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    Contactor vs. Motor Starter: Core Differences

    Contactor vs. Motor Starter

    Electric motors are a common and essential part of many industrial systems. But to operate them safely and efficiently, they require either contactors or motor starters. Both contactors and motor starters serve the same purpose: to control the starting, stopping, speed, torque, direction of rotation, and other operational parameters of an electric motor.

    However, there are some critical differences between contactors and motor starters that you should understand before selecting the right device for your application.

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    Everything You Need To Know About Definite Purpose Contactors


    The electrical industry can be complicated, especially for those without years of hands-on experience. That’s because there are dozens of terms that seem interchangeable, like circuit breakers and switchgear, and various things that come in multiple varieties, including contactors. 

    This article focuses on definite purpose contactors. So, if you’re sifting through options for a suitable contactor for your application, continue reading to learn more!

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    How To Label An Electrical Panel

    A clearly labeled electrical panel is essential for a variety of reasons. However, if your electrical panel doesn’t feature clear labels, it’s time to change that. Luckily the process of labeling your panel is relatively straightforward and only takes a few hours. This Bay Power guide reviews how to label electrical panels and why you should, so continue reading to learn more!

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    What Is A Shunt Trip?

    A shunt trip is a circuit breaker protector that can remotely trip a breaker. 

    Our everyday electrical systems are complex networks of breakers, wiring, receptacles, and more. And each component is essential to bring the electricity where we need it and keep production equipment running, like HVAC systems and lighting.

    Each component has its place, including shunt trip circuit breakers, which are optional but can be an important component in the system. This particular piece is an accessory to the main breaker, adding extra protection to the system. This article explains shunt trips, how they work, and why they’re important.

    Read on to learn more.

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    What's the Difference Between a Ground Fault and an Arc Fault?

    Ground faults and arc faults are two types of electrical faults that can occur in your home.  Both can be dangerous, but they’re caused by different things and happen in different ways. However, you can protect your home against both by using proper electrical equipment. The best way to protect against ground and arc faults is with GFCI and AFCI breakers and outlets.

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