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IP Protection class

Protection against contact and infiltration of water and dirt

In many environments electronic devices must stand rough conditions and work for their intended period of time nevertheless they are set out to dirt, dust and humidity. IP protection classes define how and where they can be used without getting a safety risk.

The following table shows the different IP protection classes:

IP Protection classes

IP

Characteristic 1 for protection against contact

IP

Characteristic 2 for waterproofing

0

No special protection

0

No waterproofing

1

Protection from solid objects greater than 50mm in diameter

1

Protection from dripping water

2

Protection from object not greater than 12mm in diamete

2

Protection from vertically dripping water (tilted up to 15°)

3

Protection from object not greater than 2,5mm in diameter

3

Protection from sprayed water (tilted up to 60°)

4

Protection from object not greater than 1mm in diameter

4

Protection from splashed water

5

Complete protection against contact, Protection against dust deposit

5

Protection from water projected from a nozzle

6

Complete protection against contact, Protection from infiltration of dust

6

Protection against heavy seas, or powerful jets of water.

7

 

7

Protection against immersion

8

 

8

Protection against complete, continuous submersion in water.

9

 

9

Protection against the ingress of water form all directions even under greatly
high pressure on the housing. (High-pressure/steam cleaner, 80-100 bar)

For example:
The Motorola MC55A0 implement the IP64,the characteristic 1 for protection against contact is 6 and the characteristic 2 for waterproofing is 4.
http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Mobile+Computers/Handheld+Computers/MC55A0

The Motorola MC9590-K implement the IP67,the characteristic 1 for protection against contact is 6 and the characteristic 2 for waterproofing is 7.
http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Mobile+Computers/Handheld+Computers/MC9500_US-EN

The Motorola MC9190-G implement the IP64,the characteristic 1 for protection against contact is 6 and the characteristic 2 for waterproofing is 4.
http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Mobile+Computers/Handheld+Computers/MC9190-G

 

Videos

Description

Video Author

Link

Rugged Resistant Video

Motorola

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Mobile Computer Resistant Test - 1  
To test drop from 85 feet

Symbol/Partner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgw5A-JfBpY

Mobile Computer Resistant Test - 2 
Abuse testing inside water to MC9000 Symbol

Symbol/Partner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiQowfHHukg

Mobile Computer Resistant Test - 3 
Extreme resistant testing to Symbol MC-9000 Series

Symbol/Partner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVpNc_isy9g

Mobile Computer Resistant Test - 4 
Crash test to MC9090G Symbol

Symbol/Partner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyaOvcWqErU