Aluminum Electrical Enclosure can Safely Protect Sensitive Equipment

Aluminum Electrical Enclosure can Safely Protect Sensitive Equipment

Aluminum is one of the widely used material for making electrical enclosures. Its features make it the most dependable material. This is also because of the fact that it is the most abundant metal found in the Earth’s crust and it is used to make numerous products. Specifically, it is also widely used in manufacturing applications. Aluminum is also ideal to make an extruded material. It means that a manufacturing plant can take a material and shape it in a die. Aluminum can be softened and can be molded into any desired shape.

With tis in mind, aluminum can bring several benefits applicable to other manufacturing techniques. This includes its corrosion-resistant, superior strength, high strength-to-weight ratio capabilities. Also aluminum is strong but lightweight. It is not complicated to make it into a one-piece design that will not be hard to replace or even repair. Let us look that the different ways that these characteristics can be utilized in protecting PCB components.

Extruded Aluminum is Applicable to be Used in All Temperatures

In case of extruded material, extruded aluminum performs efficiently in different applications and environments. Naturally, aluminum is UV stable meaning it will still remain its shape even if it is exposed under the sun. It also naturally blocks UV rays and can be helpful in protecting PCB components from harsh sunrays. In this case, some companies offer additional features such as watertight gasket to add a layer of protection for outdoor enclosures.

Extruded Aluminum Prevents Interference

If there is a need to protect equipment from RFI (radio frequency interference) or EMI (electromagnetic interference), aluminum is the perfect material to be used. It naturally absorbs signals and is highly efficient in protecting sensitive internal components. If you will notice, some television or radio antennas are covered in aluminum foil. This helps the antenna to be protected from any unexpected interference.

Aluminum Helps in Protecting Internal Components

If in case companies have sensitive internal components in their equipment, it is a good choice to have aluminum as a material for their enclosure. This metal can naturally protect equipment from UV rays, dust ingress and moisture. Perfect material to be used for outdoor enclosures. For example, the IP66 rated gasket installed in aluminum enclosures helps in giving protection from dust ingress and water ingress caused by jet sprayed water. Alternatively, a grooved exterior design helps in efficient and faster heat dissipation.

Aluminum is Perfect Material in Making Durable PArts

Aluminum is widely used not only for its amazing characteristics, but it also has very good durability. Partnered with other extrusion technique, this makes aluminum increase in strength and have higher damage-resistance compared to roll-form aluminum. Extrusion helps aluminum to have more damage resistant characteristics.

Aluminum Enclosures can be Made with Extra Features

Some companies’ extruded aluminum boxes comes with features that helps them to be more time efficient in using the enclosure. With this in mind, companies can opt to have PCB slots so engineers can easily slide their boards inside the enclosure.

Electronic Enclosures Can Also Go Green and Protect Environment

Electronic Enclosures Can Also Go Green and Protect Environment

I am proud to say that in our village we have a really great recycling program for the people living within our community. This program encourages the residents to be creative and mindful of their household recycling program because it comes with really great incentives! They provide the people living in our area with earning points that they can convert to discount coupons they can avail in the stores located within and near the area.

This program also gives the people a 60-gallon recycling cart. Isn’t it amazing? I believe all enclosure manufacturing company should have this incentive. Imagine what it can do for the environment!

In the company where I work in, they encourage the same activity to their employees. In a way, it helps us to be mindful of the stuff we throw away and how we dispose it. The company gave us this individual recycling cans just right to individual trash can.

Also, in our cafeteria and lounge room, you can also see color-coded recycling bins that tells you which garbage should be put in each and every container. This also helps the people that we should be separating all the non-biodegradable to biodegradable products and it also promotes recycling.

I am also surprised to know that I also have thought of ways on how I can effectively recycle one trash into something very useful. Imagine if this is done also with the electronic enclosures? If companies will be mindful of what they manufacture, how they manufacture it and how it is disposed will make a great difference.

For metals I believe companies can always recycle them. I hope there is also one effective way for plastic enclosures once disposed can go into another process where it will be effectively recycled.

In addition to our companies’ recycling program, they just promoted a small green makeover of all our restroom facilities throughout the building.

They have removed all the paper towel dispensers and instead they installed hand air dryers. This will help the environment to save more trees by eliminating the need for excess paper towel use. Or, they can use recycled paper towels using used papers.  This helps the companies to promote green environment.

I hope everything is the same throughout the enclosure manufacturing companies.

What is a Post-Production Waterproof Enclosures?

What is a Post-Production Waterproof Enclosures?

Even during a very harsh blizzard, I still take my dog to a walk. However, I certainly believe that he does not fully understand my own reasons why we cannot just go outside and lay on the floor. I know that he has a high energy reserve that if I will not be able to walk my dog every day, I might start considering replacing all the windows that will keep him from totally jumping from one wall to the other. This time, I am deeply thankful because as an owner of a Labrador retriever, I have proven that he has a wonderful waterproof coat – and it keeps his skin very dry and warm. Despite having to go through a very cold blizzard.

Because of my dog’s capability to stay warm and dry during blizzard, this has started me thinking – what comprises a waterproof enclosure so that it keeps the moisture from getting inside the enclosure? I have had people who are constantly asking for information on how they can manufacture standard waterproof enclosure. I have also some engineer friends that does not hesitate to share their well kept secrets from me. Because of this, here are a good list of possible workarounds of people who have been using waterproof enclosure for years.

  1. Waterproof tape: I have known people who says that they utilizes a double-sided tape in order for them to effectively seal the enclosure. Once it is wrapped around the lip of the enclosure where the cover of the enclosure meets the base of the enclosure – the tape then makes a seal that will help the enclosure from having water or solid ingress. A major benefit of this method is that this kind of tape can be easily applied to just any surface. This should contribute to sealing panels, batter doors and make the holes from other enclosures be protected.
  2. Protective gaskets: there have been enclosures available in the market that has its tracks on the enclosure being molded inside the enclosure. People have been continually giving suggestions regarding having the tracks being machined on the walls of the enclosure cases. This is a very important but crucial process that majority of the manufacturing companies does not recommend. The reason behind this is that there are only limited material available to make this process happen and the trick is going to be machining the exact amount that will leave enough thickness to make the wall robust for strength. In such a way, it will not have a very large space for the gasket to freely move around. Given that there is only 1/10th of inch thickness space available to be able to work with, there is only small possibility that these walls will eventually break.
  3. Silicone or epoxy: there is no need to bring back the enclosure to the manufacturer, get back into it or even work on its electronics. You can solve this problem by having a silicone seal.