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Why Do You Need IP69/69K Rated Equipment?

Everybody knows how dirty a manufacturing environment can become. Equipment collects dust and grime day after day, requiring wash downs which create wear and tear on equipment. The bigger question is, can your electrical equipment handle the wash-down attention?

The Ingress Protection (IP) rating system is used to measure how well a piece of equipment is protected against environmental factors such as water, dust, and pollutants. Whether your machinery is constantly collecting dirt, grease, and grime, getting pressure washed on a regular basis, or both—you need to trust that the equipment shell is durable enough to protect the mechanical and electrical components inside from liquids or solids which can damage them. This is especially important in the food and beverage industry, where federal regulations require frequent sanitation procedures such as daily pressure washing, and the use of equipment that protects against bacteria growth and chemical absorption.

The strongest IP rating possible is IP69K. The first number, six, refers to protection against solids (on a scale of one to six, six being best). The number nine refers to protection against liquids (on a scale of one to nine). An IP69K rating means equipment is air-tight to protect from dust and against close-range, high-pressure, high-temperature spray downs. There is no higher rating on the IP system—and Werner Electric Supply has a complete line of IP69K products for equipment performance and your peace of mind.

Our crown offering is the Hoffman HyShed Enclosure, which can house a variety of IP69/69K rated components, including:

  • HMI (Human Machine Interface)
  • Pushbuttons
  • Wire entry devices
  • Conduit fittings
  • Flexible conduit
  • Disconnects

The Hoffman HyShed Enclosure features a replaceable, FDA-approved blue silicone gasket; internally mounted hinges to reduce bacteria catch points; hygienic latching mechanisms, and a 3-A System Component Qualification Certificate to ensure the best hygienic performance available today.

For details, visit our online catalog of IP69/IP69K hygienic products, or contact Tony Monday, Werner Electric Product Manager. Learn how you can equip your workplace with top-quality IP-rated products from Werner Electric Supply.

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