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DEVICE FUNCTION NUMIBERS

FOR
INSTALLATION
ENGINEERING
& SERVICE
DIVISION
POWER DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT

PURPOSE OF DEVICE FUNCTION NUMBER function designation. However, when the function
is inherently not restricted to any specific type of
A system of nomenclature known as “device func- device and where the type of device itself is thus
tionnumbering” has been devised. It provides a merely incidental, any one of these alternative
means of quickly grasping the main purpose of any names, as applicable, may be substituted. For
device used as a part of an automatic and manual example, if for device function 6 a contactor is
station control, supervisory, and associated tele- used for the purpose in place of a circuit breaker,
metering equipment.This system, first developed the function name should be specified as Starting
in connection with automatic switchgear, is now Contactor.
applied to all types of power distribution equip-
ment. It is based on the assignment of a standard Numbers from 95 to 99 should be assigned only for
number to each of the several fundamental func- those functions in specific cases where none of the
tions performed by the component elements of a assigned standard device function numbers are
complete equipment. applicable. Numbers which are “reserved for
future application” should not be used.
These device functions may referto the actual
function the device performs in an equipment or
they may refer to the electrical or other quantity DEVICE NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION
to which the device is responsive. Hence, there
may be in some instances a choice of the function 1 MASTER ELEMENT is the initiating
number used for a given device. The preferable device, such as a control switch, volt-
choice, in all cases, is the one which is recog- age relay, float switch, etc, which
nized to have the narrowest interpretation so that serves either directly or through such
it most specifically identifies the device in the permissive devices as protective and
minds of all individuals concerned with the design time-delay relays to place an equipment
and operation of the equipment. in or out of operation,

The device function numbers with appropriate suf- 2 TIME-DELAY STARTING OR CLOSING
fix letter or letters, where necessary, are used RELAY is a device that functions to give
on electrical diagrams, in instruction books and a desired amount of time delay before
in specifications, or after any point of operation in a
switching sequence or protective relay
The items included in this publication are from system, except as specifically provided
“Manual and Automatic Station Control, Supervi- by device functions 48, 62 and 79.
sory, and Associated Telemetering Equipment,
C37.2 - 1970.” Complete copies of the standard 3 CHECKING OR INTERLOCKING RELAY
are available from the American National Stan- is a relay that operates in response to
dards Institute, Inc. , 1430 Broadway, New York, the position of a number of other devices
NY 10018 (or to a number of predetermined con-
ditions) in an equipment, to allow an
operating sequence to proceed, or to
STANDARD DEVICE FUNCTION NUMBERS stop, or to.provide a check of the posi-
tion of these devices or of these condi-
Device function numbers, each with its correspond- tions for any purpose.
ing function name and the general description of
each function, are listed in this publication. 4 MASTER CONTACTOR is a device,
generally controlled by device function
1 or the equivalent and the required
When alternate names and descriptions are in- permissive and protective devices, that
cluded under the function, only the name and de- serves to make and break the necessary
scription which applies to each specific case control circuits to place an equipment
should be used. In general, only one name for into operation under the desired condi-
each device such as, relay, contactor, circuit tions and to take it out of operation under
breaker, switch, or device, is included in each other or abnormal conditions.
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DEVICE DEVICE
NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION

