Installation Disconect UL 98 / CSA C22.2 No. 4 and UL 508 / CSA C22.2 No. 14 Disconnect Switches

Installation Disconect UL 98 /  CSA C22.2 No. 4  and UL 508 / CSA C22.2 No. 14 Disconnect Switches

UL 98 /  CSA C22.2 No. 4  and UL 508 / CSA C22.2 No. 14 Disconnect Switches

- UL 98 /  CSA C22.2 No. 4 - Listed for general purpose, main disconnect, or branch circuit protection up to 600Vac/dc

- UL 508 / CSA C22.2 No. 14 - Listed for motor disconnect applications up to 600Vac



A simple and reliable means for disconnecting power to motor loads is the Underwriters Laboratories-listed UL98 safety switch, but UL508 manual motor controllers suitable for motor disconnect have gained interest recently because of changes to the National Electrical Code (NEC).

However, with that interest has come concerns about possible misapplication of UL508 motor controller switches, which can result in added cost and time to replace with the correct switch, leading to downtime and missed deadlines. Informal surveys suggest that misapplication of UL508 products in UL98 applications is substantial. One such survey of electrical contractors, consulting engineers and OEMs at a recent Schneider Electric customer event indicated that about 40% had misapplied UL508 motor controller switches as general-use switches.

Thus, understanding the key differences between UL98 and UL508 devices and correct applications for each can help an industrial facility manager ensure an installation is NEC-compliant and avoid downtime, lost sales and customer frustration.

Understand the basics

Both UL508 and UL98 switches are available in traditional and receptacle interlock versions. A traditional switch is hard-wired to a fixed electrical load – an electrical contractor must run conduit to the load from the switch, making it a permanent attachment. A traditional, hard-wired UL98 safety switch is easy to spot – it features  a large handle on its right side that disconnects the power when pulled.

A switch with a receptacle interlock allows machines to be relocated when necessary, meaning they don’t take up space that can be used for other purposes. A UL508 switch with receptacle interlock typically features a rotating on-off dial, along with a cord and receptacle into which a machine is plugged. A key safety feature of receptacle interlock switches (including UL98 devices) is a design that forces an operator to turn off the load before removing the machine’s plug from the receptacle.

The ability of a UL508 manual motor controller, particularly the receptacle interlock version, to disconnect a motor while not affecting the main circuit can be a great asset that keeps processes running. However, using a UL508 switch as a branch-circuit disconnect or for non-motor loads is a violation of the NEC.

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