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Infrastructure & Cities Sector


Low and Medium Voltage Division

Erlangen, February 18, 2014

3VA Molded Case Circuit Breakers for Low

Voltage Power Distribution
MCCBs rank among the most important safety components in low voltage power
distribution: An estimated 30 million MCCBs are installed each year around the
globe in a great variety of technical environments, including large-scale residential
and non-residential complexes and manufacturing facilities. They protect electric
lines and electric consumers, as well as entire industrial systems from damage and
failures by safely disconnecting the power supply in case of faults like short-circuit or
overloads. MCCBs are increasingly assigned additional operational tasks, e.g. the
collection of power usage data. These additional tasks mean that electrical planning
and the installation as a whole will also become more complex.

Planners, switchgear and machine engineers, installers, and operators must come
to grips with this increasing complexity while at the same time having to deal with
growing pressure in terms of competition and cost requirements. Siemens new 3VA
molded case circuit breaker is a sophisticated, modular, and highly variable system,
which was designed specifically with optimized support in mind for every process
step from initial engineering all the way to the actual operation of electrical power
distribution systems.

Designed for Variety

The 3VA series by Siemens will renew the Sentron portfolio of molded case circuit
breakers for low voltage power distribution in buildings, infrastructure, and industrial
applications. Areas of application for the 3VA MCCB will range from standard
applications in buildings to sophisticated industrial systems. They can be used in
distribution boards for sub-distribution in non-residential buildings, and in industrial
switchgear, control technology, or machines.

The new MCCBs are available in the versions 3VA1 and 3VA2. Depending on size
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and model, the devices will be available as 1- to 4-pole versions for rated currents
between 16 to 630 A, and rated voltages up to 690 V AC.

3VA1 Molded Case Circuit Breaker

The devices of the 3VA1 series will be available for rated currents up to 160 A, and
fulfill all standard tasks in line protection. Due to their particularly compact design,
3VA1 MCCBs are the perfect choice for applications in distribution boards and
machine engineering. They are easily mounted as fixed or plug-in versions. The
basic trigger for overload or short-circuit protection is a thermal-magnetic, electronic
trip unit (TMTU). TMTUs are suitable for use in three-phase, AC, and DC networks.

3VA2 Molded Case Circuit Breaker

The 3VA2 series is designed for use in applications with higher technical
requirements, and a rated current of up to 630 A. In addition to an increased
switching capacity of up to 150 kA, these MCCBs come with an electronic trip unit
(ETU), and an integration capability for metering and communication functions. Their
optimized selectivity properties ensure selective protection behavior among MCCBs
and to other protective devices. The current-limiting contact system furthermore
ensures a very high switching capacity. ETUs guarantee reliable overload
protection, short-term delayed or instantaneous tripping in case of a short-circuit,
neutral conductor protection, and fault protection against ground.
Mobile test devices allow the checking and parameterization of ETU functions in
MCCBs on site.

Extensive Selection of Accessories with over 500 Individual Components

3VA molded case circuit breakers can be custom configured, with the option for a
modular expansion to include around 70 functions. The standardized accessory
matches all model series and several sizes, offering over 500 components for
integration and mounting, and can be combined with the basic units in virtually any
configuration. High packing density is therefore ensured for all model sizes, and
allows the realization of a wide variety of tasks: MCCBs can, for example, be used
for generator safety, line protection, or even as a main switch.
The selection of internal accessories includes communication modules, auxiliary and
alarm switches, and a wide range of shunt releases. Also available are very
versatile, lockable manual operating mechanisms including a side panel mounted
rotary operating mechanism, and a motorized operating mechanism for the remote
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switching of the MCCB. Internal accessory modules can be used and integrated with
all model sizes. Mechanical and color coding on each module eliminates erroneous
application. Modules are simply plugged into their clearly coded accessory ports and
connected. Internal accessories are available as a compact design or in a model
specifically designed for continuous current load.

