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The Ingress Protection Rating: Why And Where It Matters

What is Ingress Protection Rating and Rugged Testing? Get to know why these features are crucial for work devices - no matter what industry you are in.

Ingress protection rating refers to the level of protection that a device enclosure offers versus liquids and solids. In a work environment where certain solids (dust) or liquid (water) may be present, a device with perfectly sealed enclosures must be required.

How Ingress Protection Rating Plays An Important Role

What sets rugged devices apart from standard consumer products is their ability to take a beating while on the job. These devices are made to meet the demands of the harshest work environments. As a result, you will expect that rugged devices pass specific ruggedness tests.

Electronics devices typically cannot tolerate wet and dirty contaminants, especially when it comes close to their crucial parts and system. Any dust or water entering an electronic enclosure will eventually cause damage. The harm can vary; for example, dust built up may cause some layers to be insulated and overheat. If dirt inserts between surfaces, it may cause poor conductance and create problems for connectors and switches.

Dust is not the only problem, though. Water and moisture buildup can cause numerous issues to delicate microcircuits. A business where devices are exposed to the mercy of the weather or wet environments risk device failure sooner than later.

Ingress protection rating is critical because it allows users to gauge how safe it is to use certain devices in specific environments and applications.

Explaining Ingress Protection Rating

In our past blogs, we have covered all about IP rating.

An Ingress Protection rating indicates how impervious a device is to intrusion from water or dust. This rating system is developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC’s) Technical Committee 70 to define an electronic device’s levels of sealing effectiveness against foreign bodies.

Today, Ingress Protection Ratings are considered an international standard. Unlike vague marketing terminology such as “waterproof”, an IP rating is made to provide a more specific account.

Ingress Protection Rating

Measuring Ingress Protection Rating

IP Ratings are straightforward. The letters’ IP’ is always followed by two numbers which indicate the degree of protection a device offers. The first number shows the level of protection against solids, and the second number shows the level of protection versus liquids. A third letter that describes other information can also be included but often omitted.

Why IP Ratings Matter
For a device to have an ingress protection rating, it must pass testing by an independent and certified company. The testing company will then assign a numerical IP Rating to the device. This shows users how the item is protected against foreign objects.

With an IP rating, users will be able to use a product in certain environments confidently. It offers an assurance that the product can withstand winds, heavy use, extreme environments, changing weather, and more.
Using IP Rated products such as rugged devices means the users are fully aware of its protective measures – or the lack thereof. This improves the total cost of ownership and increases the overall safety of the users and devices.

Additionally, a user of IP Rated equipment is fully aware of its protective measures (or lack of), so they can work more safely, with less risk of injury to themselves or damage to the equipment. One thing that users need to understand is that ignoring IP ratings can mean instant damage to the devices.

Conker Rugged Devices Ingress Protection

All Conker’s rugged tablets are fully rugged tablets with an IP65 rating or above. These devices are dust-tight and can handle low-pressure water jets from any direction.

A perfect example is a dusty packaging area for food products. Fine dust and particulates can create problems with your device’s components. Rugged devices are ideal for these environments versus regular commercial devices because every part of the device is protected.

The same goes for companies operating where water or moisture may cause problems to the devices. For example, the utility industry requires workers to be out in the open where sudden weather changes may cause rains or drizzles.

Conker NS82

The Conker NS82 is of the top choices for businesses out there who are reliant on their devices. It doesn’t matter which industry. This powerful Windows 10 tablet will help team members complete their tasks quickly and efficiently. With an IP65 Rating, Conker NS82 is dust-tight and can withstand low-pressure jets of water. This device is an all-in-one rugged tablet that can you provide your team the best computing and data collecting the power you need for daily operations.

Conker SX50

For businesses who rely on Android devices, the rugged Conker SX50 is the best handheld in the market today. To improve business efficiency, the Conker SX50 2D rugged tablet with a fingerprint sensor any business’ best option. It comes with an IP67 rating and extended battery life having a 4,000 mAh capacity, allowing teams to work for long periods without needing to charge consistently. The Conker SX50 2D is robust enough to be used in the most demanding work environments.

Fit For Purpose Solutions

Conker understands the value of durability, device longevity, and uptime. That is why, Conker works endlessly to ensure that devices are fit-for-purpose, not just rugged. Solutions require more than just technology. That is why we build devices that are adapted to your specific business needs. To start empowering your mobile workforce today, contact Conker and see what rugged solutions are best for your operations.

Rugged devices usually cost more than standard consumer technology; nevertheless, these devices will cost lower in the long run. Understanding Ingress Protection Rating and Rugged Testing will help you decide which device is perfect for your operations. Dust and liquids will never go well with electronic devices. Keeping them out is crucial to extending your device’s lifespan, so do keep in mind to check these numbers before making a purchase.