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Our equipment is designed according to European standards, as IEC 439-1, EN 60439-1, VDE 0660 part 500, BS 5486 Part 1, and UTE 63-412. We're manufacturing in ABB Argentina since 1998, with a license of ABB Lademburg, Germany, the ABB MNS LV switchgears and controlgears. Some of their main characteristics are the following: They are the equipment with the highest quality level that ABB has. They are only assembled in ABB factories, on a worldwide basis. There're 29 ABB factories in the world where these equipment are built, in all cases, using exactly the same technology. They have a modular design. They are TTA ones (Type Tested Assembly), with type test certificates, according to IEC 439-1 (see description of these tests and some certifications in the enclosed file). They have an arc proof design, according to IEC 61641 and VDE 0660 part 508 (see description of these tests and its certification in the enclosed file). They have, between others, the following certificate: Earthquake Test for Security Areas in Nuclear Power Stations.

In the enclosed test certificates you could find some additional information regarding these equipment.


The basic mechanical design comprises the frame, the outer sheathing and interior partitions. The basic elements of the frames are C-sections of 2 mm thick sheet steel with holes at 25 mm intervals. The parts of the framework are secured with self-tapping screws and require no maintenance. The open design is equipped with a protective rod on the front side. Panels with degree of protection of IP 31/41 can be equipped with ventilation grids. The cubicle construction up to degree of protection IP 54 is covered. The windows in the doors are made of layer bonded glass. Panel doors, if any, as well as roof and floor plates are made of 2 mm sheet steel; the vented roof plates. The doors of modules, the side and rear walls are of 1,5 mm sheet steel. Module and panel doors are equipped with a 5 mm double bit lock. All single door executions are normally hinged at the left hand side. Only the hinges of the cable compartment doors are normally on the right hand side. The panels are divided into functional compartments: the equipment compartment, the busbar compartment and the cable compartment depending on the requirements or design. The equipment modules are situated in the equipment compartment, the busbar compartment contains busbars and distribution bars. The cable compartment accommodates the incoming and outgoing cables together with the appropriate accessories required for interconnecting the modules (cable clamps, cable connectors, wiring ducts, etc.). The equipment modules, equipment sections and cubicles are separated by barriers if required. Cubicles can be arranged for operation from one or both sides.

All frames parts and construction elements for internal separation are galvanized. Side plates, doors and front covers are protected by means of paint in layers.

The erection of the switch gear having cable entries at the bottom requires a foundation with an opening or a cable duct. The switch gear can either be mounted on concrete floors or on foundation frames of steel sections. The area on which the switch gear is to be erected must be level.


The main busbars are arranged in the rear section (busbar compartment) horizontally in two selectable levels. Double busbar systems are located at the upper and lower level. While single-busbar systems are arranged either at the upper or lower level, as required. The busbars of both levels can be of the same or different scroll section. Separate, parallel or coupled operation is possible. The busbars are divided into sections corresponding to the sizes of the switch gear transport units. Units having busbars of different cross-sections can be coupled together.


The panel distributor busbars are vertically arranged in the borderline between busbar and equipment compartment of a panel. For each phase is one busbar with a rectangular or angular cross section mounted. The cubicle distributor busbars (angular shape 50x30x5 mm) are embedded in a multi function separator made of insulating material and held in place by distributor bar covers guaranteeing a degree of protection of IP 20. These busbars can be arranged over the total cubicle height of the panel or installed in sections. A panel with a 600 mm equipment compartment can be fitted with two panel distributor busbar systems (basic and additional system). The connections of the modules (fixed modules and withdrawable modules) are made by means of plug-in connection. The distributor busbars are made from copper plated aluminum (Cu/A1) or copper (Cu). In each case galvanic tined.


Plug-in contact blocks provide an electrical connection between modules and the distributor bars.


