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Difference between Contactor and Relay

Contactors probably invented by Tesla to handle higher AC currents?
Relay probably also invented by Tesla to handle lower DC currents when he worked for Edison? ... before Tesla quit Edison to gave all his patents to GE
So the competing AC and DC supporters probably needed different names for the same thing... so each could differentiate 'dangerous, high voltage AC' from 'safe, low voltage DC'
... so a distinction was made between contactor and relay? ... and history purposely muddied the story to help the future forget the past so we can invent new things.... but then somebody begin copywriting old ideas as their own... so today everything belongs to someone else besides you. And the real investors like Tesla get nothing because Edison was unwilling to accept AC?
DC relay
Contactor
100 amp 48 volt
DC relay
Relay
80 amp 12 volt
contator relay
Contactor relay
15 amp 120 volt
3-pole contactor
3-pole / 3-phase / Contactor
coupling relay
3-pole/ 3-phase/ Coupling relay
Packard contactor
Definite purpose contactor
20 amp 120 volt
Packard contactor
Switching relay
20 amp 120 volt

Contactors and relays are similar


Both are used to switch electric circuit ON-OFF
Both are available in variety of Load ratings, variety of coil voltages
Both are available with wide range of AC and DC ratings, for both Load and Coil.
Both have a contact rating or Load rating.
Contact rating specifies type of voltage and maximum amps that can be switched by the contactor or relay. For example 30 amp AC, or 5 amp DC
Both have coil rating.
Coil rating gives the voltage and type of voltage needed to operate the coil that controls the switch. For example 12-24 Volt DC, or 277 VAC.
Both are subject to same laws of physics that governs electricity and mechanics.
If ratings are exceeded, or not met, the contactor or relay can be non-functional or catch fire.
Both are subject to National Electric Code and both must be confined inside closed space with cover, with correct wire size etc.
Both can be used many different ways.
HVAC heating and cooling system, and many other devices, use both relays and contactors.
Relays can be used to switch contactors ON-OFF, contactor can be used to switch relay ON-OFF

Contactors and relays are different

General rule, any application that exceeds 40 amps AC will use contactor instead of relay? Over 100 amp DC is generally contactor?
General rule: relays are commonly available with Normally Open and Normally Closed contacts
Contactors can have NO and NC terminals, but typical HVAC contactor does not.
When contactor has NO NC terminals, it usually has regular contact terminals also, and the NO NC terminals are additional terminals.
Contactors are available 1-pole, 2-pole, 3-pole, and 4-pole, with auxiliary block that can add more poles. Each pole can switch a wire on-off.
Generally, relays have 1 or 2 pole with NO NC contacts
Contactor can switch single-phase and 3-phase. Contactors can switch 3-wire or 4-wire 3-phase depending on specific model.
Relays can switch single-phase, but usually not 3-phase. But relays can switch contactor, and contactor can switch 3-phase
Repair parts might be available for 3-pole contactors, but generally not for relays or 2-pole contactors
Small contactor might be 1.5" x 2" x 3". Generally, many relays are smaller, but can be larger.
On-delay and Off-delay and repeat-cycle relays are available for small loads.
More delay and repeat cycle options are available with relays.
Load rating for delay relay might be 1 amp, and so the relay is used to switch higher-amp contactor, and contactor switches motor on-off.
On-delay and Off-delay 'blocks' can be added to some contactors, but only specific models.
Auxiliary contact 'blocks' can be added to some contactors, but not all models of contactors support auxiliary contacts

Price

Relays can cost $4 for general purpose, up to hundreds for timing relays
Switching relays for power plant and electric grid applications can cost thousands
Contactors cost $12 for low-amp 2-pole definite purpose, up to thousands for high-amp commercial contactors

Why use contactors and relays?

Contactors and relays are electric switches.
Household light switch does same job as relay or contactor, except you manually move light switch on-off.
For example, you don't want to stand in front of refrigerator and switch on the compressor each time the temperature rises inside refrigerator rises.
Same with water well pump, HVAC heat, air conditioning and dehumidifier. Many electrical devices are automated.
Automated controls include thermostats, pressure sensors, light sensors, time sensors, etc
To automate a refrigerator, a thermostat is used.
Refrigerator thermostats switch on-off when temperature drops or rises. 
To preserve thermostat, and reduce manufacture and replacement cost, the thermostat does not handle heavy switching.
Instead the thermostat switches small voltage, and sends electric signal to contactor coil or relay coil.
The contactor or relay handles the heavy switching load whenever it receives electric signal from thermostat.
Electric systems are divided into specialized parts so automated controls and switches last longer and are cheaper to make
Most heavy-amp loads are switched using combination of contactors and relays.
There are exceptions where heavy load is manually switched.
For example table saw: 1-2 Hp motor is activated using heavy-duty switch.

How to contactors and relays work?

