How Important is Waterproof Rating on Electronic Plastic Enclosures?

If I loved something, I will always go back to where it was. For years now, I have been going to the same Chinese restaurant near my neighborhood. Just recently, there have been series of experiences – really bad ones – and there’s a possibility I might decide to find a new Chinese restaurant. Until the bad taste is already gone. I did a little Google research for new Chinese restaurants and I have stumbled upon a website where people are encouraged to review local establishments.

When I checked on the different, divided categories and this will enable me to find the best Chinese restaurant replacement. There’s no need for me to sift through every restaurant listing in my area. I can be confident that basing on my general testimony, it is reasonable that this might be possible. The individual tastes might vary, and I just found out that there is a possibility I might not like the new place but at least I am not going and finding new restaurant in a blind spot.

With this in mind, per testimony can work in various of ways. The additional benefit to this is in the industry of electrical design. More often than not, the customers always ask the specifications about the electronics enclosure. They always start with: “Do you know if anyone else has done …?”

Well, if a customer will ask if the HD-45 can be considered IP66K compliant, there’s only one sure answer to this. It certainly is. Just last year, there was a customer who had complete the IP66K testing on the HD-45. It was certain that the cases will not leak. The customer is more than happy to announce that the case just passed with flying colors and passing rate.

With this, what does IP66K Mean? To explain this clearly, the first 6 in the IP rating indicates that the electronics enclosure is entirely protected against dust ingress. The second 6 in the rating means that the enclosure can also protect the equipment against strong water ingress coming from jets/streams of water. The limited ingress of water is now permitted provided that it should not bring damage to the PC board.

The machining holes and other customizations for electronics enclosure should have an effect in the IP rating of the electronics enclosure. There should be careful consideration that should be made to make sure that all the cutouts of the materials are now correctly sealed in order to maintain the waterproof rating.

In conclusion, I strongly suggest that you conduct your own testing for your own product prototypes. This is to make sure that individually, in your end the prototype meets the same rating. Basing on the findings from one of the customers of this enclosure, it is more likely that the electronics enclosure should be able to meet the IP66K rating. However, with this in mind, the engineering projects always vary. There’s a possibility that you might cause the enclosure to be less-water tight.