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17th Edition MK Sentry Solutions

17th Edition MK Sentry Solutions

After approximately three years of consultation and drafting, Jan

of BS7671: 2008, the 17th Edition of the Institute of Electrical En the 1st July 2008.

After an initial 6 month transitional period, the new regulations

Currently the national safety standard for electrical installation work in the UK is British Standard 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations. The IEE Wiring Regulations are a code of practice for ensuring safe electrical installations. Although the IEE Wiring Regulations have no statutory force in the UK, they are referred to as a means of demonstrating compliance with relevant legislation, such as the Electricity at Work Act (1989) and the Building Regulations.

The 17th Edition maintains harmonization with the International Standard (IEC 60364) and the related European Harmonization Document (HD 384) from the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC). which results in: l l l l Renumbering Restructuring New regulations Removal of some existing regulations An example of European harmonization was the changes to cable insulation colours in the amendments to the 16th Edition in 2004 . s will come into full effect from The regulations have been updated to further harmonize with International and European standards. most notably the changes in cable insulation colours.nuary 2008 saw the introduction Engineers Wiring Regulations. The process of European harmonization had already begun with the previous amendments to the 16th Edition.

With the introduction of the 17th Edition. .3. and special locations. as would be the case in some commercial environments.1. this is set to change. RCDs have only been required to protect socket outlets for use outdoors. The term ‘Additional Protection’ is used throughout the publication. * This term is explained in the glossary at the end of this brochure. the RCD must have a rated residual operating current not exceeding 30mA. that are for use by Ordinary Persons* and intended for general use ii.17th Edition MK Sentry Solutions Mobile equipment for use outdoors will require Additional Protection The biggest change from the 16th to the 17th Edition is increased use of Residual Current Devices. A specific labelled or otherwise suitably identified socket outlet provided for connection of a particular item of equipment An example of this occurrence would be if an installation was overseen by facilities or maintenance operatives. Equipment’ etc. and an operating time not exceeding 40ms at 5x the rated current. Labelling could be interpreted as a socket outlet marked ‘fridge’. Socket outlets with a rated current not exceeding 20A. but not in domestic situations. where disconnection times can not be achieved. If an RCD is used to provide Additional Protection it must then meet the requirements of Regulation 415. Socket outlets for use under the supervision of Skilled* or Instructed* Persons b. The use of RCDs are recognised as a means of providing additional protection in the event of failure of the provision for Basic Protection*. The first of which is found in Regulation 411.3. where Additional Protection is required for: i. ‘freezer’. The 17th Edition refers to various applications and installations which require Additional Protection by the means of the aforementioned RCD. Mobile equipment with a current rating not exceeding 32A for use outdoors An exception to ‘i’ is permitted for: a. That is. and to protect against carelessness by users. Previously. as an additional means of Fault Protection*. ‘I.T.1.

Therefore. The cable should incorporate an earthed metallic covering. Typically. reference Regulation 415. these cables would require RCD protection. if the construction of the wall or partition incorporates metallic parts. and some commercial installations.6. a cable installed in accordance with method v. a domestic installation. the installation method must comply with methods i . i. would use cables with thermoplastic (PVC) insulation that are not mechanically protected or incorporate an earthed metallic covering. 522.iv or be protected by means of a 30mA RCD.8 requires that a cable is installed in a wall or partition. iii and iv shall be provided with Additional Protection by means of an RCD with an operating current not exceeding 30mA. The cable should be mechanically protected against penetration by nails or screws v. 522.1.6 applies to cables concealed in a wall or partition.1. states that where the installation is not intended to be under the supervision of Skilled* or Instructed* Persons. which acts as a circuit protective conductor (CPC) ii.7.6. The cable should be installed in a safe zone* This is very similar to the 16th Edition. and not complying with methods i. The cable should be enclosed in earthed trunking or ducting iv. at a depth of less than 50mm from the surface – as would be common practice in most installations.6. Regulation 522. * This term is explained in the glossary at the end of this brochure. Five installation methods are offered for cables at a depth of less than 50mm. 50mm 50mm Stud partition wall Concealed cables requiring RCD protection Stud partition wall Brick / block and plaster wall 50mm 50mm . however the next Regulation. ii. Irrespective of the depth of the cable.Further requirements for Additional Protection next appear in section 522 – Selection and Erection of Wiring Systems in Relation to External Influences. The cable should be enclosed in earthed conduit iii.

