Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Dave Hawley, ABB’s UK General Manager for motors & generators writes:  Many OEMs and end-users work on projects and electrical system specifications bound for foreign countries, making understanding the voltage requirements in each country vital.

ABB’s pocket guide of industrial world voltages has been created to address this headache, by providing a quick guide to supply voltages and frequencies across the world.

The front of the guide includes a global map with time zones clearly marked to help users understand the geography of the countries they are working with, but also know how far ahead or behind they are should you need to contact them.

The tables included on the front and the back of the pocket guide list the country name, three-phase voltage levels, frequency and number of wires, all of which help electrical installations to be accurately installed.

The list of countries is arranged in alphabetical order, starting with Afghanistan on the front of the guide and lists every country in the world, right through to Zimbabwe on the reverse of the guide.

There is also a quick reminder of the key connections and network element symbols that are used in electrical diagrams to help users ensure that installations onto any electrical systems are done safely and accurately in every country.

A suite of 4 motor pocket guides are available:

1. IEC and NEMA motor dimensions pocket guide
2. ABB motor designations pocket guide
3. ABB hazardous area motor pocket guide
4. Industrial world voltages pocket guide

You can order your suite of pocket guides by sending an e-mail to with ‘Pocket Guides’ in the subject line.

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