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In my last blog, I noted how many plastic enclosures we have in our line. Many people think of us only as steel or aluminum electronic enclosure suppliers, but we are much more than that. In this blog, I will continue to focus on plastic enclosures for general use. That is, these enclosures are not rated and so are not expressly for hazardous or wet environments. Today, the plastic enclosure of choice is our hand held series, the HP. These versatile products have been in our line for years and have been popular from day one. They come in three styles, each providing distinct advantages and sizes. All are made in durable ABS plastic with a UL94-HB rating.
Style 1 is perfect for those looking for a smaller enclosure (2.6 x 2.6 x 1. 1). It is a two piece construction with mounting bosses in the base and holes for either sealing the box with screws or using out optional belt clip.
Bud Industries was founded with a focus on metal enclosures and rack, so people often forget that we have a broad line of plastic enclosures today as well. To do so is to risk overlooking one of the broadest lines of plastic enclosures in the industry. The focus of this and upcoming blogs will be on the non-hazardous environment products, just the traditional products that are typical of many of today’s indoor applications. It would probably surprise most readers to learn that Bud provides nearly 60 different products families in small plastic enclosures. They range from plastic rack mount chassis to small potting boxes. In today’s blog, I am going to focus on the key-fob enclosures.
We offer two series of key fob type plastic enclosures. The first, Hand Held Grabbers style F, and the more traditional rectangular shaped enclosures with either 2 or 4 buttons. Made from ABS plastic that is UL 94-HBrated, the buttons are gray silicon rubber. The second series is more ergonomically designed. The smaller sizes have rounded edges and come in 1 to 4 button configurations. There is a fifth size, with 5 buttons that has a curved handle and it is a bit more substantial and so easier to hold. This series is also made from ABS UL 94-VO plastic with the same gray silicon rubber material for the buttons. All are easy to pop open for installation of your pc board and we provide drawings for both board and button circuit layouts. Step file drawings are available for all parts. Bud can also provide different button configurations upon request.
As we prepare to launch our new Bud Industries Electronic Enclosure Website later this spring, we have begun to turn on a few new features. The most exciting is a chat feature. Long used on retail and consumer sites, it has made its way into the b2b world. We have been pleasantly surprised at how popular and helpful this feature has become. First, we had to overcome our own biases. We thought people would rather email if they needed information or if they needed something quickly, they could call versus dealing with the back and forth of online chat. All of that typing could be daunting. Second, we were afraid it would be hard for our team to juggle the multiple communication methods that customers use to gain information, so adding chat to the list would make all less effective and time.
One of our fastest selling electronic enclosure products is our recently introduced EXN extruded aluminum NEMA boxes. Aluminum extrusion is one of the strongest materials from which to make an electronic enclosure and often can appear as a very basic box. Our EXN series is highly styled yet is truly value priced especially for a NEMA/IP rated box. The options are almost limitless as it comes in 5 colors and there are 17 sizes available in each color and also the option of end caps that are made from either colored to match polycarbonate plastic or black powder coated die-cast aluminum. That means that this series has 170 different configurations, providing enough flexibility to meet almost any need. The unique grooved exterior and interiors are provided for more than just good looks, with the exterior allowing for faster heat removal and the interior designed to allow a pcb to slide in. Bud even offers the perfect size pcb as an accessory for each size box. Another great option is its wall mount brackets that allow it to mount either on another piece of equipment to act as a control box or on a wall for everything from security to IoT.
With great looks, incredible durability and protection, and a low price as well, this series represents the best in protection. For more information on this product as well as to learn how you can have this box modified in an industry leading 5-6 days, contact your favorite Bud distributor or here at the Bud factory.
Bud is proud of our many employees who have been with us making electronic enclosures for more than 25 years
It is hard to find a product that is more functional than an Aluminum Relay Rack. With its simple two rails structure, it allows easy mounting of components with complete air circulation providing the ultimate in cooling. Long considered only valuable in the telecommunications industry, it seems to be developing a following in other fields including server farms and testing. The biggest advantage is weight given that aluminum is much lighter weight than steel. With a weight of only 31 pounds for the best-selling 77” panel space size, it does not require two people to move it into a facility nor to assemble. Their extruded rails provide incredible strength making them the go-to product for any 10 or 23” needs.
Tomorrow is an important date in the history of Electronic Enclosures. On November 30, 1928, Bud Radio, the predecessor of Bud Industries, was incorporated by my Grandfather, Max Haas. While I have written about our company’s history on many occasions, I want to honor my grandfather one more time by retelling his story as I think it is very meaningful today. His life is a true testament to perseverance and resilience and the value of immigrants in our economy. He was born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today is the Czech Republic and came to the United States in the early 1900’s as a boy, fortunately before there were immigration quotas. He eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio, met and married my grandmother, and had his only child, my father, in 1918. In 1920, he and his partners founded Haas Electrical Sales, which by 1924 was noted by “Radio in the Home” magazine to be the largest radio parts distributor in the Cleveland area.
Last week’s ECIA Executive Conference was a fascinating blend of strong speakers, special commemorative moments and great networking. Bud Industries has been a member of the Electronics Industry trade associations for generations, first in electrical components for radios and then with electronic enclosures. It has been a long, circuitous journey to the ECIA and our membership reflects the changes that our industry has gone through for over 80 years. Originally we were members of EP&EM, Electronic Products and Equipment Manufacturers. This group evolved, in about 1957, into the Central Division of the Association of Electronic Manufacturers (AEM), a sister association to the AEM Eastern. The goal of the group was to consolidate the distributor oriented electronics manufacturers into an association that would help the industry grow. In 1974, AEM Eastern and Central were merged into the Distributor Products Division of EIA, the Electronics Industry Association. EIA was composed of many subgroups including a group that later became the Consumer Electronics Association, the telecommunications industry association, and several others. Their goal was to represent the interests of the entire industry both among themselves and to Washington. It was a unique experience with both manufacturers of components and their end customers sharing everything from standards development to best practices.
Finding a Bud Industries electronic enclosure is a quick and easy process that can be done 24/7. Just check out all of the great features on Bud’s website. Let’s say you are looking for a stainless steel NEMA box that is roughly 16” x 14” x 8”. Just go to Bud’s website at www.budind.com and in the right hand upper part of the page, note the search by size feature. Click on that and it is easy to load a product size range. What appears is all of the appropriate products with photos to help make a decision. In this case, since the stainless steel material has been selected, the SNB-3743-SS is the proper product. Again, click on the product and it will automatically open the proper web page that includes detailed product information, product videos and drawings in both PDF and DXF. Note that 3d step files are available on request.
Bud’s Emperor Series wall mount cabinet is a great solution for 19” rack mount equipment when floor space is at a premium. It is also a perfect answer to ergonomic issues where a smaller server is needed but can now be used at eye level for simple monitoring or adjustment. The Emperor series is made of 20 ga. Steel except for its two pairs of adjustable mounting rails which are 18 ga. It also has fixed mounting rails in the back section that is typically affixed to the wall. With its tempered glass front door and easily removable sides, product access and monitoring is a breeze. Speaking of which, the cabinet includes two fans already installed in the top of the center section and it also comes with a ventilated shelf to allow for the simple mounting of the components. There is also ventilation in both the top and bottom of the cabinet allowing for chimney style cooling.