What are IP ratings?
IP (Ingress Protection) ratings are used to describe different levels of protection against dust, water, and foreign body intrusion. Typically, IP ratings are composed of two letters, “IP,” followed by two numbers.
- First digit: protection from solid ingression, from things as large as hands, to particles as small as dust. It goes from 0 (no protection) to 6 (complete protection from dust ingression).
- Second digit: protection from liquid ingression, including liquid droplets, rain, spray, submersion and spills. It goes from 0 (no protection) to 9 (protection against continuous submersion in water within certain limits and conditions).
For example, a certified IP67 tablet would be completely protected from dust and protected against temporary immersion in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Getac offers solutions with highly rated intrusion and moisture protection, allowing professionals to work in challenging conditions when dust and moisture are present.
Examples of Common IP Ratings
|First Digit||Symbol||Solid Protection*||Second Digit||Symbol||Liquid Protection*|
|0||N/A||Not Protected||0||N/A||Not Protected|
|1||Protected against solid objects greater than 50mm||1||Protected against vertically dripping water when the product is upright|
|2||Protected against solid objects greater than 12.5mm||2||Protected against dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees|
|3||Protected against solid objects greater than 2.5mm||3||Protected against spraying water with the device tilted up to 60 degrees from its upright position|
|4||Protected against solid objects greater than 1.0mm||4||Protected against splashing water from any direction|
|5||Dust cannot ingress in an amount sufficient to affect the normal operation of the device||5||Protected against jetting water projected from a 6.3mm nozzle at 12.5 litres per minute.|
|6||Dust tight; dust cannot ingress||6||Protected against powerful jetting water (12.5 mm nozzle, 100 litres per minute)|
|7||Protected against the effects of immersion in water up to 1m for 30 minutes|
* The descriptions of the protection are intended to make it easy to understand the kind of protection being offered. For a detailed and accurate understanding of the tests required and resistance to liquid and solid ingression in IP-certified products, please check the IEC 60529 Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code) standard, published by the International Electrotechnical Commission.