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Bussmann offers a number of useful tools for electrical applications. Here you will find software programs to simplify system calculations, presentations on important topics and system specifications. There is also a section with tools particularly helpful to the electrical inspector.

For device adaptive tools and resoucces, click this link for the Bussmann series toolbox.

If you can't find the information you're seeking, please submit an email to fusetech@cooperbussmann.com.

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Technology That Improves Productivity Through Protection; Resources That Make A Difference

Bussmann offers a number of online software programs including calculations of available fault current and panel short circuit current rating. The programs will step the user through requests for variables and produce an answer based on these variables. For a full list of available programs click the software link above.

Bussmann Software programs are available to help you save time in determining a variety of product data and technical information that will help you with design applications and determining electrical values. Most of these programs are available to you at no cost through this web site or as a down load to your PC. Others, like the OSCAR™ Compliance Software, are available on a limited free-trial basis or for sale as a year long subscription.

OSCAR™ Compliance Software (determines assembly SCCR)

Arc Flash Calculator (determines incident energy levels) - NOT AVAILABLE - UNDER UPGRADE

NOTE: Software may not work on Windows 7 operating system.

Bussmann has created tools to assist electrical inspectors with issues they encounter everyday. Here you will  find checklists, software and Code change documents focused on important changes to the NEC®.

The specifications found here are arranged per the recommended CSI MasterFormat™ Sections. The number for these specifications has been left open for the specifier to choose the appropriate number and the title can be adjusted to best suit their project manual.

The information contained within these documents constitutes what Bussmann considers to be a complete, comprehensive, performance based construction specification.

Selecting Protective Devices Handbook (SPD)

This comprehensive guide to electrical overcurrent protection and electrical design considerations is based on the 2014 NEC®.

This valuable guide is available online as an interactive handbook or it can be downloaded free of charge.

Click this link to access the online SPD handbook.

Knowledge That Minimizes Risk to Maximize Productivity and Protection

Seminars and Materials - Knowledge for a safer workplace

Bussmann can deliver our world-class safety and technical training on-site at your facility or ours. Plus we offer self-directed training online as well as publications for a deeper review of technical material.

Contact us to schedule a personalized technical training seminar on-site or at Bussmann.

Performance Testing

The Bussmann Gubany Center provides the electrical industry the most comprehensive facility for testing electrical devices over the widest range of volt, amp and frequency combinations possible:

  • Up to 300kA at 750Vac, three-phase
  • Up to 100kA at 1000Vdc
  • Alternating current frequencies from 50Hz to 60Hz

The Gubany Center is certified to perform UL witnessed testing; we can even provide a UL field engineer to witness and certify your test results. The Center is also accredited by ASTA and CSA and is an ANCE Designated test facility. We follow procedures established under ISO 9001.

We test to global standards agencies:

  • ANCE
  • ANSI
  • ASTA
  • CE
  • CSA
  • ETL
  • IEC
  • UL

Contact us for a quote

 

The documents linked below cover a variety of topics relevant to the electrical industry.

The majority of these documents are contained in the Bussmann publication Selecting Protective Devices (SPD). This handbook is available as a no-cost download - in whole or sections.

Document Subjects

Bussmann Custom Products

Creating Answers for Your Unique or Demanding Needs

When you wish to gain a competitive edge or improve your product's performance, a Bussmann custom solution can:

  • Improve functionality and utility
  • Fit unique design needs

Our Expertise Is Your Advantage

For nearly 100 years,  Bussmann has designed and manufactured products that improve electrical safety and performance. Whether modifying an existing product or creating a new one, our experience effectively brings together the skills to design, prototype, test, manufacture and secure agency approvals to deliver a single component, sub-assembly or finished product. The result? You get the advantage of a custom solution that delivers the performance you need.

Bussmann Products Integrate:

  • Fuses - with the right size and performance characteristics
  • Fuse holders and blocks - with the requisite terminations, mounting options and safety features
  • Wire connection products - that make wiring simpler and faster
  • Molded products - that give the unique shape your product needs

Testing

Electrical performance testing of your custom products can be performed at the  Bussmann Paul P. Gubany Center, an ASTA and CSA accredited, and an ANCE Designated facility. We're able to conduct electrical performance testing that replicates any power system to be encountered in any country and conduct tests to many global agency standards, covering:

  • Up to 300kA and 600Vac
  • Up to 100kA and 1000Vdc

Custom Product Request

For a custom product answer to meet specific performance criteria or a unique configuration, contact your local authorized Bussmann distributor or sales representative.


Case Histories

Handle High Current in a Small Footprint

Problem: A manufacturer of highpower metering equipment needed a wiring interface that would fit an established footprint and withstand a current of 500 amps for one second.

Solution: No existing terminal block design could meet the customer's current withstand requirements, as well as UL minimum spacing requirements between terminals, in such a small package. In order to meet the design objectives, prototype terminals of various cross sections were built and tested to withstand 500A for one second. Once a terminal design was finalized, the block was molded to fit the customer footprint and comply with UL spacing requirements. The results exceeded customer expectations and helped ensure a successful product introduction.

Lower the Total Product Cost

Problem: An OEM in the motor controls market was asked by one of its customers to reduce costs on its motor control circuit. They came to Cooper Bussmann, and some of our competitors, for cost-reducing ideas on their terminal blocks.

Solution: We started quoting in hopes of meeting our customer's price demands, but could not get the right cost structure. The custom products team then investigated the customer's assembly process and saw the terminal block required a typical screw-down, flange-type mounting. The snap-mount terminal block we designed into the block's molded case exceeded the customer's total cost-reduction objectives by eliminating the cost of the mounting screws and the extra labor needed during assembly.

Bussmann offers a number of useful tools for electrical applications. Here you will find software programs to simplify system calculations, presentations on important topics and system specifications. There is also a section with tools particularly helpful to the electrical inspector.

All other queries, please submit an e-mail to fusetech@cooperbussmann.com.

Software

Bussmann Software programs are available to help you save time in determining a variety of product data and technical information that will help you with design applications and determining electrical values. Most of these programs are available to you at no cost through this web site or as a down load to your PC. Others, like the OSCAR™ Compliance Software, are available on a limited free-trial basis or for sale as a year-long subscription.

Electrical Inspector Tools

Bussmann has created tools to assist electrical inspectors with issues they encounter every day. Here you will find checklists, software and Code change documents focused on important changes to the NEC®

Power Distribution Equipment Specifications

The specifications listed below are arranged according to the recommended CSI MasterFormat™ sections. The number for these specifications is left open for the specifier to choose, and the title can be adjusted to best suit their project manual.

The information contained within these documents constitutes a complete, comprehensive, performance-based construction specification.