Dust Ingress Testing exposes your product to airbourne circulating dust over time. These tests are performed to determine the products ability to withstand exposure to dust in their end-use environment. Depending on the dust code either of the following tests may be conducted.

Dust Ingress Testing :: IP5X Dust Protected

Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact (dust proof). See Wikipedia for more details. This test is conducted using circulating dust, which may enter the product but should not significantly degrade the operation of the equipment.

Dust Ingress Testing :: IP6X Dust Tight

No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight). During this test a vacuum is applied to the product in order to attempt to force it to suck in the surrounding dust. The product must not allow any dust into the enclosure.

 

Why Dust Test?

Any electronic, lighting, mobile or automotive product is going to be exposed to airbourne dust over it’s life. If the product includes a fan, it’ll suck in large volumes of dust over it’s lifetime. Additionally, for products containing user interfaces such as keypads, buttons, or rotary dials dust can penetrate and prevent the actuation of these functions.

Another lesser thought about effect of dust build-up is increased heat generation. The dust will accumulate on to of the electronics providing a blanket comprised of microscopic particles. This blanket leads to increased running temperatures which will ultimately lead to shorter life on the affected components.

 

Our Dust Testers specification

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Supported Tests IP5X and IP6X
Temperature Range 25-60C
Internal Dimensions 800 x 800 x 800 mm
Maximum sample weight 35kg

Please contact us for pricing and availability.

Dust ingress testing standards

Our dust tester is used to test the resilience to dust of a wide range of products. Some applicable standards include:

  • IEC standard 60529
  • MIL-STD-810