Ingress Protection testing, or IP testing, determines a product's susceptibility to solid particle ingress (sand or dust) as well as water ingress.
The value of trusting Element with your Ingress Protection (IP) testing is clear. Working with our leading Engaged Experts and unrivaled portfolio of testing operations and capacities enables our clients to validate certainty in their products and confidence to go to market quickly and safely, working with a global single source partner.
Element's environmental simulation labs provide IP testing to specifications including RTCA-DO-160 (avionics), MIL-STD’s (military), IEC 60259 & NEMA 250 (electronics), as well as DIN and SAE standards (automotive). The Ingress Protection standard we most commonly test to is BS EN/IEC 60529.
Element utilizes calibrated IP testing equipment, including; immersion tanks, nozzles and dust specific to the IP rating required. Utilizing purpose built, walk-in test chambers, we are also able to test on very large components/enclosures. Our Engaged Experts can help with guidance and offer advice on custom testing methods to meet your requirements.
Ingress Protection Testing Standards
Deutsches Institut Fur Normung E.V.
EN 60529, EN 60598-1
International Electrotechnical Commission
IEC 60529, IEC 60068-2-68
International Organization for Standardization
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics
What's in an IP Rating?
Learn more about the meaning of IP Code ratings and how Element can help you achieve the appropriate rating for your product.
An IP rating is made up of two parts: the first part is solid particle protection which indicates the level of protection the enclosure has from ingress of solid foreign objects and dust. The second part is water ingress protection which designates the level of protection the enclosure provides against the ingress of water. The more effective the protection of the enclosure, the higher the IP rating.
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Ingress Protection Testing Methods
Element's IP testing capabilities will allow you to ensure reliability of your products and enclosures and determine protection from water and particle ingress.
IP Testing (IEC 60529): IEC 60529 is an international standard designed to give products a determined International Protection Marking according to the IP Code rating. This standard tests the sealing effectiveness of enclosures of electrical equipment against the intrusion of solid particles and liquid.
Electrical Enclosure Rating Testing (NEMA 250 & UL 50E): Specific to North America, NEMA 250 (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) ratings cover additional product features and tests such as functionality under construction requirements, electrical enclosures for hazardous areas and industrial applications against environmental hazards such as water, dust, oil or corrosive atmospheres.
High Pressure Steam Jet Cleaning (DIN 40050-9): Covers degrees of protection of electrical equipment of road vehicles against foreign objects, water and access.
Water Resistance of Shipping Containers by Spray Method (ASTM D951): ASTM D951 is used to determine the water resistance of shipping containers and determines their ability to resist deterioration caused by water and the container’s ability to protect contents from water. Frequently used in conjunction with other tests such as drop test, inclined impact test, vibration or compression tests.
Sand & Dust Testing Methods
Sand and Dust testing determines the resistance of equipment to the effects of blowing sand and dust. Adverse effects include: penetration into cracks and bearings, erosion of product labelling, clogging of moving parts and filters, and the formation of electrically conductive bridges.
Waterproofness Testing Methods
In addition to Ingress Protection testing, Element Materials Technology provides waterproofness testing, including depth and submersion testing, drip, driving rain, continuous stream and immersion proof testing.
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