After more than 20 years trying to convince me to use low-voltage circuit breakers everywhere, the sales engineer from Schneider Electric, whom I know very well, approached me about using fuses …
I could not believe my ears!
I wanted to share my story with you and get your opinion…
My name is Fred. I am the technical manager for a company that develops its expertise around two poles: the wiring of electrical components, requiring premium quality in terms of capacity and volume, and a more specific provision that requires the technical know-how to cater to a particular problem (LV panels and switchboards, automated systems with PLCs).
Established since 1980 in my region, I work a lot with Schneider Electric and I have forged a relationship of trust, I therefore incorporate many of their product ranges from the Electrical Distribution Industry (Enclosures, MCCB, ACB, MCB as well as PLCs and contactors).
But recently, the sales engineer came to me with documentations related to fuse products from Schneider Electric. I was totally surprised because for 20 years the different sales engineers which I have worked with swore only by the circuit breaker and tried to convince me to install CBs everywhere in place of fuses.
After the initial shock and a few jokes from me, the sales engineer introduced me to their different offers based on fuses (from switch fuses disconnectors down to simple fuse holders). Their offer seemed very complete, both for Electrical Distribution panels in Buildings and also Control panels in manufacturing sites, though I was expecting a rather limited supply.
Actually, I was still surprised to see Schneider Electric offer these products. However, upon reflection, it is true that in some of my applications or my needs, I regularly use products containing fuses from different manufacturers: for export to countries like Germany where the fuse is widely used, for some performances when we reach the limits for the CB, and sometimes for other reasons (price, availability …). Of course, when the customer needs are more complex (need for metering, monitoring, remote control …) the fuse products seem to be poorer. But is it the most common need? I'm not sure. What do you think?
Finally, after a little laugh behind the sales engineer’s back, and since I have a good relationship with him, I thought I would take a closer look at this offer based on fuses.
So I'm looking for advice about whether you know about these Schneider Electric fuse products, and if you have any feedback to give me in case you have already used them. In fact, I dare not leap to incorporate them into my applications.
What types of products with fuses do you use yourselves (switch fuse disconnectors ….)? Do you know this offer from Schneider Electric? If yes, what do you think about it? And which suppliers do you use if not this one?
Thank you in advance for your help.