking less than 20 seconds
The new ABB ReliaGear neXT power panel combines a proven GE Industrial Solutions panelboard structure with the advanced ABB Tmax XT circuit breaker to make it quicker to build power installations with higher quality and reliability.
“The new ReliaGear neXT power panel range is a true breakthrough in terms of simplicity, safety and smart features. It is ideal for small to large projects and any application where speed, reliability and performance matter,” said Glynn Newby, U.S. product marketing manager, ABB Electrification.
Continued Newby, “We know the benefit that time and labor savings can have on profits for contractors. A recent study* suggests that on large projects, an 8 percent reduction in labor costs can mean a 133 percent increase in profits. That’s why we believe that the speed of ReliaGear neXT’s intuitive, single-person installation can make a big difference to the bottom line.”
Power panels are a building’s electrical nerve center. They divide the power feed into smaller subsidiary circuits, monitor the circuits and provide the fuses, sensors, circuit breakers and trip units with a safe enclosure. Making power panel assembly quicker and higher quality makes projects of all sizes a lot simpler to deliver.
The ReliaGear neXT panel board’s modular design helps speed up installation and field modifications by eliminating labor-intensive bolt-on components. The board’s reversible bus stack flips 180 degrees to accommodate top or bottom feeds without extra parts. Ground and neutral locations are also field-swappable.
Meeting the need for power boards to combine smarter, more precise trip units with space-saving frames, the ABB ReliaGear neXT range integrates intelligent Tmax XT plug-in circuit breakers. To provide the dependable connections needed for outstanding reliability, the spring-loaded circuit breaker plug-in connectors feature increased plating thickness to withstand repeated insertions and removals.
To help make working on the ReliaGear neXT range quicker and simpler, ABB has introduced clever levering features so that installation and removal requires less force. The plug-in connector design also helps make the connection more reliable by using the magnetic forces generated by a short circuit to strengthen the connection. This also minimizes the number of bolted joints that can become loose or require torque checks, improving quality and reliability.
The ReliaGear neXT panel board is the first in the industry to come with a finger-safe bus stack that meets the latest IP20 standards. The Tmax XT circuit breaker’s integrated Bluetooth® technology also make it possible to set parameters and check measurements via a smartphone from the safety of an arc-free zone.
For facility managers, the ReliaGear neXT’s built-in metering and connectivity make it easier to monitor resources in real time and identify savings opportunities. With precise measurement data and the installation connected to the ABB AbilityTM cloud, users have access to accurate information anywhere, anytime.
The ReliaGear neXT power panel board can be equipped with circuit breakers from 15 A to 1200 A with options of 100 percent rated breakers up to 1000 A. The maximum short circuit rating is equal to 100kAIC at 480V or 65kAIC at 600V.
* “How to Make a Good Estimate Even Better” by Don Kiper, EC&M, 2017.
ABB (NYSE: ABB) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four, customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 144,000 employees. www.abb.com
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