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English translation: center contact / source contact

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13:37 Aug 16, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: Wurzel
This appears in a column of a table entitled "Kontakt" in a technical operating manual.
The other entries in the column are:
Öffner (NC)
Wurzel (C)
Schließer (NO)
Is this some kind of closed contact?
Julie Neill
Spain
Local time: 02:04
English translation:center contact / source contact
Explanation:
I believe that's what it is.

This is about a relay contact table.

A relay is an electromechanical switch. The difficulty comes from the fact that what is usually called "Kontakt" in German is not exactly the same as what is usually called "contact" in English, although in most of the cases it is not really important.

A contact (in English and also in French) is composed of two "legs" which are touching each other (contact closed) or not touching each other (contact open). For German thinking minds, each leg of this contact is usually called "Kontakt" and a contact is called "Ein Kontaktpaar".

A contact can be:
1- a "closing contact" ie. it is open when the relay is de-energized and closes when the relay is energized. This is also called a "NO contact" (normally open contact).
2- an "opening contact" ie. it is closed when the relay is de-energized and closes when the relay is energized. This is also called a "NC contact" (normally closed contact).

There are also hybrid contacts where the center arm (or leg) touches one side arm when the relay is de-energized and the other side arm when it is energized. I believe that this center arm is called Wurzel Kontakt in German and center /source contact in English.
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Yves Georges
France
Local time: 02:04
Grading comment
A great answer. Thanks. It seems as if you know exactly what my text is all about.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +2center contact / source contact
Yves Georges
na +1maker
Sven Petersson
na(power) source
Roland Grefer
nacommon (connection)Klaus Dorn
nacommon (connection)Klaus Dorn
na -1Pi
Melanie Sellers
na -1root
Mats Wiman


  

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8 mins peer agreement (net): -1
root


Explanation:
none

Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 02:04
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 1498

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Sven Petersson: Not in this context!
19 mins
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10 mins peer agreement (net): -1
Pi


Explanation:
Pi / root

....I am not sure if you were looking for the mathematical term... I hope this helps

Melanie Sellers
Local time: 02:04
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 48

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Sven Petersson: Get serious!
17 mins
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15 mins
common (connection)


Explanation:
the C stands for "common" and the whole term is "common connection"

Klaus Dorn
Local time: 04:04
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in GermanGerman
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19 mins
common (connection)


Explanation:
as an add-on to my previous message, I suggest that NC stands for "not closed" and NO for "not open" - wold make sense, electrically, wouldn't it?

Klaus Dorn
Local time: 04:04
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in GermanGerman
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22 mins
(power) source


Explanation:
Looking at this as operating instructions for an electrically operated lock, the contacts table would explain to you which cable to connect to which contact:

opener
(power) source
closer

Depending on the intended action to be taken, power is directed from the source to either the opening or the closing mechanism.

One example for such a setup would be the operation of a sliding gate.


Roland Grefer
Local time: 20:04
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 231
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23 mins peer agreement (net): +1
maker


Explanation:
Öffner > breaker
Wurzel > maker
Schließer > connecter


    Reference: http://www.datatronic-rfid.com/minicode.htm
Sven Petersson
Sweden
Local time: 02:04
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1628

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Melanie Sellers: Let's give Sven a hand what would we do without you. Thanks for clearing that up for us! ;0)
7 mins
  -> I love you too!
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43 mins peer agreement (net): +2
center contact / source contact


Explanation:
I believe that's what it is.

This is about a relay contact table.

A relay is an electromechanical switch. The difficulty comes from the fact that what is usually called "Kontakt" in German is not exactly the same as what is usually called "contact" in English, although in most of the cases it is not really important.

A contact (in English and also in French) is composed of two "legs" which are touching each other (contact closed) or not touching each other (contact open). For German thinking minds, each leg of this contact is usually called "Kontakt" and a contact is called "Ein Kontaktpaar".

A contact can be:
1- a "closing contact" ie. it is open when the relay is de-energized and closes when the relay is energized. This is also called a "NO contact" (normally open contact).
2- an "opening contact" ie. it is closed when the relay is de-energized and closes when the relay is energized. This is also called a "NC contact" (normally closed contact).

There are also hybrid contacts where the center arm (or leg) touches one side arm when the relay is de-energized and the other side arm when it is energized. I believe that this center arm is called Wurzel Kontakt in German and center /source contact in English.


    own and partial knowledge
Yves Georges
France
Local time: 02:04
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 185
Grading comment
A great answer. Thanks. It seems as if you know exactly what my text is all about.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Martina Ley: Excellent! On Common i.e, centre contact see also e.g. [PDF] www.inficon.com/products/technicalpapers/pdfs/tinb06e1.pdf
2 hrs

agree  Johanna Timm, PhD: perfect.
6 hrs
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