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What is switchgear?

Electrical switchgear regulates, protects, and isolates a power system with a variety of controls housed in a metal enclosure. It’s a vital system in industries that experience electrical faults or those that need to regularly de-energize equipment for maintenance, such as industrial environments and electrical utilities.

Switchgear contains fuses, switches, and other power conductors. However, circuit breakers are the most common component found in switchgear. During an electrical fault, a circuit breaker will sense the anomaly and interrupt the power flow, effectively limiting damage to the system.

Because it’s designed to control the flow of power, switchgear plays a role in enhancing a facility’s energy efficiency and safety.

Use this information on switchgear to:
  • Learn the types of electrical switchgear
  • Differentiate between switchgear and switchboards
  • Extend the life of your facility’s switchgear
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