IP55 Outdoor Cabinet

IP55 Outdoor Cabinet

We found out that there is no enough information about 19” IP55 Outdoor Cabinet and thus we will investigate it. If you are reading this article, then you are probably planning to make a procurement soon. So, let’s dive in! We will try to give you an idea about what you need to care before you purchase it.

19′ IP55 Outdoor Cabinet serves you in semi-open house areas such as factories and warehouses with your critical CATV or CCTV commercial telecoms where no direct water contact such as rain, snow or direct sun light. These enclosures can be made of Metal, Aluminum or Stainless Steel and usually include 19″ mounting profile with fans, heater and free standing plinth. Depends on manufacturer the construction of these cabinets generally can be fixed onto wall or pole as an external data cabinet providing IP55 protection against dust and water ingress as per EN60529 standard. A perfect choice to protect your sensitive network devices from harsh environment[1].

Optional Fan, air filters or air vents dramatically decrease the degree of IP rating of cabinet which may have up to IP67 ip rating without any hole, vent, filter. IP55 Outdoor Cabinet usually have sealed doors, locks and filters in order to avoid water penetration. As application area is usually semi-open area you need pay more attention to privacy of your sensitive network equipments against un-authorized people who may try to interfere with your equipment. Thus a protective locking system, usually 3 point locking system will be a perfect choice. Where the lock handle will have plastic coating against corrosion.

Handle lock for ip55 outdoor cabinet
Handle Lock

Filter and Fan System: IP55 outdoor cabinet has a fan and filter system which guards it against water and dust integration and circulates fresh air into the cabinet. The upper chassis of cabinet is equipped with 1 or 2 way fan including thermostat. The canopy roof hosts the fans.

Outdoor Cabinet fan tray

Paint: Polyester type powder coating will ensure the long product life. These cabinets usually have air inlet and air outlets with filter and filter mesh.

Skin Options: To have additional protection against hot and cold whether conditions. Double Wall/Skin design protects the cabinet with the additional 4 plates -on every side of cabinet -rear, front, right and left sides- they must have insulation materials -Aluminum Foiled protection- for a complete protection. We strongly recommend Double Wall/Skin Cabinets for the countries where harsh environmental conditions is exist.

double skin, outdoor cabinet

Main Dimensions:

 7U,9U,12U,15U,19U, 20U, 25U and 30U

Depth: 450mm or 600mm

Width: 600m


As all equipments need maintenance, IP55 Outdoor Cabinet need too. Filters and fans require periodic maintenance. However most of the people ignore or overlook this point during the purchasing process. Then they face serious issues with the maintenance and replacement of malfunctioning fans of cabinets. The best solution on that is an opening top panel. Opening top panel enable you to interfere with part need to be maintained and replaced within the time. In case there is not opening top integrated on to cabinet, you may need to remove all your equipments for the maintenance or part replacing. So it’s always good to keep this detail in mind.

General Standards required

  • Mechanical Structures for Electronic Equipment, Cabinets: EN 61587-1 2012
  • Overall Cabinet Dimensions.: IEC 297-2
  • 19’’ mounting: IEC 297-1
  • IP54/55 protection : EN 60529
  • Mechanical Impact Resistance: IK10
  • Information technology equipment Safety – General Requirements: EN 60950-1:2006

Environment Friendly Standards

  • RoHS[2]
  • REACH[3]
  • Environment Friendly: Recycling 100 %
  • CE Marking[4]

IP rating:

It is often confusing for an engineer to know what type of rating they need to look for when they desire to have a “waterproof” enclosure. It is always confusing to know which form of rating you have to check for if a “waterproof” enclosure is to be found. As for watches and other sensitive information, there is a significant variation between waterproof, waterproof and other, albeit non-specific, descriptive marks. There are, however, several rating systems developed and several testing agencies which check the results. This include NEMA and IP, the two most popular.

IP ratings Guide, ip55 outdoor cabinet

For example, consider an IP65 rating:

  • The rating’s first digit, e.g. IP6_, means that the enclosure is dust tight
  • The second digit, e.g IP_5, relates to the ingress protection against water

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[1] High humidity/water vapour, dust or debris can create havoc on electrical equipment and cause short circuits or malfunctioning equipment, or in damp or dirty conditions.

Electrical systems are also often sensitive to temperature extremes, which can cause components to fail or malfunction. For data connections, Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) can be an issue as it can disrupt wired communication.

[2] RoHS stands for dangerous material limitation which even affects the electronics industry as a whole and various electrical devices. RoHS emerged in the European Union in 2002 and limits the use of six dangerous materials used in electricity and All goods on the EU market since 1 July 2006, which are available in all EU countries must be complied with by RoHS.

[3] REACH is a European Union Regulation, introduced for the development and enhancement of the productivity of the EU chemical industry, to protect human health and the atmosphere from the danger of chemicals. It also encourages alternative hazard evaluation approaches for minimizing the number of animal evaluations.

[4] As a compulsory conformity labeling of the European Union (EU), the Conformitè Europëenne (CE) is defined as a label to govern products sold within the Economic Area of Europe (EEA) since 1985. The CE labeling is a statement by a producer that goods conform with the EU Directives surrounding the latest strategy. The Criteria apply not only to EU products but also to products produced in or planned to be marketed in the EEA. Even those who are unfamiliar with the EEA will therefore understand CE labeling worldwide. Attaching a CE label to a product is treated as a way for certifying that the product satisfies all applicable EU specifications by authorities in the EU Member States.


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