Newark element14 and Eaton lead the way to safer implementation of short-circuit current ratings in preparation for 2017 NEC changes

Collaboration optimizes equipment SCCR for performance and economy

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Newark element14, the Development Distributor, and Eaton, technology leader in power management solutions, are actively preparing engineers to optimize equipment for new short-circuit protection requirements, as part of the updated 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). For buyers and engineers in industrial automation, manufacturing and electrical engineering, adhering to new short circuit current rating (SCCR) requirements will protect equipment and personnel from risks in short-circuit fault events. Newark element14 and Eaton have several resources available for more information on the critical changes to SCCR compliance, including an educational on-demand webinar and a compliance guide.

“At Newark element14, we strive to pave the way for our customers by offering support on regulatory requirements that affect their equipment and designs,” said Mike Ulch, global head electromechancial products, Premier Farnell. “Together with Eaton, we offer resources to help customers ensure the updated SCCR labelling requirements are properly implemented for the safety of equipment users and engineers.“

The NEC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require short-circuit current compliance to protect equipment and personnel from fault events. Without proper compliance and protection, short-circuit current faults can create safety hazards including shock, fire and projectile explosion.

“Equipment manufacturers and users must stay up to date on regulatory changes and requirements to ensure safety and top performance of equipment,“ said Tom Domitrovich, vice president, Technical Sales, Eaton. “Eaton and Newark element14 together make compliance easy, with resources to help customers implement an effective SCCR strategy.”

Changes to the National Electric Code for SCCR include requirements that available short-circuit currents are documented for equipment with industrial control panels and motor control centers, and marked on machinery, HVAC equipment, elevator control equipment, generator equipment, transfer equipment, energy storage equipment and battery systems equipment.

For more information, see Newark element14 and Eaton’s guide to SSCR Compliance and watch the on-demand webinar.


Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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