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Conformite Europeene

CE is an acronym for the French phrase "Conformite Europeene" and is similar to the UL or CSA marks of North America. However, unlike UL or CSA which require independent laboratory testing, the CE mark can be applied by the motor manufacturer through "self certifying" that its products are designed to the appropriate standards. The European Union has issued 24 directives related to the CE mark. Three Directives apply to electric motors.

This directive applies to electrical equipment operating in the voltage range of 50-1000 volts AC or 75-1500 volts DC. Virtually all LEESON motors (except low voltage DC and 2300 / 4000 volt large motors ) are included in this directive. Based on our testing to the applicable electrical and mechanical standards EN60034 and IEC 34, LEESON certifies conformity to this directive. All three phase 50 Hz stock motors comply with the nameplate designations, lead markings and connection diagrams required. A "Declaration of Conformity" accompanies these motors and a CE label is applied.

Machinery Directive ( 89/3392/EEC )

This directive applies to machinery that may contain certain motors. This is an issue with equipment manufacturers and requires the use of a motor meeting the Low Voltage Directive and requires a "Declaration of Incorporation" document which means that only the motor complies with the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive. A CE label is applied to the motor but it remains the responsibility of the equipment manufacturer to obtain certification for the finished product.

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive ( 89/336/EEC )

This directive addresses the final product and is again a concern for the equipment manufacturer. Since this directive addresses electromagnetic interference (EMI) concerns, it does not affect three phase AC motors because they do not produce EMI. DC motors, however do produce EMI. How much of the "noise" is emitted outside the machine depends on a host of factors. LEESON's Engineering Department can assist OEM's in applying DC motors in machinery destined for Europe and requiring certification to the EMC Directive.

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  Conformite Europeene
  Custom PDQ
  DC Motors
  EPACT & Testing
  IEC Standard
  Motor Temperature
  Single Phase Motors
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