GlobalSpec has asked its users about the latest design trends and features related to Industrial Enclosures. They have also shared their product applications and tips on how to buy and use these products.
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Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial enclosure design?
27 answers
Answers:
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
Increasing operational and control interlink between different systems through electronic/ digital module and interfaces through different modes of links.
~Yonas B, Engineer, Addis Aababa, Ethiopia
BESIDES THE CAD PROGRAMS, I BELIEVE THAT A NEW TECHNOLOGY WHICH WILL BOOSTER THE MARKET IS THE PRODUCTION OF SMALL LOTS OF PLASTIC ENCLOSURES WITHOUT THE COST OF HEAVY FORMS.
~Reynaldo Martins, Project Manager, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Enclosure should protect the equipments installed inside from Bust and Moisture, Life should be 10-15 years in indoors and outdoors application area.
~Ashok Menghani, Marketing/Sales, Delhi, India
More electronics going outdoors & requiring sealed enclosures. Also heat dissipation requirements dictated by denser electronics.
~Engineering, Design, Milwaukee, WI
More efficient, lower power consumption components that have different heat transfer coefficients than yesteryear.
~Ben E, Design Engineer, Austin, TX
Components are shrinking in size, but we still need to dissipate heat from vfds etc....
~Mark M, Design Engineer, New London, WI
Chemical Resistance. Vibration Resistance. Environmental Exposure.
~Duane V, Engineer, Bellmore, NY
Industrial Ethernet, distributed control system architectures
~Del S, Engineer, Mount Vernon, OH
Size of the components the we populate the enclosure with.
~Project Manager, North Canton, OH
New materials, less cooling with electronics less sparking
~Adge S, Builder/Contractor, L'ca, Cyprus
Typically it is fabrication processes that drive design.
~C T, Engineer, Cleveland, OH
Wider use of electronics and wireless monitoring.
~Clark D, Engineering Consultant, Koloa, HI
Combination of power, intelligence, & pneumatics
~Glen M, Engineer, Greensboro, NC
Better materials and manufacturing techniques.
~Syed J, Engineer, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Materials available, connectors, heat transfer
~Dave N, Engineer, Santa Maria, CA
Bending method to build the enclosure.
~Razali Zainal Abidin, Marketing/Sales, Selangor, Malaysia
Temp. control in a class 1 div 1 area.
~Neal C, Operations Maintenance Worker, Cameron, MO
The use of alternative materials.
~Kevin F, Design Engineer, Aiken, SC
Sensor, solenoid valve, motor
~William Chien, Service Manager, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Materials manufacturing
~Michael C, Project Manager, Healdsburg, CA
Molding technology.
~Marketing/Sales, Ihrlerstein, Germany
CLIMATE CONTROL
~Engineering, Consulting, New Cumberland, WV
Monitoring
~Marketing/Sales, Istanbul, Turkey
Z-purge
~Design Engineer, Chattanooga, TN

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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial enclosures?
25 answers
Answers:
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
Hammond Mfg, Saginaw Controls and Engineering, and Hoffman
~Carl C, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
There are a lot of Companies that solve problems for niche markets. No one product meets all needs. Companies that can integrate electronics and enclosures will succeed.
~Engineering, Design, Milwaukee, WI
Many companies in different fields are using similar approaches. There is no one company to suit every application.
~Adge S, Builder/Contractor, L'ca, Cyprus
Have been designing and building my own due to the fact I have not found the one to suit my needs readily available.
~General Management, Vegreville, Canada
I plan on finding that out soon. A previous enclosure I like is schroff.
~Ben E, Design Engineer, Austin, TX
On the smaller scale enclosures -- Saginaw
~Project Manager, North Canton, OH
Stahl, Cooper, Pepperl + Fuchs (walsall)
~Sukumaran M, General Management, Bangalore, India
Hoffman, Adalet and Appleton
~Design Engineer, Chattanooga, TN
Hammond, Rittal, Haewa
~Glen M, Engineer, Greensboro, NC
Tyco Electronics
~Marketing/Sales, Ihrlerstein, Germany
Hoffman stalin
~Michael C, Project Manager, Healdsburg, CA
So far, I only know Globalspec can do the enclosure but I try to search whether Global spec can do similar with my products
~Razali Zainal Abidin, Marketing/Sales, Selangor, Malaysia
Hoffman, Rittal
~Mark M, Design Engineer, New London, WI
PHOENIX MECANO
~Reynaldo Martins, Project Manager, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Honeywell
~William Chien, Service Manager, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Hoffman
~Clark D, Engineering Consultant, Koloa, HI
Hoffman
~Kevin F, Design Engineer, Aiken, SC
HOFFMAN
~Engineering, Consulting, New Cumberland, WV
Siemens
~Neal C, Operations Maintenance Worker, Cameron, MO
Rittal
~Del S, Engineer, Mount Vernon, OH
Rittal
~Azfar S, Product Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Knuer
~Marketing/Sales, Istanbul, Turkey

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