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IP degrees of protection
Degrees of protection provided
by enclosures (IP Code)

The following description refer to CEI 60529 standard.
The object of this standard is to give:

  1. Definitions for degrees of protection provided by enclosures of electrical equipment as regards:


    a) protection of persons against access to hazardous parts inside the enclosure;

    b) protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of solid foreign objects;

    c) protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful effects due to the ingress of water.

  2. Designations for these degrees of protection.

The degree of protection provided by an enclosure is indicated by the IP Code in the following way:

Example: IP 6 5

Against ingress of solid foreign objects
Against access to hazardous parts with
0
(non-protected) (non-protected)
1
≥ 50 mm diameter back of hand
2
≥ 12,5 mm diameter finger
3
≥ 2,5 mm diameter tool
4
≥ 1,0 mm diameter wire
5
dust-protected wire
6
dust-tight wire


Against ingress of water with harmful effects
0
(non-protected)
1
vertically dripping
2
dripping (15° tilted)
3
spraying
4
splashing
5
jetting
6
powerful jetting
7
temporary immersion
8
continuous immersion