A record plus circuit breaker can offer protection against earth leakage currents by using an add-on residual current device (RCD). A line of three pole completely integrated add-on devices are available as side mounted models (FD frame size) or as units that are fitted below the trip unit of the breaker (FD, FE and FG frame sizes). In all cases the RCD unit interfaces directly with the circuit breaker without the use of any secondary wiring connections. Earth RCD has a sensor placed around the phase and neutral current paths that detects the vectorial sum of the phase and neutral currents. When this sum is no longer zero it is assumed that current is flowing to earth (residual current). If this value exceeds the threshold set on the RCD the breaker connected to the device is tripped. The RCD units electrical power is supplied by the line voltage of the breaker it is linked to. By use of a multi-phase bridge the design still works when one phase and the neutral is present. A pouch on the RCD allows one to place one BAT contact NO or NC which allows a remote signal on earth faults. A Record Plus breaker and an RCD combination can be connected like any stand-alone breaker and are available as fixed or plug-in devices. The mains connection interface of the RCD is an exact replica of the breaker connection area, thus allowing the use of all standard breaker terminals.
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