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Design Considerations for IP-Rated Telecom Products and Enclosures

Design Considerations for IP-Rated Telecom Products and Enclosures

Abstract

In the telecom field, increased IP protection is a major requirement. The protection of enclosures against the ingress of dirt or against the ingress of water is defined in the IEC standard code. An enclosure which protects equipment against ingress of particles will also protect a person from potential hazards within that enclosure, and this degree of protection is also defined as a standard.

Principally, these requirements are detailed in the IEC 60529:1989 second edition. This paper provides a simplified understanding of the standard, accompanied by some typical examples as foreseen for the general telecom products available. As IEC-60529 is a document covering a wide range of equipment, this paper will try to cover relevant information applicable to telecom products.

These measures protect both the enclosure and the equipment inside the enclosure against external influences or conditions. Those influences and conditions include:

  • mechanical impacts
  • corrosion
  • corrosive solvents (for example, cutting liquids)
  • fungus
  • vermin
  • solar radiation
  • icing
  • moisture
  • explosive atmospheres

and the protection against contact with hazardous moving parts external to the enclosure (such as fans), are matters for the relevant product standard to be protected.

Excerpts from the Paper
The IEC standard describes a system for classifying the degrees of protection provided by the enclosures of electrical equipment. While this system is suitable for use with most types of electrical equipment, it should not be assumed that all the listed degrees of protection are applicable to a particular type of equipment. The  International Protection  is  applicable to  electrical equipment enclosures having rated voltage up to 72.5kV. The equipment manufacturer should be consulted to determine the degrees of protection available and the parts of equipment to which the stated degree of protection applies. It is particularly important where products and enclosures need to be adapted or modified by the user for the attachment of other equipment or for installation and cabling, that any instructions provided by the enclosure manufacturer should be strictly observed to ensure the required degree of protection is maintained. 

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