The power and control cables are attached to the cable mounting rails in the cable compartment, positioned below the terminals of each module and led to the connecting terminals, connecting bards or cable connectors (withdrawable module technique). Control cables are connected by double terminal blocks specially developed for the MNSSystem, which are suitable for the use with screw connectors, flatpin connectors and a combination with contact pins for multiple connectors. On a cable connector it is possible to connect two cables per phase. If more than two cables have to be connected an additional cable connector with copper bars must be mounted. This possibility is only included in the price quoted, if mentioned explicitly. Cable shrouds can be fitted on the cable connectors. The cable can enter either from above or below.


The control cables are installed at the side of the panel and led to the control modules through the vertical wiring channel. Control cables and conductors for the panel-to-panel wiring are led through cable channel situated in the upper part of the equipment and cable compartment


For circuit breaker installed in panels having no separate cable compartment the cable is connected direct to the parallel switch arrangement (up to 18 parallel cables) or to the cable terminal set (up to 12 parallel cables) depending on the rated current of the circuit breaker. The control cables are led at the side of the panels and are connected directly to the control terminals of the circuit breaker modules: or if required, to the terminal strips in the control equipment recess.


The withdrawable module technique MNS from ABB is based upon E = 25 mm grid system like the entire mechanical construction. The grid dimension of the withdrawable module system is 8 E = 200 mm. The draw-out units consist of the withdrawable module and the frame mounted compartments. They are standardised for the sizes 8E/4, 8E/2, 4E, 8E, 16E and 24E. For the size 8E/4 there are four modules, for the size 8E/2 two modules in a horizontal arrangement at a width of 600 mm. Modules size 4E, 8E, 16E and 24E require each the total equipment compartment width of 600 mm. Empty spaces for the area for the control cable duct at the cubicle top an the area for the PE busbar at the cubicle bottom are provided with hinged sheet metal covers.


Compartments size 8E/4 and 8E/2, consist of compartment bottom plate, module condaptor, guide rails and front posts. The module condaptor is the connecting link between Distributors bars, busbar system and draw-out modules and between draw-out modules and outgoing cables and wires. The connection between incoming and outgoing sides are arranged inside the draw-out module condaptor. Electrical connections are of the plug-and-socket type.


Compartments size 4E ... 24E consist of compartment bottom plate, guide rails and a sheet metal side wall with the outgoing control connector. The draw-out module feeder connection with the busbars is made by means of the module-mounted contacting unit. The outgoing power cables are connected via cable connectors (main circuit); control cable connections (auxiliary circuit) are established via terminal blocks. The power cable connectors are fastened to the multi function separator.


Withdrawable units size 8E/4 and 8E/2 comprise one or two profile sections for mounting Snap-On components, the rear wall with integrated cable connections and a 20-pole control connector, a front panel and two side panels. The front panel is made of insulating material with performed knockout for mounting, measuring, operating and indicating instruments. The operating handle for certain standard load-break switches and circuit breakers is also used for the electrical as well as the mechanical interlocking function. A micro switch with 2 NO and 2 NC contact is provided for electrical interlocking.


ON-position Operating position, main switch ON, withdrawable unit locked in position. OFF-position Main switch OFF, control circuit interrupted, withdrawable unit locked in position. TEST-position Test position, main switch OFF, control circuit closed, withdrawable unit locked in position. MOVE-position Move position, main and control circuits interrupted, withdrawable unit can be moved. ISOLATION-position Disconnected position, unit withdrawn for 30 mm and locked in position, main and control circuits interrupted. Withdrawable module mechanically interlocked. The switch handle can be moved from position OFF to position ON only after the handle has been depressed (push-to-turn feature). The switch handle can be locked in any position with up to three padlocks. The withdrawal of the unit can be prevented by an additional mechanical lock to be installed in the front cover.


Withdrawable units size 4E up to size 24E are built-up of sheet steel components which constitute the supporting frame for the electrical components and the contact elements. The hinged front cover offers the advantage of easy accessibility to the built-in components from the front side. Opening the front cover in operation or test position of the withdrawable unit is possible only with a tool (unlatches) while in the disconnected position unlatching is possible by hand. The front cover is provided with a cut-out for a unit frame-mounted panel made of insulation material. This panel remains in position when the front cover is opened. It is designed with performed cut-outs for mounting, measuring, operating and indicating instruments and carries a switch handle by which the electrical and mechanical interlocks can be operated. A micro switch with 2 NO and 2 NC contacts is provided for the electrical interlocks. The switch handle is blocked when the main switch is closed, i.e. withdrawal of the module under load is not possible. The switch handle can be locked in any position with up to three padlocks. Withdrawal of the unit can be prevented by an additional mechanical lock to be installed in the front cover.


