NEMA’s Notebook

Association publishes 2018 standards catalog

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published its 2018 edition of the reliable Electrical Standards & Products Guide March 1.

The standards guide is commonplace in facilities across the United States, from plants to motor shops.  comprehensive listing of NEMA electrical standards and technical documents. ‘The Guide’ covers 56 product categories such as lighting, motors and generators, wire and cable, medical imaging, and enclosures, as well as a directory of NEMA members and their products.

“NEMA standards provide our industry with the most up to date technical information for engineers, installers, and customers,” said Greg Steinman, chairman of the NEMA Codes and Standards Committee and manager of Codes and Standards at Thomas & Betts. “These standards provide the technical performance levels expected for the equipment we manufacture, and the information in this guide allows our customers to make electrical equipment purchasing decisions that meet or exceed expectations.”

NEMA represents nearly 350 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers. The association’s members account for 360,000 American jobs in more than 7,000 facilities covering every state. “Our industry produces $106 billion shipments of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year with $36 billion exports,” NEMA’s mission statement says. Current strategic initiatives from the group are the Internet of Things, smart cities, and workforce development. It also published another guide—this one more intensive—on Wednesday. NEMA SM 1-2017, Guide to General-Purpose Synchronous Motors without Excited Rotor Windings, covers general-purpose synchronous motors without excited rotor windings, and provides design metrics for polyphase alternating-current permanent magnet motors rated 500 horsepower and less.

“This new set of operation and construction guidelines for permanent magnet motors gives us a much needed set of metrics for designing these types of motors, and gives the marketplace confidence that compliant motors will perform reliably for their particular application,” said Tim Schumann, service manager of SEW-Eurodrive and chair of the NEMA Motor and Generator Technical Committee.

“NEMA standards play an important part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for national and international commerce,” said NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff, NEMA electrical standards are used by military, government, and private buyers who work in architecture, construction, lighting, medical imaging, motors and industrial controls, transmission and distribution, transportation, and other industries that specify and use electrical equipment.

NEMA members always receive a 20 percent discount on standards. Download the complete guide to NEMA standards at NEMA SM 1-2017 is available in hard copy and as an electronic download for $285 on the NEMA website. Make sure you get yours today!


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