Example from typical home:
Automated sensor such as refrigerator thermostat switches small voltage when temperature rises inside refrigerator.
Wires run between thermostat and electro-magnetic coil on contactor or relay
When temperature inside refrigerator rises, the thermostat closes circuit, causing small voltage to activate coil on contactor or relay
Electrified coil on contactor or relay creates electromagnet. Electromagnet pulls together or pushes apart contacts or points.
When contacts are pulled together, this switches refrigerator compressor ON.
Compressor runs. Refrigerator gets cold. Thermostat switches off small voltage. Coil on contactor or relay is de-energized. Compressor turns Off.
There are exceptions:
Solid state relays operate differently, relays on circuit board can operate differently, commercial digital contactors can operate differently

Load rating


Load is the electrical demand consumed by light bulb, motor, or appliance.
Each electric device has rating printed on a label. Water heater has label, dishwasher has label, pool pump has label.
Light bulb can be 100 watt @ 120 Volt, water heater 4500 watts @ 240 Volt, Double oven 7500 watt @ 240 volt
Bathroom fan motor 1/6 Hp @ 120 volt, water well pump 1 Hp @ 240 Volt
Refrigerator, washing machine, each have rating labels that show amount of Load they draw from electric system.

Generally: a contactor is used to control high rated load, while relay is used to control lower rated load.
For example 1 Hp water well pump controlled by pressure switch contactor.
While 1/4 Hp bath fan can be controlled by off-delay relay.
There are exceptions.
For example: timers with relays that rated for 40 amp 2 Hp motor or pump.

Electrical rating of contactor and relay must match Load rating


Each Contactor and Relay has electrical rating.
Electrical rating must match Load rating
For example: If relay is rated 10 amps @ 120 volt AC and used to switch motor rated for 1 Hp @ 240 volt, then relay and load are not matched.
Relay will overheat and burn out quickly.
There is no difference between Contactor and Relay... both have electric rating that shows maximum load that the contactor or relay can switch.
Packard contactor

siemens contactor

Typical 2-pole contactor found in HVAC applications

Must specify coil voltage... this is voltage that will switch the contactor on-off
Must specify amp rating... this is the amount of Load the contactor can switch

If you have 30 amp HVAC blower, you can choose 30 amp contactor... or 40 amp contactor... or 60 amp
Larger amp is ok... but smaller amp is not ok
For example, using 20 amp contactor on 30 amp load will cause contactor to burn out, or cause other problems
Packard C240B contactor
2-Pole 40A resistive

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Larger image of single-pole contactor

1-pole contactor

Only leg is turned on-off, while other leg is continuously connected

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Heavy amp loads: 20-90 amps
L terminals for Line wires from breaker
T terminals for load wires

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3-pole definite purpose Contactor sizes approximately:
20-40 amp 3" tall x 2.4" wide
50-60 amp 3.75" tall x 2.7 wide
75-90 amp 4.5' tall x 3.5 wide
3-pole contactor
Light amp loads: 8-12 amps/ contact block connection
A1 A2 coil voltage
L terminals for Line wires from breaker
T terminals for load wires
Terminals 13-14 NO / terminals 21-22 NC
Other terminals apply to auxiliary blocks
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90 amp 277V coil 3-pole lug terminals Norak
90 amp 277 V coil Mars

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Contact blocks/ pneumatic timer attachments.

Activated by mechanical action of contactor, instead of electric current.
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When countdown ends, the timer's internal relay activates.
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Auxiliary Contact can be added to some contactors, changing them from 3-pole to 4-pole.
This allows additional switch control

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Commercial contactors can take many forms

Nema contactors


These contactors can control two 3-phase loads
Additionally, each contactor has connection located on top for auxiliary contact block or delay timer block with NO NC terminals (shown below)

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Block attaches to contactor with mechanical latch
When contactor turns ON, the mechanical movement of the coil turns on the auxiliary device
Off delay timer, or on-delay timer, or contact block connects to contactor
These auxiliary devices can be used to control contactor activation, or be used to control separate operation
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Commercial contactors can take many forms

This contactor is activated by applying voltage to terminals A1 A2
3 Hot wires from 3 phase power connect to L line terminals 1 3 5
3 Wires going to Load connect to T terminals 2 4 6

There are additional terminals 13 14 21 22
Terminals 13 and 14 are NO and terminals 21 22 are NC

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Larger image

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Prevent motor from immediate restart after power is cut
Keep blower going a few seconds longer after heat strips turns off

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When amp exceeds set point, the relay activates 120 volt circuit.
Use relay to control contactor when load exceeds 50 watts
Use to activate duct booster fan
Take off bracket and install bracket around a control wire that carries amperage
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What is Voltage monitoring relay
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What is a measurement and control relay?
These relays are available in wide variety of different forms, but each does approximately same thing.... monitor the electricity flowing into a factory or into a machine. And when the electricity does not meet the parameter that is being measured, it will open or close a relay that will shut down power or perform other task such as issue warning light etc.

Different phase monitoring or phase failure relays are available to perform specific measurement or functions
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