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 does the High Heat do in Spring and Electronics Enclosure?

What does the High Heat do in Spring and Electronics Enclosure?

In line with the spring decided to give us a small sneak peak on what mother earth has in store for us, I have decided to write about the plastic material description and what types of these materials should be used on higher heat materials. Especially with the high heat weather, it is important for us to be knowledgeable on this aspect.

The ABS material has set a melting point of 176 degrees Fahrenheit. If a design engineer is planning on a project that has the potential to have an above temperature than 176 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have to take a look on a very heat resistant material. We should start with Noryl®.

This material is a modified Polyphenylene Oxide which constitutes a very good high and low temperature performance that has a wide range of temperature from -40 degrees F to 203 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only that this material will be able to withstand the super high temperature but it also have a very high impact. It also has a very good mechanical strength, and it can only mean that the products that are being molded using this material can resist and be able to maintain the integrity of some potential accidents. Such as low drops or other forms of abuse.

Also, in addition to this, this material has a very excellent stability under very heavy load. It can also protect the equipment from a possible collapse that can happen under weight and pressure. One of the major downfalls of this material is that it can be weakened just by using a petroleum. Therefore, once a petroleum-based products touched this material, it can lose its integrity. It should not come near close to a Noryl® fixture. Products like these suh as coolants or some cutting oils should be petroleum free.

Regardless of this, the Noryl® is a very efficient and easy to work with material. Because it can give a whole wide variety of different fabricating options that also includes the thermoforming, ultrasonic sealing, and bonding. Also including is the CNC machining of this specific material can result to a very clean and smooth cuts to be able to increase the professional appearance of the finished product. Because of the heightened material cost, several plastic molders can apply a additional surcharge for using this material and companies can require minimum quantity orders.

All about IP Protection Rating: What Rating can I Use?

All about IP Protection Rating: What Rating can I Use?

Just recently, a very close friend of mine decided that she wants to sell some of her stuff. These are the things in her house she thinks she does not need anymore. One of the items she owned was a custom-tailored dress that she had made for a very special occasion. For me it was a very beautiful night gown with a very unique and pretty sense of style. For me, my friend is a fashion icon of her own right.

She utilized elements and colors that she saw from different gown styles that can fit her body type and her taste in fashion. She had them all mashed up into one. Since it is a custom dress that had to be taken and repaired for a few times, she is now having a hard time on deciding how she can advertise the dress? She is not sure what style her dress shows now because of different ideas rolled into one. With this, I suggested that she states in her advertisement when was the last time dress was won and for what occasion it was used.

There are also other things in life we find it hard to put the right title on it. There are items that are hard to designate a title with. While there are things that are created with a specific purpose and intention in mind, it does not mean that they have formal certifications. This also holds true when it comes to the electronics enclosure.

There are enclosure series produced by companies that are coming from specific characteristics the designers had in mind. They wanted and desired to have an enclosure that can meet the IP66 standards. This means that their electronics enclosure should be able to protect the equipment from the water and dust ingress that can protect and shield the electronics effectively inside the enclosure.

Little did they know that the IP ratings of enclosures can be greatly affected by the way the enclosures were machined. While it makes a lot of sense the the whole idea behind the IP66 is that the water should be prevented from entering and getting inside the electronics. While machining a hole for customization purposes can potentially allow the water inside the enclosure and it can bring great harm to the equipment housed inside. This can create a new opening and there are potential ways to circumvent and damage the rating.

This is the main reason why some of the enclosure manufacturing companies cannot certify their enclosure design because they will go against the standard IP rating definitions because some of the characteristics will be totally compromised. Because they know that the need to machine the equipment is depending on the need for accommodating certain connectors and cables for the equipment. At this point, the rating is no longer valid.

There are cable glands available to prevent the water from entering the enclosure. Just ask the company you are sending your inquiry to if they have one of these available. It can help your equipment be protected from possible water ingress.

Obvious Similarities of an Enclosure and a Flamenco

Obvious Similarities of an Enclosure and a Flamenco

The dance lessons continue and I’m learning more than I thought I would. Really, I always assumed it was one or two moves and then just add in some flair, like dips or a fancy foot move. But no, there are STEPS to these dances. And one must know them in a specific order, from start to finish, so that as part of a couple, he or she can lead or be led. Blows my mind really. So are there other processes in life that we must follow exact steps in order to correctly complete the process? Why, I’m glad you asked. Yes, yes there are.

It is surprising to know that are obvious similarities of Flamenco to an enclosure. Actually almost all form of dances is similar to the process of building an enclosure. Dancing is not akin to just forming the steps and just adding extra poses to make it brilliant. The dancer should know how to give the steps and dance gracefully by order. There is no brilliant thing that is done overnight. There are crucial steps that are needed to take in order to lead the dance and be able to finish it gracefully. This is just really amazing when you think that in also in life, you need to take slow processes for you to master the exact steps and be ready to make and complete what it is needed to be done.

With this in mind, I would like to help you understand this by illustrating how a plastic enclosure’s lid is secured by following these steps. For your reference, here are the steps below:

1. First, arrange the screws on the cover and seal them by threading them through the cover holes. There are different holes for different types of screws. For the enclosure cover, it accommodates WA, WC, & WP series. These are considered to be captive screws that is primarily made for stainless stell.

2. After the first step is done, this is the time to have the cover placed over the base or the bottom half of the enclosure. Then arrange the screws or align on the cover over the corresponding holes on the base.

3. Have the screws loosely assembled in the cover in sequence until the screws are already finger tight.

4. Have the screws tighten up to a torque of 8-inch pounds. To achieve a better accuracy, use a torque screw.

5. To make sure that the sealed joint is tight enough and the gasket covered is properly aligned, inspect everything. It should be aligned with the lip in the body. For the 4-hole covers, the engineer should have the middle of the cover be squeezed tight against the base of the enclosure. There are times that when doing this on a larger enclosure you will hear a snap noise. Do not worry because this is a normal scenario and it just indicates that the sealing lip in the base is now properly seated and aligned with the cover gasket.