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Can PoE and non-PoE PDs be used on a PoE switch at the same time?

Yes. PoE technology does not interfere with normal switch operations. In addition, many PoE switches feature the ability to disable PoE ports that do not need it—rendering them more power-efficient.

What category of Ethernet cable should be used with PoE?

CAT5e or better is strongly advised, with the most stable choice being CAT6A. CAT6A is generally considered the “future-proof” cable grade and is used in healthcare, educational institutions, enterprise business, military, and more.

What is a PoE calculator?

A Power over Ethernet calculator determines the amount of voltage that will be delivered to your remote PoE device.

How far can a PoE extender extend a network’s reach?

A PoE extender can increase a network’s range up to 102 kilometers (km)—about 4,000 feet. However, the distance extension depends on the power level needed. For instance, with most PoE extenders supporting 100 Megabits-per-second (MBps), the distance maxes out at 610m (2,000 feet).

Do I need a PoE injector if I have a PoE switch?

No. PoE injectors are required only in networks with standard (non-PoE) switches, and there is a desire to add PoE PDs to the system. PoE injectors are significantly less expensive than PoE switches and often prove to be the most economical solution to inserting PoE technology into a network. However, if the network is extensive and has dozens of PDs, biting the bullet and investing in a PoE switch is advisable.

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Industrial Camera Housing

Today, there are many applications for an industrial camera. In fact, there are more than 100 companies offering users a variety of industrial camera choices. Rugged industrial camera housing for machine vision, security, military applications, and more must meet demanding standards. As many industrial cameras are built without protective enclosures, the main focus of this article is on the value and use of industrial camera housing. First, however, we begin with the industrial camera.

What is an industrial camera?

Industrial cameras have been specially adapted to work in environments with harsh conditions, such as:

  • High temperatures

  • Low temperatures

  • Extreme temperature swings

  • Pressure

  • Vibration

  • Electromagnetism

  • Moisture

  • Chemicals

  • Dirt and dust

These special cameras are used to do things like control production cycles in factories, track items on conveyors, detect ultra-tiny parts, and provide security in harsh environments.  And the number of industries that deploy industrial cameras is quite large and encompasses:

  • Automotive manufacturing plants

  • Factory floors

  • Food and beverage industry

  • Medicine

  • Military

  • Oil and gas refineries

  • Retail warehouses

  • Science

  • Telecommunications base stations

  • Traffic control

  • Train signaling control

  • Utilities

  • And More.

As mentioned previously, many of the industrial cameras used in the abovementioned industries come without protective enclosures (called housing), reliable cables, or any illumination (lighting) capabilities. And that’s where quality industrial camera housing comes in.

Versa Technology’s P2000-AI Industrial 24 VAC Industrial Cold Start Camera Housing

Description

The P2000-AI camera housing is constructed from cast aluminum to meet IP68 and IK10 standards (more about these standards later). The enclosure is spacious and accommodates wide-angle or long-distance remote focus lenses (8-80 mm). The P20 series supports 24VAC power input and are industrial models, all of which are equipped with a window heater and blower. The P2000-AI camera housing also includes:

  • Intrusion alarm switch

  • Adjustable sun shade

  • Integrated illuminator touch board (ITB) for an optional snap-in VAIR illuminator

  • Built-in camera heater, supporting cold starts in temperatures of -40°C.

Optional Accessories:

What is an IP rating?

The IP Code was established to ensure users of industrial-grade equipment are informed as to what type of protection their equipment has. IP stands for “ingress protection,”  and “ingress” refers to the amount of intrusion a piece of equipment gets from foreign bodies like water and dirt. Therefore, the IP Code (or rating) indicates the degree of protection provided by enclosures for electrical equipment that does not exceed 72.5 kV (kilovolt). 

The IP code is an international standard defined by BS EN 605209.

What do the two numbers in an IP code mean?

IP codes consist of the letters “IP” followed by two numbers. For example, the IP code (or rating) for Versa’s P2000-AI camera housing pictured above is IP68. The first number (in this case, “6”) indicates the level of protection the camera housing gives to an industrial camera against the intrusion (ingress) of solid foreign objects—anything from tools or fingers to dirt or dust—that could damage the circuitry of the industrial camera.

The intrusion protection is rated from “0,” which indicates no protection, to “6,” which means total protection against dust. Simply put: the higher the number, the higher the protection.

The second digit in the IP code (in our example, “8”) indicates the amount of protection against moisture—everything from drips to sprays to complete submersion. The moisture protection is rated from “0,” which means zero protection, to “8,” delineating protection against continuous submersion in water. As with the first solid foreign object IP number, the higher the moisture protection indicator, the higher the protection. 

So, to return to Versa’s P2000-AI camera housing example, it has a rating of IP68, indicating the highest degree of ingress protection possible.

To see a complete IP Rating Chart, click here.

