Why is the IP rating so important?

The IP rating relates to an international classification system for the sealing effectiveness of enclosures of electrical equipment against the intrusion into the equipment of foreign bodies (i.e. tools, dust, fingers) and moisture. This classification system utilises the letters “IP” (“Ingress Protection”) followed by two digits.

The first digit of the IP code relates to the degree that equipment is protected against solid foreign bodies intruding into an enclosure in the unit:

The two that we are most interest in when discussing Leica Site survey equipment is classification 5 and 6

5 Protection from the amount of dust that would interfere with the operation of the equipment.
6 Dust tight.


The second digit of the IP code indicates the degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against the harmful entry of various forms of moisture (e.g. dripping, spraying or water submersion, etc.)

4 Protection from splashed water.
5 Protection from water projected from a nozzle Rain
6 Protection against heavy splashed rain or powerful jets of water.
7 Protection against water immersion.

Leica equipment is always built to be Site Proof.  Please check the IP rating to confirm resilience to you specific working conditions.  Leica Warranties vary from 2 Year thru to 5 Year knock down warranties covering most site incidents.  Please check each Leica products from details of specific warranties.

Any further questions, please call our team who will be happy to help 0800 292 2188.

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