International Standard IEC 61439

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The new standard for Low Voltage Assemblies

In January 2009 two parts of the standard IEC 60439 were published as new IEC standard.  The two new publications are IEC 61439-1 General Rules and IEC 61439-2 Power Switchgear and  Control Gear Assemblies.

These two new publications IEC 61439-1 & 2 will replace the current parts of the standard IEC 60439 in January 2014.

Logstrup welcomes this new standard, and as part of our on going commitment to quality and safety, we will continue to support our customers through this transitional period.

The basic overall purpose of these new standards is the same as for the current standard, which is to  define the minimum safety and performance aspects of low voltage switchgear and control gear  assemblies. This is done by establishing a set of definitions and technical characteristics, as well as  defining normative construction requirements, and verification requirements imposed on the manufacturer.

The major part of our existing type test documentation made according to IEC 60439-1 will also serve as valid test verifications under the new IEC 61439 family of standards.

In conjunction with this Logstrup will continue conducting any required additional test verifications for all relevant assembly configurations according to the new IEC 61439-1 & 2 standards in order to enable us to ensure full compliance with the new standards before they come into effect.