ON-OFF-position Operating position, withdrawable unit locked in position, main switch (load break switch or circuit breaker) can be operated. TEST-position Test position, main switch OFF, control circuit closed, withdrawable unit locked in position. MOVE-position Move position, main and control circuits interrupted, withdrawable unit can be moved. ISOLATION-position Interrupt position, unit withdrawn for 30 mm and locked in position, main and control circuits interrupted. Withdrawable module mechanically interlocked.

Multi Function Separator, Metallic Badge (MFS)

The widrawable design could introduce a separate metallic badge, that allowed a additional protection against accidental contacts. (IP20), and reduce the damages caused for electrical internal arcing. This badge separates the equipment compartment from the busbars compartment.

Multi Function Wall Separator (MFW, Opcional)

The widrawable design could introduce a multifunctional separate badge made with insulating material that allowed into achieving an additional protection against accidental contacts. (IP20), and reduce the damages caused for electrical internal arcing. This badge separate the equipment compartment from the vertical distribution busbars, this busbars from the main busbar system (that have horizontal disposition), and also each vertical distribution busbars from the others.



The MNS switchgear and controgear assemblies are designed, manufactured and tested in accordance with the following standards: IEC CEI 60439-1; IEC 61641; EN 60 439; DIN VDE 0660, Part 500; BS 5486; UTE 63-412.

The circuit breakers are designed, manufactured and tested in accordance with the following standards: IEC 60947-2 EN 60947 IEC 1000 UL 489 CSA C22.2

And are according to the followings CE directives: Low Voltage Directives (LVD) N 73/23 EEC Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) N 89/336 EEC

The MNS switchgear and controlgear are TTA type: Type-tested switchgear assemblies. This means, according to the standard IEC 60439-1, the following: a low-voltage switchgear and controlgear ASSEMBLY conforming to an established type or system without deviations likely to significantly influence the performance, from the typical ASSEMBLY verified to be in accordance with this standard. Throughout this standard, the abbreviation TTA is used for a type-tested low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assembly. To fulfill the technical requirement stated in IEC CEI 60439, also the following standards has been taken into account: Normative references The following normative documents contain provisions which, through reference in this text, constitute provisions of this International Standard. For dated references, subsequent amendments to, or revisions of, any of these publications do not apply. However, parties to agreements based on this International Standard are encouraged to investigate the possibility of applying the most recent editions of the normative documents indicated below. For undated references, the latest edition of the normative document referred to applies. Members of IEC and ISO maintain registers of currently valid International Standards.

IEC 60038:1983, IEC standard voltages IEC 60050(441):1984, International Electrotechnical Vocabulary (IEV) Chapter 441: Switchgear, controlgear and fuses IEC 60364-5-54:1980, Electrical installations of buildings Part 5: Selection and erection of electrical equipment Chapter 54: Earthing arrangements and protective conductors IEC 60417 (all parts), Graphical symbols for use on equipment. Index, survey and compilation of the single sheets IEC 60445:1988, Identification of equipment terminals and of terminations of certain designated conductors, including general rules for an alphanumeric system IEC 60446:1989, Identification of conductors by colours or numerals IEC 60447:1993, Man-machine interface (MMI) Actuating principles IEC 60502:1994, Extruded solid dielectric insulated power cables for rated voltages from 1 Kv to 30 kV IEC 60529:1989, Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code) IEC 60664-1:1992, Insulation coordination for equipment within low-voltage systems Part 1: Principles, requirements and tests IEC 60750:1983, Item designation in electrotechnology IEC 60865 (all parts), Short-circuit currents Calculation of effects IEC 60890:1987, A method of temperature-rise assessment by extrapolation for partially type-tested assemblies (PTTA) of low-voltage switchgear and controlgear IEC 60947-1:1988, Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear Part 1: General rules IEC 60947-3:1999, Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear Part 3: Switches, disconnectors, switch-disconnectors and fuse-combination units IEC 60947-4-1:1990, Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear Part 4: Contactors and motor-starters Section 1: Electromechanical contactors and motor-starters IEC 61000-4-2:1995, Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Part 4: Testing and measurement techniques Section 2: Electrostatic discharge immunity test Basic EMC Publication IEC 61000-4-3:1995, Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Part 4: Testing and measurement techniques Section 3: Radiated, radio-frequency, electromagnetic field immunity test IEC 61000-4-4:1995, Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Part 4: Testing and measurement techniques Section 4: Electrical fast transient burst immunity test Basic EMC Publication IEC 61000-4-5:1995, Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Part 4: Testing and measurement techniques Section 5: Surge immunity tests IEC 61117:1992, A method for assessing the short-circuit withstand strength of partially type-tested assemblies (PTTA) CISPR 11:1990, Limits and methods of measurement of electromagnetic disturbance characteristics of industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio-frequency equipment



