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Current Technology® Select® Surge Protection Devices Feature Selenium-Enhanced Protection

New Product from Thomas & Betts Power Solutions Monitors Power Quality

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 28, 2013 – Thomas & Betts Power Solutions’ line of Current Technology® Select® (SL3™) Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) offers selenium-enhanced protection from utility-induced switching surges that have become more commonplace with the burgeoning smart grid. In addition to protection, Current Technology® SL3™ SPDs also feature an advanced power quality monitoring system with remote accessibility via ModBus and Ethernet, which helps the user identify and quantify critical power quality issues at a fraction of the cost of standalone power quality monitoring systems. 

Current Technology® SL3™ SPDs also provide true single- and repetitive-surge test data that fully comply with engineering specifications, in contrast to calculated values for single- and repetitive-surge data that competitor SPDs provide. Additional features include:  

- Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Listed – Type 1 SPDs to UL1449 3rd Edition

- Smaller and lighter footprint – Occupies less space and reduces shipping costs

- Exclusive disconnect barrier – Units with integral disconnect come standard with a safety barrier that blocks access to the line side of the disconnect

- Improved standard base monitoring – Offers tri-colored LEDs that indicate remaining protection, audible alarm, alarm silence and dry relay contacts 

“The next generation of Current Technology® SPDs responds to the demands posed by the emergence of smart grid technology,” said Chad Smith, director, product management at Thomas & Betts. “Utility-induced switching surges will increase substantially with the smart grid system, making it critically important to not only protect facilities, but also monitor and understand the quality of power provided.” 

Current Technology® SPDs also fulfill the requirements imposed by the recently implemented National Electrical Code® (NEC®) Article 708, Critical Operational Power System (COPS), which requires that SPDs be installed at each voltage level inside of a facility, as well as Underwriters Laboratories’ UL96A requirements for lightning protection systems.

“With the upgraded Current Technology® SPDs, we can better serve such markets as public infrastructure, wastewater treatment facilities, hospitals, schools, financial institutions and data centers,” Smith said. “They also are designed for easy retrofitting.” 

For more information about Thomas & Betts Power Solutions new Current Technology® SPDs, visit www.tnbpowersolutions.com or call (800) 816-7809.

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn. 

Current Technology® Select® Surge Protection Devices Feature Selenium-Enhanced Protection