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Working In Switchgear Cubicles Just Got A Lot Safer: The Cubicle Inspection & Repair Safety (CIRS) Device

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The patent-pending Cubicle Inspection & Repair Safety Device (“CIRS Device” or “device”) provides a safe work environment within switchgear cubicles by eliminating the risk of accidental/incidental contact with energized bus components.  The CIRS Device provides mechanics the ability to safely perform inspections, preventative maintenance (“PM”) and corrective maintenance (“CM”) on most components within the cubicle without the need for a bus section outage.  The device has proven to be a safe and reliable solution at Con Edison.

Use of the CIRS Device in PM and CM activities within switchgear cubicles enhances work practices by eliminating the need for bus section outages which would require coordinated de-loading and field switching.  This results in:

  • Reductions in the potential for high hazard injury
  • Reduction in human performance errors
  • Increases in system reliability
  • Significant O&M cost savings
  • Most importantly: Provides employees with the ability to work safely within the switchgear cubicle

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Apr 7, 2020 4:23 pm GMT

Safety is so important, this is a great development to hear about!

The CIRS Device itself has already provided significant costs savings for the Company. It was used more than fifteen times for corrective maintenance in 2019 and has helped alleviate some operating expenses. These cost avoidances include switching support (both inside the substation and in the field), repairs, control center support, engineering, etc. More importantly, the Device is being used on a regular basis for preventative maintenance/inspections, which provides long-term equipment savings, reliability, and employee safety. One cannot put a price on saving a life.

Great to hear it's already making a difference in the ConEd tests. Is it yet available for other organizations to take advantage of?

Eric Fell's picture
Eric Fell on Apr 7, 2020 7:08 pm GMT


Thank for the question.  We are in the process of finding a manufacturing partner to help us develop the CIRS Device for all applications.  Currently we are making them internally, but hope to have these on the market this year for our peers to be able to utilize for best safe working practices.  



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