Electrical Distribution Equipment

Thompson Power Systems offers switchgear suitable for applications ranging from single standby/load management to multi-unit utility paralleling installations.


Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS)

Automatic Transfer Switches are an integral component in Caterpillar Mobile Generator Sets and are responsible for transferring power between Utility and Generator. Today, every standby generator set that is sold requires at least one ATS, and some cases require multiple units.

Thompson offers a broad range of transfer switch products that are positioned to support virtually any type of emergency power application from simple, single ATS installations to highly complex, multi-ATS/generator switchgear systems. Available in sizes ranging from 40 through 4000A, there is a CAT switch to suit every project’s needs.

Overall ATS Features Include:

  • Open & Closed Transition
  • Delayed Transition
  • Bypass Isolation
  • 40 through 4000A
  • Mechanically Held Contactor
  • 50/60 Hz 600 V Class

Good maintenance programs should involve all components of a generator, including the Automatic Transfer Switch. There are several reasons for regular maintenance. In some industries, it is mandatory to perform, at the minimum, a weekly load test. This basic test makes sure the ATS is capable of sending a start signal to the generator and transferring the building load onto the generator for a period of time set by the user. This simple operation ensures the basic functionality of the ATS and generator. However, it does not address other critical operations during the life of the switch.

The MX line of Automatic Transfer Switches are contactor based switches in sizes ranging from 30A through 5000A.

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