IP codes, as defined in the international standard BS EN 60529:1992, classify the degree of protection against intrusion from foreign objects such as solid objects, dirt, moisture, etc., in electrical enclosures. This rating system is designed to give you a more detailed description than terms such as waterproof are able to provide, in order that you will be able make an informed decision as to the suitability of the product for its intended application. This is particularly important for items such as our industrial PCs which may be used in more rigorous environments.
What do the numbers in an IP Rating stand for?
The digits that follow IP each have a specific meaning and indicate conformity with specific conditions, as defined in the tables below. The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects. The second digit indicates the level of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of liquids.