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If you are like me, a relative newcomer to the world of industrial and waterproof computing, you’ve seen the letters “IP” and wondered what does that mean and should I be concerned. Going a bit more in depth from my previous blog, the Ingress Protection (IP) is a universally accepted way to measure an electronic device or enclosure’s protection against dirt and liquids. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) established the standard 60529 as a way for users and buyers of an electronic device, and in our case computers, to have the protection as designated by the IP number.
Simply put, the first number is for protection against solids, i.e. dirt, tools, fingers. The highest ingress protection against solids is rated at the number 6. This rating is dust tight for completely sealed devices. For example, most of the industrial grade computers in Teguar’s portfolio have an ingress protection of 6 on the front side of the computer with a rating of 2-4 for the entire enclosure.
The second number is expressly for protection against liquids. The highest rating that can be achieved is “9K”, which is protection against high temperature water jets. This type of computer can be found in a wash-down environment or mounted in a commercial fishing vessel. A computer with a IP69K rating is pretty much a tank, able to withstand high water pressure and keep functioning. A computer with an IP66 rating, which can be found on Teguar’s stainless steel units, is protected from water sprayed from a nozzle measured at 12.5mm. This is protection from any direction with no harmful effects. This is great for food manufacturing and clean room type of environments.
With IP ratings, there is no grey area; it either is or it isn’t. So if your environment is calling for a specific IP rating, be sure to have this verified before putting that computer into your environment.
Matt Nadolny is the Marketing Manager for Teguar Computers. Though he has always had an interest in technology, joining the team in 2020 marked the beginning of his pursuit to understand more about the industrial and medical hardware offered at Teguar, which he now researches and writes about with the help of Teguar's Product Management and Sales teams.
Outside of Teguar-related topics like the one above, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing games, making music, and getting lost down Internet rabbit holes of niche information.