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E-T-A Appliance Inlet Modules for 3120-N Circuit Breaker / Switch Combination

Systematic reduction of components is a major reason for a successful cost-saving design. And fewer components normally help save space and allow for designing compact products.

The appliance inlet module X3120-B combines three functions within a single component: A C14 appliance inlet, a rocker switch and resettable overcurrent protection. In this module the two latter functions are provided by E-T-A’s wellproven 3120-N circuit breaker/switch combination.

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E-T-A Add-on Modules for 3120-N Circuit Breaker / Switch Combination

 

Easily mounted add-on modules are available for undervoltage release, magnetic trip, remote trip and auxiliary contact function.

By default, the undervoltage release modules are electrically connected to the main circuit. They can also be supplied with terminals separated from the main circuit if necessary. They allow easy and costeffective realisation of safety circuits.

The magnetic trip module trips the circuit breaker/switch combination at overload currents from four times rated current within milliseconds.

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E-T-A Push-In Terminals for Circuit Breaker / Switch Combination 3120-N

E-T-A is the first manufacturer in the world to launch a circuit breaker/switch combination with push-in connection technology – the 3120 N…-PT. This design allows the quick, easy, and reliable connection of conductors. There are no tools required. The conductor can very easily be pushed in because of the special spring contour. This reduces wiring times and prevents fatigue symptoms.

The connection will withstand harsh shock and vibration conditions due to the high surface pressure of the contact spring that is made of a special spring steel. This type of connection is 100% protected against brush contact.

 

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E-T-A Plug-In Connector for Circuit Breaker / Switch Combination 3120-N

Easy Wiring with a New Plug-In Connector

The 3120-N thermal circuit breaker is a single pole or double pole device which can also serve as an ON/OFF switch. Based on its cost-saving design – two functions in a single unit – it has become an integral part of many applications in medical equipment and in apparatus and machine construction. Manufacturers of professional tools also like to use it because of its compact design.

As a new accessory E-T-A offers a plug-in connector for easily wiring the connecting cables.  Two retaining clips ensure a tight connection between the plug-in connector and the breaker. The dimensions of the female contacts (tab width 6.3) are in accordance with DIN 46340 part 3, shape A. E-T-A standard delivery scope is without female contacts.

Benefits:
Reduction of wiring time during final installation saves time and costs – The plug-in connector can easily be pushed on without tools with a single movement. Female contacts do not have to be plugged on individually.
Wiring errors are excluded during final assembly – The plug-and-socket connection follows the key-lock-key-principle so that the plug cannot be pushed in the wrong way round (fool-proof).
Cable contact with long-term stability – The cable lugs latch irreversibly in the connector. The clamping arms of the connector ensure an extremely firm connection between circuit breaker and connector.
Pre-wiring can be ordered externally – This allows you to use the know-how of specialised cable assemblers.
Breakers can be swapped quickly and easily – The “old device” can be pulled out with a single movement. Then just push in the new device. Done!

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E-T-A 3120-N (New Generation) Circuit Breaker / Switch Combination

Protecting and Switching in a Single Component

E-T-A’s 3120-N is a single pole or double pole thermal circuit breaker with a bimetal trip element that also serves as an ON/OFF switch. After tripping due to overcurrent, the 3120-N can easily, reliably and quickly be reset. Time-consuming replacement of fuses is eliminated. The 3120-N circuit breaker/switch combination helps you significantly reduce mounting and wiring time as well as expenses for material planning and stocking expenses.

The 3120-N rocker version is available as non-lighted or lighted (12 V – 400 V) and offers various actuator colours as well as marking choices. The 3120-N push button includes the traditional red/green option as well as a unique offering of protection from accidental operation.

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* Add-on modules for undervoltage release, magnetic trip, remote trip and auxiliary contacts are also available. Appliance inlet modules, plug-in connectors, terminal adapters and a range of additional accessories guarantee solutions for your challenging applications.

Benefits:
No fuse replacement required – After tripping due to overcurrent, the 3120-N can easily, reliably and quickly be reset.
Reduced mounting and wiring time – You only mount one component. In addition, cables to connect switch and blade fuse are eliminated.
Reduced planning and storage costs – 3120-N replaces a switch, a fuse-holder and blade fuses. This makes purchasing logistics much easier.
Space-saving design – The 3120-N features space-saving integral overcurrent protection. This leaves room for creativity and ideas in terms of space design, even in constricted areas.
Enhanced reliability – Less single components always mean: less sources of error. E-T-A’s 3120-N helps you consistently increase the overall reliability of your products.

