Why use catalogues 

By on

I'm a fan of using manufacturers catalogues. There are two main reasons for this.

Firstly, if your involved in the purchase of equipment, you will likely need to look into catalogues to find what you need. If your involved in design or specification you should also be looking into catalogues. I'm a big believer that any engineer should not be specifying an item of equipment unless they have at least one product in mind which would fit the bill. Unfortunately this is not always the case and often equipment as detailed on drawings or specifications is not readily available as a standard device which the contractor can buy; leading to all sorts of problems.

Secondly, catalogues can be great source of technical information and learning. In contrast to a theoretical texts, catalogues by nature deal with an actual product and in a very practical sense. A lot of the information you get from reading catalogues this is just the type of information you need to be able to incorporate the product into your project in a way that works.

I'm not a great collector of paper or book, so while I use catalogues regularly I don't keep that many at hand. Google is pretty good at quickly finding the latest version of a catalogue. Failing that, spending a bit of time on a manufacturer's website can yield results.

I do have around ten hard copy catalogues I keep near by. These are ones I would use pretty regularly. Having these close at hand helps if colleagues arrives with questions - it's easy to show some real live examples of products.



Steven McFadyen's avatar Steven McFadyen

Steven has over twenty five years experience working on some of the largest construction projects. He has a deep technical understanding of electrical engineering and is keen to share this knowledge. About the author

myElectrical Engineering

comments powered by Disqus

  1. tagwireyiu's avatar tagwireyiu says:
    2/28/2012 4:30 PM

    the site is good will keep in touch.


Comments are closed for this post:
  • have a question or need help, please use our Questions Section
  • spotted an error or have additional info that you think should be in this post, feel free to Contact Us



UPS - Uninterruptible Power Supply

A UPS is an uninterruptible power supply.  It is a device which maintains a continuous supply of electrical power, even in the event of failure of the...

Power Factor

Power factor is the ratio between the real power (P in kW) and apparent power (S in kVA) drawn by an electrical load. The reactive power (Q in kVAr)...

8 Steps to Low Voltage Power Cable Selection and Sizing

A recurring theme on our forums is cable sizing. Now many installations are unique and require special consideration. However, a lot of the time things...

How Electrical Circuits Work

If you have no idea how electrical circuits work, or what people mean then they talk about volts and amps, hopefully I can shed a bit light.  I’m intending...

Railway Electrification Voltages

This post is quick introduction and overview to different railway electrification voltages used in answer to a question sent in via email. While there...

Copyright Infringement

myElectrical does not support or promote the use of copyrighted material without the copyright owner's consent. If you believe that material for which...

IEC Document Designation

Often document control is dictated by project requirements, for example a particular organisation may have an existing numbering system. Existing company...

Understanding Motor Duty Rating

One of the comments on my Motor Starting Series was asking for something on duty cycles. Here it is. As a purchaser of a motor, you have responsibility...

Fault Calculation - Per Unit System

Per unit fault calculations is a method whereby system impedances and quantities are normalised across different voltage levels to a common base.  By removing...

IEC 61439 - The Switchgear Standard

The new standard IEC 61439 replaces the old 60439. Compared to the old standard, the new 61439 is a more clearly defined and takes into account the assembly...

Have some knowledge to share

If you have some expert knowledge or experience, why not consider sharing this with our community.  

By writing an electrical note, you will be educating our users and at the same time promoting your expertise within the engineering community.

To get started and understand our policy, you can read our How to Write an Electrical Note