Ingress Protection (IP) Testing as per IEC 60529

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Our team of experts follows the IEC 60529 standards to accurately assess and certify the level of protection against external elements such as dust, water, and other contaminants. Trust us to provide you with a reliable and comprehensive ingress protection certification.

What Is IP Testing (Ingress Protection Testing as per IEC 60529)?

Ingress Protection (IP) Testing is a standard (IEC 60529) for classifying the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical equipment. IP ratings are assigned to equipment in the form of two-digit codes (e.g. IP67), with the first digit indicating the level of protection against solid objects and the second digit indicating the level of protection against liquids. Megalab specializes in all testing required for IP & NEMA type ratings.

What Products Need to Be Protected Against Ingress?

According to IEC 60529, the IP (Ingress Protection) rating system can be used to test a wide range of electrical and electronic products, including but not limited to:

  • Lighting fixtures
  • Electrical switches and sockets
  • Electrical enclosures
  • Control panels
  • Industrial equipment
  • Consumer electronics
  • Power tools
  • Medical equipment
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Computing and data storage equipment.

IP rating tests the level of protection provided against the ingress of solid objects (e.g. dust) and liquids (e.g. water) into the equipment.

How can Megalab Lab Help?

We have the capability to evaluate your product for dust and water resistance according to the IEC 60529 standard for ingress protection. To achieve compliance to common standards or NEMA classifications, products must demonstrate an acceptable level of ingress protection. IP ratings are also often required by sellers or retailers before a product is purchased from manufacturers and resold to consumers, regardless of a product’s intent to protect against dust or water.

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IP Code Ratings as per IEC 60529

First Numeral - Protection Against Foreign Objects

IP0X - Not Protected
IP1X - Protected Against Objects Greater Than 50mm
IP2X - Protected Against Objects Greater Than 12mm
IP3X - Protected Against Objects Greater Than 2.5mm
IP4X - Protected Against Objects Greater Than 1.0mm
IP5X - Dust Protected
IP6X - Dust Tight

Second Numeral - Protection Against Liquids

IPX0 - Not Protected
IPX1 - Protected Against Dripping Water
IPX2 - Protected Against Dripping Water When Tilted Up To 15°
IPX3 - Protected Against Spraying Water
IPX4 - Protected Against Splashing Water
IPX5 - Protected Against Water Jets
IPX6 - Protected Against Powerful Water Jets
IPX7 - Protected Against The Effects of Immersion
IPX8 - Protection Against The Effects of Submersion
IPX9 - Protection Against High Pressure & Temperature Water Jets
IPX9K - High Pressure/Steam-Jet Cleaning

Other Ingress Protection Test Standards Available

Ingress Protection

NEMA 250, Section 5; UL50
CSA C22.2 No. 94.1, 94.2
EIA-364-50B, Fine Sand
RTCA/DO-160G Sec12.0

Water Test/Rain, Ingress Protection, Icing/Freezing Rain

MIL-STD-810, M521, Icing & Freezing Rain
IEC/EN 60068-2-18
IEC/EN 60068-2-68
IEC/EN 60950-22
MIL-STD-202, M106
MIL-STD-810, M506.1
MIL-STD-810, M510.5
MIL-STD-810, M512.5
MIL-STD-883, M1002
RTCA/DO-160 Sec10.0
RTCA/DO-160, Section 24.0;
MIL-STD-810, Section 521

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