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Ingress Protection or (IP) Ratings represent levels or amounts of protection that a device or object has against the intrusion of solid objects and liquids.  An international standards organization, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) sets the standards for the ratings.1  A multitude of equipment types which are altogether known as electrotechnology are rated by these standards.  Think about the term “Water Resistant” that may appear on your wristwatch, it’s an IP Rating. The ratings usually have two numbers: The first number represents the level of protection from solid materials and the second number represents the level of protection from liquids.2  The higher...

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