AKD-20 low-voltage switchgear continues the tradition of the AKD switchgear line while delivering enhanced arc flash protection. Built to ANSI standards, its protection features include non-vented panels plus insulated and isolated bus, and it integrates GE's new state-of-the-art EntelliGuard breaker-trip unit system. Bay Power is an ABB and GE Industrial Solutions distributor. Call us for great pricing and fast fulfillment.
What is Switchgear?
Electrical switchgear & switchgear systems, whether low voltage or medium voltage, are used across commercial and industrial applications. Switchgear is comprised of a series of components, including switches, fuses, and circuit breakers, that work together to safely distribute power in an electrical system, while also protecting electrical equipment in case of faults or overloads. Depending on the type of switchgear (low voltage, medium voltage, paralleling...etc.), the components we use may vary.
Choosing the Right Switchgear
When it comes to switchgear, it’s not "one size fits all." In order to effectively protect and power your electrical distribution system, you have to start with the right switchgear equipment. What you choose will vary, depending on your individual needs and specifications. Knowing the requirements, limits, capacity, use, and/or ratings of your electrical system can be extremely helpful in choosing the right equipment for the job.
Bay Power is proud to carry a wide variety of electrical switchgear that service both industrial and commercial sectors. Our vast inventory includes industry-leading switchgear manufacturers like Cutler Hammer, Square D, Schneider Electric, and Federal Pacific. Choose from our extensive selection of switchgear products, spanning low voltage switchgear, medium voltage switchgear, paralleling switchgear, metal clad switchgear, and switchgear parts and components.
Low voltage switchgear, or LV switchgear, refers to switchgear systems that are rated up to 1 kV (or 1000V). LV switchgear is most commonly used across industrial and commercial sectors for motors, air conditioners, heaters, lighting networks, among others. Especially effective for withstanding short circuits for long period of time, low voltage switchgear uses a combination of breakers, fuses, transformers and other parts to protect and deliver electricity, while also allowing for safe switchgear maintenance.
Medium voltage switchgear, or MV switchgear, protects electrical systems rated between 1kV and 75 kV. Common medium voltage switchgear ratings include but are not limited to 5kV, 15kV, 22kV, and 35kV. MV switchgear is used across commercial and industrial applications, commonly using air circuit breakers as their method of circuit protection. That being said, air insulated medium voltage switchgear is becoming a popular choice, especially due to its safety features and cost-effectiveness. Since it does not utilize gas insulation, it can better protect you, your electrical switchgear system, and the environment as well.
What will you get with parallel switchgear? Productivity, protection, efficiency, and versatility. Paralleling or parallel switchgear is used when you need to control one or more generators or power sources. They are commonly used across industrial and commercial, low and medium voltage applications where emergency power is of utmost importance. Paralleling switchgear allows you to power, control, and protect a series of generators in parallel, so you can choose exactly how your power is distributed. Paralleling switchgear solutions also allow you to conduct safe maintenance without power interruption.
Metal clad switchgear uses arc resistant mechanisms to protect and distribute electricity in medium voltage switchgear applications across industrial and commercial sectors. Arc resistant switchgear components are specially designed to protect your electrical system from arc faults which can cause a dangerous increase in both pressure and temperature inside the switchgear. Arc resistant metal clad switchgear is especially built to not only withstand arc faults, but to safely redirect arc energy, keeping you and your switchgear system safe and saving you time and money in potential damages and subsequent repair.
Having a reliable, durable, and effective system depends on getting the proper switchgear parts and components. From switchgear control panels and protection relays, to switches, circuit breakers and fuses, Bay Power is proud to carry a wide variety of switchgear parts from top North American manufacturers. Whether you’re looking for something new, or you’re looking to replace an old switchgear component, we have the part that’s right for you.