Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams

Technical Focus

General.
With the increasing emphasis on globalisation, many industries are now looking to all parts of the world to produce, market and sell their products. Electrical manufacturers are no exception. Since the electrical standards adopted by various nations may vary, the markings and symbols used to describe electrical control products can also vary. Whether it is a complex control system on a machine tool or a simple across-the-line motor starter, the need to recognise and understand these symbols becomes more important. It is possible that products from all parts of the world are being used in any one facility. The purpose of this document is to provide a simple cross-reference of common schematic/wiring diagram symbols used throughout various parts of the world. The following tables describe the device and show the symbol by area of usage.

EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003

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timed open Push-to-test Insert colour code inside symbol Normally open timed closed Meters Insert function code inside symbol Normally open timed open Insert function code next to symbol 2 EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003 .Description Capacitor NEMA IEC Description Disconnect switch Non-fused NEMA IEC Capacitor Magnetic only Fused Thermal-magnetic Fuse Coil Earth (Ground) Basic contacts Normally closed Induction motor Single phase Normally open Three phase Time delay contacts Normally closed. timed closed Indicating lights Standard Insert colour code inside symbol Insert colour code next to symbol Normally closed.

) Pushbuttons Illuminated Flow (N.) Foot (N.O.C.Description Overload relays Thermal element NEMA IEC Description Switches Float (N.C.) Mushroom head (N.C.) Limit (N.) Momentary (N.O.O.C.) Mushroom head (N.) Foot (N.O.C.) Description Selector switch 2 position NEMA IEC 3 position EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003 3 .) Momentary (N.C.) Flow (N.O.O.) Resistor Limit (N.) NEMA IEC Magnetic element Float (N.

O.O.C.) Description Transformer Current NEMA IEC Voltage Common Schematic diagrams Across the line non-reversing starters with Start .) NEMA IEC Description Switches Temperature (N.Stop pushbuttons NEMA Power circuit IEC Control circuit 4 EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003 .Description Switches Pressure (N.C.) Temperature (N.) NEMA IEC Pressure (N.

Off .Auto selector switch NEMA Power circuit IEC Control circuit EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003 5 .Common Schematic diagrams Across the line non-reversing starters with Hand .

Reverse .Stop pushbuttons NEMA Power circuit IEC Control circuit 6 EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003 .Common Schematic diagrams Across the line reversing starters with Forward .

Common Schematic diagrams Combination starter with fused disconnect switch & Start .Stop pushbuttons NEMA Power circuit IEC Control circuit EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003 7 .

Form No.K. TD08901001U November 2003 8 EATON ELECTRIC LIMITED Comparison of IEC & NEMA Schematic Diagrams Effective November 2003 .Common Schematic diagrams Manual starter NEMA Power circuit IEC Eaton Electric Limited Reddings Lane Birmingham Tel: 0121 685 2100 Fax: 0121 760 9996 www.com © Eaton Electric Limited All Rights Reserved Printed in U.eaton.

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