Are you ready for the Switch?

10 August 2022

Are you ready for the Switch?

From May 2021 all low voltage switchboards in Australia and New Zealand must be manufactured in accordance with AS/NZS 61439, a series of standards covering low voltage switch gear and control gear assemblies.

With just over 6 months to go for the transition to the new standard everyone from end users, consultants, designers and switchboard manufacturers are getting ready for the switch! Are you ready?

  • What do you need to know about “Strength of Material Parts?”
  • What “Overvoltage Performance” do you need (Dielectric Performance)?
  • What degree of “Ingress protection” (IP rating) do you really need?
  • What “Short Time Withstand” current should you specify and how long for?
  • What should your switchboard do when it sees a “Short Circuit Fault”?
  • Why “Temperature Rise” testing and verification is important?
  • Is “Arc Fault Containment” a requirement in the new switchboard standard?
  • Why does the “Duration of Arc Fault Containment” tests really matter?
  • What should you be specifying for your new switchboard?

Many in the industry have seen presentations and received white papers on the differences between the old and the new standard. But what does it mean for you and your switchboard?

J & P Richardson industries have successfully completed the verification testing of our modular (Demcon) and custom built (Vericon) switchboards and over the coming weeks we want to take you along our journey.

We are going to breakdown the requirements of the standard in easy-to-use terms, to help you get the most out of your switchboard.

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