Are three-phase contactors rated per pole or in total? For example, have a look at this datasheet for a random three-phase contactor: datasheet
In the datasheet it says that for AC-3 loads (1) the rated operational current [Ie] is 32 A, and (2) the motor power rating is 7.5 kW at 220..230 V. These numbers match, since 32 A * 230 V = 7360 W.
On the Technical FAQ pages of this manufacturer it says:
"Contactor current ratings are per pole. For example a contactor rated 40 amps AC3 could switch upto 40 amps AC3 on just one pole or on all the other poles." (see source)
What I'm confused about is that motor power rating is usually not declared per pole, but in total. So if I use 10 kW contactor for a 10 kW motor, my contactor if oversized by a factor of 3. Is this correct, or I'm missing something?