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Electrical Basic Abbreviations and Full Forms

Sl.No. Abbreviation Explanation

1 HT High Tension (Transformer HT side)

2 LT Low Tension

3 AB switch Air Break switch

4 DO fuse Drop Out fuse

5 ACB Air Circuit Breaker

6 VCB Vacuum Circuit Breaker

7 SF6 Circuit Breaker Sulphur Hexafluoride Circuit Breaker

8 ACDB Alternating Current Distribution Board

9 DCDB Direct Current Distribution Board

10 PDB Power Distribution Board

11 MPDB Main Power Distribution Board

12 PCC Power Control Centre

13 MCC Motor Control Centre

14 MCP Motor Control Panel

15 VVVF Variable Voltage Variable Frequency Drive

16 VSD Variable Speed Drive

17 DOL Direct On Line

18 RDOL Reverse Duty On Line

19 MLDB Main Lighting Distribution Board

20 SLDB Secondary Lighting Distribution Board

21 EMLDB Emergency Lighting Distribution Board

22 CPSS Construction Power Substation

23 DSS Distribution Power Substation

24 RCC Remote Control Cables

25 MCB Miniature Circuit Breaker

26 MCCB Moulded Case Circuit Breaker

27 MPCB Motor Protection Circuit Breaker

28 EMPR Electronic Motor Protection Relay

29 RCCB Residual Current Circuit Breaker

30 RCBO Residual Current Circuit Breaker with Over-current


31 ELCB Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker

32 HRC fuse High Rupture Capacity fuse

33 OLTC On Load Tap Changer

34 FCMA Flux Compensated Magnetic Amplifier

35 UPS Un-interrupted Power Supply

36 SMF Battery Sealed Maintenance Free Battery

37 JB Junction Box

38 PB Push Button

39 TB Terminal Box

40 LCB Local Control Board

41 LCS Local Control Station

42 SPNDB Short circuit Protection Neutral Distribution Board

43 TPNDB Three Phase and Neutral Distribution Board

44 CT Current Transformer

45 PT Potential Transformer

46 SCIM Squirrel Cage Induction Motor

47 ACVS Air Conditioning and Ventilation System

48 FDA Fire Detection and Alarm

49 PCS Pull Cord Switch

50 ZSS Zero Speed Switch

51 BSS Belt Sway Switch

52 NO Normally Opened

53 NC Normally Closed

54 TEFC Total Enclosed Fan Cooled

55 TESC Totally Enclosed Surface Cooled

56 ISMC Indian Standard Medium weight Channel

57 GI busbar Galvanized Iron bus bar (for Earthing)

Automation and Instrumentation
Sl.No. Abbreviation Explanation

1 PLC Programmable Logic Controller

2 DCS Distributed Control System

3 MPI Multi Point Interface

4 DP Distributed Peripheral

5 SCADA Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition

6 HART Highway Addressable Remote Transducer

7 HMI Human Machine Interface

8 MMI Man Machine Interface

9 VDU Visual Display Unit

10 RIO Remote Input Output

11 TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol-Internet Protocol

12 CFC Continuous Function Chart

13 SFC Sequential Function Chart

14 PID control Proportional Integral and Derivative control

15 RAM Random Access Memory

16 ROM Read Only Memory

17 PROM Programmable Read Only Memory

18 EPROM Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory

19 EEPROM Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory

20 RTD Resistance Temperature Device

Sl.No. Abbreviation Explanation

1 IEC International Electrotechnical Commission

2 EN European Norms

3 CENELEC European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

4 VDE Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker

5 BS British Standards

6 ISA International Standards Association

7 ISO International Standards Organization

8 NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association

9 BIS Bureau of Indian Standards

10 IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

11 ISI Indian Standards Institute

12 ANSI American National Standards Institute

13 IP Ingress Protection

14 ISMC International Society of Motor Control