5 STOPPING DEVICE is a control device 15 SPEED OR FREQUENCY MATCHING


used primarily to shut down an equip- DEVICE is a device that functions to
ment and hold it out of operation. This match and hold the speed or the frequency
device may be manually or electrically of a machine or of a system equal to, or
actuated, but excludes the function of approximately equal to, that of another
electrical lockout (see device function machine, source, or system.
86) on abnormal conditions.
16 RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPLICA-
6 STARTING CIRCUIT BREAKER is a TION.
device whose principal function is to
connect a machine to its source of start- 17 SHUNTING OR DISCHARGE SWITCH is
ing voltage. a switch that serves to open or to close
a shunting circuit around any piece of
7 ANODE CIRCUIT BREAKER is a device apparatus (except a resistor), such as
used in the anode circuits of a power a machine field, a machine armature, a
rectifier for the primary purpose of capacitor, or a reactor.
interrupting the rectifier circuit if an
arc-back should occur. Note: This excludes devices that per-
form such shunting operations as may
8 CONTROL POWER DISCONNECTING be necessary in the process of starting
DEVICE is a disconnecting device, such a machine by devices 6 or 42, or their
as a knife switch, circuit breaker, or equivalent, and also excludes device
pull-out fuse block, used for the purpose function 73 that serves for the switching
of respectively connecting and discon- of resistors.
necting the source of control power to
and from the control bus or equipment. 18 ACCELERATING OR DECELERATING
DEVICE is a device that is used to close
Note: Control power is considered to or to cause the closing of circuits which
include auxiliary power which supplies are used to increase or decrease the
such apparatus as small motors and speed of a machine.
heaters.
19 STARTING-TO-RUNNING TRANSITION
9 REVERSING DEVICE is a device that is CONTACTOR is a device that operates
used for the purpose of reversing a ma- to initiate or cause the automatic trans-
chine field or for performing any other fer of a machine from the starting to
reversing functions. the running power connection.

10 UNIT SEQUENCE SWITCH is a switch 20 VALVE is one used in a vacuum, air,


that is used to change the sequence in gas, oil, or similar line, when it is
which units may be placed in and out of electrically operated or has electrical
service in multiple-unit equipments. accessories such as auxiliary switches.

11 RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPLICA- . 21 DISTANCE RELAY is a relay that func-


TION. tions when the circuit admittance, im-
pedance, or reactance increases or de-
12 OVER-SPEED DEVICE is usually a creases beyond predetermined limits.
. direct- connected speed switch which
functions on machine overspeed. 22 EQUALIZER CIRCUIT BREAKER is a
breaker that serves to control or to
. 13 SYNCHRONOUS-SPEED DEVICE is a make and break the equalizer or the
device such as a centrifugal-speed current-balancing connections for a ma-
switch, a slip-frequency relay, a volt- chine field, or for regulating equipment,
age relay, an undercurrent relay, or in a multiple-unit installation.
any type of device that operates at
approximately the synchronous speed of 23 TEMPERATURE CONTROL DEVICE is
a machine. a device that functions to raise or lower
the temperature of a machine or other
14 UNDER-SPEED DEVICE is a device that apparatus, or of any medium, when its
functions when the speed of a machine temperature falls below, or rises above?
falls below a pre-determined value. a predetermined value.
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DEVICE DEVICE
NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION

23 Note: An example is a thermostat that energizes the excitation and ignition cir-
Cont’d. switches on a space heater in a switch- cuits of a power rectifier.
gear assembly when the temperature
falls to a desired value as distinguished 32 DIRECTIONAL POWER RELAY is a
from a device that is used to provide device that functions on a desired value
automatic temperature regulation be- of power flow in a given direction or
tween close limits and would be desig- upon reverse power resulting from arc-
nated as device function 90T. back in the anode or cathode circuits of
a power rectifier.
24 RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPLICA-
TION. 33 POSITION SWITCH is a switch that
makes or breaks contact when the main
25 SYNCHRONIZING OR SYNCHRONISM- device or piece of apparatus which has
CHECK DEVICE is a device that oper- no device function number reaches a
ates when two a-c circuits are within given position.
the desired limits of frequency, phase
angle, or voltage, to permit or to cause 34 MASTER SEQUENCE DEVICE is a de-
the paralleling of these two circuits. vice such as a motor-operated multi-
contact switch, or the equivalent, or a
26 APPARATUS THERMAL DEVICE is a programming device, such as a com-
device that functions when the tempera- puter, that establishes or determines
ture of the shunt field or the amortisseur the operating sequence of the major de-
winding of a machine, or that of a load vices in an equipment during starting
limiting or load shifting resistor or of a and stopping or during other sequential
liquid or other medium, exceeds a pre- switching operations.
determined value; or if the temperature
of the protected apparatus, such as a 35 BRUSH-OPERATING OR SLIP-RING
power rectifier, or of any medium de- SHORT-CIRCUITING DEVICE is a device .
creases below a predetermined value. for raising, lowering, or shifting the
brushes of a machine, or for short-cir-
27 UNDERVOLTAGE RELAY is a relay cuiting its slip rings, or for engaging or
that functions on a given value of under- disengaging the contacts of a mechanical
voltage. rectifier.

