DECONTACTOR Series Switch-Rated Plugs and Receptacles Incorporate Safety Shutter to Prevent Electrical Accidents


Meltric Corporation of Franklin, WI, a manufacturer of industrial duty electrical plugs and receptacles is pleased to announce that all of it’s DECONTACTOR™ Series switch rated receptacles now feature a new, improved one-piece safety shutter that ensures user safety by preventing unintentional finger, tool or wire access to live parts.

By preventing worker exposure to live parts the DECONTACTOR receptacle’s safety shutter is able to maintain an electrically safe work environment as required in the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. The safety shutter, in conjunction with the device’s switch ratings, enable users to change-out motors and other electrical equipment with plug and play simplicity. Since a NFPA 70E defined hazard/risk category of zero is sustained during equipment connection and disconnection, a qualified technician does not have to wear PPE nor follow other cumbersome NFPA 70E specified safety procedures that are typically necessary for electrical safety during change-outs of hard wired equipment or equipment connected with pin and sleeve devices.

DECONTACTOR plugs and receptacles are UL approved for use as a ‘motor circuit disconnect switch’ and as a ‘branch circuit disconnect switch’. They feature an integral switching mechanism that ensures the safe make or break of live connections and makes certain that the contacts are dead before the plug can be removed. Safety is also assured when re-inserting the plug into the receptacle because the male contacts do not engage the live female contacts until after they are fully enclosed inside the device’s arc chambers, thus preventing outside exposure to arc flash – even in short circuit conditions up to 100 kA. Decontactors are available in sizes up to 200 amp or 60 hp.
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