Mechanical Impact Testing
Mechanical impact (IK) coding, or international mechanical protection, is the degree of protection an enclosure provides against harmful external mechanical impacts such as vandalism or accidental contact.
Impact testing is performed against the requirements of IEC / EN 62262 Degrees of protection provided by enclosures for electrical equipment against external mechanical impacts (IK code). It provides evidence of the suitability of the enclosure for its intended environment. IK codes are used to identify the impact energy applied, ranging from 0.14J to 20J (IK01 to IK10).
kA’s IK Testing Capabilities
This test is included in our UKAS scope. Our test rig has been built to conform to IEC 60068-2-75 Test Eha: Pendulum hammer and has been calibrated to apply each impact energy (IK code) listed below.
2J (IK07), 5J (IK08), 10J (IK09), 20J (IK10)
Should you require an impact energy of less than 2J (IK07) or more than 20J (IK10), please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Relevant Product Standards
We can perform impact testing using the test rig described above to any product standard. Some examples include:
IEC/BS EN 61439 Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies –
Part 2: Power switchgear and controlgear assemblies
Part 3: Distribution boards intended to be operated by ordinary persons (DBO)
Part 6: Busbar trunking systems (busways)
IEC/BS EN 62271 High-voltage switchgear and controlgear –
Part 100: Alternating current circuit-breakers
Part 201: AC solid-insulation enclosed switchgear and controlgear for rated voltages above 1 kV and up to and including 52 kV
IEC/BS EN 50130-5 Alarm systems – Environmental test methods
IEC/BS EN 60598-1 Luminaires & 62696:2011 Luminaires – Application of the IK code IEC 62262
IEC/BS EN 62676-1-1 Video surveillance systems for use in security applications
IEC/BS EN 62208 Empty enclosures for low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies – General requirements