Despite all the technical equipment available to measure natural disasters, earthquakes remain incredibly hard to predict. To prevent damage in the event of an earthquake, both buildings and the electrical and technical infrastructure such as switchgear installations have to be “earthquake-resistant”. The safety of enclosures in particular is of great importance, as the stresses exerted on a switchgear system by an earthquake can cause both malfunctions and structural damage. Various standards define the requirements such enclosures have to fulfil in order to qualify as “earthquake-resistant”. Different standards apply depending on the particular application and geographical target market.

Combined with the appropriate sheet steel base/plinth, the standard version of the Rittal TS 8 enclosure meets the Telcordia GR-63-CORE requirements for earthquake zones 1, 2 and 3. The basic premise of this standard is that control and switchgear systems need to offer a high level of structural resilience to various influences such as humidity, fire, pollutants and earthquakes. Find out Rittal can improve your seismic protection.

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