Fandis has expanded the range of colors of its plastics, creating the FF series filter fan units with ANSI 61 grey which, with RAL 7035, are the most common colors in North America, where the company is also present with its own branch.
What does ANSI mean?
In the United States, the American National Standards Institute, better known as ANSI, is a private non-profit organization that defines industrial standards. He is a member of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission). His task is to coordinate about a thousand companies, organizations, government agencies, and other institutional members, to agree on the parameters to be adopted in the most disparate fields, from construction to information technology.
Why grey in electrical panels?
To understand why grey is the standard color in electrical panels, it’s necessary to consider the origins of electrical equipment: the oldest forms of the electrical panel are as old as the production and exploitation of electricity for industry, dating back to the nineteenth century. While the electrical services sector has evolved to adapt quickly to the required power and voltage levels, enclosures have simply followed industry trends and standards: companies have standardized equipment on grey, and so have the manufacturers of components for switchboards.
Today, specific color standards have been identified by the main trade associations: ANSI and IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) have defined, among others, the standard for low voltage electrical panels enclosed in metal through the 2002 edition of C37.20.1: the preferred color for the finish on switchgear assemblies seems to be precisely the light grey n. 61 according to ASTM D1535-1997.
The growing interest in the American market, justified by the presence of Fandis North America, as we have said, has led us to develop a certain sensitivity towards the regulatory requirements of this market for the switchboard sector.
If it is essential to comply with the standards and directives that prescribe how to guarantee the safety of the machines in this market, as our solutions for enclosures with UL certification, it’s important as well to adapt to the standards in terms of color.
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