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About Blair Haas

CEO Bud Industries

Bud BRP Server Rack Series Is Plug and Play

19” Cabinet racks have been in use for almost 100 years since ATT first decided to set the standard for mounting of the termination and repeater equipment for toll cables in the early days of the telephone.  A few years later, the hole locations and distances between holes on the mounting rails of 1.75” was established and Bud Industries created its first “relay racks” shortly thereafter as we serviced the rapidly growing radio market.  Flash forward, and as is the case for many type of electronic enclosures, the rack specifications have remained consistent but the applications have changed with technology.  Today, instead of cable hubs and repeaters, these racks are likely to be used for server mounting, power supplies, as well as audio and data communications equipment. 

19" cabinet rack from Bud
Bud’s versatile BRP 19″ Cabinet Rack
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Die Cast Boxes, the Ugly Enclosure with Great Appeal

Bud’s Die cast aluminum box may not be our best looking, but its great protection and low price are unbeatable

In the electronic enclosure world, we often say that our job is to make your projects look good.  We enclose all of your components, protect them from damage, and provide the shell that allows many products to be marketable.  We offer a variety of high style enclosures and boxes from small hand held clear usb drive enclosures to sleek server racks.  Alas, beauty is not the case with our traditional aluminum die cast enclosures (our CU die cast series) but they make up for it with solid protection and an incredible low price. 

Made from ADC-12 Aluminum alloy, they come with close fitting flanged covers that easily attach to the base with internal bosses maintaining the integrity of the box.  There are 15 sizes to choose from and many sizes have molded in pc mounting guides.  There are three styles of boxes available.  In addition to the original series, the CU-4xxx series has welded on external base plates to assist in wall or equipment mounting.  The CU-5xxx series comes with mounting flanges molded into the cover to provide not only easy mounting but increased security as the box needs to be unmounted to gain access to the internal equipment.  Read More >>

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Bud Industries Explains NEMA vs IP enclosures

Bud's SNB series offers top protection at an amazing price all available from stock today
Bud’s SNB NEMA 4x IP65 steel enclosures

One of the questions we get asked most often is how do NEMA and IP ratings compare.  That is, can one find an enclosure with a NEMA rating and use it to fit a required IP rating?  The quick answer is no as there are different types of tests and even different testing bodies who set these ratings.  However, if your purpose is to just determine which NEMA is closest to a specific IP rating and vice versa, there are similarities.  First, some definitions.  Electrical enclosures are rated based on their ability to withstand a varying degree of environmental elements, including dust, water, and ice. In the United States, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association developed the NEMA rating for classifying an enclosure’s level of protection from those environmental elements. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) http://www.iec.ch/index.htm has developed an alternative rating system, the IP standard, which stands for Ingress Protection. The standard format is “IP’ followed by two numbers which designate the level of protection. The first digit, which ranges from 1-6, specifies the level of protection from solids, and the second digit, which ranges from 1-8, specifies the level of protection from water. The higher the number is, the greater the level of protection. For instance, an enclosure with a rating of IP10 would offer less protection than an enclosure that is rated at IP54.

The following table summarizes the various IP number designations: Read More >>

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Modified Electronic Enclosures in only 5-6 Days

In only 5-6 days, Bud can provide a basic complete modified electronic enclosure
Bud Industries provides the fastest modified Electronic Enclosure in the industry

For those of us in the Electronic Enclosure Industry, there is nothing more beautiful than a well-executed modified enclosure.  In fact, the holy grail of enclosures is how to provide the modifications as fast as an off-the-shelf standard product.  We are not there yet, but we are definitely making progress.  Today, at Bud Industries, we can do major modifications to our standard products in only 5-6 days including holes, slots, and cut outs – even if they are on multiple surfaces of the same box.  While some manufacturers charge an expedite fee to beat their normal 6-8 week lead time, for Bud, it is just a part of our standard service.

