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Brendan Foley

Brendan A. Foley has been the Product Manager for Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters for Eaton Electrical, Eaton Corporation for the past two years. He graduated in 1996 with a BSBA degree from Robert Morris College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For the past 16 years he has worked in sales and marketing positions within Eaton Electrical and within the Westinghouse Electric Corporation.


Arc-fault Circuit Interrupters – A Critical NEC 2005 Issue

During 2003, many AFCI articles and comments have appeared in IAEI News. This publication activity is associated with the actions taken by code-making panel 2 on the more than 60 proposals received relative to Section 210.12 of the NEC. In particular, CMP-2 has proposed a revision that would require protection by a combination AFCI. This would effectively obsolete the field-proven branch/feeder AFCI and replace it with a combination AFCI that is not even commercially available. The present paper expands on an Eaton Electrical comment in the IAEI News, September/October, AFCI Forum.1 This paper expands on the forum comment and supports the Eaton Electrical viewpoint that the existing code language should not be changed to reference a specific type of AFCI. In particular, the present code language is non-exclusionary and presently permits either type of device.