Industrial Control Panel International IEC Standards
Because of growing uncertainty on the market as to which standard should be considered most important for a machine control panel, the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies of DIN and VDE (DKE) has published a statement on this subject. Read our white paper on the recent changes to IEC 60204-1.
Various standards have to be observed for the construction of industrial control panels for machinery. IEC 60204-1 is the relevant standard, but it is the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure the electrical safety of the control panel. This is why we recommend that a risk analysis takes place. For the European market, this is even stipulated in the relevant directives. If further risks are identified during the risk analysis that are not covered by IEC 60204-1, then IEC 61439-1/-2 and, if necessary, other standards, may also be consulted as an additional design aid. Our guideline on IEC standards and directives will help you to navigate these standards. Click here to download.
Safety standard IEC 60204-1, “Electrical equipment of machinery – Part 1: General requirements for the electrical equipment of machines” constitutes an important standard for control panels as part of a machine.
The scope of this standard:
In late 2016, the International Electro-technical Commission published a new version of IEC 60204. It is expected that national standards will be derived from this from late 2017 onward. The new standard has not yet been incorporated in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The new version mainly involved revision or introductions to the following topics:
IEC 61439 is the standard for low-voltage switchgear and control gear assemblies and, following a transitional period, has had sole validity since 2014. Parts 1 and 2 establish safety requirements for power switchgear and control gear assemblies, which may also be of relevance to machine control panels.
Our white papers on the EU directive for risk analysis, changes for power drive systems, short circuit current ratings according to IEC, and other new EU directives will help you navigate the recent changes.