IP - Ingress Protection Ratings

IP - Ingress Protection rating is used to specify the environmental protection of electrical equipment

Ingress Protection (IP) ratings are developed by the European Committee for Electro Technical Standardization (CENELEC) (described IEC/EN 60529), specify the environmental protection an enclosure provides.

The IP rating normally has two (or three) numbers:

Example - IP Rating

With the IP rating IP 54, 5 describes the level of protection from solid objects and 4 describes the level of protection from liquids.

IP First number - Protection against solid objects

IP Second number - Protection against liquids

IP Third number - Protection against mechanical impacts (commonly omitted)

In order to comply with stringent requirements for CE Marking, machine makers today are fitting their machines with parts that are certified according to EU (European Union) and international standards.

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