28 FLAME DETECTOR is a device that 36 POLARITY OR POLARIZING VOLTAGE


monitors the presence of the pilot or DEVICE is a device that operates, or
main flame in such apparatus as a gas permits the operation of, another device
turbine or a steam boiler. on a predetermined polarity only, or ver-
ifies the presence of a polarizing voltage
29 ISOLATING CONTACTOR is a device in an equipment.
that is used expressly for disconnecting
one circuit from another for the purposes 37 UNDERCURRENT OR UNDERPOWER
of emergency operation, maintenance, RELAY is a relay that functions when the
or test. current or power flow decreases below
a predetermined value.
30 ANNUNCIATOR RELAY is a nonauto-
matically reset device that gives a num- 38 BEARING PROTECTIVE DEVICE is a
ber of separate visual indications upon device that functions on excessive bear-
the functioning of protective devices, ing temperature, or on other abnormal
and which may also be arranged to per- mechanical conditions associated with
form a lockout function. the bearing, such as undue wear, which
may eventually result in excessive bear-
31 SEPARATE EXCITATION DEVICE is a ing temperature or failure,
device that connects a circuit, such as
the shunt field of a synchronous conver- 39 MECHANICAL CONDITION MONITOR
ter, to a source of separate excitation is a device that functions upon the oc-
during the starting sequence; or one that currence of an abnormal mechanical

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DEVICE DEVICE
NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION

condition (except that associated with 47 PHASE-SEQUENCE VOLTAGE RELAY


bearings as covered under device func- is a relay that functions upon a pre-
tion 38), such as excessive vibration, determined value of polyphase voltage
eccentricity, expansion, shock, tilting, in the desired phase sequence.
or seal failure.
48 INCOMPLETE SEQUENCE RELAY is a
4Q FIELD RELAY is a relay that functions relay that generally returns the equip-
on a given or abnormally low value or ment to the normal, or off, position and
failure of machine field current, or on locks it out if the normal starting, oper-
excessive value of the reactive com- ating, or stopping sequence is not prop-
ponent of armature current in an a-c erly completed within a predetermined
machine indicating abnormally low field time. If the device is used for alarm
excitation. purposes only, it should preferably be
designated as 48A (alarm).
41 FIELD CIRCUIT BREAKER is a device
that functions to apply or remove the 49 MACHINE OR TRANSFORMER THER-
field excitation of a machine. MAL RELAY is a relay that functions *
when the temperature of a machine arm-
42 RUNNING CIRCUIT BREAKER is a de- ature or other load-carrying winding or
vice whose principal function is to con- element of a machine or the temperature
nect a machine to its source of running of a power rectifier or power trans.
or operating voltage. This function may former (including a power rectifier
also be used for a device, such as a con- transformer) exceeds a predetermined
tactor, that is used in series with a cir- value.
cuit breaker or other fault protecting
means, primarily for frequent opening 50 INSTANTANEOUS OVERCURRENT OR
and closing of the circuit. RATE-OF-RISE RELAY is a relay that
functions instantaneously on an excessive
43 MANUAL TRANSFER OR SELECTOR value of current or on an excessive rate
DEVICE is a manually operated device of current rise, thus indicating a fault
that transfers the control circuits in in the apparatus or circuit being pro-
order to modify the plan of operation of tected.
the switching equipment or of some of
the devices. 51 A-C TIME OVERCURRENT RELAY is
a relay with either a definite or inverse
44 UNIT SEQUENCE STARTING RELAY time characteristic that functions when
is a relay that functions to start the next the current in an a-c circuit exceeds a
available unit in a multiple-unit equip- predetermined value.
ment upon the failure or nonavailability
of the normally preceding unit. 52 A-C CIRCUIT BREAKER is a device
that is used to close and interrupt an a-c
45 ATMOSPHERIC CONDITION MONITOR power circuit under normal conditions
is a device, that functions upon the oc- or to interrupt this circuit under fault
currence of an abnormal atmospheric or emergency conditions.
condition, such as damaging fumes, ex-
plosive mixtures, smoke, or fire. 53 EXCITER OR D-C GENERATOR RE-
LAY is a relay that forces the d-c ma-
46 REVERSE-PHASE OR PHASE- BALANCE chine field excitation to build up during
CURRENT RELAY is a relay that func- starting or which functions when the
tions when the polyphase currents are of machine voltage has been built up to a
reverse-phase sequence, or when the given value.
polyphase currents are unbalanced or
contain negative phase- sequence com- 54 RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPLICA-
ponents above a given amount. t TION.