1 states that every installation shall be divided into circuits as whole installation. with an operating current not exceeding 30mA. a. alternatively the suitable installation of RCBOs could be used to protect individual circuits.1.1. Another example would be that the circuit which supplies the bathroom lighting would be separately protected from that which supplies the electric shower. this regulation also applies to lighting.1. power will be lost to all circuits potentially causing hazards.3.411. Therefore multiple devices should be installed to protect the outgoing circuits and should also be split across the RCDs. the requirements of Regulation 314. as in the event of a fault. A fault developing on the electric shower circuit would then not affect the lighting circuit. As well as items such as electric towel rails and electric showers. A split arrangement would be ground floor and first floor lighting circuits protected by separate RCDs. necessary to: 314. need to be taken into account. Division of Installation. . inconvenience and danger. Reduce the possibility of unwanted tripping of RCDs due to excessive protective conductor currents produced by equipment in normal operation This means a single RCD cannot be used to protect the Although all of the aforementioned areas require RCD protection. again.17th Edition MK Sentry Solutions All circuits within a location containing a bath or shower will require Additional Protection Section 701 concerns locations containing a bath or shower. It is now a requirement under 701. Avoid hazards and minimise inconvenience in the event of a fault b.3 that additional protection shall be provided for all circuits of the location by the use of one or more RCDs. when designing and installing the circuit protective arrangements. reference Regulation 415. Take account of danger that may arise from the failure of a single circuit such as a lighting circuit c.

For more information call the MK Technical Services Team on 01268 563720. cables and socket outlets. . Hole locations allow access for cordless drills and power drivers offset incomer Provides additional wiring space making mains input connections easier AMPLE wiring space EASILY removable din-rail Improves first fix Floating busbar system For maximum installation flexibility including acceptance of control modules Factory Built Assembly Using standard MK Sentry components we can build and supply fully assembled units to an agreed design. busbars cut and fitted with neutral and live cables terminated*. The new MK Sentry Consumer Units.MK Sentry Consumer Units Specific consumer unit configurations have been designed to provide flexible solutions in meeting the requirements of the 17th Edition with regards to RCD protection for circuits. available in insulated and metal versions. For example have your Consumer Units supplied with all the devices fitted. *minimum order quantity applies. allow for protected and unprotected ways with the circuits being split across up to 3 RCDs. COMPACT SIZE But wiring space increased where required most Units can be stacked for larger installations low profile and curved design Blends unobtrusively into the environment Optional locking mechanism FLEXIBLE NEUTRAL BAR CONFIGURATION Enables installer to select a wide combination of protected and unprotected circuits colour coded Earth and Neutral terminal LOCATED AT TOP OF UNIT FOR EASE OF WIRING ample 360º knock-outs for cable routing Open cable entry at rear plus optional rear knock-outs backed out and captive Combi-head screws Allows speedy installation Opaque and downward opening lid Hides unsightly labels and devices discreet moulded in logo No visible fixing screws Flush mountable OPTIONS For an even neater installation Raised din-rail For improved cable routing Fixing holes Allow tripod fixing to cope with uneven surfaces. whilst a new labelling sheet allows for full identification of all circuits.

In the event of fault conditions the supply will be disconnected only to the dedicated circuit. An RCBO will provide individual over current and earth leakage protection for an outgoing circuit. An MK RCBO is the same width as an MK MCB. Individual protection for designated circuits Example of use: l l l 40A electric shower 6A first floor lighting 6A ground floor lighting Main Switch for isolation RCD protecting up to 8 outgoing ways RCBOs individually protecting outgoing circuits . providing a reto-fittable solution for additions and alterations to an existing installation. Standard configurations augmented with RCBOs provide the optimum solution for additions and alterations.MK Sentry Consumer Units Split load board with RCBOs MK recommend the use of a split load board with RCBOs.

This Consumer Unit allows for 2 unprotected. 10 outgoing ways 5 + 5 split as standard Allows for 2 unprotected. or 2 RCBO ways. allowing 10 outgoing ways with up to 5 circuits per RCD. or 2 RCBO ways Circuits divided across 2 RCDs Dimensions Width height 378mm 230mm depth 110mm .K5686S MAG 17ED 1 x 80A 30mA RCD and 1 x 63A 30mA RCD.

