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Why Buy NPE's Aftermarket Parts



 

 

                             

 

    

NPE's aftermarket product line is growing daily with almost 300 individual items shipping daily from our Cleveland facility. We have a wide variety of products, from maintenance tools to replacement parts, so chances are we have just what you need and available when you need it. 

What makes this product line so popular, and more importantly, what makes it so unique?

 

  • Aftermarket parts are in stock and available for immediate shipment, unlike OEM parts which have lead times of days or weeks.

 

  • Many aftermarket parts are no longer available "NEW" and are hard to find in the used market.

 

  • Aftermarkets are not "cheap knockoffs". NPE has had years of experience identifying flaws in original product designs and developing ways to improve them. Many products are considered "one and done" and likely to never have to be replaced again.

 

  • Orders can be placed online with a credit card or through your normal purchasing channels.

 

If you are looking for anything from a bearing kit, to plastic molded parts, to a set of racking tools, check out our Aftermarket Parts Store online at https://www.npeinc.com/aftermarket-parts. If you do not see what you need, send us a photo and a description and it could become the newest addition to the list!

At NPE, our motto is always, "The right part, at the right price, right now!"

Are Westinghouse, Square D and Eaton Cutler Hammer Breakers Compatible?

For Industrial and Commercial Sized Circuit Breakers

Most manufacturing plants, government and commercial facilities rely on electrical equipment that is no longer supported by the OEM. This planned obsolescence requires you to find a reputable source for remanufactured air or vacuum circuit breakers or aftermarket breaker and switchgear parts that match your equipment.

In most instances, breakers that are manufactured by one OEM are not physically compatible to swap out with another but there is one notable exception – the DS line of air circuit breakers.

Eaton Cutler Hammer, Square D, and Westinghouse Breaker Compatibility

Originally, the DS line of air circuit breakers was manufactured by Westinghouse Electric Company. That product line was then sold to Square D and then later to Eaton and Cutler Hammer. Each company changed labels and upgraded trip units to the latest technology of the day, but other than that the products remained interchangeable. This level of continuity can make DS air circuit breakers interchangeable with the right parts.

                                

  

Of course, that’s just the beginning of the search. Even with compatibility, you will still need to match model numbers, trip units, controls, and accessories to determine which breakers and parts are a viable replacement for your needs. For that, you will need a knowledgeable dealer like NPE to sort through all the variables.

NPE has shelves lined with hundreds of DS circuit breakers and thousands of used and aftermarket parts and we will be happy to find a cost-effective solution to whatever your issue is. Contact us today or go to m.npeinc.com and let NPE’s online tool guide you through the process and submit your request. 

News from NPE's Product Improvement Center: LA-1600 and LA-600 Covers

 

Spotlighting today in NPE’s PIC is our replacement mechanism cover for the problematic blue-faced LA-600 and LA-1600 circuit breakers. As we all know, this molded blue plastic cover is prone to breakage, cracking and/or other failures and it was later replaced by the gold (yellow zinc plated) steel cover in later versions of this breaker line.

 

 

                                                                   Cracked/Broken Plastic Faceplate

 

Our solution? A hand-made steel cover, painted blue and detailed with our house made labels! Guaranteed not to bend or break with normal use, this one and done solution has become very popular. Simply specify what frame size you need and if the breaker is electrically operated or manually operated and we will ship you a new cover within 24 hours. Quantities are limited so large orders may require additional time, but are well worth the wait.

 

NPE's Allis Chalmers/Siemens Allis LA-1600 and LA-600 Faceplate Cover New Aftermarket Parts List:

 

https://www.npeinc.com/la-1600-cover-mo

*OEM part number 18-657-346-537

 

https://www.npeinc.com/la-1600-cover-eo

*OEM part number 18-657-346-550

 

https://www.npeinc.com/la-600-cover-mo

*OEM part number 18-657-346-523

 

https://www.npeinc.com/la-600-cover-eo

*OEM part number 18-657-346-579

 

 

*Part numbers used to reference original OEM's for identification purposes only. They are not manufactured, endorsed or warrantied by OEM.

 

 

This is just one of the many solutions to day to day issues that NPE can help you with. For more, visit https://www.npeinc.com/aftermarket-parts. If you still don’t see what you are looking for, give us a call and we’ll try to custom engineer a solution for just for you. We make our aftermarket parts better, stronger and get them to you faster! Our motto is, "The right part, at the right price, right now!"

 

Watch for NPE’s next spotlight in our Product Improvement Center’s series of blogs.

News from NPE's Product Improvement Center: GE VB VB1 Powervac Secondary

Today, we are spotlighting the General Electric Secondary Disconnect Block for Type VB and VB1 Powervac Circuit Breakers. This is the black power plug that is mounted on the back of the breaker that mates with another in the cell to bring control power to open and close the breaker. In our day to day sales of breakers, we have noticed an inherent problem with this part cracking at the ends in the area of the guide holes. Closer inspection revealed the issue to be the voids in the original mold that allowed the plastic to crack when under day to day stress.

