out­ward bound

Fuji SMBE Mac­quarie’s new switch­board can meet all the rigours that the out­doors can throw at it, a series of re­cent tests re­veal

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The new switch­board which Aus­tralian man­u­fac­turer Fuji SMBE Mac­quarie says is its tough­est ever has passed a series of rig­or­ous tests to en­sure safety, per­for­mance and longevity.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Peter Silsby says the switch­board was fully type-tested against the AS/ NZS 61439 stan­dard, adding that the new model com­ple­ments the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing range.

“We wanted to pro­vide the lo­cal mar­ket with an out­door switch­board tested to all as­pects of the stan­dard, so we put it through the most oner­ous test­ing to prove its re­li­a­bil­ity, even in the harsh­est of en­vi­ron­ments,” he says.

Among the tests con­ducted on the new switch­board was cor­ro­sion test­ing to Sever­ity B – a month of in­tense cor­ro­sion test­ing de­signed to sim­u­late years of ser­vice in harsh en­vi­ron­ments, in­clud­ing coastal ar­eas.

It was also sub­jected to tem­per­a­ture test­ing, IP66 wa­ter and dust test­ing and short cir­cuit test­ing, to prove it could han­dle any ap­pli­ca­tion with 100ka for one sec­ond on the main bus­bars.

Fuji SMBE Mac­quarie also com­pleted arc fault con­tain­ment test­ing to strin­gently test the struc­ture of the switch­board, with the com­pany say­ing it achieved Ap­pendix ZD arc fault con­tain­ment on the out­go­ing units.

Silsby says the same switch­board was then con­verted for in­door ap­pli­ca­tions and passed the spe­cial arc fault con­tain­ment test on the line side of the out­go­ing units.

The news comes after Fuji SMBE Mac­quarie, a sub­sidiary of Fuji Elec­tric, moved to new pur­pose­built premises in Pre­stons, NSW.

Above: Fuji SMBE Mac­quarie’s switch­board has been rig­or­ously tested for out­door use

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