in this instance an RCBO would be the ideal solution. All 17th Edition Consumer Units have the facility to provide unprotected ways Examples where this configuration would be useful may be a 16A radial circuit to a dedicated socket outlet marked fridge or freezer. K5683S and the K5684S. multiple unprotected ways are possible on the K5681S. and iv would need to be undertaken (as explained earlier in this brochure). Both BS 5839-6:2004 and Part B of the Building Regulations for England & Wales have requirements of power supplies for dedicated circuits for smoke alarms.MK Sentry Consumer Units Unprotected Ways The example shown is K5686s MAG 17ED with unprotected ways. These should not be connected to RCDs unless electrical safety dictates. With the changes in the 17th Edition RCD protection would be required if the cables were unprotected and at a depth of less than 50mm.6.6. Dimensions Width height 378mm 230mm depth 110mm . If these were unprotected circuits an installation method complying with 522. Depending on the position of the U link. iii. ii. or circuits supplying smoke alarms or burglar alarms. and then should not be connected to a device that protects socket outlets. methods i.

allowing 10 outgoing ways with up to 5 circuits per RCD. or 2 RCBO ways.K5666S MAG 17ED 2 x 63A 30mA RCDs. 10 outgoing ways 5 + 5 split as standard Allows for 2 unprotected. This Consumer Unit allows for 2 unprotected. or 2 RCBO ways Circuits divided across 2 RCDs Dimensions Width height 378mm 230mm depth 110mm .

allowing 15 outgoing ways. 1 x 63A 30mA RCDs. 15 outgoing ways Multiple protected and unprotected configurations Circuits divided across 2 RCDs Dimensions Width height 468mm 230mm depth 110mm .MK Sentry Consumer Units K5681S MAG 17ED 1 x 80A 30mA RCD. Multiple protected and unprotected configurations are possible.

Multiple protected and unprotected 15 outgoing ways Multiple protected and unprotected configurations Circuits divided across 2 RCDs Dimensions Width height 468mm 230mm depth 110mm . configurations are possible. allowing 15 outgoing ways.K5683S MAG 17ED 2 x 63A 30mA RCDs.

1 x 40A 30mA RCD. 5 circuits and 3 circuits split as standard.MK Sentry Consumer Units K5684S MAG 17ED 2 x 63A 30mA RCDs. allowing 13 outgoing ways with 5 circuits. Unprotected ways are possible with this Consumer Unit. 15 outgoing ways 5 + 5 + 3 split as standard Unprotected ways possible Circuits divided across 3 RCDs Dimensions Width height 468mm 230mm depth 110mm .

80A 30mA & 63A 30mA RCD K5681S MAG 17ED K5581S MAG 17ED 15 WAY 100A SWITCH. RCBOs & RCDs As shown. The following overview shows the total number of ways available with each board. 2 X 63A 30mA RCD K5684S MAG 17ED K5584S MAG 17ED 13 WAY 100A SWITCH.MK Sentry MCBs. MOUNTED MOUNTED BOARD BOARD List No. and as such more than one RCD or RCBO per board will be required. RCBOs.LINKS SUPPLIED) K5621S K5521S K6521S ACCEPTS 21 ONE MODULE PRODUCTS (4 INTEGRAL NEUTRAL BARS – LINKS SUPPLIED) A Split Load Consumer Unit Cable Kit (K5564S) will be required for assembling a Switch and twin RCD arrangement For the full range of MK Sentry Consumer Units refer to the main MK Catalogue TOTAL WAYS 12 16 21 . 80A 30mA & 63A 30mA RCD K5683S MAG 17ED K5583S MAG 17ED 15 WAY 100A SWITCH. An essential element of the regulations is the minimised hazard and inconvenience. Metal Board List No. unpopulated boards can also be used in conjunction with MK RCDs. K5612S K5512S K6512S ACCEPTS 12 ONE MODULE PRODUCTS (2 INTEGRAL NEUTRAL BARS FITTED WITH LINK) K5616S K5516S K6516S ACCEPTS 16 ONE MODULE PRODUCTS (3 INTEGRAL NEUTRAL BARS . MCBs and Switch Disconnectors to provide 17th Edition solutions. 2 X 63A 30mA RCD K5686S MAG 17ED K5586S MAG 17ED 10 WAY 100A SWITCH. LIST NO. and the maximum number of circuits for each RCD. 2 X 63A 30mA & 40A 30mA RCD For the full range of MK Sentry Consumer Units refer to the main MK Catalogue Note: Installing Unprotected Ways subtracts from the available RCD Protected Ways Total Ways 10 10 15 15 13 Unprotected 2 2 UP TO 9 UP TO 9 2 RCD1 5 5 UP TO 11 UP TO 11 5 RCD2 5 5 UP TO 8 UP TO 8 5 RCD3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 17TH EDITION – MK SENTRY CONSUMER UNITS Insulated METAL SURFACE METAL FLUSH DESCRIPTION Board List No. 17th Edition – MK Sentry split load Consumer Unit Configuration Insulated Board List No. Description K5666S MAG 17ED K5566S MAG 17ED 10 WAY 100A SWITCH. For maximum flexibility. within the MK Sentry range a number of split load configurations are available which meet the requirements of the 17th Edition.

