ABB’s GEIS acquisition continues to bear fruit for electrical contractors

ABB has been building its electrification portfolio through the integration of legacy GE equipment with state-of-the-art ABB technology.

Following ABB’s acquisition of GE’s Industrial Solutions, ABB has created one of the industry’s most comprehensive one-line from grid connection to end use. The integration process has yielded some standout solutions that the company refers to as “the best of both.”

ABB’s ReliaGear™ family of NEMA-rated smart power distribution equipment offers a prime example. These products—ranging from panelboards to switchboards to circuit breakers—help expedite installation and lower installation costs, delivering benefits to contractor and end user alike.

Smart breakers allow electricians to implement selective power coordination directly on the breaker, saving time in the field—up to 40 percent versus conventional breakers. A modular design allows modifications in the field, too, reducing labor-intensive bolt-on components in favor of simplified plug-in breaker connections.

ABB’s ReliaGear neXT plug-in circuit breakers handle up to 1,200 amps, and the state-of-the-art trip units expedite installation. A single person can hang a panelboard interior using the bulk pack option on the ReliaGear® neXT power panel. Electricians can also install or replace components in the field with a single tool.

Users can even check on breakers from outside the arc flash boundary using the revolutionary EPiC™ mobile app. And with smart asset management, modern breakers can have maintenance intervals five to six times longer than traditional devices, along with improved safety features and built-in intelligence for customized protection.

EPiC is the new free mobile application to let installers, maintenance technicians and panel builders go beyond their normal way to work.

In short, circuit breakers are no longer intended as just stand-alone protection devices but as active pieces in the electrical system, able to exchange data and trigger actions, managing the behavior of other connected devices without external accessories to install.

By exploring modern solutions like those found in the ReliaGear™ product line, electrical contractors can find ways to grow their business and create new value through improved productivity in the field and the equipment lifecycle.

You can learn more about ReliaGear and the rest of ABB’s “best of both” offering by visiting and visiting us at NECA 2021, October 9-12 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Bob Fesmire

Bob Fesmire is a Content Manager at ABB, based in Cary, North Carolina. He has written more than 150 articles and white papers on a variety of topics including energy efficiency, industrial automation and big data. In addition to his work at ABB, Bob is also the co-author of Energy Explained, a non-technical introduction to all aspects of the energy industry.
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