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What is an IP Rating? Does it matter to me?

What is an IP Rating? Does it matter to me?

What is an IP Rating? Does it matter to me?

Whether or not IP Ratings matter to you depends entirely on what conditions your equipment — or in this case RFID transponders — will be exposed to. If you need RFID tags for a challenging environment, Express can help!

The IP Code (or International Protection Rating, sometimes also interpreted as Ingress Protection Rating) consists of the letters IP followed by two digits and an optional letter. As defined in international standard IEC 60529, it classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures.

The standard aims to provide users more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as waterproof. The digits (characteristic numerals) indicate conformity with the conditions summarized in the tables below.

First Digit: Solids

LevelObject Size Protected AgainstEffective Against
0No protection against contact and ingress of objects
1>50mmAny large surface of the body, such as the back of the hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part
2>12.5mmFingers or similar objects
3>2.5mmTools, thick wires, etc.
4>1mmMost wires, screws, etc.
5Dust ProtectedIngress of dust is not totally protected, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to prevent satisfactory operation
6Dust tightNo ingress of dust. Complete protection against contact

Second Digit: Liquids

LevelProtected AgainstEffective Against
0Not protected
1Dripping waterDripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect
2Dripping Water, when tilted up to 15°Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15° up from its normal position
3Spraying waterWater falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect
4Splashing WaterWater splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect
5Water jetsWater projected by a nozzle (6.3mm) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
6Powerful water jetsWater projected in powerful jets nozzle (12.5mm) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects
7Immersion up to 1mIngress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water up to 1 m of submersion
8Immersion beyond 1mThe object is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions that shall be specified by the manufacturer.
9kSteam jet cleaningSteam jet cleaning shall have no harmful effects

Express offers a collection of RFID transponders with IP ratings of IP67 or higher, to meet your toughest challenges:

Our All Purpose Indoor RFID Tag is rated IP68

Our API Jr RFID Tag is rated IP67

As always, remember that the Express 3-in-1 RFID feature can ease the transition to RFID for your organization – it does not need to be put in place all at once.

RFID transponders

We offer all three – a traditional barcode, human readable information and RFID, all encoded the same – on any of our RFID tags. This feature has numerous benefits:

  • Tags are RFID-enabled, for users who have RFID Readers
  • The traditional barcode matches, for locations not yet RFID-equipped, easing your implementation timeline and potentially reducing your full implementation cost
  • And, there is Human Readable for when a reader is not available, or fails.

Give us a call today at 858-549-9828. We are ready to help you grow your business!

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