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NEMA Publishes Standard on Industrial Control Circuit and Pilot Devices

05/5/2017 12:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

ROSSLYN, Va.—Today, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA ICS 5-2017 Industrial Control and Systems: Control Circuit and Pilot Devices. This standard applies to general purpose mechanical, electromechanical, and solid-state devices that are used in industrial applications for control circuit switching and the control of solenoids rated not more than 600 volts.

Revisions to this standard incorporate a new Annex F, which features high-pressure wash requirements.

According to Dan Nachtigall, Global Technical Leader/Product Compliance Engineering, Rockwell Automation, and Chair of the SC31 Technical Subcommittee, "The updates to ICS 5 reflect a comprehensive review to ensure requirements in NEMA ICS 5 remain relevant to today's products and technologies. In addition, Annex F now recognizes additional high-pressure wash requirements defined in IEC 60529, which will be very important to the food and beverage process industry."

NEMA ICS 5-2017 is available in hard copy for $215 or as an electronic download at no cost on the NEMA website.


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 350 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries 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.

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