What is an IK rating?

IK ratings rank the impact protection of a tool or piece of equipment. The “K” stands for “kinetic” to differentiate it from ingress ratings (IP). Unlike IP ratings, IK ratings are numbered 00 through 10, and just like IP ratings, the higher the number, the higher the protection.

IK ratings are broken down into “joules of impact force.” TechTarget defines “joule” as follows:

“The Joule (pronounced JOOL) is the standard unit of energy in electronics and general scientific applications. One joule is defined as the amount of energy exerted when a force of one newton is applied over a displacement of one meter. One joule is the equivalent of one watt of power radiated or dissipated for one second.”

What do the different IK ratings mean?

IK00: No protection

IK0I: Protected against 0.14 joules of impact (equal to the impact of  a 0.25 kilogram (kg) mass dropped from 56 millimeters (mm) above)

IK02: Protected against 0.2 joules of impact (equal to the impact of 0.25kg mass dropped from 80mm)

IK03: Protected against 0.35 joules of impact (equal to the impact of 0.2kg mass dropped from 140mm)

IK04: Protected against 0.5 joules of impact (equal to the impact of  0.25kg mass dropped from 200mm)

IK05: Protected against 0.7 joules of impact (equal to the impact of  0.25kg mass dropped from 280mm)

IK06: Protected against 1 joule of impact (equal to the impact of  0.25kg mass dropped from 400mm) 

IK07: Protected against 2 joules of impact (equal to the impact of  0.5kg mass dropped from 400mm)

IK08: Protected against 5 joules of impact (equal to the impact of  1.7kg mass dropped from 200mm) 

IK09: Protected against 10 joules of impact (equal to the impact of  5kg mass dropped from 200mm)

IK10: Protected against 20 joules of impact (equal to the impact of  5kg mass dropped from 400mm)

Versa Technology’s P2000-AI Camera Housing has a rating of IK10. For most industrial products, this maximum IK rating gives more than adequate impact protection. However, some products require more, and while the IK rating system does not go above IK10, some claim an IK rating of 30. This type of rating is achieved by undergoing what is called the Charpy Impact Test.  

How to Choose the Best Security Camera Housing

Industrial security cameras are everywhere nowadays—in parking lots, factories, utility plants, docks, oil refineries, mines, etc. The industrial camera housing is crucial in preventing rapid deterioration in these inhospitable environments. When choosing housing for an industrial security camera, there are several features to look for.

Rugged Construction

The first feature to consider is the housing’s construction.  The only camera housing to consider for industrial applications are those made of industrial stainless steel or thick aluminum.  Always look for a high level of quality and design that allows for easy installation and maintenance of the security camera.

Protection Ratings

Getting the best weatherproof and vandal-proof rating for industrial camera housing is paramount. Ask yourself:

  • Will the industrial security camera be subjected to weather conditions like rain, snow, ice, wind, etc.?

  • Will the camera be exposed to elements such as dirt, dust, acid, salt spray, humidity, industrial chemicals, and the like?

  • Is the camera to be located where it is vulnerable to criminal attacks?

If the answer is yes, housing with IP68 and IK10 ratings should be used.

Heating and Blowing Features

Two important features to have in housing for security cameras operating in extreme temperature conditions are internal heating and blowing (cooling). This housing comes equipped with:

  • A cooling tube that blows cold air within the camera housing

  • Multiple exhaust valves

  • An air nozzle that cools and cleans the housing glass from dust and dirt 

  • Some models come with a wiper to defog the window 

Flexible Mounting Options

Industrial security camera housing will not be effective if they do not have easy and flexible mounting options. Look for strong brackets that swivel and are made of heavy-duty stainless steel. When using a PTZ camera, always opt for movable mounting brackets. 

Versa Technology’s P6000-IW Industrial 95W PoE Camera Housing With ITB and Wiper

Description

The P6000-IW is a 95W PoE camera housing that is backward compatible with PoE 802.3af/at. This industrial camera housing is powered by UPOE over a single Ethernet cable. The industrial camera housing is constructed of cast aluminum to meet IP66/IK10 standards, and all components are tested between -20°C and 65°C.

The P6000-IW features the following:

  • IP66 and IK10 impact-rated cast aluminum housing

  • Window heater and blower

  • Built-in wiper

  • Adjustable sun shade

  • Intrusion alarm switch

  • Accommodates box cameras equipped with wide-angle or long-distance lenses (8 to 80mm)

  • ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for optional snap-in VAIR illuminator

Optional Accessories include:

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P2000-AI Industrial 24VAC Cold Start Camera Housing

$303.00

The P2000-AI camera housing is constructed from cast aluminum to meet IP68 and IK10 standards. The enclosure is spacious for wide-angle lenses or long-distant remote focus lenses. The P20 series supports 24VAC power input and are industrial models, all of which are equipped with window heater & blower. The P2000-AI camera housing includes an intrusion alarm switch, adjustable sun shade, integrated ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for an optional snap in VAIR illuminator. P2000-AI is especially equipped with built-in camera heater, supporting cold start in the environment of -40°C.