The other piece in the “Search for the Grail” is to make all of this happen easily and again, we are making significant progress there.  From the first steps, Bud can help out by assisting in the design process.  Whether it is taking your needed dimensions and finding a box that works (such as by using our search by size tool) or working with your design team to insure that your modifications work effectively with your components, Bud’s design team is ready to support you.  We even have an easy to follow modification brochure which can be downloaded here, or several videos on our web site including this one.   And while it is not yet a part of our 5 day program, but can digitally print your logo or other graphics and letters on your enclosure rapidly at an amazing price. Read More >>

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Bud Industries 4th of July Musings

NEMA Box
Bud has a complete line of NEMA IP electronic enclosures

As I write this and we prepare for the 4th of July holiday, I am once again struck by the American Dream and how our Electronic Enclosure Company’s story could have only happened in the United States.  As I have mentioned before, Bud Industries was founded as Bud Radio by my grandfather, Max Haas, in 1928.  An immigrant from what is now the Czech Republic around 1900, he had a self-taught engineering and marketing mind and was fascinated by what we would now call technology and the opportunities it would present.  What started as an antenna company (the first to offer a product that eliminated the need for a roof top radio antenna), evolved into car antennas, and then into other radio parts (he sold off the antenna business), and finally into enclosures.  He and my grandmother worked hard to take the ideas he uncovered and turn them into a solid enduring business. 

I think about how few countries, at that time, would allow a refugee family to be welcomed into their land, provide free education for their children, and encourage them to be whatever they wanted with relatively limited restrictions.  While America of that era was not perfect, it offered many the chance to create the best life they could for themselves and their families and to hopefully allow their children to have better lives than theirs. Read More >>

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Why Select a Fiberglass Reinforced Polycarbonate NEMA Enclosure?

Terminal Box Electronic Enclosures in stock today
Bud is excited to introduce these IP66/67 rated terminal box electronic enclosures

One of the most consistent questions that Bud Industries receives deals with the best materials for a NEMA or IP rated enclosure.  Bud provides Nema and IP rated boxes in almost every material including steel, stainless steel, abs plastic, polycarbonate, fiberglass and die cast aluminum.  In the last few years, we have added an interesting combination of polycarbonate and fiberglass (10%) that is becoming increasingly popular for many good reasons.  This combination offers many advantages over both polycarbonate and traditional fiberglass materials when utilized for electronic enclosures.

Fiberglass is typically stronger than polycarbonate but because of the glass fibers it can crack upon impact.  Polycarbonate is much less likely to crack.  By adding a relatively small amount of glass fibers, the enclosure gains significant strength but still is basically crack resistant.   This makes this product especially useful in a factory or other environment where the box may be more likely to receive impacts from other materials or equipment. Read More >>

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Bud Industries’ Double Rack is Featured at Newark Sales Center

The Bud Display at the Newark Sales Center features our Double Rack (left) and also samples of modified product

Bud is very excited to be the Supplier of the Month at the Newark Sales Center in nearby Richfield Ohio.  This means that we are able to set up a display near the entrance to the facility where all who enter see our products and learn our key value proposition of the fastest and most cost effective provider of modified electronic enclosures.  We also have access to their team to work with them on opportunities and assist in closing the sale.  We are also going to be focusing on building a link between them and our sales rep network.   As the rest of our team was either on travel or vacation for the “kick-off” and setup of the process, I was able to do the setup myself and it was a great learning experience. 

