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Reference EN 61020-1:2009
Title Electromechanical switches for use in electrical and electronic equipment - Part 1: Generic specification
Project Number 21203
Abstract/Scope IEC 61020-1:2009 provides consistency in detail specifications for electromechanical switches by specifying the terminology, symbols, test methods and other necessary information. Switches covered by this specification: - are devices which open, close, or change the connection of a circuit by the mechanical motion of conducting parts (contacts); - have a maximum rated voltage of 480 V; - have a maximum rated current of 63 A. This second edition constitutes a technical revision and includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: - The requirements of the IEC 60512 series of standards have been integrated. - Other necessary information concerning switches as specified in IEC 60512 have been implemented. The following items have been updated with respect to the first edition: - test methods were reviewed for detailed description; - the explanation for the test method of the operating force was rewritten in more detail; - the test voltage for measurement for contact bounce was reviewed; - the electrical endurance 'ON' duration in the duty cycle was harmonized with IEC 61058; - the requirements for fire hazards have been deleted; - testing methods of surface mounting switches based on the Japanese industrial standard were added.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2009-09-18
Current Stage code deadline 2010-05-01
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IEC Technical Body IEC/SC 23J
Reference Document IEC 61020-1:2009 (EQV)
ICS 31.220.20 - Switches
Keywords Electromechanical; Switch; Electronic
Note Supersedes EN 196000:1992 + A1:2001, EN 196103:1998, EN 196500:1993 + A1:2001
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2009-09-18 2010-05-01 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2009-08-01 2009-10-01  
5060 2009-07-13 2009-07-27 export to doc file  EN
5020 2009-05-08 2009-07-10  
3090 2007-12-21 2008-03-31  
5060 2007-09-17 2007-10-01 export to doc file  EN
5020 2007-04-13 2007-09-14  
1090 2007-04-10 2007-04-13  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2009-08-01
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2009-09-18
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2009-11-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2010-05-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2012-08-01


Supersedes EN 196000:1992
EN 196000:1992/A1:2001
EN 196103:1998
EN 196500:1993
EN 196500:1993/A1:2001
Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) ISO 1000:1992
IEC 60027 series
IEC 60050-581
EN 60068-1
EN 60068-2-1
EN 60068-2-2
EN 60068-2-6
EN 60068-2-10
EN 60068-2-13
EN 60068-2-14
EN 60068-2-17
EN 60068-2-20
EN 60068-2-21
EN 60068-2-30
EN 60068-2-42
EN 60068-2-43
EN 60068-2-45
IEC 60068-2-49
EN 60068-2-58
EN 60068-2-61
EN 60068-2-68
EN 60068-2-78
EN 60529
EN 61058-1
IEC 60617-DB

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