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List of Standards
This section briefly refers to the standards relevant when working with electrotechnical
documentation and planning of electrical devices.
The list includes fundamental international standards and more specific electrotechnical
The standards can be ordered from your local Standard Organisation.
Drawing Sheet format and layout
Table 1 in ISO 5457
Title Measurement
A0 841 x 1.189
A1 594 x 841
A2 420 x 595
A3 297 x 420
A4 210 x 297
The A3-format is the most commonly used format, when drawing circuit
diagrams. A3-format can scaled and printed as A4-format.
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Colour Codes
Extract of table 1 in IEC 60757: Code for designation of colours.
Letter code Colour
BK Black
BN Brown
RD Red
OG Orange
YE Yellow
GN Green
BU Blue (incl. light blue)
VT Violet (purple)
GY Grey (slate)
WH White
PK Pink
GD Gold
TQ Turquoise
SR Silver
GNYE Green-and-yellow

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Conductor and Terminal Marking
IEC 60445
The following table only deals with certain predetermined conductors. The following table
includes for instance, 3 AC supply conductors, supply conductors in DC systems, Neutral and
diverse protective conductors.
For the definitions of protective conductors please refer IEC 60050-195.
Table 1 (English):
Designated conductor ID of

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AC conductors
Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Neutral conductor


DC conductor


Mid-point conductor




C or +

D or -


Protective conductor


PEN conductor PEN PEN

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PEM conductor

PEL conductor

Functional earthing conductor




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Preparation of Documents
IEC 61082: Preparation of documents used in electrotechnology.
This standard contains the most ordinary directions for composing documents. This includes for
example, drawing methods, drawing sheets, layout, text fonts, line widths etc.
If you havent previously worked with electrotechnical drawings, it is recommended, that you
acquire these standards from your local supplier.
Standard number English title

IEC 61082-1 Preparation of documents used in

Part 1: General requirements.

IEC 61082-1/A1 Preparation of documents used in

Part 1: General requirements.

IEC 61082-1/A2 Preparation of documents used in

Part 1: General requirements.

IEC 61082-2 Preparation of documents used in

Part 2: Function-oriented diagrams.

IEC 61082-3 Preparation of documents used in

Part 3: Connection diagrams, tables
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and lists.

IEC 61082-4 Preparation of documents used in

Part 4: Location and installation

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Reference Designation
IEC 61346:
IEC 61346: Structuring principles and reference designations.
IEC 61666: Identification of terminals within a system.
(IEC 61346 and IEC 61666 replace the former IEC 750)
This norm defines the organised methods used within electrotechnical systems, including a
review of various applications such as; function (=), location (+) and letter codes.
Hint 1:
According to IEC 60204-1 clause18, electrical equipment of machines must have a
reference designation system.
Hint 2:
ET economy complies with IEC/IEC 61346.

Standard number English title

IEC 61346-1

Replaces former IEC 750

Industrial systems, installations and
equipment and industrial products.

Structuring principles and reference

Part 1: Basic rules

IEC 61346-2

Validated 2000-02-29

Industrial systems, installations and
equipment and industrial products.

Structuring principles and reference

Part 2: Classification of objects and
codes for classes.

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IEC 61666

Replaces former IEC 750
Industrial systems, installations and
equipment and industrial products.

Identification of terminals within a

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Graphical symbols for diagrams
IEC 60617: Graphical symbols for diagrams
As a consequence of dynamic development, IEC has decided to make the IEC 60617 standard
series a database located on You need a password to access the
database or alternative contact your local Standardisation Organisation for further details or get
a snapshot of the database.
For information, the former paper-based IEC 60617 was composed of 13 parts and included a
graphical depiction of all symbols for electrotechnical circuit diagrams and installation diagrams.
Below we have included the former list for information, but we recommend that you check the
IEC homepage at for further information.
The symbols in CADdy
ET comply with this database.
Standard number English title

IEC 60617-1 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 1: General information, general
index, cross-reference tables.

IEC 60617-2 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 2: Symbol elements, qualifying
symbols and other symbols having
general application.

IEC 60617-3 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

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Part 3: Conductors and connecting

IEC 60617-4 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 4: Basic passive components.

IEC 60617-5 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 5: Semiconductors and electron

IEC 60617-6 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 6: Production and conversion of
electrical energy.

IEC 60617-7 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 7: Switchgear, controlgear and
protective devices.

IEC 60617-8 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 8: Measuring instruments, lamps
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and signalling devices.

IEC 60617-9 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 9: Telecommunications: Switching
and peripheral equipment.

IEC 60617-10 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 10: Telecommunications:

IEC 60617-11 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 11: Architechtural and
topographical installation plans and

IEC 60617-12 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 12: Binary logic elements.

IEC 60617-13 Graphical symbols for diagrams.

Part 13: Analogue elements.
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Letter Codes
IEC 61346-2: Classification of objects and codes for classes.
The standard introduces a new way of reflecting objects. According to this new standard, objects
must be classified in accordance with their purpose or task:
The new idea behind this classification always is "what is the real purpose or task of the object",
and not "what is the method for implementing the task" or how its physically done". Below,
various examples are given.
Example 1:
A current transformer has the task to
pick-up a property from a system and to
provide a signal or information that can
be further processed. This task is
independent from any technical solution
of how to do this. The realisation may
be done by means of electrical
windings in a transformer, but could
also be done with an optical current
Whether electrical windings or an
optical device are used are of no matter
to the classification. The main task is
still the same: Converting an input
variable into a signal for further
processing classified as B.
It is of no importance to the
classification, that the transformer in
practice is picking up the signal by
converting (class T) the energy.

