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New Littelfuse Arc-Flash Relay, PGR-8800, Provides Superior Reaction Time for Arc-Flash Incidents

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New Littelfuse Arc-Flash Relay, PGR-8800, Provides Superior Reaction Time for Arc-Flash Incidents

New Littelfuse Arc-Flash Relay, PGR-8800, Provides Superior Reaction Time for Arc-Flash Incidents

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Littelfuse, Inc. announced today that it has expanded its POWR-GARD protection-relay line with the addition of a new Arc-Flash Relay (PGR-8800), which protects electrical systems by detecting arc flash incidents early and economically. Used in general industrial facilities, the PGR-8800 is an easy-to-install, stand-alone product with up to 24 light sensors, including optional fiber-optic cable sensors that can protect difficult-to-reach compartments.

“Our Arc-Flash Relay really sets a new standard for this product category. It is both easy-to-install and easy-to-use, and we offer ongoing technical support for this, as well as all of our protection relay products.”

“Our new PGR-8800 relay offers one of the fastest detection times in the industry. It identifies and trips on an arc flash 300 times faster than ‘the blink of an eye,’ which takes about 300-400 milliseconds,” said Tony Locker, P.E., Product Manager for Littelfuse Protection Relays. “Speed is extremely important as early detection of an arc-flash minimizes damage to expensive equipment, potential for fire, and more importantly, injury to personnel.” Locker adds, “Our Arc-Flash Relay really sets a new standard for this product category. It is both easy-to-install and easy-to-use, and we offer ongoing technical support for this, as well as all of our protection relay products.”

The Littelfuse Arc-Flash Relay is capable of detecting two different conditions related to an arc flash: excessive current and light, which is one of the earliest warning signs of an arc-flash incident. By detecting light combined with high current, the new Littelfuse Arc-Flash Relay can quickly distinguish an arc flash from unrelated current and ambient light fluctuations, defending the installation from nuisance tripping.

Arc-flash incidents cause 80% of electrically-related accidents and fatalities among qualified workers according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “This is a huge number, and it’s no surprise that electrical safety and arc-flash mitigation have been hot topics in the industry,” Locker said. “Employers are concerned about the safety of their workers and the enormous liability costs associated with electrical safety accidents. We are constantly expanding our protection relay product portfolio to address this ever growing concern.”

In addition to its line of protection relays, Littelfuse also offers electrical safety services and on-site electrical safety evaluations as well as other products that promote electrical safety in general industrial facilities such as current limiting fuses, remote indication, and touch-safe products.

Availability

The PGR-8800 Arc-Flash Relay is available from stock.

For more information

For more information about POWR-GARD® Protection Relay Products, or any of the Littelfuse circuit protection devices, visit the Littelfuse protection relay website at www.littelfuse.com/protectionrelays or call our technical support line at 1-800-832-3873.

About Littelfuse

Littelfuse, Inc. is the worldwide leader in circuit protection with 2010 revenues of $608 million. Founded in 1927, Littelfuse offers the industry’s broadest and deepest portfolio of circuit protection products and solutions. Backed by industry-leading technical support, design and manufacturing expertise, Littelfuse devices protect products in virtually every market that uses electrical energy, from consumer electronics to automobiles to industrial equipment. In addition to its Chicago, Illinois, world headquarters, Littelfuse has more than 20 sales, distribution, manufacturing and engineering facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Technologies offered by Littelfuse include Fuses; Gas Discharge Tubes (GDTs); Positive Temperature Coefficient Devices (PTCs); Protection Relays; PulseGuard® ESD Suppressors; SIDACtor® Devices; Silicon Protection Arrays(SPA™); Switching Thyristors; TVS Diodes and Varistors. The company also offers a comprehensive line of highly reliable Electromechanical and Electronic Switch and Control Devices for commercial and specialty vehicles, as well as underground Power Distribution Centers for safe control and distribution of electricity in mining operations.

For more information, please visit www.littelfuse.com.

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