As your design work on your great new project is wrapping up, you realize that you need an enclosure. In the past, because time was tight, you would buy someone’s standard box and then send it out to either your local job shop or the shop in the back of your facility to have the required holes and slots put in for such things as connectors, power, readouts, or whatever is needed. You did this because getting a custom product out of a typical enclosure manufacturer was harder than getting a bill through Congress.
Today, you have a great alternative. We, at Bud, have pioneered a rapid turnaround on modifications to our broad line of standard enclosures. Here are the quick steps to making it happen:
- Use Bud’s product selector to choose the product that best matches your needs
- Check with Bud or your local distributor to be sure it is in stock.
- Send us a drawing or sketch of the required modifications to the box. If you have a CAD or 3-d model, all the better, but we can design one just for you
- Bud will take your information and send you a quotation.
- When you place an order, we will rapidly create a detailed drawing for you to approve.
- Confirm the drawings and Bud will turn it around in 6 days for the first run, 5 days for repeats. This is for holes, slots or other cut-outs in the enclosure
- Note that there is no premium charge for this service. It is just Bud’s every day top service
- If you need additional modifications including silk screening, plating, special colors, or even special dimensions, just let us know, we can quote those too.
Just call your local Bud distributor or your Bud sales team at the factory for more information. Discover the Bud difference.
From Standard to Modified
For those of us who live in Cleveland, we have been living through many very late nights as the Cavs battle the Warriors for the NBA title. With the games starting shortly after 9 and often going into overtime, it has not been atypical for the game to end close to midnight. Whether it’s been a good game or a disappointing one, the adrenaline does not slow down until even later and we are all struggling to get moving in the morning.
In my last blog, I talked about how easy Bud makes it for the engineer or buyer with our fast modification service and increased level of accessories. For those of us (and given the national ratings, I think it is more than those in Cleveland and the Bay area) who are sleep deprived, Bud’s efforts are much appreciated. One more area of simplification is that we also offer products that are just plain multi-purposed and easy to use. This is the case with our new Snap Boxes. These simple plastic enclosures consist of a top and bottom that just snap together. There is no need for hardware (that could get lost) or special tools. They come with pop-out cable holes, so there is often no need for extra drilling. They securely snap together but if the top needs to be removed, it is easy to do so with the blade of a screwdriver, or even a car key. The mounting bosses are included to easily allow for the installation of boards and they have molded in mounting ears. With 12 sizes and two colors standard, the applications for these boxes is endless.
So as you work to recoup from those long nights, discover that Bud has products that make both the box selection and installation of your components basic enough that any of us can do them in our “near” sleep.
It is all about easy. Staples, the office supply store, has staked their brand on the concept of making life “easy” for their customers, creating their ubiquitous ads that feature an easy button. For anyone who is interested in their user’s well-being, developing solutions that make the acquisition process quicker and simpler is inevitably going to lead to greater customer satisfaction. At Bud, there are several steps that we have taken recently to let any customer push that “easy” button. With enclosures, that typically means making it simple to use the enclosure right out of the box.
- We offer the fastest modification services available. We can modify a standard box in 6 days for the first run, 5 days for the succeeding runs. There is no premium for this fast service and in most cases, we can even provide free design support. Of course, most enclosures cannot be used without some modifications to allow for power ingress, readouts, data connections, and the like. We can provide that service so we can help you eliminate the need to go to multiple sources to make the enclosure useable.
- We have expanded our accessories to include a very broad array of cable glands that are rated at IP 66. Quite simply, there is no point to drill holes in your NEMA enclosure if you do not protect the openings properly. Our broad array of cable glands provide the perfect solution. With multiple sizes and styles that range from the traditional to flexible to even metal, we can save you the time and hassle of research and acquisition by being a single source vendor.
There are many more ways that Bud can make your life easy. Discover the Bud that you did not know by checking out our website at www.budind.com.
One of the great discoveries for mounting equipment, particularly in factory automation, is the din rail. This simple structure (see photo) allows for the power supplies, mini enclosures, terminal blocks, or their components to simply be snapped into place with no other tools required. This makes installation quick and easy, allowing for rapid adjustments as well. This has caused an entire new segment of the components industry and product offerings to arise which are those with the din rail clips either molded in place or already installed
One of Bud’s newest products is a din rail enclosure created from an aluminum extruded box. On the DMX series, the din rail clips are molded into the plastic panels that screw into the ends of the extruded aluminum. This box also comes with pre-formed EPDM gaskets that allow the box to meet IP66 requirements, perfect for any industrial automation application. The unique shape of the extrusion and the built in slots allows for the mounting of two different sized pc boards (sold separately). Also available are IR or clear end panels which can be rapidly installed. These light weight but durable enclosures come in one height and width but in 6 different lengths and in either black or gray. To make the product uniquely your own, custom lengths are available as is Bud’s rapid modification program. Bud can insert holes, slots, or cutouts in your box in just 5-6 days, the fastest in the industry.
Check out the new DMX series today and discover that there is more to Bud than you ever knew.
When the calendar turns to May, all eyes at Bud turn to the Electronic Distribution Show and conference in Las Vegas. We have participated in this show and its predecessors almost since its inception as the May Parts Show in Chicago. It has gone from a show where manufacturers of electronic components meet with their distributors to discuss inventory and work to build orders (after negotiated discounts) to one where mutual marketing and end customers are the focus as a mid-year check on sales and also a chance to promote the newest products. It is also a great place to take the pulse of the sales trends in the industry and to learn the newest concerns and opportunities. The show is packed with meetings as we at Bud meet with a different distributor every hour, sometimes two at a time in separate rooms.
