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White paper: Raising the bar for power system flexibility

What is the need for more adaptable power?

From data centers to production lines and fulfillment centers, today’s commercial and industrial facilities are perpetually short on capital, space and time. These are pressing challenges because society relies upon these vital environments for around-the-clock production, storage and deployment of physical and digital assets.

In each of these diverse applications, it is equally important to maintain both operational and layout flexibility. These facilities are packed with heavy-duty machinery and other electrical equipment. Some buildings even embed power distribution components directly in concrete beneath the floor, which makes moves, additions and changes expensive and time-consuming. Thus, the ability to plan and accommodate for unknown future changes is critical to maintaining profitability and avoiding unnecessary facility modification costs.  

At the same time, the ways in which these facilities operate is constantly changing. This evolution drives an increasing need for more flexible, adaptable power distribution systems. For example, data centers, production lines and fulfillment centers serve customers with a wide variety of ever evolving needs. This, in turn, makes the facilities more complex and facility layout processes more labor-intensive.

For these reasons and more, many application environments can utilize busway to distribute electrical power. Busway is well known as a flexible, efficient and sustainable alternative to traditional power distribution approaches. What if this successful model could be improved upon to yield an even larger impact on your bottom line?

This white paper provides an overview of how continuous track busway can meet the power system flexibility requirements of facilities across nearly any industry. The principal benefits of the innovative power distribution solution will be explored, along with the key attributes of the technology as it relates to power system flexibility, scalability, productivity and safety. 

How can Busway’s flexibility and expandability enables swift, simple and cost-effective changes?

At Eaton, we recognize the need for our industrial and commercial customers to enhance productivity without sacrificing uptime in the process. Most facilities operate dynamically, and need to move, add or replace large pieces of equipment frequently as the workloads they support continue to evolve.

With busway, supporting new or re-arranged production lines and white space configurations can be as easy as adding more pieces and relocating bus plugs. Busway’s flexibility and expandability enables facility management teams to accommodate changes more swiftly, simply and cost-effectively. In addition, busway doesn’t require remote power panels as the overcurrent protective devices are in bus plugs, so it lowers capital outlays and conserves expensive floor space.

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In nearly every environment where power systems can be found, change comes fast and from every direction. By improving upon the traditional busway model with a continuous plug-in design, Eaton realized it could help its customers better meet the demands of applications where change and adaptation are important.

Through thousands of hours in research and development, Eaton developed a busway that reconfigures almost instantly. This Pow-R-Trak busway enables plug installation along 93 percent of the run. The technology is designed to enhance safety and certified under UL 857 and CSA C22.2 No. 27 and is, thermal, bend and crush tested along with IP2X “finger safe”. It also has one of the highest short-circuit rating in the industry. Combined with tool-free, error-free maintenance, Eaton has created one of the industry’s most dramatic improvements to busway that is as convenient and safe as it is powerful – but how could it impact your operations?

Pow-R-Trak Busway

Deloitte analysis1 cites that the key objectives for modern fulfillment centers are improving productivity and reducing risk, through vital actions including: removing or reducing delays and improving response time, maximizing asset utilization and minimizing downtime, and driving further direct and indirect labor efficiency. These objectives also resonate with the requirements of today’s industrial facilities and data centers.

A dependable busway can help solve today’s power challenges. But a busway that adapts to your ever-evolving needs? That’s real power to address the challenges of tomorrow.

Benefits of a continuous track busway

Rethinking power system architecture to advance flexibility

The power system architectures found across modern commercial and industrial environments require flexibility and scalability to reduce the capital expenditures associated with constant reconfiguration.

Continuous busway designs offer an extensive list of practical and financial advantages. Specifically, the ability to quickly reconfigure equipment layouts along 93 percent of the busway run provides the flexibility needed to cost-effectively meet future demands.

For businesses looking to simplify power distribution and increase agility, continuous run busway is an impactful solution for saving money and conserving space. With an easy turn, your new equipment configurations can be energized with no cumbersome parts to wrangle, special tools required or dent in your critical operational schedules.

Reconfiguring your power system can now be achieved in a snap, and it all starts with Pow-R-Trak busway.

To learn more please visit, Eaton.com/busway

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