Applications:
• Household, Hobby & Garden Equipment
• Industrial equipment control
• Medical technology

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E-T-A’s REX System: All-In-One Solution

Supply, Overcurrent Protection and Power Distribution in a Single System

E-T-A’s compact and flexible REX system represents a comprehensive  ‘All In One’  DC 24 V protection and distribution solution for machine and panel builders

What are the benefits of our all-in-one solution?
The REX12 is a perfectly matched system with an optimised number of components and functionalities.  All-in-one solution means: Central input + protection + power distribution in one complete system. This creates considerable time and cost advantages.

Your Benefits:
* Increases machine uptime – through clear failure detection, high transparency and remote diagnosis
* Flexibility is ensured – through ease of assembly or disassembly, modular design and convenient adjustment
* Saves 50 % time – through innovative and flexible connection technology
* Saves costs – as no further accessories are required
* Saves space – because each module has a width of only 12.5 mm

Are you looking for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance?
Storage and evaluation of all data logged in machinery and plants is the precondition for industry 4.0 solutions on the score of “condition monitoring” and also “predictive maintenance”. Our power distribution and protection system REX12 will help to enhance transparency in your plant and consistency of your systems.

International Standards: UL 508, NEC Class2, EN 60204-1
Besides the UL508 approval and NEC Class2, the REX12 exclusively meets the requirements of cable protection to EN60204-1. This is possible because the internal fail-safe element in the shape of a blade fuse corresponds to the current rating of the circuit protector in question. Concretely, this means that the current rating of the protector and the rating of the fail-safe element are identical.

 

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E-T-A Introduces "PowerPlex Compact" a Low-Cost CAN-bus Controlled Decentralised Electrical Power Distribution System

E-T-A Circuit Breakers, quality designer and manufacturer of a broad range of electro-mechanical and electronic  products for circuit protection, has introduced a new, simplified, low-cost, decentralised  electrical  power  distribution system, each module offering up to 10 outputs rated up to 8A/10A per channel. E-T-A  PowerPlex  Compact provides localised monitoring, control and reliable protection of safety-critical electrical circuits, at the same time offering reduced cabling costs and build time. Communication with the PowerPlex modules is via CAN-bus using SAE J1939 based protocols. Each localised module will handle up to 60A, providing programmable control based on up to 12 digital and 3 analogue inputs as well as programmable overload protection.

Currently available as a 12V DC version, E-T-A PowerPlex Compact is straightforward to install and can be used for  applications such as battery monitoring of split charging circuits, undervoltage monitoring and control, remote operations based on level and flow sensors, responding to limit switches in tail lifts, dimming of lights and for timed controls. It will switch loads and protect them and the electrical harness against overcurrent and short circuits. Featuring high-end power semiconductors with integral protective elements for switching and protection, there are no mechanical components such as relays which may be subject to wear, vibration and shock.

One or more PowerPlex modules are positioned as required around a vehicle to facilitate the local connection of  loads, switches and sensors. Each module can collect sensor data from level and temperature sensors, for example.  E-T-A  PowerPlex is an open system featuring two CAN-bus communication channels which enable control via an E-T-
A  touch  panel or  keypad(s), if required, to enable load switching, and monitoring and display of data from analogue and digital sensors.

The  initial programming of each module via a cable linked PC is straightforward, using configuration software  supplied with the product. It enables, for example, the linking of inputs and outputs, programming of timer  functions and activation of dimmers. The current ratings for overcurrent protection of the load circuits and time characteristics can also be programmed.

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E-T-A BMS01 Battery Master Switch for Road Vehicles Carrying Hazardous Goods

 

 

 

Switch in Accordance with Latest ADR 2011 Regulations

E-T-A Circuit Breakers, quality designer and manufacturer of a broad range of electro-mechanical and electronic products for circuit protection, offers the BMS01 Battery Master Switch designed for hazardous goods carrying road vehicles that comply with the European International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) regulations. The environmental protection and intrinsically safe control circuitry of the BMS01 are in accordance with ADR 2011. The battery master switch also satisfies the additional requirements of UK operators. The BMS01 will serve as an emergency shut down switch as well as disconnecting and reconnecting the vehicle’s electrical system when loading and unloading.

The double pole E-T-A BMS01 Battery Master Switch is installed close to the vehicle’s battery, between it and the electrical system: it can also be connected to act as a single pole device. The battery master switch can then be operated by means of a control switch in the cab, with optional additional control switches sited around the vehicle as required. Upon disconnection of a control switch, the main contacts of the BMS01 will open after a preset delay to allow for the controlled shutdown of computerised engine management systems. A choice of two delay times is offered, with auxiliary contacts providing output for an audible alarm during the delay period. Additional auxiliary contacts are provided for disconnection of the ignition circuit and de-energising of the alternator field winding. There is also a permanently energised protected output for the tachograph supply.

