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Water and Dust Resistant Rating - IP Scale

Water and Dust Resistant Rating - IP Scale

IP Ratings Defined

When is "Rugged" tough enough? You may hear about IP ratings from computer equipment manufactures or systems integrators. For example, what does an IP rating of IP34 really mean? Will that be enough for your facility? if you are using a barcode scanner in an office environment, IP34 will probably work for you, but if you bring that same unit into a warehouse or a light industrial environment, that equipment probably won’t last through one shift.

Before investing in a hardware device, make sure it can satisfy the requirements of your facility. While a IP67 rating won’t protect your unit from being run over by a forklift, it will guarantee reliable performance in a dusty warehouse environment or in an outdoor environment with all types of weather conditions.

When Rugged is Rugged enough for your environment? The more rugged a device the higher in cost it is going to be, so in order to stay within budget you will want to make sure you don't buy too much ruggedness for what your environment calls for.

 

What is an IP rating?

IP stands for Ingress Protection. This IP rating is used to specify the strength of the enclosure that surrounds electronic equipment and is determined by specific tests. Each IP rating consists of using two separate measures. The first is protection against solids; the second number is protection against liquids.

Rating = Protection from Solids Protection from Liquids
IP00 = No protection No protection
IP01 = No protection condensation
IP02 = No protection water spray < 15 degrees from vertical
IP03 = No protection water spray < 60 degrees from vertical
IP04 = No protection water spray from any direction
IP05 = No protection low pressure water jets from any direction
IP06 = No protection high pressure water jets from any direction
IP07 = No protection immersion between 15cm and 1m depth
IP08 = No protection long term immersion to a specified pressure
IP10 = touch by hands (>50mm) No protection
IP11 = touch by hands (>50mm) condensation
IP12 = touch by hands (>50mm) water spray < 15 degrees from vertical
IP13 = touch by hands (>50mm) water spray < 60 degrees from vertical
IP14 = touch by hands (>50mm) water spray from any direction
IP15 = touch by hands (>50mm) low pressure water jets from any direction
IP16 = touch by hands (>50mm) high pressure water jets from any direction
IP17 = touch by hands (>50mm) immersion between 15cm and 1m depth
IP18 = touch by hands (>50mm) long term immersion to a specified pressure
IP20 = touch by fingers (>12mm) No protection
IP21 = touch by fingers (>12mm) condensation
IP22 = touch by fingers (>12mm) water spray < 15 degrees from vertical
IP23 = touch by fingers (>12mm) water spray < 60 degrees from vertical
IP24 = touch by fingers (>12mm) water spray from any direction
IP25 = touch by fingers (>12mm) low pressure water jets from any direction
IP26 = touch by fingers (>12mm) high pressure water jets from any direction
IP27 = touch by fingers (>12mm) immersion between 15cm and 1m depth
IP28 = touch by fingers (>12mm) long term immersion to a specified pressure
IP30 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) No protection
IP31 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) condensation
IP32 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) water spray < 15 degrees from vertical
IP33 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) water spray < 60 degrees from vertical
IP34 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) water spray from any direction
IP35 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) low pressure water jets from any direction
IP36 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) high pressure water jets from any direction
IP37 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) immersion between 15cm and 1m depth
IP38 = tools & wires (>2.5mm) long term immersion to a specified pressure
IP40 = tools & small wires (>1mm) No protection
IP41 = tools & small wires (>1mm) condensation
IP42 = tools & small wires (>1mm) water spray < 15 degrees from vertical
IP43 = tools & small wires (>1mm) water spray < 60 degrees from vertical
IP44 = tools & small wires (>1mm) water spray from any direction
IP45 = tools & small wires (>1mm) low pressure water jets from any direction
IP46 = tools & small wires (>1mm) high pressure water jets from any direction
IP47 = tools & small wires (>1mm) immersion between 15cm and 1m depth
IP48 = tools & small wires (>1mm) long term immersion to a specified pressure
IP50 = Limited dust ingress protection No protection
IP51 = Limited dust ingress protection condensation
IP52 = Limited dust ingress protection water spray < 15 degrees from vertical
IP53 = Limited dust ingress protection water spray < 60 degrees from vertical
IP54 = Limited dust ingress protection water spray from any direction
IP55 = Limited dust ingress protection low pressure water jets from any direction
IP56 = Limited dust ingress protection high pressure water jets from any direction
IP57 = Limited dust ingress protection immersion between 15cm and 1m depth
IP58 = Limited dust ingress protection long term immersion to a specified pressure
IP60 = Total dust ingress protection No protection
IP61 = Total dust ingress protection condensation
IP62 = Total dust ingress protection water spray < 15 degrees from vertical
IP63 = Total dust ingress protection water spray < 60 degrees from vertical
IP64 = Total dust ingress protection water spray from any direction
IP65 = Total dust ingress protection low pressure water jets from any direction
IP66 = Total dust ingress protection high pressure water jets from any direction
IP67 = Total dust ingress protection immersion between 15cm and 1m depth
IP68 = Total dust ingress protection long term immersion to a specified pressure
IP69K = Total dust ingress protection steam jet cleaning