- Low Voltage MCCs and Power Centers Germanisher Lloyds, Hamburg (shipping) ASTA, Great-Britain (Resist. to accidental arcs acc. to IEC 1641, VDE 0660 part 508). ASTA, Great-Britain (Type Test Certificates acc. to IEC 60439-1, Clause 8.2) Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development, Bonn (shelters). DRL German Research Institute for Aerospace e.V., Julich (Earthquarke Test for Security Areas in Nuclear Power Stations), for a MNS special version. - LV Breakers All tests according to IEC 947-2, EN 60947 (harmonized in 17 CENELEC countries), UNE EN 60947 and IEC 1000, according to CE directives: - "Low Voltage Directives" (LVD) Nro 73/23 EEC. -"Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive" (EMC) Nro 89/336 EEC. Certificates were issued by ACAE (Associazione per la Certificazione delle Apparecchiature Elettriche), Italy. Besides, the circuit breakers are according to the standard for shipping applications, and have been homologated for the following shipping registers: RINA (Registro Italiano Naval) Det Norske Veritas Bureau Veritas Germanischer Lloyd Lloyds Register of Shipping Polskj Reiestr Statkow - LV Contactors All tests according to IEC 947-4-1 (1990-05 and corrigendum Dec. 91 Amd.1 (199411), EN 60947-4-1 (1992-01), EN 60947-1 (Electromagnetic disturbances), and Amd. A1 (1995-01), Test Sequence I, II and IV. Certificates were issued by SEMKO, Sweden (Member of LOVAG, Low Voltage Agreement Group). - LV Switch Disconnectors Switch Disconnectors OETL and Switch Disconnector Fuse OESA All tests according to IEC 947-1, EN 60947-1, IEC 947-3 and EN 60947-3. Certificates were issued by KEMA and ASTA. - LV Overload Relays All tests according to IEC 947-4-1, EN 60947-4-1, VDE 0660, NFC 63 650 and BS 4941. Certificates were issued by Phys.-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB, Germany.

- Protection Relays with Microprocesors (SPA family) ABB Transmit Oy, Relays and Network Control Vassa, Finlandia KEMA Registered Quality Nederland B.V Arnhem, The Netherlands (Holanda) - LV CTs All tests according to IEC 44. Certificates were issued by High Voltage Laboratory, Universidad de la Plata, Argentina. - LV VTs All tests according to IEC 44. Certificates were issued by High Voltage Laboratory, Universidad de la Plata, Argentina.



