Epoxy Coating Powders for Low Voltage Busbars and Switchgear Equipment
Low Voltage Busbar Basics
Low voltage busbars are used primary in switchgear equipment for residential or industrial use. The switchgear equipment may contain single busbar or double busbars, and the types of switchgear may be solid-, air-, or gas-insulated. In all cases, the rated voltage of low voltage switchgear does not exceed 690 Vac. Though this is high voltage compared to the outlets in your house, these are still quite low voltages compared to the 12kV to 38kV used in medium voltage busbar applications. In these case, the thickness of the epoxy coating used is much, much less than for medium voltage busbars. The purpose of the epoxy coating powder is the same however: to insulate the busbars from each other and to prevent dangerous arcing faults.
Parameters considered for epoxy coating powders for low voltage busbars include:
- Can the epoxy coating powder be applied in a thin enough layer in order to optimize the cost/performance of low voltage applications?
- Can the epoxy coating powder be used in an outdoor environment or for outdoor applications?
- Can the epoxy coating powder be made to be flexible to maximum design efficiency and to bend the busbars after coating?
SolEpoxy Epoxy Coating Powders for Low Voltage Busbars and Switchgear Equipment
For many years, SolEpoxy, Inc. has supplied a range of epoxy coating powders developed for low voltage (up to 690Vac) busbar and switchgear equipment. In the USA, SolEpoxy is one of the few epoxy coating powder suppliers qualified for use in Power Distribution Switch Boards. Given the critical nature of the application, the time and costs involved to pass UL-certification, major Power Management Companies reply on SolEpoxy and their family of UL-listed epoxy coating powders. All the products offered by SolEpoxy for busbar applications are UL-listed.
Four products stand out in the SolEpoxy product line for low voltage busbar applications: DK15-0606, DK15-0907, DK15-0463 DK15-2000E.
The "One Powder Solutions": DK15-0606 Tan and DK15-0907 Red
Changing equipment and changing epoxy coating powders is not a trivial task. If you are manufacturing both low voltage and medium voltage busbars, wouldn't it be great to only have to use one product for both? This is exactly the purpose of these two epoxy coating powders. DK15-0907 Red for Low and Medium Voltage Busbars is a one powder solution in red and DK15-0606 Tan for Low and Medium Voltage Busbars is a tan-colored (some people call it dark beige) powder that is likewise suitable for both low voltage and medium voltage busbars.
Incredible Bed Life Stability & Outdoor Applications: DK15-0463
If you are only making low voltage busbars, nothing beats the bed life stability of the Extremely Bed Stable DK15-0463 for Low Voltage Busbars. It also is a very productive epoxy coating powder, which means that it applies very quickly to the busbar for high yield and fast throughput.
Extremely Flexible & High Dielectric Strength DK15-2000E
Unlike most other epoxy coating powders for power applications, Flexible DK15-2000E Gray for Low Voltage Busbar Applications is a very tough and flexible coating. Though the DK15-2000E only meets the Relative Thermal Index (RTI) value of 105°C (DK19 Red meets an RTI value of 130°C), it has found applications on leaded fuses, axial fuses, busbars that are bent after coating and other applications where flexibility and toughness were the requirements while maintaining a minimum RTI value of 105°C.
Compare the Epoxy Coating Powders you Need
Epoxy Coating Powders vary widely in their composition and application. Whether it be color, build rate, arc resistance or maximum thickness, you can use our busbar coating comparison tool to find the right epoxy coating powder for your application.
Product Overview and Selector Guides
Take a look at the product overview page where you can compare the products side-by-side in a product selector table. This will help you find the right epoxy coating powder for your busbar application.
Read our Blog on Epoxy Coating Powders
Everyday, people just like you have questions about epoxy coating powders. At CAPLINQ, we try to help people just like you by blogging about epoxy coating powders. From epoxy coating powder prices to harmonization codes to product part numbers and leadtimes. We try to post as much information as we can on our blogs, to help you find more relevant information about epoxy coating powders.
Participate in our Epoxy Coating Powder Forum
Not getting the answers on epoxy coating powders you need from our blog? Are you tired of spending hours searching the internet only to end up exhausted without the right answers? Post your epoxy coating powder question in our forum and attract like-minded professionals to respond.