All industrial machines and equipment have special requirements for their electrical systems. In order to standardize these requirements and also keep up with any changes, the National Fire and Protection Agency developed the NFPA 79 – Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery. The standard provides guidance on how a machine’s electrical system should be designed, as well as ways to keep machine operators safe.
If you are one of the many machine designers who need to follow the NFPA standard, you’re often left with limited options for applications that require continuous-flex cables. But, there’s good news: NFPA 79 has been revised and the 2012 edition permits the use of certain AWM cables, many of which can be used for high-flex applications.