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DEVICE DEVICE
NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION

55 POWER FACTOR RELAY is a relay that circuit. It is not applied to a device con-
operates when the power factor in an a-c nected in the secondary circuit of a cur-
circuit rises above or falls below a pre- rent transformer, or in the secondary
determined value. neutral of current transformers, con-
nected in the power circuit of a normally
56 FIELD APPLICATION RELAY is a re- grounded system.
lay that automatically controls the appli-
cation of the field excitation to an a-c 65 GOVERNOR is the assembly of fluid,
motor at some predetermined point in electrical, or mechanical control equip-
the slip cycle. ment used for regulating the flow of
water, steam, or other medium to the
57 SHORT-CIRCUITING OR GROUNDING prime mover for such purposes as start-
DEVICE is a primary circuit switching ing, holding speed or load, or stopping.
device that functions to short-circuit or
to ground a circuit in response to auto- 66 NOTCHING OR JOGGING DEVICE is a
matic or manual means. device that functions to allow only a
specified number of operations of a given
58 RECTIFICATION FAILURE RELAY is device, or equipment, or a specified
a device that functions if one or more number of successive operations within
anodes of a power rectifier fail to fire, a given time of each other. It is also a
or to detect an arc-back or on failure of device that functions to energize a cir-
a diode to conduct or block properly. cuit periodically or for fractions of
specified time intervals, or that is used
59 OVERVOLTAGE RELAY is a relay that to permit intermittent acceleration or
functions on a given value of overvoltage. jogging of a machine at low speeds for
mechanical positioning.
60 VOLTAGE OR CURRENT BALANCE
RELAY is a relay that operates on a 67 A-C DIRECTIONAL OVERCURRENT
given difference in voltage, or current RELAY is a relay that functions on a de-
input or output, of two circuits. sired value of a-c over-current flowing
in a predetermined direction.
61 RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPLICA-
TION. 68 BLOCKING RELAY is a relay that ini-
tiates a pilot signal for blocking of trip-
62 TIME-DELAY STOPPING OR OPENING ping on external faults in a transmission
RELAY is a time-delay relay that serves line or in other apparatus under prede-
in conjunction with the device that ini- termined conditions, or cooperates with
tiates the shutdown, stopping, or opening other devices to block tripping or to
operation in an automatic sequence or block reclosing on an out-of- step condi-
protective relay system. tion or on power savings.