The Standard CEI IEC 60439-1, in its point 8, states the following: 8 Test specifications 8.1 Classification of tests The tests to verify the characteristics of an ASSEMBLY include: - type tests (see 8.1.1 and 8.2) - routine tests (see 8.1.2 and 8.3). The manufacturer shall, on request, specify the basis for the verifications. NOTE Verifications and tests to be performed on TTA and PTTA are listed in table 7. 8.1.1 Type tests (see 8.2) Type tests are intended to verify compliance with the requirements laid down in this standard for a given type of ASSEMBLY. Type tests will be carried out on a sample of such an ASSEMBLY or on such parts of ASSEMBLIES manufactured to the same or a similar design. They shall be carried out on the initiative of the manufacturer. Type tests include the following: a) verification of temperature-rise limits (8.2.1); b) verification of the dielectric properties (8.2.2); c) verification of the short-circuit withstand strength (8.2.3); d) verification of the effectiveness of the protective circuit (8.2.4); e) verification of clearances and creepage distances (8.2.5); f) verification of mechanical operation (8.2.6); g) verification of the degree of protection (8.2.7). These tests may be carried out in any order and/or on different samples of the same type. If modifications are made to the components of the ASSEMBLY, new type tests have to be carried out only in so far as such modifications are likely to adversely affect the results of these tests. 8.1.2 Routine tests (see 8.3) Routine tests are intended to detect faults in materials and workmanship. They are carried out on every new ASSEMBLY after it has been assembled or on each transport unit. Another routine test at the place of installation is not required. ASSEMBLIES which are assembled from standardized components outside the works of the manufacturer of these components, by the exclusive use of parts and accessories specified or supplied by the manufacturer for this purpose, shall be routine-tested by the firm which has assembled the ASSEMBLY. Routine tests include the following: a) inspection of the ASSEMBLY including inspection of wiring and, if necessary, electrical operation test (8.3.1); b) a dielectric test (8.3.2); c) checking of protective measures and of the electrical continuity of the protective circuit (8.3.3). These tests may be carried out in any order. NOTE: The performance of the routine tests at the manufacturer's works does not relieve the firm installing the ASSEMBLY of the duty of checking it after transport and installation. So, we propose to make the routine test, and to give you test certificates of the type tests.


Advantages that Offers a Switchgear with Arc Proof Design

The IEC 61641 Standard is called Guide for Testing Under Conditions of Arcing due to Internal Fault, and is intended for Enclosed low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies. It establishes five criterions that the Low Voltage Switchgear must fulfil and overcome during the respective arc test conditions, in order to get the Type Test Certifications. The criterions are the followings: -Criterion No. 1: Whether correctly secured doors, covers, etc., do not open; -Criterion No. 2: Whether parts (of the ASSEMBLY), which may cause a hazard, do not fly off. (This includes large parts or those with sharp edges, for example inspection windows, pressure relief flaps, cover plates, etc. made of metal or plastic.); -Criterion No. 3: Whether arcing does not cause holes to develop in the freely accessible external parts of the enclosure as a result of burning or other effects; -Criterion No. 4: Whether the indicators arranged vertically do not ignite (indicators ignited as a result of paint or stickers burning are excluded from this assessment); -Criterion No. 5: Whether the equipotential bonding arrangement for accessible parts of the enclosure is still effective. The Standard contemplates: The effects of the internal pressure that act over the structure, covered, doors, etc; The thermal effects of the Arcs; The thermal effects of the hot gases that are emanated and of the incandescent particles;

But it doesnt cover the 100% of the effects that could be of risk, for example, Toxic gases. For our Switchgear design, besides the cited criterions, ABB adopted the following additional premises: 1. The plastic components used in the assembly should have properties that must contribute to the Arcing self-extinction. 2. The thermal and mechanical stress in the switchgear should be confined to the arcing origin place (one module). 3. After of the Arc presence, it should be possible to remove the affected module without inconvenient, with switch on voltage. 4. The emitted gases should not be poisonous.

5. The Arcing and their consequences should not put in danger the human life. The ABB Switchgears MNS are TTA type (Type Tested Switchgear Assembly), according to IEC 60439-1, with Arc-Proof Design, according to IEC 61641. In case of an internal arcing in one of these switchgear, it would behave in the following way: Human safety: The emitted gases should be driven toward the Switchgear superior part, and they would leave to the exterior through the flaps foreseen for this circumstance. Any person should be hurt or burnt for any element. The mentioned gases would not be poisonous. Operative safety: The Arcing effects should remain limited to the place in which the arcs have arisen. In all moment, the other modules and the total of the switchgear should go on working normally. The affected module should be able to be withdrawn normally. At worst, it could be necessary to replace the module. If it is necessary to clean the area where the arcing was produced, it could be done in a programmed way and without difficulty. Conclusion: higher security, reliability and operative continuity, for the process, and higher safety, for the personal (operation and maintenance).



