Understanding IP Ratings for Weighing Scales

Ever wondered what that “IP” code followed by numbers means on your weighing scale? It’s not a secret code for discounts (although that would be nice!), it’s actually an IP rating, which stands for Ingress Protection. This rating system tells you how well the scale is protected against two things: dust and other solid objects (like flour or sugar), and liquids (like spills or water jets).

The IP rating is a two-digit code. The first number indicates the level of protection against solids, with 0 offering no protection and 6 offering complete dust tightness. The second number signifies protection against liquids, with 0 indicating no protection and 8 signifying the ability to withstand continuous immersion.

IP Ratings for Scales

Here’s a breakdown of some common IP ratings for weighing scales:

  • IP65: This is a popular choice for many applications. It offers complete dust protection and can withstand low-pressure water jets, making it ideal for washdown environments.
  • IP67: This rating provides even more protection against liquids. IP67 scales can be temporarily submerged in shallow water, perfect for situations where occasional spills are a concern.
  • IP68: The ultimate in water resistance, IP68 scales can withstand continuous immersion in water.
  • IP69K: This is the highest rating for dust and water protection. IP69K scales and load cells can endure close-range, high-pressure, high-temperature (up to 80°C) water jets, making them ideal for extremely harsh washdown environments found in food processing facilities and other sanitary settings.

Where to Buy IP-Rated Scales

Micro Weighing Solutions (MWS) understands the importance of using the right equipment for the job. That’s why we offer a wide range of weighing and measurement equipment designed to meet the specific needs of IP applications. Our IP-rated weighing scales are perfect for use in washdown conditions, whether you are looking for a floor scale, balance, bench scale or checkweigher. Our scales are built to last in environments like food and chemical processing facilities, laboratories, and medical settings, ensuring accurate and reliable weighing even in the messiest situations.

If you are unsure about which IP rated scale is right for you, contact us today and speak to one of our weighing specialists who will be able to help you find the right solution.