Circuit Breaker Hardware

Written by Will Baum
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Circuit breaker hardware is easy to track down on the Internet. Regardless of what type of circuit breaker you are looking for, the Internet has people expert in that specialty awaiting your email or call. Finding experts in circuit breaker hardware may once have been difficult. Here in the Digital Age, whatever you seek, you are sure to find with ease and swiftness.

The Dawn of Circuit Breaker Hardware

Next to the machinery that runs the Internet, circuit breakers are simple. We can actually watch as they work. A circuit breaker lets electrical current through to a home or workplace until the current exceeds the allotted amount. Then--snap!--the circuit breaker cuts off the flow of electricity. If we happened to be watching while this occurred, we could see for ourselves how the circuit breaker operated. This is simply not so for the complicated components inside our PCs.

Circuit breakers came into being about the same time as electricity was being harnessed for industrial and commercial use. Without circuit breakers, managed electricity is all but useless. Even though it makes everything work, what good is it if it's dangerous? In the early 20th Century, circuit breaker hardware saw swift improvements over the original circuit breakers. Interruption times were shortened. In 1926, 45 cycles was standard. By the 1960s, this had been brought down to just 2 cycles.

Shorter interruption times saved other power grid components from unnecessary stress, making the entire system safer and more reliable. Newer circuit breakers (still not in use in households due to cost) reset automatically. The development of circuit breakers hasn't ended. Reliability keeps rising; cost keeps coming down.


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