New low voltage distribution board removes unnecessary wiring

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched the Acti9 Isobar P. The latest addition to its Acti9 range of low voltage (LV) distribution boards, Schneider Electric’s Isobar P is a smart solution that helps its customers install quicker, whilst incorporating more protection and connectivity during installation.

Acti9 Isobar P is a comprehensive range of distribution boards, RCBOs and pan assemblies that, when installed, provide electrical power to commercial and industrial equipment, providing protection in the event of system faults. They are ideal for electrical contractors and panel builders to perform installations as quickly, reliably and effectively as possible.

Isobar P is the first LV distribution board to have a plug-on RCBO (residual-current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection) capability. RCBO neutral and functional earth connections are usually wired into the neutral and earth terminals inside the distribution board, costing significant time by introducing additional wiring. With the new Acti9 Isobar P, installers can simply plug their RCBO directly into the board. This eliminates the need to cut, straighten or dress any excess wiring, therefore reducing installation time by half.

The new Acti9 Isobar P is designed to facilitate all the benefits of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture. It works with the full range of connected devices, including Schneider Electric’s PowerTag sensor that fastens easily to the plug-on RCBO. When used together, end-users will be able to monitor the health and energy usage of their distribution boards, enabling preventative maintenance by detecting irregular usage patterns before they grow into serious problems. Over time, this extends equipment lifespans, improves performance and reduces downtime, leading to lower operational costs.

Made in Britain at Schneider Electric’s Swindon manufacturing plant, Acti9 Isobar P also offers full IP2X internal shrouding for maximum protection. Its core design promises installation efficiency, reliability, performance, enhanced protection, connectivity, and compliance with the latest regulations.

Ken Shepherd at G&H Group says, ”The Acti9 Isobar P is very easy to use; it’s plug-on RCBO functionality makes installing faster than ever. Not only does faster installation allow for substantial financial benefits, the swift completion of contracts also allows for installers to perform other installations and spend more precious time offsite securing new work for their business.”

”The Acti9 Isobar P is a revolution in installation and asset control,” adds Leandro Souza of Schneider Electric. ”By harnessing the power of connectivity, the range enables precise asset management and maintenance for customers. Above all, the range gives both installers and customers the highest level of protection available.”

Acti9 Isobar P is currently available for purchase in the UK and Ireland. Around 5% of the range is sold directly to electrical contractors and panel builders, with the remainder distributed through wholesalers.

For more information on Acti9 Isobar P or Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform, click here.

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