How to choose the right IP Rating of a cabinet that is suitable for Outdoor IT applications?
The growth in the IT industry is unpredictable with its innovation and exposure to new normal. So, an initiative in choosing the right cabinet for outdoor IT applications is a step towards durability and sustainability while participating in growth and change. Now to choose the right cabinet, one needs to understand the concept of IP Rating.
IP Ratings: Why is it important?
When it comes to the analysis of the level of protection, one must understand that uniformity and conformity to a set standard are essential to defining protection. Hence, Ingress Protection Ratings (IP Ratings) were established by a European Committee to standardize products related to the electro-technical domain.
The concept of IP Ratings legitimized the product protection claim and ensured a specific level of protection provided by an enclosure against either solid or fluid intrusion. The first digit in IP Ratings represents protection against solid and mechanical objects, while the second digit represents protection against fluid materials.
Outdoor IT installations need more protection than their indoor counterparts. Hence, the cabinets for outdoor IT installations must be built with high IP standards to ensure resilience. The IP standards vary between IP00 to IP68, where 00 offers zero protection and 68 offers complete protection within a defined depth and time frame denoting IEC60529.
IP Ratings for Outdoor Application
The cabinets for Outdoor application are generally made of Galvanized steel sheet punched, formed, welded to withstand the Harsh Outdoor condition also the cabinets are specially powder coated dual coat with primer & pure polyester powder The below IP Ratings for the outdoor IT applications cabinet will create an understanding to choose the right option that will give long-term protection.
IP55 – This Protection clause will ensure complete protection against contact with live or moving parts inside the enclosure. Protection against harmful deposits of dust. The ingress of dust is not totally prevented, but cannot enter in an amount sufficient to interfere with satisfactory operation of the machine. And Water from heavy seas or water projected from jets shall not enter the machine in any harmful quantity.
IP66 – This Protection clause will ensure Complete protection against contact with live or moving parts inside the enclosure and against the ingress of dust. And Water from heavy seas or water projected from jets shall not enter the machine in any harmful quantity.
Choose the right cabinet.
To choose the cabinet for an outdoor IT installation, understanding the location is very important that will help to predict the environmental conditions. Hence, the following are essential to analyze before installation.
- Will it be wholly exposed to extreme weather
- Will it be placed within a building premise with partial protection
- Will it be exposed to corrosion
Now, while considering higher protection, one should not neglect the concept of natural ventilation. Based on the ideal operating temperature range and heat generation, a suitable cooling solution can be installed.