Circuit Breakers: From Yesterday’s Innovative Breakthrough to Today’s Smart Devices

Learn some of the history of the evolution of circuit breakers from initial design all the way through to the smart innovations of today’s devices.

Date: May 30, 2024
1:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM CDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMT
Sponsor: ABB
Duration: 1 Hour
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Breakers were initially developed as an innovative option to replace single-use fuses. In subsequent years, circuit breaker manufacturers continued to refine the design of these protective devices. In recent years, we have seen the integration of smart technologies that take the application of circuit breakers to a whole new level.

This webinar will review the evolution of circuit breakers and the technology being incorporated into today's devices. You'll also hear some thoughts about future advancements being discussed with this important protection product.













Tommy Northcott
Senior Power Engineer and Branch Manager

Tommy Northcott earned a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Power Systems from Tennessee Technological University. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in the States of Tennessee and Idaho, a Certified Reliability Leader, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional and is a current committee member on the NFPA 70B committee (Standard for Electrical Equipment Maintenance). Tommy has broad experience working with large electric utility systems as a Systems Engineer, Arc Flash Program Manager, Operations and Maintenance Manager, and Reliability Engineering Manager.

Tommy has extensive experience in operations and maintenance of electrical equipment, performing arc flash analysis calculations, developing and conducting electrical safety training and developing company electrical safety standards to ensure OSHA and NFPA 70E compliance. Currently, Tommy is a Senior Power Engineer, Marketing Executive, and Branch Manager with Jacobs Technology Inc.

Sponsored by

Mike Dutoit
Product Marketing Manager

Low Voltage Power and Insulated Case Circuit Breakers
Mike is the U.S. product marketing manager for low-voltage power and insulated case circuit breakers at ABB Electrification - Smart Power Division, a global leader in electrical products and solutions operating in over 100 countries. With over 15 years of experience in the electrical industry and 10 years with ABB, Mike brings a passion for advanced circuit breaker technology. He is responsible for the overall product strategy, positioning, and commercialization for the United States.

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