Polycarbonate Enclosures with 10% Fiberglass – the perfect combination

New products are always exciting for us here at Bud. In the coming weeks, this blog will be highlighting some of the significant new product areas and sharing with you the key features and benefits of the diverse group of products that we are introducing this fall. The first is the PTS series of 10% fiberglass plastic enclosures. These join the very successful PIP series and the PTQ series that just came out last spring. As you may remember, the material of polycarbonate reinforced with 10% fiberglass is an ideal compound that provides the shatter resistance of polycarbonate with the strength of fiberglass.

The new PTS series comes in 15 different sizes ranging from 2.5” x 2.0” x 2.0” to 22” x 11” x 5”. Each size has the option of ordering it with a clear lid as opposed to the opaque lid. They latch with captive screws and meet IP67 ratings as well as UL NEMA 4x and 6. This means that they can be submerged for brief periods of time as well as being perfect for factory floors where they are hosed down or subjected to occasional splashing. They provide significant advantages to metal enclosures in both pricing and weight, allowing for quick installation. There are optional metal or plastic panels that conveniently fit into the box for the mounting of your components without the need to drill additional holes. Finally, if you do need holes or slots, they can be modified as a part of Bud’s industry leading 5 day modification program, giving the customer instant access to a turn-key system.


The PTS offers great flexibility, a breadth of sizes, and application. Check them out at the website of your favorite Bud distributor.

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The AN-A IP68 Die Cast Box…Making a Good Thing Even Better

It is a well-worn bit of advice to never “mess with a good thing.” For many, when you’ve got a long term great selling product, making adjustments can be a risk, potentially alienating your core customer base. However, we recently saw an opportunity to improve on one of our best selling products and we jumped at the chance. Our AN series of NEMA 4 and 4x die cast boxes has been  a great selling line for us for over 15 years. They have a low price point, provide light weight yet strong protection, and are easy to modify to allow for the installation of components such as connectors, switches and displays. There was only one minor inconvenience, the “string” gasket could be a bit time consuming to install.

Bud is very proud to introduce the next generation AN box, designated with a “-A” suffix. Not only does it come with a cut to size, drop into place gasket, but it also meets IP68. This means that it is the first die cast box in the industry to be able to be submerged at more than 1 meter of water for more than an hour. In fact, we tested the product at a depth of 6 feet for more than 24 hours and it passed the stringent UL testing with flying colors. These boxes will be introduced beginning later this month with a complete transition of the Bud inventory by February 1. We are very excited about the new markets that this modification opens up for us and for our customers and we look forward to hearing about many successful applications. As always, check with us or your favorite Bud distributor for more details.

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Ingenuity, Friendship, and a Bud Plastic Enclosure Save the Day

We are always delighted when a customer sends us a photo of one of our enclosures in use.   It fascinates us to see the diversity in applications where electronics needs to be enclosed in industries of which we had no idea needed them.. From farming where enclosures are used in chicken coops to track the productivity and safety of the chickens to health care where motorized wheelchairs have their motor enclosed, the usage is impressive. But every so often, an application comes from an unexpected source and we find an enclosure is being utilized to solve a problem we never thought about.Poncher project

We have known the Poncher family in the Electronic Component Industry for generations. Chuck Poncher’s father and uncle founded Newark Electronics in the early days of the industry at about the same time my grandfather founded Bud Industries. Chuck has a photo of a Bud truck delivering product to them dating back to the 40’s. After their business was sold, Chuck founded Hawk Electronics in the Chicago suburbs and that distributor still carries Bud products under the leadership of his son Kip. Kip, like me, the father of 4, recognized he had a tech problem in his home. The chargers for their electronic devices kept disappearing. To solve this, he grabbed a trusty Bud enclosure (CU-388-MB, a Bud plastic utilibox) and created a charging station for his home. The multi-purpose plastic enclosure proved perfect for housing allToday, once again, peace reigns within the Poncher household and our multi-generational friendship continues.

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Discover Bud Enclosure’s Interstellar Level of Component Protection

Between the new discoveries of water movement on Mars, and the Matt Damon movie, the Maritan, space and space travel is in the news. It is probably little known that Bud Industries played a small but important role in early space flight. For those old enough to remember, the astronauts carried with them a large metal box, its use was classified and we never learned exactly what it did. We thought it might have to do with generating oxygen or temperature controls for the space suit.  Bud manufactured these boxes to their exacting standards and did so for nearly a decade until they were no longer required. In the intervening years, Bud has provided NASA products for a variety of applications, mostly involved in research and testing.464460main_s66-24478_full[2]

Today, Bud quality is internationally known particularly for products that protect components in harsh environments. While we have not tested our products on Mars, we have tested them under a variety of extreme weather conditions. One of our customers for our PN series of NEMA and IP rated plastic boxes deploys them in the Arctic Circle as part of a monitoring system. Having to deal with not only the extreme temperatures, but also moisture and wind create a challenge that we have successful met for years. Their boxes have worked flawlessly and the only modification has been that we have sent them updated gaskets as they have evolved to insure that they have the best possible product. While your applications may not be in space or at the North Pole, discover the protection that Bud can provide for all of your component needs.

