Ingress Protection Ratings (IP Rating) for Waterproof Monitors

IP ratings are ingress protection ratings, they consist of 2 numbers, the first indicates protection against touch and foreign bodies, the second indicates protection against water. These can be vitally important when specifying rugged waterproof monitors for use in harsh environments where they will be in contact with dust and fluids. We have wide experience of manufacturing rugged monitors and computers up  to the maximum IP69K rating and almost everything we produce will have some degree of IP rating.

Specialist waterproof touch screen monitors with extreme levels of sealing up to IP69K are available in the Bluestone range to allow use in extreme environments in wet or dusty conditions for commercial, military, marine, emergency services and industry, and can withstand cleaning by pressure washing at up to 120 Bar pressure and 70 degrees C (which maybe required for use within medical of industrial food applications).

Many suppliers make claims as to the degree of protection of their monitors, its always worth checking carefully as water ingress will usually cause serious damage, and even moist air ingress can cause internal fogging and condensation.

Its always worth bearing in mind, serious rugged monitors and computers from Bluestone are designed from the ground up to work in the most extreme environments around the world. Our rugged (ruggedised) computer monitors are specifically designed to operate reliably in harsh usage environments and conditions, such as strong vibrations, extreme temperatures and wet or dusty conditions. They are designed for the type of rough use typified by these conditions, not just in the external housing but in the internal components and cooling arrangements as well (sealed, waterproof displays cannot be cooled using traditional air circulation).

Bluestone Technology’s industrial LCD touchscreen monitor being tested with a pressure washer


Bluestone Technology supply rugged LCD panels, cables & adaptations designed to withstand the harshest environments in the toughest industrialmarinemilitary and commercial applications.

Ingress Protection Ratings (IP Ratings) Table

Touch Foreign Body IP 1st Figure IP 2nd Figure Protection against water
No Protection No Protection 0 0 None
Large areas of the body Foreign bodies > 50mm Dia 1 1 Vertical Drops
With the finger Medium sized foreign bodies Dia  > 50mm 2 2 Drops falling at up to 15° to the vertical
Tools & Wire Dia >2.5mm Small foreign bodies Dia >2.5mm 3 3 Spray water falling at up to 60° to the vertical
Tools & wire Dia >1mm Round foreign bodies Dia > 1mm 4 4 Projected water from all directions
Complete protection Dust deposits 5 5 Low pressure jets
Complete protection Complete protection 6 6 Heavy steaming water
Military grade display systems 7 Short term immersion from 150mm to 1 metre up to 30 minutes
8 Long periods of immersion under pressure
9K High pressure washing 80-100 Bar at 80° C