Ingress Protection (IP) Testing

Our laboratory in North Wales, UK, offers a fully equipped indoor IP testing centre providing the below IP testing facilities

Ingress Protection tests are conducted in accordance with IEC 60529. The testing will assess the protection of the equipment against ingress of solid bodies and/or liquids, varying over differing degrees of protection, depending upon the requirements you place on your product. We will then measure the effects of this exposure, and give the product an appropriate IP rating.

The level of protection of a product is signified by a number (e.g. IP67) where the first number is the ingress protection against solid bodies, and the second number is protection against liquids.

Our Scope

Below is the range of IP capabilities we have at our laboratory in Hawarden, North Wales.

Typically, testing takes around 2 weeks from receipt of samples, and fixed price quotations are offered. Please contact us for further details.


Protection of Equipment Against ingress of solid bodies and liquids

Degree of Protection

Protected Against

Definition
IP0X Non-protected
IP1X Access to hazardous parts with the back of a hand. An access probe, sphere of 50 mm, shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts.
Solid foreign objects of > 50 mm. An object probe, sphere of 50 mm, shall not fully penetrate.
IP2X Access to hazardous parts with finger. A jointed test finger of 12 mm, 80 mm length, shall have adequate clearance from hazardous parts
Solid foreign objects of > 12.5 mm. An object probe, sphere of 12.5 mm, shall not fully penetrate.
IP3X Access to hazardous parts with a tool. An access probe of 2.5 mm shall not penetrate.
Solid foreign objects of > 2.5 mm. An object probe of 2.5 mm shall not penetrate at all.
IP4X Access to hazardous parts with a wire. An access probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate.
Solid foreign objects of > 1.0 mm. An object probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate at all.
IP5X Access to hazardous parts with a wire. An access probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate.
Dust (protected). Ingress of dust is not totally prevented, but dust shall not penetrate in a sufficient quantity to interfere with satisfactory operation of the apparatus or to impair safety.
IP6X Hazardous parts with a wire. An access probe of 1.0 mm shall not penetrate.
Dust (tight). No ingress of dust.
IPX0 Non-protected.
IPX1 Vertically falling water drops. Vertically falling drops shall have no harmful effects.
IPX2 Vertically falling water drops when enclosure tilted up to 15°. Vertically falling drops shall have no harmful effects when the enclosure is tilted at any angle up to 15° on either side of the vertical.
IPX3 Spraying water. Water sprayed at an angle up to 60° on either side of the vertical shall have no harmful effects.
IPX4 Splashing water. Water splashed against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
IPX5 Water jets. Water projected in jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
IPX6 Powerful water jets. Water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
IPX7 The effects of temporary immersion in water. Ingress of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall be prevented when the enclosure is immersed in 1m of water for 30 minutes.
IPX8 The effects of continuous immersion in water. Ingress of water in quantities causing harmful effects shall be prevented when the enclosure is continuously immersed in water under conditions which shall be agreed between manufacturer and user (>IPX7).