The first version of the MNS system was developed more than 25 years ago. Up to now, more than 700.000 cubicles have been sold, all over the world. So, the reference list is very extended, and include nuclear power stations, off shore applications, ships, mines, refineries, etc. Besides this, some companies like Dow Chemical Company, Bayer, Procter & Gamble, Exxon Mobil, etc., have signed global agreements with ABB, and use MNS equipments for all the new factories they're building all over the world. From Argentina, we're supplying MNS switchgears and controlgears not only to the Argentinean market, but also to Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Mexico, Ecuador, Pilliphines, etc., for some of the most important projects in these countries. For instance, in Argentine we have supplied MNS equipments for the following projects: Dow Chemical, PBB Dow Chemical, Polisur Solvay Indupa Tecpetrol Repsol YPF, La Plata Repsol YPF, Lujn de Cuyo Repsol YPF, Nuequn Pecom Energa, Campana Monsanto Bayer Pecom Energa, Puesto Peter Profertil Mega (Petrobras, Dow, Repsol) Telecom Ericsson Diveo Techtel IMPSA Loma Negra Aluar Siderar Peugeot Philip Morris Aguas Argentinas Masisa Ledesma Cerro Vanguardia Petrochemical Petrochemical Petrochemical Petrochemical Refinery Refinery Refinery Chemical Chemical Chemical Oil and gas Agrochemical Gas separation plant Telefonical Data Center Data Center Termoelectrical Power Station Alvarez Condarco Cement Aluminium Metalurgycal Cars Cigarettes Utility (water) Pulp & paper Pulp & paper Mining

And outside Argentine, we have supplied MNS equipments for the following projects:

Ancap Saceem Noranda Unilever Sade (Petrobrs, Repsol YPF) Dow Chemical Petrobras, Reduc OCP IMPSA (Kalayan) Rosebel Gold Mines SIDOR

Refinery Utility (water) Mine Consumer industry Gas Petrochemical Refinery Oil and gas Hidroelectric power station Mining Metallurgy

Uruguay Uruguay Chile Chile Bolivia Brasil Brasil Ecuador Filipinas Surinam Venezuela

TYPE SWITCHGEAR : STANDARDS : RATED INSULATION VOLTAGE Ui : RATED MAX. OPERATING VOLTAGE Ue: RATED INSULATION LEVEL : TTA ABB MNS 3, Modular Low Voltage Switchgear system IEC439-1, CEI 439-1, EN 60 439-1, DIN VDE 0660 PART 500, BS 5486, UTE 63-412, IEC 61641 1000 V AC 690 V AC Test withstand voltage for power circuit 2,5 kV, 50 Hz, 1min Test withstand voltage for Control circuit 2,0 kV x 1min 8 KV peak (1,2 / 50 micro-sec. wave) up to IP54 up to 60 hz MNS Standard special treatment procedure The max. Length of a transport unit is 3000mm According to VDE 0100 Gr.C 0,6 acc. to VDE Short time max. value +40C Short time peak value for electronic control +40C Max. Mean value over a 24h period +35C Minimum value -5C Max. 90% Up to 1000m above sea level up to 6300A up to 100KA up to 250KA


RELATIVE AIR HUMIDITY : HEIGHT ABOVE SEA LEVEL : MAIN-BUSBARS : Nominal Current: Short circuit proof ( 1sec ): Short circuit peak value: DISTRIBUTION-BUSBARS : Nominal Current : Short circuit proof ( 1sec ): Short circuit peak value: TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION TYPE :

up to 2000A up to 86KA up to 165KA Direct Connection to Bus Bar Technique Withdrawable Plug-in Fixed Arc proof design, acc. To IEC 61641