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#199921 - 03/14/11 11:53 AM Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance
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I am adding a SSAC voltage monitoring relay to an existing 3 Ph. main entrance.

I am concerned with how to tap into the 3 legs and connect to the monitor.

this will be a permanent metering hookup.

I am thinking of using small 1 amp inline fuses on each with 14 Ga. wire. With the fuse as close to each of the taps as possible.

this box is a big fused disconnect.

I am sure that the NEC has something to say about how to do this.

any input is appreciated.

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#199935 - 03/14/11 06:32 PM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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Eric:
First...Welcome to ECN forums!

You should get responses in this section....

I'll be back later
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#199939 - 03/14/11 07:33 PM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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As they say in New York: Fagaddaboutit! At least, as you plan on doing it.

First off, lots of luck finding a terminal strip that will take both your feeder wires AND something as small as #14. Marathon might be a possibility.

Of greater concern is the AIC, or interrupting capacity, of the little fuses. It's simply amazing how running the power through the main breaker and adding a few feet of wire reduces your AIC requirements.

You don't do this sort of thing in the meter box, or even the switchgear. Rather, you go downstream and do it in a control panel. After all, you need some place to mount that little relay. Come to think of it, that's where you mount the terminal block as well.

With all the malarky about "70E" and such, you might consider using a 'finger-safe' fuse/fuseholder design. Personally, I like the Bussmann "CubeFuse Class J" variety - no chance of someone putting a type CC fuse in there!

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#199943 - 03/14/11 08:01 PM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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Actually it's Fugetaboutit! Just a little spelling error.lol

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#199952 - 03/15/11 07:30 AM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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I have found that I have space in a sub panel to put in a 15 amp 3 pole breaker that I can use to feed the monitor. Kind of overkill on the amps but 15 is as low as I can find in 3 pole.

I will use 14AWG wire and that should be OK no?



Edited by eric14779 (03/15/11 07:31 AM)

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#199954 - 03/15/11 07:53 AM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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Eric:
What you have to check is the mfg specs (of the monitor) and determine the MAX OCP they specify.

You may find that the MAX OCP is somewhere in the 1 to 5 amp range. If that is the case, a midget fuse block (finger safe preferred) should be installed in the subpanel (space available) or in your monitor enclosure.

A circuit breaker 'lock-on' will be a great addition!

!4 should not be an issue.
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#199955 - 03/15/11 08:11 AM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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HotLine1,

the monitor specs call for a 2amp fast acting to protect the equipment.

says fuses are not required to protect the monitor.

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#199960 - 03/15/11 04:42 PM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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OK, what is the 'equipment'?? that is 2 amps??

And, NO OCP for the monitor?? SSAC has no requirement/spec to protect the relay device?
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#199972 - 03/16/11 06:52 AM Re: Adding Voltage Monitoring to 400 amp 3 Ph.entrance [Re: eric14779]
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John,

see the specs for the SSAC PLMU Series 3 Phase Voltage Monitor at:

www.ssac.com/pp1.htm select the PLMU link

spec sheet says that the 2 amp fuses are "recommended" not required ???

I think that if I run 14Ga. wire from a 15 amp breaker to the Monitor, that in the event of a short, the breaker would trip before the 14ga. wire is damaged...

the monitor may not survive but this setup should prevent the monitoring lines from turning into flaming ropes. Again if there is a mishap...

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