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How IP Ratings Apply to Linear Actuators

By Gary Rosengren, Tolomatic Inc. | Machine Design

The IP (Ingress Protection or International Protection) code rating is an internationally recognized system developed to standardize the degree of protection that “enclosures” provide against foreign objects, water, or materials entering into these enclosures, causing damage or personal injury.  IP codes also apply to linear actuators.

IP Rating Chart
Practically speaking, the higher the numeric IP rating against dry solids and moisture, the higher the level of protection offered.  But how do these code ratings apply to rod-type and rodless linear actuators, and which ratings are appropriate for which applications?

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How IP Ratings Apply to Linear Actuators

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IP Ratings & the Manufacturing Environment: How to apply linear actuators for quality, safety and long service life

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IP Ratings & the Manufacturing Environment:   How to apply linear actuators for quality, safety and long service life.

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Tags:  IP Rating, Linear Actuator, Electric Linear Actuator, Linear Positioner, Rodless Cylinder, Rod Style Cylinder

How To: Distinguish the Difference in IP Ratings

Many times a customer will call us looking for a standard or custom motor that needs to be protected from the surrounding environment involving water, dust, or foreign debris.  When this situation presents itself, our Application Engineers start to ask questions about Ingress Protection (IP) rating.  As defined in International Standard IEC 60529, the IP Code classifies and rates the degrees of protection against entrance of foreign objects and liquids.  The IEC standard aims to help users better understand the ratings.

IP ratings can be broken down into two sections – solids and liquids.  This means that the motor is protected against objects down to 1 mm in size and splashing water will not harm the motor.

In some cases, customers ask for special sealing techniques to be applied to the motors. These requests are a result of the application specification for a harsh environment or the presence of liquids in the application. Electromate’s servo, stepper & PMDC motors can be configured up to IP67 or IP68 when needed.

Below is a summary chart of the International Standard IP Ratings-


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