For some or other reason French website builders and their superiors get a bit restless as soon as the layout and content of their websites is stable for more than a few months. Let's try something new. Result: the never ending story of dead links.
Hager seems to be rather impressed by the page flipping effect of e-books and marketing flyers. Their standard pdf format intro to the French electrical code is not a direct link anymore and has been replaced by this one
. The pdf version is still available on demand, go to the menu bar and click: Centre de téléchargement and follow instructions (email address) to download the old (boring) but very readable pdf document.
Schneider joins modern website design practices. To download their earlier version click the blue menu item
: " Téléchargez le guide". You'll get a return message to your email address with embedded download link.
Is Legrand behaving better? No, changes everywhere on their website. This is their new introduction
Promotelec produced a second edition of their brochure about the so called Amendement 5 changes
. There are stricter regs for how many MCBs you can connect to one RCD and the maximum allowable load neccisitates more 63 amp RCDs than in the past (40 amp). Only one three-phase RCD to protect everything in a “mixed” distribution board (single-phase + three-phase equipment) is no longer allowed. And many other changes/fine-tuning.
What did I change? I made a quick draft about a recommendation for the layout of a "mixed" distribution board: to place three-phase RCDs and MCBs upfront, en tête d’installation
. To quote “L’Officiel de l’electricité” by Promotelec: “Concernant les équipements nécessistant une alimentation triphasée (par exemple une pompe), nous recommandons de les connecter le plus en tête possible de l’installation , en regroupant leurs circuits respectifs sous un (eventuellement plusieurs) dispositif(s) différentiel(s) tétrapolaire(s) (3 phases + neutre).
And then you get something like this
(without earth wiring).