Bring Flexibility to Power Distribution with Plug-In Busway

When it comes to local power distribution, conduit is often the go-to 
option, but it’s certainly not an electrical contractor’s only choice. 
In many applications, busway can provide a more flexible and easier to 
install solution to the challenge of distributing power from one point 
to another – and, with plug-in busway, to many points in between, as 
well. Schneider Electric

Chuck Ross

When it comes to local power distribution, conduit is often the go-to option, but it’s certainly not an electrical contractor’s only choice. In many applications, busway can provide a more flexible and easier to install solution to the challenge of distributing power from one point to another – and, with plug-in busway, to many points in between, as well.

Instead of the wire-style conductors used in electrical cable, busway conductors are insulated copper or aluminum bars, called “busbars.” Busway is often thought of as an approach best suited to high-amperage, industrial power distribution, but it’s just as appropriate in residential and commercial applications. Plug-in versions can be especially useful in data centers and other such settings in which equipment moves and changes can be common.

“Plug-in busway has multiple plug-in openings that allow repositioning of equipment to be an easy, cost-effective task,” says Eduardo Miller, an offer marketing manager at Schneider Electric. He notes high-rise apartment buildings, hospitals and manufacturing facilities as common applications for these distribution systems. “The bus plugs provide power at the exact location where it’s needed. One can easily relocate the bus plug or add more plugs to feed additional equipment.”

Busway’s modular design makes both initial installation and future moves and changes much easier than is the case with conduit. Manufacturers offer elbows, offsets and other transition pieces, so systems can be delivered to a jobsite ready for assembly, without additional custom fitting work required to address corners, pillars or other obstructions. Because busway sections simply bolt together, they can easily be disassembled and reconfigured to meet new needs.


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