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Sealed Devices: Venting Solutions for IP Rated Enclosures

Posted by Katie Sullivan

December 11, 2019 10:00 AM

IP Rated Enclosures: Venting Solutions

Sensors, controllers, and other electronic elements are being integrated into devices across virtually every industry. Many of these products are made for use in conditions where they may be exposed to extreme temperatures, rain, wind, dust, and moisture. (See application story about "smart" shipping pallets linked at the bottom of this post.) Designing such products requires that the container or enclosure holding the electronic components be completely sealed. Exposure to harsh elements could cause a product failure. 

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, manufacturing techniques, IP Rating, Vent Material, Automated Assembly, ingress protection, PTFE membrane

PTFE Membrane Vents for Protecting LED Lighting Enclosures

Posted by Katie Sullivan

March 16, 2016 10:27 AM

PTFE membrane vents are made of hydrophobic microporous materials. This amazing PTFE material is designed to allow air to pass through while acting as a firm barrier to water and dust. 

Outdoor LED Lighting enclosures contain electronics assemblies that must be protected from the elements (rain, dirt, debris). As LED lights operate, they generate heat. As the enclosure heats up and cools down through the cycle of operation, the internal pressure changes. Without the ability to relieve this pressure, the enclosure can sustain damage and condensation can form. Both situations can be detrimental to the successful operation of the LED lighting system. 

PTFE membrane vents are a cost-effective way to protect your LED product. They keep dust and liquids out of the enclosure and relieve positive pressure or negative pressure within the enclosure.

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Topics: IP Rating, LED Lighting

Vents for IP-rated Enclosures - POREX® PTFE Membrane

Posted by Katie Sullivan

April 16, 2015 10:07 AM

As explained in the previous blog post - IP Ratings Explained - an Ingress Protection (IP) Rating is a common international test method (IEC 60529) to rate enclosure protection from objects and liquids.  IP67 refers to the most extreme IP rating certifying that the enclosure will protect against the entry of:

  • dust (6)
  • the effects of immersion in water to depth between 15cm and 1meter for 30 minutes (7).  

In other words, IP67 means that the unit or enclosure can be dropped into a body of water up to a meter deep for half an hour without allowing the ingress of water or dust!

For more information about IP Ratings, and to download an IP Ratings Chart, visit our webpage: IP Rating and NEMA Rating Charts

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Topics: IP Rating

Ingress Protection Rating (IP Rating) Explained

Posted by Katie Sullivan

April 13, 2015 10:53 AM

Ingress Protection (IP) Rating is a common international test method (IEC 60529) to rate enclosure protection from objects and liquids.  

Why is an IP Rating Important?  

UL, CSA and CE Mark Standards often require certified products to hold a specific IP rating. Some examples of such products include IT equipment, laboratory equipment, electronic measurement equipment, plus anything claiming to be "dust tight" or "water-resistant", etc. These terms indicate that a device is able to operate successfully in harsh environments with potentially wet and dusty conditions. The IP rating scale provides a range of two numbers that indicate the level of protection provided.

The IP Rating looks like this:  IPXX

1.  The first number indicates protection from solid objects or materials

2.  The second number indicates protection from liquids

For example, an enclosure that is rated IP54 is dust-protected. It will allow limited ingress of dust with the operation of the equipment for two to eight hours. The enclosure is also protected against water splashed from all directions, limited water ingress permitted.

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Foams, IP Rating