Electrical Safety at the Touch of a Button – VeriSafe 2.0

 

Panduit’s VeriSafe system minimises the risk of electrical hazards by confirming the control cabinet is voltage-free before access. Compared to other portable test instruments, plant operators and machine builders can check much faster whether an electrically safe environment is present. VeriSafe 2.0 automatically ensures that the entire test process is followed for every single test. With a push of a button, you can achieve tested safety in both 3-phase and 1-phase applications in the now extended voltage range up to 1000V for AC and DC applications. The fail-safe design uses active indicators for plant status and complies with SIL 3 (IEC 61508-1) safety functions. According to the NEC, specified in NFPA 70E, an electrically safe environment must be ensured before working with electrical installations without voltage, and the measurement procedure must be precisely defined.

VeriSafe 2.0 is ideal for 480/600V CAT IV applications including outdoor, service access and all power distribution equipment including frequency converters and remote motor disconnect switches. The now extended VeriSafe increases the possibilities to protect the entire electrical area. If desired, the isolation module can be easily integrated into control systems via redundant semiconductor signal outputs (SIL 3). In addition, a network module for real-time diagnostics and performance reports is available. Thus, test results can be recorded with time stamps or data logs, or they can also be used for remote troubleshooting, monitoring the status of sensor lines as well as battery life or temperature development. Via the EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP connection, VeriSafe 2.0 can be easily integrated into Scada systems for example, or the integrated web server can be used.

The test system can be easily mounted and integrated into EMC-compliant superstructures. The background to Panduit’s new development is that hazards and risks in switchgear for people, production and buildings must be avoided at all costs. Plant manufacturers must guarantee their design and compliance with standards, electrical safety, fire protection and mechanical safety. The crucial basis is the National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC is comparable to VDE 0100 or IEC 60364 and is published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) under the working title NFPA 70E. In the data sheet, Panduit refers to all other international and European standards according to which VeriSafe is tested.



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