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NEMA and IP Rating Systems: What's the Difference?

Posted by Paul Tresatti on Oct 19, 2015 9:35:49 AM

Electrical equipment manufacturing has become an ever-expanding global market. There are various standards that exist worldwide to define the type and use of enclosures for electrical equipment. It is necessary to understand the distinction between NEMA and IP ratings to ensure proper installation of equipment based on environment and locations.

The NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) and IP (Ingress Protection) rating systems are used to describe the degree of protection provide against intrusion (body parts such as hands and fingers), dust/dirt, accidental contact, and ingress of water. The NEMA rating system also makes a distinction between hazardous and non-hazardous environments.

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Topics: NEMA, Enclosures, Future Industry Trends

Siemens Operator Stations Overview

Posted by Julia Nelson on Mar 12, 2015 2:38:45 PM

Siemens is one of the top electrical engineering and automation companies in the world. Their products range from health care equipment to motors and drives, and so much in between. PanelShop.com offers a number of their products and series, including Siemens operator stations. Their stations can be highly customized to best suit your specific needs.

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Topics: NEMA, Operator Stations

Torque Characteristics of NEMA A, B, C, D, & E Motors

Posted by Julia Nelson on Nov 18, 2014 1:41:12 PM

Many aspects of a manufacturing system have various NEMA ratings to tell the manufacturers what they are best suited for. Things like size, performance ratings, tolerances, and safety measures come into play for different ratings. Motors in particular can be A, B, C, D, or E motors based on the torque that they offer.

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Topics: NEMA, Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation, Motors & Drives

NEMA vs. IEC

Posted by Julia Nelson on Oct 2, 2014 11:30:00 AM

When choosing a motor control, there are two sets of standards to consider: NEMA and IEC. For a number of reasons, NEMA products are more common in the US while IEC are more common in Europe. Their focuses on different aspects of the products make them better suited for different audiences.

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Topics: NEMA, Motors & Drives

Understanding NEMA Ratings for Enclosures in Non-Hazardous Environments

Posted by Ryan Svilar on Jul 28, 2014 1:14:00 PM

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association or NEMA as most commonly referred to, has set the industry standard in enclosure or cabinet ratings.  Depending on application, significant cost savings may be achieved simply by knowing the differences among these NEMA enclosure ratings.

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Topics: NEMA, Enclosures

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