63 LIQUID OR GAS PRESSURE OR VAC- 69 PERMISSIVE CONTROL DEVICE is gen-


UUM RELAY is a relay that operates on erally a two- position, manually- operated
given values of liquid or gas pressure or switch that, in one position, permits the
on given rates of change of these values. closing of a circuit breaker, or the plac-
ing of an equipment into operation, and
64 GROUND PROTECTIVE RELAY is a in the other position prevents the circuit
relay that functions on failure of the in- breaker or the equipment from being
sulation of a machine, transformer, or operated.
of other apparatus to ground, or on
flashover of a d-c machine to ground. 70 RHEOSTAT is a variable resistance de-
vice used in an electric circuit, which is
Note: This function is assigned only to electrically operated or has other elec-
a relay that detects the flow of current trical accessories, such as auxiliary,
from the frame of a machine or enclos- position, or limit switches.
ing case or structure of a piece of ap-
paratus to ground, or detects a ground 71 LIQUID OR GAS-LEVEL RELAY is a
on a normally ungrounded winding or relay that operates on given values of
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DEVICE DEVICE
NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION

liquid or gas level or on given rates of 81 FREQUENCY RELAY is a relay that


change of these values. functions on a predetermined value of
frequency (either under or over or on
72 D-C CIRCUIT BREAKER is a circuit normal system frequency) or rate of
breaker that is used to close and inter- change of frequency.
rupt a d-c power circuit under normal
conditions or to interrupt this circuit 82 D-C RECLOSING RELAY is a relay that
under fault or emergency conditions. controls the automatic closing and re-
closing of a d-c circuit interrupter, gen-
73 LOAD-RESISTOR CONTACTOR is a con- erally in response to load circuit condi-
tactor that is used to shunt or insert a tions.
step of load limiting, shifting, or indi-
cating resistance in a power circuit, or 83 AUTOMATIC SELECTIVE CONTROL
to switch a space heater in circuit, or to OR TRANSFER RELAY is a relay that
switch a light or regenerative load re- operates to select automatically between
sistor of a power rectifier or other ma- certain sources or conditions in an equip-
chine in and out of circuit. ment, or performs a transfer operation
automatically.
74 ALARM RELAY is a relay other than an
annunciator, as covered under device 84 OPERATING MECHANISM is the com-
function 30, that is used to operate, or plete electrical mechanism or servo-
to operate in connection with, a visual mechanism, including the operating mo-
or audible alarm. tor, solenoids, position switches, etc,
for a tap changer, induction regulator,
75 POSITION CHANGING MECHANISM is or any similar piece of apparatus which
a mechanism that is used for moving a otherwise has no device function number.
main device from one position to another
in an equipment; as for example, shifting 85 CARRIER OR PILOT- WIRE RECEIVER
a removable circuit breaker unit to and RELAY is a relay that is operated or
from the connected, disconnected, and restrained by a signal used in connection
test positions. with carrier-current or d-c pilot-wire
fault directional relaying,
76 D-C OVERCURRENT RELAY is a relay
that functions when the current in a d-c 86 LOCKING-OUT RELAY is an electrically
circuit exceeds a given value. operated hand, or electrically, reset re-
lay or device that functions to shut down
77 PULSE TRANSMITTER is used to gen- or hold an equipment out of service, or
erate and transmit pulses over a tele- both, upon the occurrence of abnormal
metering or pilot-wire circuit to the re- conditions.
mote indicating or receiving device.
87 DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTIVE RELAY
78 PHASE-ANGLE MEASURING OR OUT- is a protective relay that functions on a
OF-STEP PROTECTIVE RELAY is a percentage or phase angle or other quan-
relay that functions at a pre-determined titative difference of two currents or of
phase angle between two voltages or be- some other electrical quantities.
tween two currents or between voltage
and current. 88 AUXILIARY MOTOR OR MOTOR GEN-
ERATOR is one used for operating aux-
79 A-C RECLOSING RELAY is a relay that iliary equipment, such as pumps,
controls the automatic reclosing and blowers, exciters, rotating magnetic
locking out of an a-c circuit interrupter. amplifiers, etc.

