When working in dusty or wet environments, electronics are highly susceptible to being damaged and injuring people. Electronic machines designed for use in these workplaces typically have varying levels of protection to keep the electrical systems and the workers safe from harm.
Just like cats, most electrical equipment doesn’t like being prodded or doused in water.
However, not all machines have the same level of protection against the intrusion of solid objects and liquids. Selecting a machine not suited for your work environment could result in potential damage to the unit itself or your workers.
An industry standard was developed to provide a higher level of clarity rather than referring to products as merely being “waterproof.” This standard is known as its IP (Ingress Protection) rating.
An IP rating (Ingress Protection rating) is a simple code that describes the level of protection a machine has against solid objects or liquids from getting inside (defined in the international standards IEC60529 and BSEN60529).
These ratings detail the varying levels of protection against solid objects (including body parts like fingers, dust, and accidental contact) and various forms of moisture (such as drips, sprays and submersion).
The slightest difference in an IP rating can make a massive difference to the level of protection the machine provides.
Knowing how to read IP ratings when looking for a machine to use in a wet or dusty environment can help you quickly locate the best option for your situation.
An IP rating contains two numbers:
- The first digit defines the level of protection against solid foreign objects (like dust or stones) being able to reach hazardous parts (such as electrical conductors or moving parts).
- The second digit defines the level of protection against forms of liquid (such as drips, sprays and submersion) entering the electrical encasing.
Some of our products that have certified IP Ratings are Electric Tugs, Pallet Wrappers and Lift Tables - more information on those further down.
The chart below shows the level of protection defined by the numbers in the IP rating. The higher the number, the better it is protected against them.
As mentioned above, some of our products are designed and tested to meet specific IP Ratings.
Electric Tugs - IP 44
Our Movexx electric tugs range has an IP rating of 44. These units are protected from solid objects thicker than 1 mm from getting in between components and protected from water splashing on them from any direction.
Pallet Wrappers - IP 54
Our SIAT Pallet Wrappers also have an IP Rating, this time a rating of 54. These pallet wrappers are sealed so tightly that most dust is unable to get into them, and they are protected from water splashing on them from any direction.
Lift Tables - IP 54
We have over 70 models of Edmolift Lift Tables which, like the SIAT pallet wrappers, boast an IP Rating of 54.