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Ingress Protection (IP Code) Testing – IP21: Finger-Sized Object & Drip Water Protection

IP21 testing is a vital process for evaluating a product’s ability to protect against the entry of 12.5mm finger-sized objects and exposure to vertically falling drops of water. This standard is essential for products that are used in environments where there is a risk of contact with small objects and exposure to water drips.

The IP21 rating ensures that these products can maintain functionality and safety in such conditions, providing peace of mind for both manufacturers and users.

As a certified IP Code testing laboratory, we realize the importance of IP21 testing. Meeting ingress protection compliance requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process. Keystone takes a consultative approach throughout the entire test program. Lastly, our pricing is extremely competitive and we offer volume discounts. 

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Summary of IP 21 Ingress Protection Testing

Part of the International Protection (IP) Marking system, managed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IP21 testing categorizes the level of protection provided by electrical enclosures.

The IP21 rating specifically addresses the protection against the intrusion of objects that are about the size of an adult finger (12.5mm in diameter) and protection against the ingress of water in the form of vertical drops.

Understanding IP21 Testing

IP21 testing encompasses two key aspects of protection:

12.5mm Finger-Sized Object Protection (First Digit – ‘2’)

This testing evaluates the enclosure’s ability to prevent the entry of objects that are approximately the size of an adult finger.

Drip Water Protection (Second Digit – ‘1’)

This part of the test examines the product’s resistance to vertically falling water drops.

IP 21 Laboratory Testing Procedures

The procedure for IP21 testing is detailed and precise: Test for 12.5mm Finger-Sized Object Protection: The test involves attempting to insert an object of 12.5mm diameter into the enclosure. This object should not be able to penetrate any part of the enclosure that provides access to hazardous parts, ensuring safety from accidental finger contact.

Test for Drip Water Protection: The product is exposed to vertically falling water drops to simulate the effect of light rain or dripping water. The test checks if the enclosure can prevent water from getting inside and causing damage to the electrical components.

Importance of IP21 Testing

Enhanced Safety

IP21 testing is crucial for preventing accidental contact with electrical parts and protecting against water ingress, thereby enhancing user safety.

Reliability in Various Environments

By ensuring protection against small object penetration and water drips, the IP21 rating helps maintain the product’s reliability in different settings.

Consumer Confidence

Products that meet the IP21 standard are trusted for use in environments where there’s potential for interaction with water and non-specialized handling.

Compliance with Safety Regulations

Meeting the IP21 standard demonstrates a product’s adherence to essential safety and operational regulations.

Industry Applications

IP21 testing is particularly relevant in:

Consumer Electronics: For household and commercial devices where incidental water exposure and interaction with the public are common.

Industrial Equipment: In environments where machinery requires protection from human interaction and environmental factors like water drips.

Public and Commercial Infrastructure: For electrical installations in areas where there is a risk of exposure to water drips and contact with non-technical personnel.

Expert IP 21 Ingress Protection (IP Code) Testing Laboratory

IP21 testing is essential for certifying that products are adequately protected against the intrusion of 12.5mm finger-sized objects and exposure to water drips. This level of testing is not just a regulatory compliance measure but a critical aspect of ensuring the safety and functionality of electrical products in diverse applications.

In addition to IP21 testing, we offer a full range of IP Code tests, from IP10 to IP69K, ensuring comprehensive coverage for all ingress protection testing standards. Ready to get started? We are. Request a quote to see why so many companies work with us to achieve their environmental standard testing needs.

 

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