The ‘IP’ Code is a standard referred to as International Protection Marking (also commonly interpreted as Ingress Protection Marking) – it rates the inherent degree of ‘sealing protection’ provided by the mechanical casing/electrical enclosure of a device against intrusion from foreign bodies (e.g. – fingers, tools, wires, insects, dust etc.) and forms of water exposure (e.g. – condensation, droplets, direct spray, full submersion etc.)

IP ratings are a well recognised benchmark (IEC international standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992, European IEC 60509:1989) and are applied to many everyday devices – e.g. electronic/electric consumer goods []


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