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It’s All About Making it Easy for the Customer

Today is the day that the Iphone 6s is being released and to no one’s surprise, there are huge lines outside the stores waiting to be the first to get the new device. What I find interesting is how the distribution model on the phones has change and how this is impacting customers and their buying patterns. As we all know, in the past you bought a phone, it was heavily subsidized by the carrier, but then you had to sign up for a 2 year contract or you were hit with big penalties. There was nothing more painful for the customer than either having to wait with a dying phone for the contract to be done, or deciding to bite the bullet and get the new phone and eat the charges. Now, there are many options available for these products. You can buy the phone but you pay it off over 2 years with monthly rentals. The bonus is that, depending on the company, you can upgrade the phone at no charge after a year. Also, Apple is stepping into the game, beginning to sell the phones (unlocked) directly to the consumer and then letting them sign up with a carrier or even bounce from carrier to carrier depending on who has the best deal at the time. This also has a 12 month upgrade capability and also offers the consumer the option of picking up local sim cards when they travel internationally, eliminated the dreaded international data charges.

The point of all of this is that there are disrupters in the market who are changing the way the products are sold to match what the customer wants today. We are seeing this trend spill over into our industry as customers are reaching out to new distributor options that make buying a product fast and easy. Often, distribution requires customers to pay different prices or limits access in different markets.   These new players have changed that model, moving the expectations of the consumer market right into the industrial world. For those of us willing to adapt, the opportunities continue to grow, for those who look the other way or feel that it is a temporary fad, they may find some tough challenges in the future.   For our customers, there are many distributors who will sell them our products such as a PN series plastic NEMA box.  The customer’s choice will be the one that meets their needs and makes buying easy that will win every time.

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Learning Customer Service From 2 Year Olds

We attended our youngest grandson’s second birthday party over the weekend and it was a lot of fun to watch. Held at a local ice cream parlor, with about 15 kids and their parents, it was a simple affair…pizza for lunch, some crayons and paper for an activity, and ice cream for dessert. No glitz, no glamour, just an effort to provide a fun time for a bunch of little kids on a warm summer day. There were two things that hit me as they relate to customer satisfaction.

First, it is important to create moments that are meaningful to the customer (in this case, a bunch of 2 year olds.) Yes, they could have spent more and brought in a clown, or held it at a fancy spot, but for these kids at this age, it was just what they wanted. The same is true in sales. Too often the supplier does not really think about what the customer wants, just what is best for them to provide. Taking a step back to think through, with the customer’s help, what it is they need and how to provide the best value without lots of extra bells and whistles, is paramount. Value and speed meet the customer’s needs every time.

And second, although the ice cream parlor did not provide the pizza, the fact that they allowed the food to be brought in suggested that they understood their customer and would do what it took to help create a great event and to encourage repeat business. Sometimes you cannot do it all, but if you make it easy for your customer and provide that extra service, you will win every time. For us here at Bud, we always try to keep the customer foremost in our minds and to provide just what they need. But we are always learning, even if it is from a group of 2 year olds.

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Bud Industries President Interviewed on Cleveland’s Revival

Many of you know that Bud Industries is based in the metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio area.  We have been here for all 87 year’s of our history and are proud to be a part of the growth in this region over the last few years.  Our President, Josiah Haas, was recently interviewed by the local Growth Association (Cleveland +) and published in their newsletter that is distributed internationally.  We are proud of his recognition and decided to share this with you

Northeast Ohio’s Revitalization: What Boomeranged Me from Chicago to Cleveland

By Josiah A. Haas

August 24, 2015

As President of Bud Industries, an enclosure manufacturer in Willoughby, I get the opportunity to talk to many other leaders in the manufacturing industry. In these conversations, one thing I keep hearing is that for first time in a full generation, many companies have reinvested Stateside and are updating their equipment with technology and robotics to stay competitive in their markets. These types of reinvestments are occurring all over Ohio, and Northeast Ohio is no exception.  It has been exciting to see this transformation taking place at our own company and with many of the business leaders I talk to on a frequent basis. .  What I see is Northeast Ohio’s revitalized commitment to manufacturing, which is helping to propel our entire region forward.

