Ingress Protection forms part of the process of determining the level of protection provided by equipment enclosures. The test methods and definitions of the Ingress Protection (IP) Codes are covered under the EN 60529, EN60598 and EN60079-0 Standards.
The ingress protection offered by enclosures should consist of the following:
- Protection of persons against access to hazardous parts.
- Protection of equipment inside the enclosures to ingress of solid foreign objects.
- Protection of equipment in the enclosures against harmful effects due to the ingress of water.
The dust chamber provides ingress testing to the dust-protected (IP5X) and dust-tight (IP6X) categories, by applying a turbulent talc test with reduced pressure to the equipment to simulate cooling down (where applicable).
One of the most commonly requested or required IP ratings is IP54. this is frequently required by both the Low Voltage Directive and ATEX Directive.
UKAS Accredited Test Certificates
UKAS accredited Test Certification is internatialy recognised and is frequently required or requested by clients. Having a UKAS Accredited Test Certificate assures your results will be accepted by governments and international companies and the tests can be used or incorporated in to future certifications. More on UKAS
Ingress Protection for ATEX
For ATEX, enclosures are normally pre-conditioned prior to ingress protection testing (for example, environmental conditioning, impact, drop etc.)
We can issue accredited Ingress Protection Test Certification and our IP Testing can be used for ATEX Certification (for example Ex tD) under our partner Test laboratory Agreement with TRaC, a UK Notified Body.
Ingress Protection for North America (NEMA)
We can offer NEMA 4 testing, this test is normally required for any equipment that can be used outdoors. Additional tests may also apply (such as UV, gaskets conditioning etc.) but it should be noted that the main NEMA 4 test is far more onerous than the IP equivalent and IP Ratings can not be used to gain NEMA equivalence.