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NPE...Your "Electrical 911"

Hurricanes, floods, lightning strikes or just a simple tree falling on a transmission line can trigger a catastrophe that shuts down power. Without power, there is no production and the cost of downtime can cost tens of thousands of dollars – per hour.

Electricity drives production in the modern world, and often times production is run on switchgear and circuit breakers that have been out of production for years, if not decades. If you call the original manufacturer and they tell you they no longer support your product line, their only option will be to replace your equipment with whatever they are currently producing. This will often entail reconfiguring your distribution system, paying big bills and waiting months for “the latest and greatest” product line only to find out that it’s less reliable than what you previously had and within a short amount of time will be obsolete as well.

So, when disaster strikes and you’re faced with these obstacles, what do you do, who do you call to restore production in the fastest and most economical way? That’s what National Power Equipment is here for. As a stocking distributor of used, remanufactured circuit breakers and switchgear, parts and our ever-growing list of aftermarket parts, NPE can supply you with the right equipment, at the right price and most importantly, right now! Our warehouses are stocked with low voltage (600 VAC or less) through medium voltage (15,000 volts or less) air and vacuum circuit breakers, switchgear, medium voltage motor starters, load break switches, and all of the parts needed to go with it. Our inventory not only contains equipment that dates from the World War II era to current, but our staff has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to get you up and running in hours, days or weeks instead of months. Think of us as your “ELECTRICAL 911”. When disaster strikes, large or small, we can assess the problem, offer a variety of solutions and start implementing them right away.

For example, consider the case of a once in a 100 years flood that incapacitated a technical center for a major automotive company. While the water was still receding NPE was on site consulting with the contractor, assessing the damage and formulating plans. Parts and equipment began arriving the next day. NPE supplied medium voltage fuses and switch parts, low and medium voltage circuit breakers, relays and tons of parts, literally anything that was needed to get over twenty load centers back online.  The first of the substations came on in a week and within eight weeks 99% of production was restored.  Overall, NPE made seventy-nine separate shipments including one of sixty-seven circuit breakers that were reconditioned and ready to go.

Unexpected outages, large or small, require two things to overcome them – experience and options. Contact us we have both.

Get the right breaker or part- Right Now!

NPE's staff has been specifying breakers, parts and accesories for over 40 yrs. 

Our hands on experience starts with current production equipment and goes back to equipment dated in the 1940's!

 

 

 

Image of an expert at a circuit breaker supplier.

 

 

- Get more information than you think you'll need. Details matter!

- Photo's really are worth 1000 words! From the front, back, bottom they all help!

- Nameplates help but rarely have enough information and serial numbers are rarely helpful. 

- When in doubt go to our mobile ap NPE on the Go.  We'll walk you through the details and give you a place to attach some picture!

 

 

Find a Circuit Breaker Supplier That Asks the Right Questions

We realize we ask a lot of questions that's because we want you to get the right stuff- the first time

Just think what you might be getting from somone who doesn't ask these questions!

When you have questions about your circuit breakers, contact us today. If we can’t help you with your specific problem, we’ll tell you and direct you to someone who can. That’s what we are here for.

Where to Find Old, Discontinued, or Refurbished Circuit Breakers from General Electric, Westinghouse, Allis Chalmers, and More

Trying to find replacement circuit breakers for your facility? It’s time to review a few facts.

  • Over 75%* of Switchgear running commercial and inustrial facilities is over twenty years old
  • Original equipment manufacturers consider many of these obsolete and no longer support them with new components yet the with proper maintenance will remain reliable for many years to come.
  • Used equipment dealers are your source for equipment and solutions to stay up and running:
    • Safely
    • Reliably
    • Economically

National Power Equipment Inc's (NPE) warehouses are filled with thousands of circuit breakers and switchgear cabinets, and tens of thousands of parts. These product lines date all the way back to World War II, and its staff is well versed in specifying equipment for them.

National Power Equipment’s “Class One” process of reconditioning equipment brings equipment back to “like new” condition. The process includes:

  • Breaker disassembled to its smallest components and inspected for wear and damage.
  • Parts re-plated, stripped, and painted or buffed and polished to “like new” condition.
  • Breaker reassembled with new wiring and upgrades and testing to industry standard.

An old industrial circuit breaker for sale.

Available Old, Obsolete, and Discontinued Circuit Breakers

NPE warehouses a wide variety of old, obsolete, re-manufactured, and refurbished circuit breakers, specializing in low voltage (600 Volt AC or less) through medium voltage (15KV) circuit breakers, switchgear, and parts. Our inventory includes equipment from the following circuit breaker brands:

Keep the Power Running with Replacement Parts

In order to maintain your equipment, you're going to need access to parts!  

These parts can include relays, transformers, trip devices, fuses, and switchgear and don't forget our Aftermarket Parts Store!

The Aftermarket Parts Store is loaded with the kind of hard-to-find parts that always seem to be needed. These parts are available as new copies of the original part, often complete with improvements that will help keep the part in service longer than the originals!

Hard-to-Find Circuit Breakers

If you’re unsure where to look for an older or obsolete circuit breaker, start with our circuit breaker equipment search or our mobile ap NPE on the GO to see if the product you’re looking for is in our inventory. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance we know how to help. Contact us for those hard-to-find circuit breakers or equipment, and we’ll be happy to navigate you in the right direction. 

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

 ED 12/22

*Based on informal survey of customers 1994-1996