Description   Industrial enclosures are used to house electronic components, equipment, and devices. They protect personnel from accidental injury while the equipment is in operation and prevent the ingress of environmental contaminants such as dust and water.           Types   There are many types of industrial enclosures that vary based on size, rating, material, and what they are designed to encapsulate.    Console...
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Q & A on Industrial Enclosures

We asked our users for their input on Industrial Enclosures. Here are the results of 174 users familiar with Industrial Enclosures.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial enclosure design?
27 answers
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As a hardware supplier, it's explosion proof latching, adjustable hinge compression, 316 SS handles, latches that are uni-directional until operated the first time, better seals to meet IP65.
~Carl C, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
Increased safety (Exe) in place of explosion proof (Exd) protection is being accepted for use in hazardous or explosive environments by standards as well as many end users / consultants
~Sukumaran M, General Management, Bangalore, India
Fiber optic enclosure as in my application we use low voltage readers that emits magnetic energy to produce a field. As someone with authorized tags and cards passes by, he's granted access. What i faced with traditional explosive enclosures they are made of cost iron and absorb all energy. So i like the introduction of explosive proof fiber optic enclosures that are explosive proof but at the same time good for our applications.
~Azfar S, Product Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial enclosures?
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Omega, American, A-1, Allied, Budco, Hammond
~Duane V, Engineer, Bellmore, NY
Rittal, Hoffmann, Legrand, Stahl and some others
~Syed J, Engineer, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
General electric, Schenider, Cummins, OTS and many others.
~Yonas B, Engineer, Addis Aababa, Ethiopia
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used industrial enclosures for?
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As a seller of non metallic industrial enclosures for over 15 years by a global manufacturer, FIBOX Enclosures, our company has sold to numerous industries for many applications. A couple of my favorite are: 1. all the lights on the Eiffel Tower - this application used one of our standard bases and then a customized cover was made to make sure the lights were shining from all angles. 2. the Luge run for the Olympics - this application used one of our standard enclosures as a controller for the temperature sensing on this project. 3. Wind Towers - many of our enclosures are used as junction boxes - controllers for numerous aspects of the wind towers - from Gear Boxes - to sensors for the lighting inside the towers - to controllers to send wind speeds and weather information that is necessary.
~Marketing/Sales, Glen Burnie, MD
Enclosures have vast range of applications in Electrical, Automation and Control, Telecommunication and Electronics verticals. We use enclosures as Junction box, Distribution boards, Drive panels, Telecom JB, Array JB, MCC, PCC, Consoles, Push button stations, Plug and socket enclosures etc.
~Ashok Menghani, Marketing/Sales, Delhi, India
On a large scale, we manufacture enclosures to house oil / gas load break switches, medium voltage switchgear which in the industry is called power control rooms or substations.
~Project Manager, North Canton, OH
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial enclosures have been used for.
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Low voltage systems e.g card readers, that usually don't come explosion proof like light fixtures, but we use them in explosion proof enclosures which is probably not-standard. but we make them standardized.
~Azfar S, Product Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Light house controllers with solar charging, also sea lane marking buoys,(corrosion). Chlorination equipment in remote locations.(Corrosion+ Air conditioning controllers in the Dubai desert.
~Adge S, Builder/Contractor, L'ca, Cyprus
We've had situations where traffic light control boxes are sitting next to the road and get splashed with salty snow from the plows, so all of the hardware had to be corrosion resistant.
~Carl C, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of industrial enclosures?
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I have seen some of the Polystrene enclosures melting in outdoors area where Aluminum cables are used
~Ashok Menghani, Marketing/Sales, Delhi, India
I know of people trying to use HVAC quality boxes to house controls and they're just not the same as a NEMA rated box.
~Carl C, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
Over heating caused by weather in Saudi Arabia 50 to 60C causes the internal temperature of enclosure too high. No holes can be made in enclosures due to fine dust particles in Saudi desert. so if internal fans not provided inside for an equal equilibrium and equal static heat for all components installed inside will cause malfunctions for sensitive electronics modules inside. so hearer/ sunshade and internal blower must be placed with great care to avoid disastrous situation.
~Azfar S, Product Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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Wider range of sizes, off the shelf designs, wider choice of see through fronts and drop in back panels for system and equipment mounting. Maybe back mounted plastic or phenolic plates thick enough to use drilling and tapping.
~Clark D, Engineering Consultant, Koloa, HI
Better door seals and alignment of door latching hardware. Support by design automation tools similar to those used for Printed Circuit Board design. Go from circuit to layout automatically.
~Del S, Engineer, Mount Vernon, OH
A design range that give different levels of protection by cheap adaptability. This applies to weather proofing and atmospheric protection. Different climates require variations.
~Adge S, Builder/Contractor, L'ca, Cyprus
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of industrial enclosures?
14 answers
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I feel that the cost savings associated with thinner doors evaporates when trying to seal the doors requires expensive gasketing. Also, don't over compress the gaskets. Ideal sealing only requires gasket compression of 30%-40%. A bulb gasket will not retain as much "memory" as a solid foam gasket. More expensive to begin with, but will eliminate service and warranty issues later.
~Carl C, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
Users should review their requirement and make specification clear to suppliers and ensure that necessary certifications by regulatory authorities are in place for the enclosures selected especially when same to be used for installation in explosive / hazardous environment
~Sukumaran M, General Management, Bangalore, India
Familiarize yourself with NEMA & UL regs. when selecting enclosures for industrial and environmental applications. Also consider potential corrosive aspects of the application as this could affect grounding and leakage current and hardware selection.
~Duane V, Engineer, Bellmore, NY
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial enclosures?
19 answers
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Need to check the specification carefully before selection. In my case, I needed explosion proof and i bought explosion proof, but i was surprised with a situation that cast iron explosive box eat all magnetic energy and i have to buy another time the fiber optic explosion proof box to save magnetic energy. Avoid double cost...
~Azfar S, Product Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Think about the hinging and latching as part of the door design. It's much easier to change sheet metal than industrial hardware. This keeps the costs lower.
~Carl C, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
If your equipment will be exposed to weather during transport or shipped overseas, it may require a highly IP rating than is need at its installation site.
~Del S, Engineer, Mount Vernon, OH
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