Food and Beverage Industry Solutions from MELTRIC

MELTRIC’s switch rated plugs and receptacles are the superior choice for electrical connections in food and beverage plants. They are safe to make and break under load so qualified workers can quickly deenergize food production equipment, even while wearing gloves. And rated watertightness up to Type 4X is achieved automatically when the plug is mated to the receptacle.

When MELTRIC’s switch rated plugs and receptacles are installed, down-time critical motors can be replaced with plug and play simplicity so conveyor lines or process pumps can be up and running in a matter of minutes instead of hours.

MELTRIC’s Switch rated plugs and receptacles are a combination plug, receptacle and disconnect switch in the same device. An integral switch mechanism inside the receptacle safely deenergizes the plug before an operator can withdraw it. Once the plug is removed, a safety shutter shields the operator from live parts. And the plug can be easily locked out.

UL and CSA motor circuit and branch circuit disconnect switch-ratings shown on the device-label, allow them to function as the code required ‘line of sight’ disconnect, so the need, space, and expense of a separate non-fused disconnect switch is eliminated.

MELTRIC switch rated plugs and receptacles protect against arc flash and help facilities comply with NFPA 70E or CSA Z462 electrical safety standards. Connection or disconnection of the plug is considered an NFPA 70E defined “Normal Operation” so PPE is not required.

Excellent durability and performance in food and beverage environments is enabled by the solid silver-nickel, butt-style contacts, which offer superior electrical performance that withstands wear and oxidation. And chemical resistant housings withstand frequent washdowns with caustic cleaners. Some recommended optional features and accessories available for the food industry include:

  • Threaded handles for mating with cord grips that provide a watertight seal.
  • Plug caps to protect the disconnected plug contacts during washdowns.
  • Finger drawplates for easier connector closure.
  • Auxiliary contacts for advanced monitoring or control.
  • Mushroom pawls for easier disconnection.
  • Normally Closed lid configuration on the receptacle to help shield from washdowns Models are available with ratings from twenty amps to two hundred amps. And from three-quarter horsepower all the way up to one hundred horsepower.

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