The Benefits of Having a Suspended Power Distribution System

Suspended AMAXXDepending on your application or your plant design, having an overhead power supply source comes in handy. Some facilities don’t have columns in the middle of the floor for routing and installation of electrical equipment. This can be for sanitary reasons, to minimize potential for contaminant harborage or to provide unobstructed views of the production areas.

The benefits of an overhead power supply source are obvious. But having an entire overhead power distribution system, like Suspended AMAXX, can take these benefits even further. Here’s what you need to know:

Power Distribution Systems Versus Power Drops
Traditional overhead power drops consist of one individual cord and one individual connector; multiple cords and connectors are therefore required to support multiple pieces of equipment in each production area. In these cases, individual supply feeds are run from a main panel with a remote circuit breaker at the panel or overhead. Accessing the circuit breaker is inconvenient, perhaps even troublesome when equipment needs to be maintained or repaired. Multiples cords also require more installation time and continued maintenance.

Suspended power distribution systems, on the other hand, let you drop an oversized supply cord, and this power can then be distributed to several receptacles. Essentially, you’re able to run one large feed for each required voltage system through one common box.

One overhead power distribution system means you don’t have to install anything on walls or columns—in fact, you don’t even need them. This is advantageous for a number of reasons.

  • Plant layout. This type of system may be your only option based on how a plant was designed or how power is distributed in the facility. For example, many plants don’t have spare walls or columns in production areas. Sometimes, the original distribution system in the plant can no longer support current production needs.
  • Sanitation. Many plants, in the medical or food and beverage industries, for example, are designed to minimize contamination as much as possible. Having extra walls or columns creates more surface area in the plant that will need to be cleaned.
  • Portable equipment. Because equipment isn’t tethered to a wall, it can be easily moved or rolled away—often for cleaning purposes or when production needs change, requiring a different arrangement of equipment. Having an overhead system facilitates this process.

Suspended AMAXX builds on our traditional AMAXX line of high-performance non-metallic enclosures that can hold different combinations of receptacle devices, including switched-and-interlocked styles, as well as locking NEMA devices and switch products. Suspended AMAXX is UL Type 4X rated with four mounting module provisions. Installation options include a circuit breaker access window for localized protection, 20 and 30 Amp Switched and Interlocked Receptacles, Watertight Pin and Sleeve or NEMA Receptacles, as well as Ethernet and Cat 6 Ports. With Suspended AMAXX, you have the ability to customize a design to your specific requirement and plant standard.

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