When selecting circuit protection devices for trucks, off-road equipment and other mobile equipment, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the system to be protected. Don’t rush or minimize the process when planning your circuit protection.
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Circuit breakers are increasingly being used instead of fuses for transportation equipment of all types. Circuit breakers have many virtues: They're more durable, they're easier to reset and replace, and they can be ordered in types and sizes that work in most places where fuses would be used on vehicles.
Perhaps most important, circuit breakers with reset buttons enable users to immediately cut power, providing an added level of personal safety not available with fuses.
While Waytek is Wired To Serve™ a diverse range of circuit protection, to provide the best product for your needs it is imperative to identify what your system truly requires.
Running a fleet isn't cheap. When asked to list some of the top costs, many people would likely name fuel, oil, or tires. However one major cost that some do not even consider is fleet downtime. With the high cost of purchasing and maintaining fleet vehicles, every hour or day they are out of commission equals profits lost. In a 2015 survey conducted by Decisiv, a fleet management software company, fleets reported that downtime cost them an average of $448 to $760 a day, per vehicle.
Electrical system problems is a common cause of downtime and service calls for fleet vehicles, with blown fuses being one of the most common types. Modern applications require more power than ever before, which can overload circuits.
As technology advances, the demand for high amperage circuit protection only increases. To support these applications, we're proud to announce we now carry the Series 17 Thermal Circuit Breakers by Mechanical Products (MP) in high amp options of up to 300A.
Your vehicle depends on its electrical system to do a myriad of things, from starting the engine to running the safety gear. And like any vehicle system, it needs care and respect to run at its best. But how do you keep an automotive electrical system functioning at it's peak?
Mobile equipment like construction equipment, agricultural equipment, emergency vehicles, boats, and trucks must be designed with safety as a top priority. Not only do these vehicles represent a major capital investment, they're used by humans whose lives could be at stake if safety standards are not met. Any electronic component within a vehicle must be designed for both performance and safety. Many are susceptible to electrical hazards like electrostatic discharge and switching loads in circuits, so protective devices are necessary.
In today's vehicles, onboard electronics connect to the battery and the alternator. The alternator is often the culprit for transient phenomena like "load dump." This happens when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and the alternator current continues to service other loads. Electrical spikes can lead to malfunctions and permanent damage to electronic components and could ultimately threaten vehicle reliability and safety.
When considering the generic application for circuit protection within the confines of appliance or equipment design, there are 3 significant categories of consideration.