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Competitive control panels for the North American market

The North American electrical market is predicted to grow by
0 %

in 2018. According to the German Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie (central association for the electrical engineering and electronics industry) it ranks second in the worldwide country comparison. We support you in safely and successfully accessing the North American market.

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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.


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

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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. 


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