selected specifically for their low electrical resistance and low propensity to weld under fault conditions. MK Sentry RCBOs List No. If there is a short circuit or current overload. the dolly moves to the mid-position to indicate a fault. Current Rating 6A 10A 16A 20A 32A 40A 45A 50A tripping current 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA . Description 5903s MCB Single Pole Type B 5906s MCB Single Pole Type B 5910s MCB Single Pole Type B 5916s MCB Single Pole Type B 5920s MCB Single Pole Type B 5932s MCB Single Pole Type B 5940s MCB Single Pole Type B 5945s MCB Single Pole Type B 5950s MCB Single Pole Type B For the full range of MK Sentry MCBs refer to the main MK Catalogue. The contacts themselves are manufactured from carefully chosen materials.MK Sentry MCBs. the full range can be found in the MK Catalogue. The RCBOs are a combination of a Type B MCB and a 30mA RCD. This combination allows earth fault protection to be restricted to a single circuit. Current Rating 3A 6A 10A 16A 20A 32A 40A 45A 50A MK Sentry RCBOs MK Sentry RCBOs (Residual Current Breakers with Overcurrent Protection) are of the solid neutral type. The operating dolly on all MK Sentry RCBOs may be locked in either the ON or OFF position without affecting the ability of the trip mechanism to operate. single pole. The operating dolly may be locked in either the ON or OFF position without affecting the ability of the trip mechanism to operate. When the green indicator is visible. Description 6932s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B 6933s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B 6934s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B 6935s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B 6936s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B 6937s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B 6938s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B 6939s RCBO WITH SOLID NEUTRAL TYPE B For the full range of MK Sentry RCBOs refer to the main MK Catalogue. MK Sentry MCBs List No. thus ensuring that only the circuit with the fault is interrupted. current limiting type and are available with either Type B or Type C operating characteristics. a contact gap of 4mm has been achieved. RCBOs & RCDs MK Sentry MCBs MK Sentry MCBs (Miniature Circuit Breakers) are of the thermo-magnetic. For the purpose of this brochure we have only listed the Type B devices. in one module format. therefore Sentry MCBs may be used as a single pole isolating switch where appropriate. This enables both overcurrent protection and earth fault current protection to be provided by a single unit. The Sentry MCB has a mid-trip fault indicator.

. d. It is not possible to hold the contacts closed when a fault condition exists.C. FAULT CURRENT SENSITIVE DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE For the full range of MK Sentry RCDs refer to the main MK Catalogue. When in the OFF position a contact gap of 4mm is present.C. ie the RCD is ‘trip-free’. FAULT CURRENT SENSITIVE DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 6630s RCD PULSATING D. thus reducing the occurrence of unwanted tripping.C.C. The range includes two and four pole.c. Description 5716s RCD DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 6730s RCD DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 5740s RCD DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 5760s RCD DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 5780s RCD DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 7700s RCD DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 6716s RCD PULSATING D. For the purpose of this brochure we have only listed the 30mA 230V devices. When the green indicator is visible.c. a contact gap of 4mm has been achieved. FAULT CURRENT SENSITIVE DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 5660s RCD PULSATING D. fault current sensitive and time delayed models.MK Sentry MCBs. the full range can be found in the MK Catalogue. and a selection of current ratings from 16A to 100A. MK Sentry RCDs with 30mA Tripping Current List No. in a variety of tripping sensitivities. commercial and light industrial requirements. The operating dolly may be locked in either the ON or the OFF position without affecting the ability of the trip mechanism to operate. RCBOs & RCDs MK Sentry RCDs The MK Sentry range of RCDs (Residual Current Devices) offer a comprehensive selection of devices designed to meet most residential. a. Current Rating 16A 32A 40A 63A 80A 100A 16A 32A 40A 63A tripping current 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA 30mA . enabling Sentry RCDs to be used as isolating switches where appropriate. All MK Sentry RCDs incorporate a filtering device to provide protection against transient surges in the supply to the unit. FAULT CURRENT SENSITIVE DOUBLE POLE 230V TWO MODULE 5640s RCD PULSATING D.

