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High Rise Transformer


MGM has partnered with some of the largest utility companies in the country to provide transformers for High Rise buildings. 

Medium voltage distribution circuits are typically used in High Rise buildings because they offer higher efficiency and lower cost, and MGM’s High Rise transformers were developed specifically for these unique power distribution systems. In these systems, power circuits branch from the main high voltage bus to High Rise transformers which then step the voltage down to feed individual user’s panels. Using a medium voltage main bus is less expensive than a standard low voltage bus which requires larger cables and junction boxes. 

MGM’s units have other options which make them even more desirable in High Rise applications. They have far lower dB levels for indoor use and are equipped with special trip devised design to isolate the transformer in the event of a fire. 



The transformer is a ventilated, open wound VPI dry-type. The coils are cooled by natural circulation of air through the windings.

The insulation system for the transformer windings is a UL® listed 220°C (Class R). Winding layer insulation is DuPont Nomex®.

The core is constructed of non-aging, high permeability grain oriented silicon steel. All core laminations shall be step-lap mitered cut, free of burrs and stacked without gaps. The core framing structure is of rigid construction to provide full clamping pressure upon the core and provide the support points for the coils. Coils are adequately braced for full short circuit capability.

The core and coil are supported by vibration isolation pads to effectively dampen vibration transferred to the transformer enclosure.


The enclosure includes provisions for rolling, skidding, lifting, and jacking for installation. All parts of the cabinet are made with at least a 12 gauge thickness. The bottom plate has openings to allow air in but they’re small enough to prevent rodents from entering. The front and rear panels have handles for easy removal. Side panels have cutout openings for cable entrance. Two cover plates are provided for the openings. Lifting provisions are made of corrosion resistant material and so arranged to provide a suitably balanced lift for the completely assembled unit.


A 2 inch stainless steel grounding is installed on the outside of the side panels above each of the cable knockouts openings. Each pad is provided with two holes horizontally spaced on 1-3/4” centers and tapped for ½”-13 NC thread. Internal connection (by removable strap or cable of #4/0 copper capacity) is made from the core frame to either case grounding pad.


The high voltage is supplied with 200 amp bushings with removable stud on each ungrounded phase. Bushing are installed with a keeper plate / clamping ring furnished with grounding provisions. Bushing wells are installed in a top mounted removable fuse chamber for three-phase units and in the top fuse compartment section for single-phase units.


The secondary is terminated with tinned spade type terminations sized to carry maximum nameplate loads. Terminals are located near the front of the enclosure at the base of the core and coil assembly in a horizontal configuration. Terminals have a minimum air clearance of 1.5 inches to the front panel.

The terminals are vertically offset from one another as much as possible but no less than 2 inches. The uppermost terminal is vertically positioned no less than 8 inches from the top edge of the lower panel.


A thermally operated spring shorting switch is installed in the fuse compartment on the enclosure for each ungrounded phase in a manner which insures positive grounding of the load side of the fuse clip when the thermal switch is actuated. The thermal shorting switch assembly is shipped from the factory with the fusible link disengaged. Three phase shorting switches are designed to mechanically trigger all three switches simultaneously. A bare #2 copper ground wire shall be installed connecting the shorting switch to the ground bus or terminal.


Primary high voltage fast clearing current limiting type fuses are located horizontally in the upper fuse compartment for over-current protection. Three phase transformer fuse
compartments are removable. Fuses may be “clip-style” or incorporate load-breaking capability. Fuse ratings are to be specified by the customer to meet system and code requirements.


Need it fast? We can deliver. Emergencies happen and we can expedite the manufacturing of your units to meet your delivery requirements. Ask about our Bull Rush program when you place your order and we can manufacture and ship your unit in as fast as 2 working days!

MGM Transformer Company can manufacture your units at our 120,000 square foot plant in the U.S. and source the raw materials solely from American companies if required. By doing so we can certify your units to be compliant with any of the various “Buy U.S.” statutes (either state or federal). Please make sure to specify your requirements at the time of order.


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