CBS ArcSafe Introduces CE-compliant Remote Racking Systems for Circuit Breakers, Motor Centers to Keep Technicians Outside Arc-Flash Danger Zone

(Buckinghamshire, UK) April 30, 2014 – By permitting the automatic racking of circuit breakers and motor control centers from up to 30 meters away, the CBS ArcSafe® CE-compliant remote racking systems allow operating personnel to work from outside the arc-flash and arc-blast danger zones, reducing or eliminating the need for heavy, expensive personal protective equipment (PPE). The unique design of the CBS ArcSafe remote racking systems, with their specially manufactured drive shafts and tooling, enables the system to remotely rack all types of circuit breakers, including air, SF6, oil, and vacuum circuit breakers that have either a horizontal or vertical racking operation, as well as motor control centers produced by the major switchgear manufacturers without any modifications to existing gear or enclosures. All remote racking solutions are powered by an intelligent power system that utilizes either standard AC power or an internal battery.

RRS-1 and RRS-1 LT Remote Racking Systems for Rotary Circuit Breakers

The CBS ArcSafe RRS-1 remote racking system for rotary circuit breakers includes quick-release drive shafts and couplings to simplify setup, allowing operators to quickly set the height and angle of the drive. The RRS-1 offers redundant over-racking protection, provides seamless transfers between AC/DC power, and comes with a unique hand-truck design to further reduce operator fatigue. The RRS-1 LT is a lightweight, compact version of the RRS-1, utilizing an extruded aluminum frame in place of welded steel and a brushless DC gear motor in place of the larger primary drive motor on the RRS-1.

RRS-2 Remote Racking System for Extraction-style Circuit Breakers

The CBS ArcSafe RRS-2 is a portable and highly configurable remote racking system built to rack all circuit breakers with non-rotary racking mechanisms while keeping the operator outside of the arc-flash boundary. The operator is able to manipulate the breaker-specific tooling, available for numerous makes and models of switchgear, via either a wired or wireless pendant station.

RRS-2 BE Remote Racking System for Motor Control Center Buckets

The RRS-2 BE is built specifically for motor control center (MCC) bucket removal. Designed to be extremely versatile, the RRS-2 BE is suited for use in all environments — from grueling applications in a power-generation facility to clean rooms at a high-tech manufacturing plant.

RRS-3 Single-use Portable Remote Racking Systems

CBS ArcSafe Single-Use Remote Racking Systems (RRS-3s) are designed to remotely rack a single style of circuit breaker utilizing a portable, stand-alone device. The RRS-3 system is an inexpensive single-application remote racking system that allows the operator to install and remove a breaker while standing 8 to 22 meters away with a hand-control unit. Each CBS ArcSafe RRS-3 is custom-built to your electrical equipment so it can safely operate your switchgear.

As with all remote racking solutions, CBS ArcSafe recommends an on-site evaluation be performed by a company representative in order to ensure the proper equipment may be provided for each customer based on their particular switchgear and specific requests. Contact our UK office today to set up a demonstration and consultation by contacting Neil Brookes at 27 Cressey Avenue, Shenley Brook End Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK5 7EL; via telephone at +44 01908 969200 or cell at +44 07770 500577; or by email at

About CBS ArcSafe: CBS ArcSafe® offers the electrical industry’s largest inventory of CE-compliant remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear that do not require modification to existing equipment for operation. All of our equipment is manufactured in the U.S. and fully supported in Europe through our UK division. CBS ArcSafe® offers 24/7/365 after-hours emergency support, and is happy to develop custom remote racking and switching solutions for our customers. For more information, visit, call +44 01908 969200, or contact us by email at

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