IEC 61010 Overview – Standard for Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment

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Everyone intends to get their equipment to market as quick as possible and one of the best ways to ensure that result is to design it to meet the corresponding standards. In today’s video, Steve talks about the IEC standard 61010.

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The IEC 61010 standard is also a UL and ANSI Standard as well in the US. IEC 61010 is the electrical requirements for laboratory test and measurement equipment… The equipment and machines used to measure, control and for use in labs within your facility or in your client’s facility, control of process output variables, temperature controllers, pH controllers…things of that nature. It also includes other laboratory equipment for example… microscopes, metrology equipment, FTIRs, Mass Spectrometers, or other devices in a laboratory.

61010 covers the electrical requirements and some of the other hazards for these types of equipment. This is important to you because in some cases when you supply your equipment specifically within the US and Canada, you are required to show suitability of use of your equipment for installation. When you send your equipment to your end customer, sometimes you’ll be asked for an electrical evaluation by a third party or a field labeling of your equipment before it is installed. Shipping your equipment to these types of jurisdictions…these types of customers in those areas, goes much easier if you are already designed and approved to 61010. This makes it very easy to sell your equipment into those jurisdictions. Additionally, if you need to sell your equipment to Europe or globally…already being approved to an international standard makes your final acceptance easier and you can get a CE mark and other things done much more rapidly.

IEC 61010 should be part of your design process and design reviews. This video has provided a quick overview and as we move forward, we will have a training video for each section of IEC, UL, ANSI 61010 and break each of those down to provide you with data from the standard that is actionable within your design.

Depending on your equipment type this may be the electrical Standard for your equipment to prove conformance to SEMI S2 in addition to IEC 60204-33 IEC 60204-33:2009 applies to electrical and electronic equipment associated with semiconductor fabrication equipment for the manufacture, measurement, assembly, and test of semiconductors. It is applicable to the electrical equipment or parts of the electrical equipment that operate with nominal supply voltages not exceeding 1 000 V for alternating current (a.c.) and not exceeding 1 500 V for direct current (d.c.), and with nominal supply frequencies not exceeding 200 Hz. For higher voltages or frequencies, special requirements IEC 60204 applies to electrical and electronic equipment associated with semiconductor fabrication equipment for the manufacture, measurement, assembly, and test of semiconductors.

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Related Standards; UL ANSI 60204 IEC 60204, NFPA 79, UL 60950 ANSI 60950 IEC 60950

Test and Certification / Field labeling of  / CE Marking / Listing Labeling

The scope of UL ANSI IEC 61010 includes;

a) Electrical measurement and test equipment that, indicates or records one or more electrical or non-electrical quantities, also non-measuring equipment such as signal generators, measurement standards, power supplies, transducers, transmitters, and indicating and recording electrical measuring instruments equipment. Built-in panel meters

b) Electrical control equipment that controls one or more output quantities to specific values

c) Electrical laboratory equipment that includes equipment which measures, indicates, monitors or analyses substances, or is used to prepare materials.

d) other equipment

– probes:

– laboratory centrifuges;

– laboratory equipment for the heating of materials;

– laboratory flame and arc photometers, and ionizing equipment;

– laboratory sterilizers;

– laboratory mixing, crushing and shaking equipment;

– equipment for use in indoors


The hazards covered by 61010;

– electric shock or burn (see clauses 6, 10 and 11);

– mechanical hazards (see clauses 7, 8 and 11);

– excessive temperature (see clause 9);

– spread of fire from the equipment (see clause 9);

– effects of radiation, including lasers sources, sonic and ultrasonic pressure (see clause 12);

– liberated gases, explosion and implosion (see clause 13).

IEC 61010-2-201:2017

Safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use – Part 2-201: Particular requirements for control equipment


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