Recently, the Cleveland Plus team sent some questions about my boomerang back to Northeast Ohio. Read below to hear my revitalization story and why I chose to bring my wife and our two boys to Cleveland.

Tell us about your business and the primary industry in which you operate:  

Bud Industries is the best-known electronic enclosure manufacturer in the United States. We produce anything from small plastic boxes to large cabinet racks, including watertight boxes. While our enclosures primarily sell into the electronics industry, our customer base is diverse enough to be sold into virtually every vertical market. We can provide any electronic enclosure solution. From steel to aluminum, from plastic to fiberglass, the Bud line is the most extensive in the industry. Bud will also customize their products to allow for turn­key installation.”

We understand that you grew up in Cleveland. Can you tell us about that?  

“I grew up in Shaker Heights, a suburb outside of Cleveland.  Growing up in the 80s and 90s, Cleveland was thought of as ‘a struggling city.’ To me, Cleveland was always a great place to live and raise a family.  After graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, I moved to Chicago and spent a few years working for a Fortune 500 company and improving my sales skills.  This was a great opportunity to live in a new city and ‘make it on my own,’ despite the desire to eventually join my family business.  My girlfriend at the time, Dana (who is now my wife of almost 9 years), grew up in New Orleans and moved to Chicago with me.  After 2 years of Chicago, Dana and I had a long talk about Cleveland and the benefits it could offer us.  She visited Cleveland a few times, including one fateful April snowstorm where we had over a foot of snow in one weekend.

I will tell you: the winters of Cleveland made me perform my best sales pitch, ever: to bring a southern girl to Cleveland.”

What finally brought you and Dana back to Cleveland?

“My wife and I were both in jobs that we were not thrilled with and a position in sales opened up at Bud Industries, making the timing to come back to Cleveland perfect for us.  Heading into our mid ­20s, we wanted more stability and to put down roots in a city.  I spent my summers working at Bud Industries through college and knew that was where I wanted to be.  Unlike Chicago, Cleveland offered affordable housing, great communities, and an ample amount of small businesses and nonprofits who were hiring.  We visited Cleveland a few months before moving back to look for a home to buy.  We ended up buying a great home for a young couple, in Shaker Heights.

I often joked with two college friends of mine who also purchased places to live right around that time.  One purchased a 1-­bedroom condo 10 miles north of downtown Chicago and one purchased a two-bedroom townhouse in Atlanta.  Both friends came in to visit me after we moved in and were shocked at the value you got for the cost.  Both spent a lot more than I did, for a lot less space.  

While I came back to work in a family business, there were also a lot of startups to choose from. On top of the lower cost of living, over the past few years, it seems like newer entrepreneurs are always creating companies in Northeast Ohio and looking for new talent.  To me, the value of working for a small business gives people the ability to work in multiple departments as opposed to only doing sales or only staring at numbers.  For me, it is neat to know I go to work each day and try something different or tackle a new challenge.  As Bud Industries has grown over the past few years, I have been able to partner with our management team to find ways to improve our company and reinvest in equipment to make us a viable manufacturer moving forward. It has been fun to review options and once the equipment is installed, see the benefits.”

You mentioned some of the things that Cleveland offers residents, can you expand on those?

“We moved back to Cleveland at a time when many of our current friends also became boomerang Clevelanders, moving back after spending their post college years in other large cities like New York, Washington DC, and Chicago.  What’s interesting is how many brought back significant others from other cities including Baltimore, Buffalo, Cherry Hill NJ, Columbus, Denver, Miami, and New York City.  Over the past few years as we have all had children, those who came from other cities have also gotten their parents to move to Cleveland.  Cleveland offers many great draws for potential residents, including more affordable major and minor league sports teams, world-class museums and theatre district, top-rated musicians, and neat neighborhoods to explore.  Cleveland was also recently rated as one of the United States’ best restaurant cities with new eateries always popping up.”

What is it like to raise a family in Cleveland?

“A major draw to Cleveland for parents is the community feel and great public and private schooling options.  Many of the suburbs offer great playgrounds, parks, pools, and activities to fill in the week.  My two boys’ (Asher and Levi) activities range from t­ball, to Gymboree, library programs, to mommy and me classes, and all are within a few miles of home.”

How would you characterize Northeast Ohio?

“Cleveland is heading in the right direction.  The newspapers and business journals are constantly touting new businesses growing in our area. Established and new businesses are also always setting standards for their industries.  From conversations I have had with other local business leaders, we are seeing a revival within multiple industries which gives our community a more diverse and stable base. The days of Cleveland being an ‘outdated city’ are a thing of the past.  My Grandfather, Phil, used to talk about how Cleveland was an important city in the business community and how thrilling it was to live in a city with that kind of excitement during his youth.  I believe Cleveland is on its path to seeing similar success once again.”