80 LIQUID OR GAS FLOW RELAY is a re- 89 LINE SWITCH is a switch used as a dis-
lay that operates on given values of liquid connecting, load-interrupter, or isolating
or gas flow or on given rates of change switch in an a-c or d-c power circuit,
of these values. when this device is electrically operated

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DEVICE Typical examples of such device functions are:


NUMBER FUNCTION AND DESCRIPTION REl, RE5, and RE94.

Note: The use of the “RE” prefix for this


or has electrical ac cessories, such as purpose in place of the former 200 series
an auxiliary switch magnetic lock, etc. of numbers now makes it possible to ob-
tain increased flexibility of the device
90 REGULATING DEVICE is a device that function numbering system. For example,
functions to regulate a quantity, or quan- in pipeline pump stations, the numbers 1
tities, such as voltage, current, power, through 99 are applied to device functions
speed, frequency, temperature, and that are associated with the over-all sta-
load, at a certain value or between cer- tion operation. A similar series of num-
tain (generally close) limits for machines, bers, starting with 101 instead of 1, are
tie lines or other apparatus. used for those device functions that are
associated with unit 1; a similar series
91 VOLTAGE DIRECTIONAL RELAY is a starting with 201 for device functions that
relay that operates when the voltage are associated with unit 2; and so on, for
across an open circuit breaker or con- each unit in these installations.
tactor exceeds a given value in a given
direction.
SUFFIX LETTERS
92 VOLTAGE AND POWER DIRECTIONAL
RELAY is a relay that permits or causes Suffix letters may be used with device function num-
the connection of two circuits when the bers for various purposes. They permit a mani-
voltage difference between them exceeds fold multiplication of available function designations
a given value in a predetermined direc- for the large number and variety of devices used in
tion and causes these two circuits to be the many types of equipment covered by this stan-
disconnected from each other when the dard. They may also serve to denote individual or
power flowing between them exceeds a specific parts or auxiliary contacts of these devices
given value in the opposite direction. or certain distinguishing features, characteristics,
or conditions which describe the use of the device
93 FIELD- CHANGING CONTACTOR is a or its contacts in the equipment.
contactor that functions to increase or
decrease, in one step, the value of field Letter suffixes should, however, be used only when
excitation on a machine. they accomplish a useful purpose. For example,
when all of the devices in an equipment are asso-
94 TRIPPING OR TRIP-FREE RELAY is a ciated with only one kind of apparatus, such as a
relay that functions to trip a circuit feeder or motor or generator, it is common prac-
breaker, contactor, or equipment, or to tice, in order to retain maximum simplicity in de-
permit immediate tripping by other de- vice function identification, not to add the respec-
vices; or to prevent immediate reclosure tive suffix letter F or M or G to any of the device
of a circuit interrupter if it should open function numbers.
automatically even though its closing cir-
cuit is maintained closed. In order to prevent any possible conflict or con-
fusion, each suffix should preferably have only one
95 * meaning in an individual equipment. To accomplish
this, short distinctive abbreviations, such as con-
96 * tained in American Standard Abbreviations for Use
*Used only for specific applications on Drawings, Z32.13-1950, or any appropriate
97 * in individual installations where combination of letters, may also be used as letter
none of the assigned numbered suffixes, where necessary. However, each suffix
98 * functions from 1 to 94 are suitable. should not consist of more than three (and prefer-
ably not more than two) letters, in order to keep the
99 * complete function designation as short and simple
as possible.

SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND INDICATION


The meaning of each suffix used with a device func-
A similar series of numbers, prefixed by the let- tion number should be designated in the following
ters RE (for “remote”) shall be used for the inter- manner on the necessary drawings or publications
posing relays performing functions that are con- applying to the equipment: TC, Trip Coil; V, Volt-’
trolled directly from the supervisory system. age; X, Auxiliary Relay.
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In the cases where the same suffix (consisting of F Frequency or Flow or Fault
one letter or a combination of letters) has different L Level or Liquid
meanings in the same equipment, depending upon P Power or Pressure
the device function number with which it is used, PF Power Factor
then the complete device function number with its Q Oil
suffix letter or letters and its corresponding func- S Speed
tion name should be listed in the legend in each T Temperature
case, as follows: 63V, Vacuum Relay; 70R, Rais- V Voltage or Volts or Vacuum
ing Relay for Device 70; 90V, Voltage Regulator. V A R Reactive Power
VB Vibration
Note: Letter suffixes used with specific W Water or Watts
device function numbers for a typical ap-
plication, namely pipeline pump installa-
tions, are listed in Proposed Device Num- MAIN DEVICE
bers and Functions for Pipeline Pump Sta-
tions under Automatic or Remote Control, These letters denote the location of the main device
American Institute of Electrical Engineers’ in the circuit, or the type or” circuit in which the
Publication 68, February, 1958. device is used, or the type of circuit or apparatus
with which it is associated, when this is necessary,
such as:
AUXILIARY DEVICES
A Alarm or Auxiliary Power
These letters denote separate auxiliary devices, AC Alternating Current
such as: AN Anode
B Battery or Blower or Bus
c Closing Relay or Contactor BK Brake
CL Auxiliary Relay, Closed (energized when BP Bypass
main device is in closed position) BT Bus Tie
cs Control Switch c Capacitor or Condenser or Compensator or
D “Down” Position Switch Relay Carrier Current
L Lowering Relay CA Cat bode
0 Opening Relay or Contactor D Discharge
OP Auxiliary Relay, Open (energized when main DC Direct Current
.
device is in open position) E Exciter
PB Push Button F Feeder or Field or Filament
R Raising Relay G Generator or Ground*
U “Up” Position Switch Relay H Heater or Housing
X L Line or Logic
Y Auxiliary Relay M Motor or Metering
Z) N Network or Neutral* .
P Pump or Phase Comparison
Note: In the control of a circuit breaker R Reactor or Rectifier
with a so-called X-Y relay control scheme, S Synchronizing or Secondary
the X relay is the device whose main con- T Transformer or Thyratron
tacts are used to energize the closing coil TH Transformer (High-voltage Side)
or the device which in some other manner, TL Transformer (Low-voltage Side)
such as by the release of stored energy, TM Telemeter
causes the breaker to close. The con- U Unit
tacts of the Y relay provide the anti-pump
feature for the circuit breaker.
*Note: Suffix “N” is generally used in
preference to “G” for devices connected
ACTUATING QUANTITIES in the secondary neutral of current
transformers, or in the secondary of a
These letters indicate the condition or electrical current transformer whose primary
quantity to which the device responds, or the med- winding is located in the neutral of a
ium in which the device responds, or the medium machine or power transformer, except
in which it is located, such as: in the case of transmission line relaying,
where the suffix “G” is more commonly
A Air or Amperes used for those relays that operate on
C Current ground faults.
E Electrolyte
.
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a MAIN DEVICE PARTS bb Contact that is closed when the operating me-
chanism of the main device is in the nonoperated
These letters denote parts of the main de-rice, di- position and that opens when the operating me-
vided into the two following categories chanism assumes the opposite position.

