CBS ArcSafe Introduces CE-compliant Remote Switch Actuators, Operators for Circuit Breakers, Motor Control Centers

(Buckinghamshire, UK) April 30, 2014 – CBS ArcSafe UK’s CE-compliant Remote Switch Actuators (RSA®) and Remote Switch Operators (RSO®) are designed to allow service personnel to stand outside the arc-flash and arc-blast danger zone while operating electrical equipment, reducing or eliminating the need for a full-body arc-flash hazard suit.

Remote Switch Actuators (RSAs)

CBS ArcSafe® Remote Switch Actuators are designed to remotely charge, close, and/or trip most styles and types of electrical equipment. A unique design approach to CBS ArcSafe’s Remote Switch Actuators is that they attach to your electrical equipment using strong magnets, eliminating the need for modifications to existing gear as well as maintaining arc-flash calculations and enclosure safety ratings. This approach also allows operators to easily move the remote switch actuator from one breaker to another while maintaining the integrity and rating of the enclosure.

Each CBS ArcSafe remote switch actuator is custom-built to your electrical equipment so it can safely operate outside the arc-flash boundary. Our inventory currently includes RSAs designed for hundreds of the most common circuit breakers used across Europe from all major manufacturers. However, a remote switch actuator can be custom-built for any electrical device you have available if we do not currently have a model available.

Remote Switch Operators (RSOs)

CBS ArcSafe RSO® systems enable service personnel to stand outside the arc-flash and arc-blast danger areas while operating electrical equipment, reducing or eliminating the need for a full-body arc-flash hazard suit. The RSOs can be used in conjunction with the CBS ArcSafe remote racking system or independently as stand-alone devices. RSOs come in three models – RSO-IIID, RSO-IAR, and RSO-IV – each offering unique capabilities.


The RSO-IIID and RSO-IAR are designed to operate pushbuttons, such as circuit breaker trip and close buttons; to operate levers, such as those found on motor control centers; and to charge handles requiring single or multiple strokes to operate. Both units also can engage or disengage mechanical interlocks, such as circuit breaker interlock foot pedals. The difference between the two units is that the RSO-III only can operate rotary switches, such as pistol-grip SBM switches, while the RSO-IAR can operate both rotary and pistol-grip switches.


The RSO-IV remote switching operator is designed to be used with CBS ArcSafe’s RRS-3 Single-use Remote Racking Systems, which are designed individually to operate one type of circuit breaker, motor control, or switchgear. The RSO-IV can install and remove any switchgear utilizing a rotary racking mechanism, and also can engage or disengage mechanical and electrical interlocks, such as interlock foot pedals and buttons.

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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