 

            

     Block in cell                           Block in breaker                                         Damaged Block                                                                     

 

 

We’ve eliminated this issue with our fiber reinforced material and designed a mold that eliminates the voids for a much stronger product. The most common application that we’ve seen for this product is to replace cracked/damaged blocks that are discovered during routine or periodic maintenance. After de-energizing the circuit, simply mark the wires according to the numbering on the front of the block, pop the contacts out with our contact removal tool, re-insert the contacts in the correct order and reinstall the block.  A quick simple fix and one you should never have to do again, at least not on this unit. In other cases, when wiring needs to be changed or replaced we offer replacement contacts with the block and we also offer the blocks with the wiring harness installed. We keep a limited supply, approximately 10-12 of these parts, on hand for same or next day shipments and we can ramp production up for more if you are anticipating issues with an upcoming outage.

 

NPE’S GE VB VB1 Powervac Secondary Disconnect New Aftermarket Parts List:

                                                                                                           

P/N 100002954 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT BLOCK (BREAKER SIDE)

*OEM 0209B3579G001

  

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P/N 100002974 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT BLOCK WITH CONTACTS (BREAKER SIDE)

*OEM 0209B3579G001 block OEM 0282A2081P001 contact

 

P/N 100002984 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT BLOCK WITH 4 FT. OF WIRING HARNESS (BREAKER SIDE)

*OEM 0209B3579G001

 

P/N 100003244 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT BLOCK CONTACT (BREAKER SIDE)

*OEM  0282A2081P001

 

P/N 100003014 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT BLOCK (CELL SIDE)

*OEM  0209B4052G009

 

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P/N 100003024 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT BLOCK WITH CONTACTS (CELL SIDE)

*OEM 0209B4052G009 block OEM 0282A2081P002 contact

 

P/N 100003034 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT BLOCK WITH 8 FT. WIRING HARNESS (CELL SIDE)

*OEM 0209B4052G009

 

P/N 100003254 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT CONTACT (CELL SIDE)

*OEM  0282A2081P002

 

P/N 100002994 VB VB1 SECONDARY DISCONNECT CONTACT REMOVAL TOOL 

 

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*Part numbers used to reference original OEM's for identification purposes only. They are not manufactured, endorsed or warranted by OEM.

 

This is just one of the many solutions to day to day issues that NPE can help you with. For more, visit https://www.npeinc.com/aftermarket-parts. If you still don’t see what you are looking for, give us a call and we’ll try to custom engineer a solution for just for you. We make our aftermarket parts betterstronger and get them to you faster!

 

Watch for NPE’s next spotlight in our Product Improvement Center’s series of blogs.

Circuit Breaker Parts Availability in a Google World

Finding the right part to keep your circuit breakers and switchgear up and running should be as easy as punching the part number into Google or on Amazon, then having a list of suppliers populate, right? Well, if you have the part number, if it’s even still available from the manufacturer and if it is sold individually and not part of a larger assembly that gives you a lot of parts that you don’t need nor want.  Well, in that ideal world, yes, that is all it can take. Of course, then you will have to deal with lead time, which can be weeks or months for a part that is still in production. What if it’s no longer in production or you cannot find the part number? That is what NPE is here for.

The old saying, “time is money and money is time” still holds true. Chances are good that if you need it, your breaker and possibly key elements of production are down. You need the right part, you need it right now, and most likely, NPE has it in stock and it can be shipped right away, without the hassle and also without all the parts in an assembly that you do not need nor want to pay for.  So, what should you do? Contact us.

 

This is what we need:

 

  • Breaker Model Number
  • Brief Description (what it is or what it does)
  • Photos
  • Part Numbers (they are helpful, if available, but we’ve been doing this so long we can work around that little detail)

 

How to get it to us:

 

Email:  info@npeinc.com - simple and easy to remember. 

Mobile website:  m.npeinc.com - this mobile site will walk you through a series of questions to help identify the parts and give you an opportunity to submit photos as well, or even faster, use our Quick Note Ap.

Call us: 1-800-647-0815. We’ll be happy to talk you through your problem and customize a cost-effective solution for you.

That is what we are here for.

 

We have tens of thousands of parts on hand along with our trained, experienced personnel that can get them to you when you need them.

 

 

Common  needed parts are also available online at our aftermarket parts store. Many of them have new and improved designs to ensure that whatever shortcoming the OEM part had, was corrected. You may never have to replace that part again.  Visit this store at https://www.npeinc.com/aftermarket-parts, register and enter the promotional code: GOLD20 at checkoutto get 20% off your order.

 

Try NPE and find out why our motto is “The right part, at the right price, right now!”