-(l) All parts, such as the following: The part of the stroke at which the auxiliary switch
changes position should, if necessary, be specified
BK Brake in the description. “LC” is used to designate the
C Coil or Condenser or Capacitor latch-checking switch of such a mechanism, which
cc Closing Coil is closed when the mechanism linkage is relatched
HC Holding Coil after an opening operation of the circuit breaker.
M Operating Motor
MF Fly- ball Motor
ML Load- limit Motor LIMIT SWITCHES
MS Speed Adjusting or Synchronizing Motor
S Solenoid “LS designates a limit switch. This is a position
SI Seal- in switch that is actuated by a main device, such as a
TC Trip Coil ’ rheostat or valve, at or near its extreme end of
V Valve travel. Its usual function is to open the circuit of
the operating motor at the end of travel of the main
device, but it may alsoserve to give an indication
(2) All auxiliary contacts and position and limit that the main device has reached an extreme posi-
switches for such devices and equipment as cir- tion of travel.
cuit breakers, contactors, valves and rheostats
and contacts of relays.
TORQUE LIMIT SWITCHES
a. Contact that is open when the main device is in
the standard reference position, commonly re- This is a switch that is used to open an operating
ferred to as the nonoperated or de-energized motor circuit at a desired torque limit at the ex-
position, and that closes when the device as- treme end of travel of a main device, such as a
sumes the opposite position. valve. It should be designated as follows:
b. Contact that is closed when the main device is tqc Torque limit switch, opened by torque-respon-
in the standard reference position, commonly sive mechanism, to stop valve closing.
referred to as the nonoperated or de-energized
position, and that opens when the device assumes tqo Torque limit switch, opened by torque-respon-
the opposite position. sive mechanism, to stop valve opening.

Note: The simple designation “a” or ‘b” is


used in all cases where there is no need to OTHER SWITCHES
adjust the contacts to change position at any.
particular point in the travel of the main de- If several similar auxiliary, position, and limit
vice or where the part of the travel where the switches are present on the same main device,
contacts change position is of no significance they should be designated with supplementary nu-
in the control or operating scheme. Hence merical suffixes as 1, 2, 3, etc., when necessary.
the ‘a’, and “b” designations usually are suf-
ficient for circuit breaker auxiliary switches .
OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OR CONDITIONS

AUXILIARY SWITCHES FOR CIRCUIT BREAKER The following letters cover all other distinguishing
OPERATING MECHANISMS features or characteristics or conditions, not
specifically described previously, which serve to
For the mechanically trip-free mechanism of a describe the use of the device or its contacts in the
circuit breaker: equipment, such as :

aa Contact that is open when the operating mecha- A Accelerating or Automatic


nism of the main device is in the nonoperated B Blocking or Backup
position and that closes when the operating me- C Close or Cold
chanism assumes the opposite position. D Decelerating or Detonate or Down or Disengaged

E-202 (rev. 12.‘74) 9


DEVICE FUNCTION NUMBERS FOR
POWER DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT

E Emergency or Engaged same equipment, they may be distinguished by


F Failure or Forward numbered suffixes, as for example, 4X-1, 4X-2,
H Hot or High . and 4X-3 when necessary.
HR Hand Reset
HS High Speed
L Left or Local or Low or Lower or Leading DEVICES PERFORMING MORE THAN
M Manual ONE FUNCTION
0 Open
OFF OFF
ON ON If one device performs two relatively important
P Polarizing functions in an equipment so that it is desirable to
R Right or Raise or Reclosing or Receiving identify both of these functions, a double function
or Remote or Reverse number and name, such as 50/51 Instantaneous and
S Sending or Swing Time Overcurrent Relay, may- be used.
T Test or Trip or Trailing
TDC Time-delay Closing
TDO Time-delay Opening REPRESENTATION OF DEVICE CONTACTS
U UP ON ELECTRICAL
. DIAGRAMS

SUFFIX NUMBERS The typical elementary diagram in Figure 1 illus-


trates the recommended method of representing
If two or more devices with the same function num the contacts of typical devices on an elementary
ber and suffix letter (if used) are present, in the diagram.

b- 52 CLOSING CIRCUIT a---t----2 TRIPPING ClRCUlT~~~

1 2RELAYS(SI) 1 b

NOTE: ALTERNATE SYMB0LS AS


SHOWN IN AMERICAN NATIONAL
STANDARD Y32.2-1967 MAY
USED; FOR EXAMPLE, CIRCLES
MAY BE USED FOR OPERATING

Figure 1. Typical Elementary Diagram.


10 E-202
(rev. 12/74) GENERAL ELECTRIC