Included with the P2000-AI:

  • IP68/IK10 impact rated cast aluminum housing
  • Window heater & blower
  • Adjustable sun shade
  • Intrusion alarm switch
  • ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for optional snap in VAIR illuminator
  • Accommodates box cameras equipped with wide-angle lenses or long-distance lenses (8 to 80 mm)
  • Camera heater supports cold start at -40°C

Optional Accessories:

P2000-AIW Industrial 24VAC Cold Start Camera Housing with Wiper

$385.00

The P2000-AIW camera housing is constructed from cast aluminum to meet IP68 and IK10 standards. The enclosure is spacious for wide-angle lenses or long-distant remote focus lenses. The P20 series supports 24VAC power input and are industrial models, all of which are equipped with window heater & blower. The P2000-AIW camera housing includes an intrusion alarm switch, adjustable sun shade, integrated ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for an optional snap in VAIR illuminator. P2000-AIW is especially equipped with built-in camera heater, supporting cold start in the environment of -40°C and also has a built-in wiper along with the enclosure.

Included with the P2000-AIW:

  • IP68/IK10 impact rated cast aluminum housing
  • Window heater & blower
  • Adjustable sun shade
  • Intrusion alarm switch
  • ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for optional snap in VAIR illuminator
  • Accommodates box cameras equipped with wide-angle lenses or long-distance lenses (8 to 80 mm)
  • Camera heater supports cold start at -40°C
  • Built-in Wiper

Optional Accessories:

P2000-IW Industrial 24VAC Camera Housing with ITB and Wiper

$275.00

The P2000-IW, 24VAC power input, is an industrial camera housing equipped with wiper as well as a heater/blower to defog the window. The P2000-IW camera housing includes an intrusion alarm switch, adjustable sun shade, integrated ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for an optional snap in VAIR illuminator. The industrial camera housing is constructed cast aluminum to meet IP66/IK10 standards and all components are tested between -20°C and 65°C.

Included with the P2000-IW:

  • IP66/IK10 impact rated cast aluminum housing
  • Window heater & blower
  • Built-in wiper
  • Adjustable sun shade
  • Intrusion alarm switch
  • Accommodates box cameras equipped with wide-angle lenses or long-distance lenses (8 to 80mm)
  • ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for optional snap in VAIR illuminator

Optional Accessories:

P6000-IW Industrial 95W PoE Camera Housing with ITB and Wiper

$399.00

The P6000-IW is a 95W PoE camera housing that is backward compatible with PoE 802.3af/at. It is an industrial UPoE camera housing equipped with wiper as well as a heater/blower to defog the window. The P6000-IW camera housing includes an intrusion alarm switch, adjustable sun shade, integrated ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for an optional snap in VAIR illuminator. The P6000-IW is powered by UPoE over one Ethernet cable. The industrial camera housing is constructed cast aluminum to meet IP66/IK10 standards and all components are tested between -20°C and 65°C.

Included with the P6000-IW:

  • IP66/IK10 impact rated cast aluminum housing
  • Window heater & blower
  • Built-in wiper
  • Adjustable sun shade
  • Intrusion alarm switch
  • Accommodates box cameras equipped with wide-angle lenses or long-distance lenses (8 to 80mm)
  • ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for optional snap in VAIR illuminator

Optional Accessories:

P6900-IW-KIT-A Industrial 95W 802.3bt PoE ANPR Camera Housing Kit with ITB, Wiper, LED and Bracket

$878.00

The P6900-IW-KIT-A is a UPoE camera housing kit that is supported by 95W PSE over one Ethernet cable. This camera housing supports Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) supported by PoE individually.  AETEK provides a series of all-in-one ANPR camera housings to fit most box cameras equipped with wide-angle lenses or long-distance lenses (8 to 80mm). The P6900-IW-KIT-A camera housing is constructed from aluminum die casting to meet IP66/IK10 standards. This industrial camera housing kit is equipped with heater, blower, wiper, and snapped in 48W IR LED. This LED is using VAIR-IR technology to cover 2-lane ANPR detection.

Included with the P6900-IW-KIT-A:

  • IP66/IK10 impact rated cast aluminum housing
  • 95W UPoE input
  • Window heater & blower
  • Built-in wiper
  • Wall mount bracket (BK-101)
  • Built-in 48W VAIR LED (VR-481)
  • ITB (Illuminator Touch Board) for snap in VAIR illuminator
  • Adjustable sun shade
  • Intrusion alarm switch
  • Accommodates box cameras equipped with wide-angle lenses or long-distance lenses (8 to 80mm)
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