A choice of low voltage monitoring is available if required: it offers automatic disconnection of the battery after one minute, or signalisation, if undervoltage is detected while the vehicle is idle. This offers protection of the battery from the effects of deep discharge and ensures there is sufficient battery capacity for re-starting the engine.

12v and 24V versions of the BMS01 are available. An integral ATEX-approved safety barrier permits siting of the unit in hazardous areas. The master switch features a housing protected to IP65 with rubber caps on the terminals offering protection to IP54. A bi-colour LED on the body of the master switch provides clear status signalisation of the battery isolation switch and low voltage detection.

E-T-A can supply suitable control switches for the BMS01, protected against inadvertent operation. An externally mounted switch assembly is also available incorporating the green “ON” status indicators mandatory in the UK.

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E-T-A Type 1626, Low-Cost Miniaturised Circuit Breaker for Automotive and Watercraft Applications

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Blade-type fuse replacements distinguish genuine overloads

E-T-A Circuit Breakers, quality designer and manufacturer of a broad range of electro-mechanical and electronic products for circuit protection, has introduced a new low cost E-T-A 1626 miniaturised circuit breaker designed as a direct replacement for blade-type fuses. It provides superior protection to fuses through its ability to distinguish between temporary surges and genuine overloads. As well as protecting electrical circuits in cars, trucks and buses, it can also be used in watercraft and other 12/24V DC wiring applications, such as heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.

1626

The new blade-type E-T-A 1626 Mini-CBE is available in three versions – with automatic reset, with a reset button, or with both a manual release and a reset button. The colour coded E-T-A 1626s are available in all the standard current ratings offered by blade fuses from 5A up to 30A. Depending on the version, when the 1626 has tripped it resets automatically when the load is removed or the re-set button pops up showing clearly which circuit has a fault.

The colour coding provides quick and easy identification to ensure correct plug-in placement in standard ISO 8820-3 Type F automotive blade-type fuse blocks, or the E-T-A 1626 can be fitted to purpose-designed E-T-A modular mounting bases. At the same time, the electrical performance characteristics of the E-T-A 1626 enable it to distinguish between temporary surges and genuine overloads, providing superior protection to fuses. This is especially important for motors, lamp loads and other circuits where discrimination is necessary between in-rush currents and normal operating conditions. Also, E-T-A circuit breaker performance is stable over time: fuses can age, causing their blow characteristics to change, which may lead to nuisance blowing of fuses with consequent problems while the vehicle is in use.

Overall dimensions of the body of the overcurrent circuit breaker are just 25mm in height above the blade x 13.3mm wide x 7mm thick. The operating temperature range is -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C.

 

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E-T-A Circuit Breakers Introduces New LED Illumination on 3120 Type Switch / Circuit Breaker Offering Power Saving and Improved Endurance

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E-T-A Circuit Breakers, quality designer and manufacturer of a broad range of electro-mechanical and electronic products for circuit protection, has introduced a new variant of its extremely versatile and reliable 3120 Series of rocker-actuated, combined switch / circuit breakers. The optional integral LED illumination in a range of colours that is now available on the Type 3120 offers power saving and improved endurance compared to earlier versions with filament bulbs. The well-proven 3120 is used widely for applications which include electrical machinery, power tools, household appliances and garden machinery, as well as for marine control panels, medical equipment and communications systems.

3120 with LED

The versatile S-type E-T-A 3120 thermal circuit breaker range is designed for frequent ON/OFF switching under normal load conditions, at the same time providing accurate overcurrent protection with a trip-free mechanism. The illumination is offered in a choice of red, yellow, green and blue. The 3120 is suitable for switching applications up to 50V DC or 240/415V AC with a choice of current ratings from 0.1A up to 20A for single or double-pole applications. Designed for snap-in frame mounting, it can be specified with a water splash protection cover for rugged environments, and an actuator guard that protects against inadvertent resets.

The new LED versions require less than 2mA in operation, compared to earlier versions with filament bulbs which required between 20mA and 60mA. Improved illumination endurance, as well as reduced susceptibility to shock, vibration and low temperatures, also means lower maintenance requirements.

The E-T-A 3120 range carries EN 60934 Circuit Breaker for Equipment approval as well as approvals from respected authorities such as UL and CSA. The 3120 provides proven reliability for many demanding applications, including recreational and workboats as it is suitable for even the harshest conditions experienced at sea.

 

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