Many objects have more than one task, and only one letter must be used as a
classification. Use of class A should be avoided, since its not very precise.
However, almost any object has a main task, and the most descriptive
classification must then be used.

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Example 2:
For controlling the level in a well, two
level-switches are used for controlling
and one level switch (at top) is used as

In the circuit diagrams, the controlling
switches are classified as B, because
they convert an input variable (the
level) to another signal (on/off) for
further processing:

If the same type of level switch is used
as alarm, the classification of the level
switch is still B, since the main task of
the object is converting a signal for
further processing and not making an

Example 3:
Since the letter codes are
classifications, they are intended to
cover both electrical and mechanical

The purpose of a mechanical
manometer is e.g. to show pressure.
Therefore its classified as P
presenting information.

The purpose of an electrical signal lamp
is also to present information, and
therefore its classified as P too.

The CADdy
ET symbol library EN61346-2 conforms with these classifications.

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Extract of IEC 61346-2 - Table 1
CODE Purpose or task of object
A Two or more purposes or tasks

NOTE: This class is only for objects for which no main purpose or task
can be identified.

B Converting an input variable (physical property, condition or event) into
a signal for further processing

C Storing material, energy or information

(Reserved for future standardisation)

E Providing radiant or thermal energy

F Direct protection (self-acting) of a flow of energy, signals, personnel or
equipment from dangerous or unwanted conditions

Including systems and equipment for protective purposes

G Initiating a flow of energy or material

Generating signals used as information carriers or reference source

Producing a new kind of material or product

(Reserved for future standardisation)

I Not to be applied

(Reserved for future standardisation)

K Processing (receiving, treating and providing) signals or information
(excluding objects for protective purposes, see class F)

(Reserved for future standardisation)

M Providing mechanical energy (rotational or linear mechanical motion)
for driving purposes

(Reserved for future standardisation)

O Not to be applied

P Presenting information

Q Controlled switching or varying a flow of energy, of signals or of
(For signals in control circuits, see classes K and S)

R Restricting or stabilising motion or a flow of energy, information or

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S Converting a manual operation into a signal for further processing

T Conversion of energy maintaining the kind of energy

Conversion of an established signal maintaining the content of

Conversion of the form or shape of a material

U Keeping objects in a defined position

V Processing (treating) of material or products (including preparatory and

W Guiding or transporting energy, signals, material or products from one
place to another

X Connecting objects

(Reserved for future standardisation)

(Reserved for future standardisation)

If more than one reference name can be used, the most specific name should be

For example, use the letter code S on a pushbutton including a signal lamp (on the
pushbutton (class S) as well as the signal lamp (class P)), because this is the most
important letter (dependent of the function, however).
Read more about:
Former Letter Codes (IEC 750) on page H-16.

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Former Letter Codes (IEC 750)
IEC 750: Letter codes for designation of kind of item.
The following list is informative, because IEC 750 is no longer valid, but is replaced by IEC
61346-1 and IEC 61346-2.
The new letter codes classifying objects can be found in Letter Codes (IEC 61346-2, table 1) on
page H-12.

CODE Kind of item Examples

A Assemblies, subassemblies
Amplifier using discrete components, magnetic
amplifier, laser, maser, printed circuit board

Transducers, from
nonelectrical to electrical
quantity or vice versa
Thermoelectric sensor, thermo cell, photoelectric cell,
dynamometer, crystal transducer, microphone, pick-
up, loudspeaker, synchro, resolver

C Capacitors

Binary elements, delay
devices, storage devices
Digital integrated circuits and devices, delay line,
bistable element, monostable element, core storage,
register, magnetic tape recorder, disk recorder

E Miscellaneous
Lighting device, heating device, device not specified
elsewhere in this table

F Protective devices Fuse, over-voltage discharge device, arrester

G Generators, power supplies
Rotating generator, rotating frequency converter,
battery, oscillator, quartz-oscillator

H Signalling devices Optical indicator, acoustical indicator

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J - -

K Relays, contactors

L Inductors, reactors Induction coil, line trap, reactors (shunt and series)

M Motors

N Analogue elements Operational amplifier, hybrid analogue/digital device

Measuring equipment,
testing equipment
Indicating, recording and integrating measuring
devices, signal generator, clock

Switching devices for power
Circuit breaker, disconnector

R Resistors

Switching devices for
control circuits, selectors
Control switch, push-button, limit switch, selector
switch, dial contact
T Transformers

U Modulators, changers
Discriminator, demodulator, frequency changer, coder,
inverter, converter

V Tubes, Semi-conductors Diode, transistor, thyristor

Transmission paths,
waveguides, aerials
Conductor, cable, busbar, waveguide
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X Terminals, plugs, sockets
Connecting plug and socket clip, test jack, terminal
board, soldering terminal strip, link, cable sealing end
and joint

Electrically operated
mechanical devices
Brake, clutch, pneumatic valve

Terminations, hybrid
transformers, filters,
equalizers, limiters
Crystal filter, network

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