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Fixed vs Withdrawable Circuit Breakers: What's the Difference?

Published By: Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric
Published:  Sep 17, 2018

In the United States, medium-voltage (MV) power distribution typically uses withdrawable circuit breaker switchgear (WCBS). Withdrawable breakers allow for regular maintenance and provide an easily visible confirmation
 of circuit isolation but at a cost having removable parts and the act of inserting and withdrawing breakers could result in the possibility of arc flash incidents. Modern fixed circuit breaker switchgear (FCBS), which uses highly
reliable and virtually maintenance-free vacuum and gas breakers, eliminates this concern and introduces other potential advantages.



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