Josiah Haas is President of Bud Industries.  To find out more about Bud Industries and the products they offer, visit them online at www.budind.com. You can also follow them on Twitter: @Budbox.

Blog posted by Blair Haas, CEO, Bud Industries

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Discover the Breadth of Bud’s line with our Breadboards

As many of you may know, I joined this industry with a background in marketing rather than engineering. While I grew up enmeshed in the enclosure field (my Father and Grandfather were industry veterans), my initial tech knowledge was somewhat limited. I have learned a lot, perhaps through osmosis, with great exposure to many of the leading innovators through the years. Therefore, when we were first approached with the idea of adding breadboards to our line, I knew enough to be aware that gluten was not an issue, but honestly, little more, yet I was intrigued. It is an interesting concept for us to broaden our definition of an enclosure accessory and expand our role as a one stop shop for our customers

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Today, our breadboards are one of the fastest growing segments of our line. For those who don’t know, a breadboard is a terminal array board that does not require soldering.  That means it is perfect for prototyping projects and circuit designs as they are, in a way, plug and play. Rather than permanently soldering the components into place, they are plugged into the various holes and can be adjusted until the design is finalized. We currently offer two versions with more on the way. Our smaller one has 300 tie points and more than 100 power distribution points. The larger has 600 tie points and more than 150 distribution points. Best of all they are priced incredibly low and in stock at your favorite Bud distributor.  With a large part of our customer base being involved in R & D and product design, it just makes sense to provide this added offering.

For generations, Bud has been the leader in enclosures in North America.  Today, we continue to expand our reach globally and we are adding logical products that relate closely to the enclosure.  Check out our line of Bread boards and watch this space for many new versions by the end of the year.

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Discover Bud’s PN Series NEMA Enclosure and Elect it as your Favorite

Regardless of your politics, Cleveland, the home of Bud Industries, was proud to host the first Republican debate last week. It was a great chance for the city to show off its resurgence, impress the attendees with our outstanding restaurant and arts scene, and display the natural beauty of the city and its extensive lakefront. It was an exciting tryout for next summer when we host the Republican Convention. For many, it was their first exposure to this area and they discovered that Donald Trump was not the only exciting part about these debates.


To us, there is not debate that many of our customers have discovered that Bud is the resource for their NEMA enclosures. An example is our PN series, long the backbone of our NEMA product offering. These polycarbonate boxes provide the ultimate in protection (NEMA 4x, IP66) that allows for the product to be used in almost any environment and still be able to perform. We have deployed these units in climates as diverse as Alaska and the South Pole to the factory floor here in Cleveland. They are durable, simple to use and provide the type of flexibility that any customer requires. With internal mounting bosses, wall mount capabilities, and optional clear covers, the engineer has a plethora of applications that fit this box.


Most of all, don’t forget to let Bud quote your modifications. With our industry leading 5 day turnaround, no one provides you with exactly what you need like Bud does. Let us add your slots, holes, cut outs, and other mods to speed your assembly process. So, regardless of your politics, we can all agree that the PN series from Bud Industries deserves your vote as the best all-around NEMA enclosure.

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Tablet Enclosures or Touch Screen cabinets?

Tablet EnclosureIt is often the case in technology that innovations are often adapted for different applications than was originally anticipated. For example, when the first cell phones were invented, no one could foresee that smart phones would follow and when smart phones were first developed, no one anticipated results that varied from Uber to messaging. When twitter was developed, no one anticipated how it would be so crucial in world developments, often being the sole means of providing communications from war torn or troubled regions. While not on that scale, one of the interesting parts of having a standard product line is that the use that we often consider when we develop the enclosure may not be the use that is adopted over time.


When we first developed our tablet enclosure, we had assumed that people would use it with the various tablets that were on the market. We had also assumed that only a small number of customers would be interested in the then optional gaskets as most tablets cannot be used outdoors in a way that would require NEMA type protection. It turned out that we were wrong. The tablet enclosure quickly morphed into a very popular  LCD enclosure with the greatest applications being used for touch screens on a factory floor. We have seen them used for everything from controllers for machines, inspection, and testing. As a younger generation hits the manufacturing world, touch screens are their world and for all it is much more intuitive and accurate.


Bud can modify this enclosure to provide the cutouts that are needed for the displays or other controls to make the box a turnkey unit. We now offer a version with the gaskets included, making this the perfect enclosure for a broad range of applications. Let us know how you are using them!

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