AutomationDirect announces the release of a new White Paper, “Electrical Arcs”, that explains how arcing develops, the dangers of electrical arcs and various means of arc suppression.
Common causes of electrical arcs include misapplication of components and dirt buildup. Over time, dirt builds up on electrical components, causing standoff voltages to decrease until an arc initiates. Then, either the arc energy blows the built-up dirt away and the component returns to normal operation, or the dirt burns, creating a carbon path on the insulating surfaces of the component(s), thereby permanently reducing the stand-off voltage. This reduction in stand-off voltage promotes more arcing, which causes more damage rapidly forming a run-away situation.
Electrical arcs not only present a hazard to equipment, but to personnel. This White Paper provides detailed information on how arcing happens and the various steps you can take for providing arc suppression.
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