Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
GE Multilin A60 light and pressure arc flash detection system
By Anthony Capkun
February 5, 2013 – GE released its Multilin A60 arc flash system, which uses GE’s patented light and pressure wave detection technology to help minimize equipment damage and reduce the costs associated with unplanned downtime and lost production. Designed for medium-voltage switchgear and motor control centre (MCC) applications, the A60 is a protection relay-independent, stand-alone device that can be used in new or existing installations for continuous monitoring and fast detection of an arc flash event. Its design includes five arc flash sensors to optimize coverage, and its scalability allows multiple A60 devices to be connected, delivering increased fault isolation. The Multilin A60 promises simplified installation, commissioning and maintenance, with sensor auto-calibration, eliminating the need for CT connections or setup software. The Multilin A60 comes equipped with a self-test feature that monitors the health of the sensors, the full length of the fiber cables and the unit itself, says GE, eliminating the need for periodic testing and additional test equipment.