Competitive control panels for the North American market

USA and Canada, a very special market

Are you facing the challenge of designing a control panel for the USA or Canada? You’ll need some background knowledge, since standards, regulations and practices differ fundamentally from those in markets using the IEC standards.

Practical reference manual: Implementing industrial control panels in compliance with North American Standards

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Key US regulations

The following standards are of vital importance for machine and panel builders:

  • UL508A for Industrial Control Panels
  • NFPA 79 (Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery) 
  • NEC (National Electrical Code, NFPA 70) for on-site electrical installation

Key Canadian regulations

The most important Canadian standards and regulations

The following standards are of essential importance to electrical engineers and panel builders:

  • C22.2 No. 286-17 (Industrial Control Panels and Assemblies) – released for certification since May 10, 2018. The transition period is limited and ends in January 2022. See ↗︎CSA Certification Notice
  • C22.2 No. 301-16 (Industrial Electrical Machinery) – released for certification since December 6, 2017. The transition period is limited and ends in January 2022. See ↗︎CSA Certification Notice
  • CEC – Canadian Electrical Code. The current edition 2018 already refers to the mandatory compliance with the two standards in Appendix A of the Code. 

Reliable product and system portfolio

You can rely on our extensive and reliable portfolio of products and systems that takes all North American requirements into account.

Special aspects when selecting products

To build a control panel that will comply with standards in the USA and Canada, it is not sufficient to simply use components that are certified in accordance with UL or CSA. Right from the start it’s important to include products with the correct certification for the application in the design process. 

Whether a component can be used can be determined from the CCN codes (USA) or the Class Number (Canada). These may be found on the UL and CSA websites, and are also bundled in the Annex to our catalog LV 18.

We will help with the acceptance process by providing certificates that you can download easily using the CAx Download Manager, for example, which can be used to download bundled documents for multiple products.

Protection against arc flash in the U.S. market

According to the National Electrical Code (NEC), there must be an arc flash hazard warning on the electrical equipment of machine, switch, and control cabinets

Electric door interlock for industrial control cabinets according to UL 508A and NFPA 79

  • Application solution with UL Mark verified for the first time by European marketing claim
  • More safety when evaluating a process solution to meet standards requirements
  • The application manual describes how the door interlock can be integrated into the control cabinet as a comprehensive solution.