Advanced Technology Center

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S&C Electric Company — one of Chicago’s leading manufacturers — continues to invest in the future with a striking addition to the area’s high-tech scene: the company’s unique Advanced Technology Center (“ATC”).

This state-of-the-art facility will enable S&C to accelerate development and delivery of innovative electrical switching and protection products worldwide, including the highly sophisticated automatic service restoration, energy storage, and power quality equipment needed for the Smart Grid.

At the heart of the ATC is the Nicholas J. Conrad Laboratory, the largest manufacturer-owned short-circuit testing laboratory in North and South America. It has two 850-megawatt electrical short-circuit test generators that can test up to 100 kA and up to 230,000 volts. The laboratory will allow S&C to perform quality control and other testing at the Chicago industrial campus, instead of relying on costly, time-consuming visits to test labs in Europe.