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15 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: GIGAVAC Hermitically Seals HVDC Contactor for Safe Reliable Switching

GIGAVAC announces the latest addition to their line of patented switching devices, the HX460. This new hermitically sealed, HVDC contactor redefines the term high power switching by bringing massive power switching capabilities in a compact package. Designed and manufactured in the USA, the hermetically sealed GIGAVAC HX460 joins GIGAVAC’s line-up of other sealed switching products including High Voltage Relays and EPIC sealed contactors.

With a package size of approximately 6x6in (154x154mm), the GIGAVAC HX460 power connection busbars allow continuous application circuit currents of 600A and beyond. The SPDT, single pole double throw, auxiliary contacts are mechanically linked to provide a reliable indication of the main contacts in the closed position. The sealed internal chambers for both the contacts and coil assures clean switching in any environment making the HX460 suitable for operation in hazardous classified locations. Safe make and break power switching can be achieved for high power applications at powers up to 600kW. With bi-directional switching capability and continuous current carry to 600A, this GIGAVAC sealed contactor is a perfect choice for many solar applications including inverters, and DC combiner boxes along with a variety of industrial drive systems including rail and traction applications that require a high voltage dielectric rating.

"Our HX460 is the perfect companion to our other sealed switching products," Markus Beck, GIGAVAC’s Vice-President Sales, said. "It gives our customers a reliable alternative for their higher power switching requirements versus conventional open air and simply sealed products.”