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Electrical Interlocking – Power & Control Diagram

Electrical Interlocking

What is Electrical Interlocking?

To interconnect the motor circuit in such a way, in which the second motor will not start until the first one run likewise the third one motor will not run unless the second one run and so on. This kind of motor circuit connection is called interlocking.

A simple electrical interlocking control diagram is shown below.

click image to enlarge Electrical Interlocking system

Working of Electrical Interlocking

When we push the ON-1 button to energies the M1 Contactor (or starts M1 Motor), then circuit complete through Fuse, Overload relay’s trip link, OFF Push -1 and ON Push 1. And motor M1 Starts to run.

As Contactor M1 energies, it’s all normally Close (NC) links open and the other normally open (NO) links used in the circuit close.

When m1 energies, the normally open (NO) link will be closed immediately, which is in parallel with ON-Push 1. This is called Holding link i.e. it holds the motor in start condition. Now, Motor will still run even we leave (disconnect to stop) the ON-Push 1.

A normally open (NO) link is also used in line 2. When M1 energizes, this link (NO M1 in line 2) will be also closed, therefore, M1 Motor will start to run, this way, supply also will reach to ON Push 2. Now, if we press ON-Push 2, then second motor M2 will be also started to run, in addition, the normally open (NO) links of the connected contactor M2 in the circuit would be also closed immediately. And Holding would be occurred through M2 link which is in parallel with ON-Push 2. This way, Motor 2 will start to run.

Note that Motor 2 will not start to run until Motor 1 runs, i.e. unless Motor 1 link M1 close. Likewise, Motor 3 will not start until motor 2 runs, i.e. motor 3 will start (by pressing the On-Push of Motor 3 =M3) to run after start the motor 2.

In each control circuit, control fuse, and overload relays are connected for short circuit and overload protection respectively.

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Modification in the Electrical Interlocking Control Circuit

This is a simple electrical interlocking circuit. Lots of circuits similar to this interlocking circuit are used in industries. The circuit interlocking depends on the nature of working and task which is to be done by motors. So we may use and make any kind of interlocking circuits for any purpose very easily.

In short, we may change the motors operation and control by doing some modification in the above simple electrical interlocking control circuit diagram. For example, if we need that Motor 1 should stop when Motor 3 starts to run, then we may use a Normally Close (NC) link of M3 in line 1. This way, when Contactor M3 energizes, and motor 3 starts to run, then the normally close (NC) link of Motor 1 connected in line 1 will open immediately (after energizing the M3 Contactor) which cause to de-energize the M1 contactor, hence, Motor M1 will stop.

We may also configure the above electrical interlocking control circuit with little modification for star and run each motor individually.

Three phase induction motors runs with two speeds 1 direction and two speeds two directions motor control and induction motors reverse forward operation is the types of electrical interlocking.

Below is another electrical interlocking control circuit diagram.

 click image to enlargeElectrical Interlocking control circuit diagram
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  1. Premkumar yele says:

    Thanks information

  2. alan rose says:

    where is the interlocking in your circuit diagram? i am not found out any n/o in your diagram.

  3. josef javsh says:

    i think there are mistakes in first image:
    1) in second line must be m1/nc and not m1/no
    2)in third line must be m2/nc instead of m2/no

  4. I need interlocking circuit for electrical interlocking between three incomer feeders and two bus coupler feeders

    awaiting supports

    Best Regards

  5. mohan kumar says:

    This control diagram is sequence operation not for interlock

    1. can you provide by interlock diagram

  6. Floserfino F. Famarin says:

    Thank you so much for the technical information.

  7. There is a mistake in n open and close contact

  8. In this interlocking drawing L1 Phase power then what is L2 ?

  9. Ajith Wijayathilaka says:

    This system is very simple. I thanking to you explain this system.

  10. Julius Nyirenda says:

    Thanks it is a good explanation and it is easy to understand

  11. Your explanation is awesome and easy to understand thanks. Great job.

  12. Please explain interlock with 2 pump running and 1 pump should be not running. (Total 3pumps)

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