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 would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
24 answers
Answers:
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
Sturdier doors, latching on three sides of the door, auto opening door with an incorporated wind stop catch, door ajar alert, slam to close compression latching.
~Carl C, Marketing/Sales, Minneapolis, MN
A cheap, fast response design team for unique shapes and installation sites, such as in airplanes, mil vehicles, or other odd shape circumstances.
~Dave N, Engineer, Santa Maria, CA
Dust, Wind, Moisture, Sleet resistance. Vibration test data. Impact test data. Recessed handles, Recessed Cooling Vents (louvered).
~Duane V, Engineer, Bellmore, NY
A single type of material that could be used in all applications (Nuclear to All others) and at a good price.
~Kevin F, Design Engineer, Aiken, SC
Better availability of enclosures for the aforementioned applications but with heat sinks.
~General Management, Vegreville, Canada
The perfect box would have an external ground point, and removable hinged door.
~Neal C, Operations Maintenance Worker, Cameron, MO
Safe, robust, easy access, easy to install and uninstall and good appearance.
~Yonas B, Engineer, Addis Aababa, Ethiopia
Nema 4 that could be shipped and stored flat in a broken down state (ikea).
~C T, Engineer, Cleveland, OH
Tamper proof latches and hardware be the standard, water tight seals
~Project Manager, North Canton, OH
Easy customization and quick delivery as per customer application
~Sukumaran M, General Management, Bangalore, India
Cost effective Outdoor longevity Modular Agency Approvals
~Engineering, Design, Milwaukee, WI
RAL7035 paint standard, lots of accessories, quick delivery
~Mark M, Design Engineer, New London, WI
To get the best product with the most economical prices.
~Syed J, Engineer, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
More durable product, Non corrosive ,ip67 rating
~Michael C, Project Manager, Healdsburg, CA
A custom case feel at an off the shelf price.
~Ben E, Design Engineer, Austin, TX
To be good on sealing for the noise reduction
~Razali Zainal Abidin, Marketing/Sales, Selangor, Malaysia
Fiber optic Explosion proof enclosures
~Azfar S, Product Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
More weather tight for outside use.
~Design Engineer, Chattanooga, TN
Depends on the application.
~Marketing/Sales, Ihrlerstein, Germany
Strong, cheap, modular.
~Marketing/Sales, Istanbul, Turkey
Linear material
~William Chien, Service Manager, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Q:
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
Answers:
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
Check the suppliers specification list for "extras" and "accessories" if everything is an extra can someone else give you it as standard.It cost money to modify enclosures.
~Adge S, Builder/Contractor, L'ca, Cyprus
Read manufacturer specification and unit system used by manufacturer carefully. sizes mentioned in mm/cm can cause dramatic situation at time of installations.
~Azfar S, Product Specialist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Industrial enclosure should be kept closed unless someone is doing maintenance, troubleshooting or repair.
~Del S, Engineer, Mount Vernon, OH
Find a vendor that offers many options to the standard enclosure to get one that meets what you need.
~Kevin F, Design Engineer, Aiken, SC
Now what ratings are needed for the environment the enclosure will be used in.
~Project Manager, North Canton, OH
Incorporate EMI shielding and design around that early in the design phase.
~Ben E, Design Engineer, Austin, TX
Be sure you know the environment the enclosure will have to survive.
~Clark D, Engineering Consultant, Koloa, HI
To have a simple of a particular product before bulk order.
~Yonas B, Engineer, Addis Aababa, Ethiopia
Heat, make sure you account for getting rid of it.
~C T, Engineer, Cleveland, OH
Size vfd enclosures larger to dissipate heat.
~Mark M, Design Engineer, New London, WI
Check the requirements thoroughly.
~Syed J, Engineer, Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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