This year, we are very excited about our broad new product offerings that are being introduced at the show. The leading product is a Fiberglass enclosure, the PTQ series. Available in 10 sizes and with either an opaque or clear cover, this IP67 NEMA 4 and 6 box is a great value in providing top protection in even the most challenging environments including periodic submersion. Best of all, the fiberglass content is only 10% which provides an ideal balance between tight tolerances and the flexibility of polycarbonate while maintaining a high quality finish.
The other new products range from development board accessories to extruded din rail mount boxes. Be sure to watch for the releases on all of the new products in the coming weeks…or in this column! And if you are going to be at EDS, we look forward to seeing you at some of the major all industry events.
I am finishing a trip to Chicago that has consisted of traveling with our company’s new president, a salesperson from our local rep firm and a distributor salesperson from Allied Electronics and then attending a sales show run by Carlton Bates. I often dread making calls with sales people wondering if they are prepared, if there really is a reason for our call or are they only calling in a favor to keep me occupied. Yesterday, I saw some of the best salesmanship I have seen in some time. Our rep did not know the account contact specifically, but we were there at the request of the Allied salesperson. Both jumped in once the meeting started, delving into the customer’s needs rather than just promoting our products. Once they had clarified the need, they identified opportunities that we could provide to help them solve their enclosure requirements. In this case, the customer was delighted to learn about our 5 day modified enclosure program, an industry leading turnaround on customized products. He was using his internal team to do the modifications, but their lead times were often excessive. The sales team continued to drill down to learn specific products, time frames, and next action items. They were not aggressive, but they were supportive, leaving the customer feeling that his interests were paramount and understanding that we were there to help him, not push our own agenda. They even asked for other contacts at this account, setting up follow up approaches to provide a total solution for that customer.
We then went to the Carlton Bates reverse trade show. They had their outside team prepared to discuss a specific target account and then let us review it with them to determine the enclosure opportunities. They were well prepared, interested in what we had to say, ready with good suggestions, and eager to learn. Several were waiting for us to visit their table to discuss other potential accounts. Again, their focus was on the best aspects of selling, how they can provide exceptional service to their customers. They were excited when they could see approaches to solving sticky issues that the customer had been experiencing and partner with these accounts to be a meaningful support.
I recently spoke to someone who does not allow a salesperson to call on him. He claims to be too busy and tells them he will call when he has a need. I now realize how isolated that person really is. He is not being kept up to date on new products or services, he is not aware of different solutions than the one he develops himself, and so is short changing his company and himself. Of course, there are many weak salespeople who are out to make the biggest sale regardless of what is best for the customer in the long run. But I think as our industry has evolved, these are fewer and the professional salesperson is now helping us drive our enclosure sales. It is an exciting time in our industry.
While the sports world is abuzz over whether Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, or a mysterious stranger ordered the Patriot’s footballs to be somewhat deflated, deflation, or shrinkage, is also an issue with plastic enclosures. Polycarbonate, while very durable and damage resistant, has a tendency to shrink slightly as it cools, as do most plastics. However, there can be inconsistencies in the shrinkage process meaning that both draft angles of the sides and actual box dimensions can vary slightly from box to box. For most applications, this is not an issue as the variation is slight and the impact on equipment or boards being installed in the box are minimal. It can become an issue as holes are drilled in the sides and the draft angles may be slightly varied. When installing the connectors, they may not thread on a complete horizontal and unless the gasketing on the connector allows for this, there can be gaps in the protection.
Bud’s PIP Series is a polycarbonate box that also includes 10% fiberglass. This provides for virtually no shrinkage in the cooling process, creating a more consistent box. It also provides the “toughness” and UV protection of fiberglass yet still retains the visual appeal of polycarbonate. It is a UL508 Nema 4x rated IP67 enclosure which means that it is not only able to withstand water sprays but can be submerged as well. All of this is available at a price that is below many competitive polycarbonate boxes. Contact Bud Industries (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your local Bud distributor for more details. However the science of the Patriots deflated football evolves, rest assured that Bud Industries has solved the problem for plastic enclosures
As we have mentioned in this blog before, Bud Industries recently celebrated its 85th anniversary. There is something a bit disingenuous about a company that is so involved with the high-tech industry having survived and thrived as long as we have. Often we have heard the story of a technology employee being considered old and near the end of their “desirable” employment by the time they are 30. One can rapidly list the companies who missed the next step in the technology world and are no longer with us. Having given this all a great deal of thought, I think one of the secrets to Bud’s longevity is the inherent flexibility of our products. We have products that have been in our line since the 1930’s and what has changed is what they enclose as opposed to the need for totally new enclosures. For example, a product that might have housed small tubes now can house boards.
A perfect example of this is our Pi Sandwich enclosure, designed for the first of the raspberry pi development boards. Recently, the foundation released a completely new version of the pi, level B+. It has many new features including more USB ports, a longer GPIO among others. This means that the location of holes or slots required of an enclosure to fit the board have all changed, which might mean a new box would be needed. However, because of the flexibility that we built into the box, the new version fits well and all features are easily accessible.
All too often today, obsolescence is designed into the product. At Bud, we strive to make enclosures that will endure, will be able to adapt to the new technologies, and provide value for our customer. It is one of the major ingredients in the “secret sauce” that have allowed us to thrive through the generations.