Ingress Protection (IP Code) Testing – IP12: Large Object & Tilted Drip Water Protection
IP12 testing evaluates a product’s resilience to water dripping at an angle, as well as its ability to resist impacts from large objects. This type of testing is essential for ensuring that products can handle the dual challenge of physical impacts and water ingress in a tilted position, a common scenario in various real-world settings.
Additionally, this testing helps in verifying that products remain functional and safe, even under these specific and potentially challenging conditions.
As a certified IP Code testing laboratory, we realize the importance of ingress protection testing. Meeting ingress protection compliance requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process. Keystone Compliance can quickly turnaround comprehensive reports after the completion of the testing process. Additionally, we offer immediate emergency scheduling.
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Summary of IP 12 Ingress Protection Testing
IP12 testing is an important part of the International Protection (IP) Marking code, established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The IP code provides a framework for categorizing the degree of protection offered by enclosures against the intrusion of solid objects and liquids.
The IP12 rating specifically addresses the product’s defense against large objects and water ingress at an angle.
Understanding IP12 Testing
IP12 testing involves two major aspects:
Large Object Protection (First Digit – ‘1’)
This assesses the product’s capability to prevent the entry of objects larger than 50 mm in diameter.
Tilted Drip Water Protection (Second Digit – ‘2’)
This tests the product’s ability to resist water dripping at an angle up to 15 degrees from the vertical.
IP 12 Laboratory Testing Procedures
The process for IP12 testing is methodical:
Test for Large Object Protection: The test uses a sphere of 12.5 mm diameter to attempt entry into the enclosure. The object must not fully penetrate or make contact with any hazardous internal components. A force of up to 50 N is applied for 1 minute.
Test for Tilted Drip Water Protection: Water is dripped onto the product at an angle of 15 degrees from the vertical. The test simulates conditions where the product is exposed to angled water drips at a rate of 3 mm per minute, for a minimum duration of 10 minutes.
Importance of IP12 Testing
Enhanced Product Safety
IP12 testing is crucial for ensuring the safety of products in environments where they are exposed to both large objects and angled water drips.
Reliability in Diverse Conditions
Products that pass IP12 tests demonstrate reliability in environments where angled water exposure and physical impacts are a risk.
Consumer Confidence and Compliance
An IP12 rating can boost consumer trust and show compliance with international standards.
Adhering to IP12 standards is often necessary for products designed for outdoor or varied environmental conditions.
IP12 testing is essential in several sectors:
Consumer Electronics: For devices used in household or commercial environments where exposure to angled water drips is possible.
Outdoor and Industrial Equipment: In settings where equipment may be exposed to rain or other forms of tilted water ingress.
Automotive and Marine Electronics: For devices that may experience conditions of angled water exposure.
Expert IP 12 Ingress Protection (IP Code) Testing Laboratory
IP12 testing plays a critical role in verifying that products are capable of withstanding the challenges posed by angled water drips and large object impacts. This testing ensures the safety, reliability, and functionality of products in specific environmental conditions.
Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. Our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing. Alongside IP12 testing, we offer a comprehensive range of IP Code tests, ranging from IP10 to IP69K, ensuring comprehensive coverage for all ingress protection testing standards.
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