About Xtend-A-Rack

Reduce Risk

  • Reduce risk by performing breaker racking from outside the arc flash boundary

Simplify

  • Simplify arc flash PPE for compliance to electrical safety standards NFPA 70E or CSA Z462

Improve Efficiency

  • Fast, flexible setup and take down
  • No power requirements or special tools
  • Lightweight, robust 
About Xtend A Rack Photo

Reduce Arc Flash Hazard…Now!

  • Identify the arc flash boundary on the breaker warning label
  • Choose the proper breaker coupling
  • Connect the coupling to the breaker
  • Attach the 90˚ head on the Xtend-A-Rack to the coupling
  • Lengthen the Xtend-A-Rack past the arc flash boundary
  • Attach the ratchet to the far end of the Xtend-A-Rack
  • Start racking
    Arc Flash Warning

    About Xtend-A-Rack

    Reduce Risk

    • Reduce risk by performing breaker racking from outside the arc flash boundary

    Simplify

    • Simplify arc flash PPE for compliance to electrical safety standards NFPA 70E or CSA Z462

    Improve Efficiency

    • Fast, flexible setup and take down
    • No power requirements or special tools
    • Lightweight, robust

    Reduce Arc Flash Hazard…Now!

    • Identify the arc flash boundary on the breaker warning label
    • Choose the proper breaker coupling
    • Connect the coupling to the breaker
    • Attach the 90˚ head on the Xtend-A-Rack to the coupling
    • Lengthen the Xtend-A-Rack past the arc flash boundary
    • Attach the ratchet to the far end of the Xtend-A-Rack
    • Start racking
      Arc Flash Warning

      History

      In 2005 an Ontario Power Generation employee was severely injured in an arc flash explosion at the Pickering nuclear generating station while racking out a breaker using a standard racking tool.

      This accident inspired his coworkers to find a better, safer way to rack out breakers.

      They searched the market, but could not find a breaker racking device that was portable, easy to use, and provided a safer alternative to standing in front of the breaker. So they developed and patented the original Xtend-A-Rack for their exclusive use at the Darlington and Pickering nuclear generating stations. For more than 10 years they have been using this unique tool to rack low and medium voltage breakers.

      About Us Photo

      Amidyne Solutions Inc. has worked closely with OPG to develop a second generation racking tool. The Xtend-A-Rack has all the features of the original patented product but has been adapted to work on any breaker.

      There is no need to stand in the arc blast boundary while racking any more.

      Using the Xtend-A-Rack is simple:

      • Verify that the Xtend-A-Rack can be extended beyond the calculated arc flash boundary distance stated on the breaker Shock and Arc Flash warning label if available.
      • Attach the correct coupling onto the breaker racking screw.
      • Attach the 90˚ drive on the Xtend-A-Rack to the coupling.
      • Extend the shaft to the length necessary to be beyond the arc flash boundary, as determined in your documented Shock and Arc Flash Risk Assessment procedures.
      •  Attach the ratchet onto the other end.
      • Once you have confirmed that you and all others are beyond the arc flash boundary, turn the ratchet in a smooth, continuous manner to rack the breaker.

      History

      In 2005 an Ontario Power Generation employee was severely injured in an arc flash explosion at the Pickering nuclear generating station while racking out a breaker using a standard racking tool.

      This accident inspired his coworkers to find a better, safer way to rack out breakers.

      They searched the market, but could not find a breaker racking device that was portable, easy to use, and provided a safer alternative to standing in front of the breaker. So they developed and patented the original Xtend-A-Rack for their exclusive use at the Darlington and Pickering nuclear generating stations. For more than 10 years they have been using this unique tool to rack low and medium voltage breakers.

      About Us Photo
      History Photo

      Amidyne Solutions Inc. has worked closely with OPG to develop a second generation racking tool. The Xtend-A-Rack has all the features of the original patented product but has been adapted to work on any breaker.

      There is no need to stand in the arc blast boundary while racking any more.

      Using the Xtend-A-Rack is simple:

      • Verify that the Xtend-A-Rack can be extended beyond the calculated arc flash boundary distance stated on the breaker Shock and Arc Flash warning label if available.
      • Attach the correct coupling onto the breaker racking screw.
      • Attach the 90˚ drive on the Xtend-A-Rack to the coupling.
      • Extend the shaft to the length necessary to be beyond the arc flash boundary, as determined in your documented Shock and Arc Flash Risk Assessment procedures.
      •  Attach the ratchet onto the other end.
      • Once you have confirmed that you and all others are beyond the arc flash boundary, turn the ratchet in a smooth, continuous manner to rack the breaker.