Less Energy Costs

The 3VA2 (ETU850 and ETU860) MCCBs come with an integrated metering
function for the capture of current, voltage, and power values. The metering function
furthermore detects the switching state, limit values, and maintenance information,
which can then be transmitted to superordinate systems by way of communication
modules. A communication module (COM800) allows the bundling and transmission
of data from up to eight devices. Systems requiring only one integrated MCCB can
alternatively be combined with the COM100 communication module. Data transfer,
and the integration in a superordinate energy management or automation system
occurs via the popular bus systems PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and Ethernet (Modbus
TCP). An additional display that can be optionally mounted on the control cabinet
door will show the current energy values of up to eight MCCBs.
On the basis of the energy values captured, and the periodic status, error, and alarm
messages generated, MCCBs will directly contribute to higher system transparency
and energy efficiency. Faults are detected early, and can be remedied faster. The
capture and analysis of precise consumption data will result in an estimated average
energy cost saving of five percent. Another advantage: The metering function, which
is integrated directly into the circuit breaker, will help save about fifty percent of the
time needed to install an external metering device. There will be no need for
external wiring, or the installation of an external current transformer.
Increased Safety during Installation and Operation
Critical system states are reported by the trip units, auxiliary, and alarm switches to
superordinate systems. The comprehensive selectivity of the MCCBs ensures that
only the actual system section affected by the fault will be disconnected. A complete
standstill of the entire system is therefore prevented. Optional residual current
devices, which can be additionally installed on the 3VA molded case circuit breaker,
capture all fault or residual currents, and ensure safe disconnection in case of an

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The intuitive and ergonomic device design, combined with integrated indicators and
displays, ensures a comfortable and safe operation of the MCCB. The switch
position is clearly visible at all times; an optional illumination kit helps support
visibility in poor light conditions. Unauthorized switching is prevented with front or
rear-mounted locking options.

Up to 80 Percent Time Savings for Configuration

The engineering effort for 3VA molded case circuit breakers, from planning to
installation and maintenance, has been minimized. Innovative online service tools
offer hands-on support: An online product configurator helps in the customized
configuration of each individual MCCB. All the necessary technical information for
planning and configuration is available for download. 12 CAx data types, including
3D models and characteristic curves can be flexibly compiled via the CAx download
manager, and downloaded in seconds. These can be integrated in all popular
configuring tools. Compared with traditional manual data search, this method will
save up to 80 percent of your time. The central provisioning of data furthermore
makes the manual procurement and creation of e.g. 2D images and connection
diagrams obsolete. Human error during manual processing is therefore eliminated.
All relevant technical information can be sourced online even after the system has
been commissioned directly on site which can be very useful for maintenance
purposes. All necessary information is easily accessible via the QR code on the
devices. Simply scan the code with any mobile device with internet connectivity all
relevant service and support information available online will be displayed. Mobile
access will save around 30 percent of the time needed for a manual search in
hardcopy documents or online.
3VA Molded Case Circuit Breaker Latest Innovations

A More Compact Design: The dimensions of the 3VA MCCB have been
reduced by on average a third in all model sizes. The 3VA1, measuring now
only 130 x 76 x 70 mm (H x W x D), is the smallest ever Siemens MCCB,
offering a switching capacity up to 70 kA. Compared with similar products,
the 3VA1 will save up to 50 percent of space in switching systems, control
cabinets, and distribution boards.

Broad Spectrum of Accessories: The accessories offering has been

standardized across the entire product range, and currently includes more
than 500 components. All accessories can be easily combined with the entire

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range of around 2500 basic switch versions. MCCBs can therefore be

customized for virtually any area of application and can be supplemented
with around 70 additional functions. New are the metering function, which is
now directly integrated in the MCCB, a switch disconnector version, and an
MCCB with a side wall mounted rotary operator. An online configurator
assists in finding the correct combination of required components and

Integrated Metering Function: The metering function, which is now

available as an integrated switch component, allows the capture of current,
voltage, and power values, as well as system states, which can then be
forwarded via communication interfaces to superordinate management
systems. Molded case circuit breakers can therefore contribute to higher
energy efficiency and system availability.

Mobile Support: All relevant product information and engineering data is

available for download. The provision of 12 CAx data types means additional
time saving of up to 80 percent during the planning and configuration phase.
For the very first time, all information required during maintenance can be
accessed online on a smartphone or tablet directly via the devices QR code.
Here, time savings are impressive: up to one third compared with manual
information procurement.

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The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with approximately 90,000 employees, focuses
on sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offering includes products, systems
and solutions for intelligent traffic management, rail-bound transportation, smart grids, energy efficient buildings, and
safety and security. The Sector comprises the divisions Building Technologies, Low and Medium Voltage, Mobility
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The Siemens Low and Medium Voltage Division (Erlangen, Germany) serves the entire product, system, and
solutions business for reliable power distribution and supply at the low- and medium-voltage levels. The Divisions
portfolio includes switchgear and busbar trunking systems, power supply solutions, distribution boards, protection,
switching, measuring and monitoring devices as well as energy storage systems for the integration of renewable
energy into the grid. The systems are supplemented by communications-enabled software tools that can link power
distribution systems to building or industry automation systems. Low and Medium Voltage ensures the efficient
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