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Guidance for exporting machinery to North America

12 January 2016

A new whitepaper from Eaton ‘Exporting electrical equipment for industrial machinery to North America’ offers advice for those exporting machinery or control cabinets to the North American market. 

Each year a large amount of electrical machinery is exported to North America (USA and Canada) from Germany, Europe and the rest of the IEC-governed world. In the North American market, local codes and standards (NEC, CEC, UL 508A, NFPA 79) are used exclusively instead of international standards. Additionally, special, rarely documented market and usage practices need to be observed and applied. For example, in North America it is mandatory for an independent institution (third-party) to approve machinery and equipment, in contrast to IEC countries, where the manufacturers themselves take responsibility for approving industrial switchgear for sale (documented by the CE mark).

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