6 refers to a cable installed in a wall or partition at a depth of less than 50mm from the surface. Safe Zone Regulation 522. Electrical Contractors should familiarise themselves with the following terms.6. A complete glossary is published at the end of the 17th Edition document. Note: For low voltage installations. here we have highlighted those which are particularly relevant to the content of this brochure. and where appropriate. or partition of 100mm thickness or less. Instructed Person An individual who has been adequately advised or supervised to enable him/her to avoid the danger which may occur when using electricity. . Fault Protection Protection against electric shock under single-fault conditions. or within 150mm of an angle formed by two adjoining walls or partitions. Basic Protection Protection against electric shock under fault-free conditions. basic protection generally corresponds to protection against direct contact. systems and equipment. it is necessary to understand the terminology used. accessory or switchgear. Method (v) refers to the Safe Zone which is the area within 150mm from the top of the wall or partition. mainly with regard to failure of basic insulation. extends to the reverse side.Glossary of terms To interpret the new regulations. systems and equipment. Skilled Person An individual with technical knowledge or experience enabling him/her to avoid dangers which may occur when using electricity. the cable may be installed in a zone either horizontally or vertically. to the point. Note: For low voltage installations. that is ‘contact of persons or livestock with live parts’. Where the location of the accessory. point or switchgear can be determined from the reverse side. Competent Person An individual who posses sufficient technical knowledge and experience for the nature of the electrical work undertaken and is able at all times to prevent danger. injury to themselves or others. a zone formed on one side of a wall if 100mm thickness or less. Where the cable is connected to a point. Indirect contact is ‘contact of persons or livestock with exposed-conductive-parts which have become live under fault conditions’. for example a home owner or building user. accessory or switchgear on any surface of the wall or partition. Ordinary Person An individual who is neither skilled or instructed. for example a qualified electrician. fault protection generally corresponds to protection against indirect contact.

mail Re giste r e d O f fice: Hone y we ll Hous e. produced in association with the NICEIC and Professional Electrician & Installer Magazine. you can attend the MK CPD ‘Socket in a Shower – What’s that all about’. This MK Electric brochure to 17th Edition .. British Standards and the IEE Wiring Regulations may be subject to change.ackermann. and is a review of the main changes to BS 7671:2008 – the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations and the impact upon the electrical industry. It can be heard over the Internet – at www. This CPD is aimed at Electrical Contractors. and Paul Lawrence.cp d@hone y we ll.MK Sentry Solutions is not a substitute to the ‘Requirements for Electrical Installations – IEE Wiring Regulations Seventeenth Edition’. Socket in a Shower – What’s that all about? Duration: 1 hour Who should attend: Electrical Contractors. This seminar takes a look at the main changes from the 16th to the 17th Edition. the Electrical Industry’s first Podcast. TITLE BRAND REPRESENTED MK DESCRIPTION A review of the main changes to BS 7671:2008 – 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations and the impact upon the electrical world.com – where you can also download it to your computer or MP3 player. or listen to the MK Podcast. .mkele c tric. Requirements for Electrical Installations. Simon Clarke.. Senior Engineer.uk / w w w.switchonmk. the reasons why and their impact. Head of Business. EXTERNAL APPROVAL Construction CPD Service For more information on this CPD and to register your interest please visit www. Specifiers & Consultants January 2008 will see the publication of BS 7671. RG12 1EB Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information in this brochure is correct. 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations.com.switchonmk.17th Edition Find out more To find out more about the 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations. Specifiers Socket in a Shower – What’s that all about? Continuing Professional Development through the MK CPD Technical Seminar Programme and Consultants. A rlington Busine s s Park .uk E. CONTENT L L L L Reasons for change Structure Numbering Major changes chronologically for Parts 1-7 including.com Re giste r e d No. It can also be found in the free. Brack ne ll. educational area of iTunes. and the MK product solutions including the MK Sentry range of Consumer Units. Jonathan Cole. readily digestible podcast ‘radio show’ that provides an excellent overview of the 17th Edition. Switch On MK is an easy-listen. Training Manager of MK Electric and Professional Electrician & Installer Magazine Editor. B erk shire. L MK CPD Technical Seminar Programme Marketing Department Te l Fa x +4 4 (0)126 8 5630 0 0 +4 4 (0)126 8 5634 83 The Arnold Centre We bsite Paycocke Road Basildon Essex S S14 3 E A United Kingdom mk . 189291 w w w. with the NICEIC.co.co. L L L Definitions Protection against electric shock Cables in walls Bath & shower rooms MK Electric has joined forces with the NICEIC and Professional Electrician & Installer Magazine to produce a ground-breaking initiative. it features Gary Gundry. Led by technical journalist and broadcaster Roger Bisby.

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