One of the most challenging aspects was bringing in a 19” double rack (DR-8092) and assembling the unit.  Fortunately, since it is mostly made out of aluminum, it was not too heavy and could be easily maneuvered.  It is a great low cost solution to situations where 4 point mounting is required but external panels or skins are not.  Alas, I grabbed the wrong tool (a plier’s wrench) instead of the suggested fixed wrench so I spent time constantly readjusting the tool to install all of the bolts.  With the right tool, I probably could have assembled it myself in a little over an hour and a quarter, with two people, it should take between 30 and 45 minutes.  For me, it took over 2 hours.  It did give me a chance to chat with the Newark team as they came and went into the facility and also those who were working nearby so all are ready for our big month!   Read More >>

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New Bud Electronic Enclosures to be introduced at the Electronic Distributions Show (EDS Leadership Summit)

NEMA/IP rated modified electronic enclosures are standard at Bud

Bud has participated in the Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) since its founding in the 1930’s as the May Parts Show in Chicago, sharing information about our latest enclosures even then.  Today, the show has evolved into the electronic components annual conference that brings together all of the major Distributors, Manufacturers and Sales Representatives in Las Vegas for a both individual and group events and meetings.    

This is my 42nd consecutive year attending this event and I have, of course, seen many changes.  Today, we meet in individual conference or suite areas to have confidential discussions with our partners about new products, business opportunities, marketing plans and key metrics.  It is also a great opportunity to gain the “pulse” of the industry.  Today, when so many are grappling with the Chinese tariffs, supply chain challenges, rapid innovation, and new markets, we begin to gain a consensus on the trends and potential solutions.  Despite our connected lives, there is still a significant value in getting together face-to-face to move our marketing and sales efforts forward. Read More >>

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Plastic Rack Mounting Chassis is the Ultimate in High Protection and Low Price

The PRM is an easy solution to your 19" rack mounting needs
Bud’s PRM Plastic Rack Mount Chassis combines light weight durability with a great low price

Continuing our review of our best-selling plastic enclosures, the Plastic Rack Mount Chassis is a definite winner.  Customers have been mounting equipment into 19” panel width cabinets and racks for nearly 100 years.  Often, rather than mounting equipment itself into the rack, such as power supplies, they are looking for an enclosure to mount their boards and other components in so that they can be easily used in the racks, such as server racks.  Most of these rack mount chassis are made of aluminum which is light weight and durable.  However, in addition to our broad line of aluminum chassis, we offer a plastic version.  It is extremely light weight, low cost and avoids the conductivity and heat issues of a metal version.

Bud’s Plastic Rack Mount Chassis series (or PRM) comes in 3 different heights of 1.75”, 3.5” and 5.25” (or 1U, 2U, and 3U respectively) and a roomy 8” in depth.  Made from durable ABS plastic rated at UL94-HB, it also has several bonus features.  First, it comes with 16 mounting bosses, 8 in the bottom and 8 in the top.  This allows for large board installation as well as multiple smaller boards without having to drill into the chassis itself.  It comes with completely vented sides to assist in heat dissipation.  It is unassembled to allow for quick installation of your components and then rapidly assembles to create the final product.  Finally, the rack mounting brackets are readily removable to allow for its use as a desk top enclosure as well.  With great low cost pricing, it is available for shipment today from your favorite Bud Distributor. You can easily check stock on our webpage here.   Please contact us with any questions you might have either using the chat function on our website, via email at budeast@budind.com or via phone at 440-946-3200. 

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Bud Plastic Electronic Enclosures Speed Protection to Solar Race Car

The PN series box is ideal for any outdoor or protection of key components that are used outdoors.
The Zephyr Car also used Bud PN series IP65, NEMA 4x plastic boxes to house and keep safe various boards and components

Bud Industries Electronic Enclosures have many applications, but one of which we are quite proud is our association with Calsol, the UC Berkley solar vehicle team.  Calsol is made up of students from a variety of disciplines who develop Formula Solar Vehicles for racing.  This is an ongoing program which is currently working on their 9th generation vehicle. The students do more than engineer the cars, but also are involved with business planning, marketing, and project management.  The 8th Generation car, the Zephyr, was a resounding success winning the Formula Sun Grand Prix in 2017 and coming in second in 2018!  What does this have to do with Bud electronic enclosures?  We have provided product for both the Zephyr and the upcoming Tachyon.

They have been using our PN series NEMA/IP65 enclosures with clear lids on various parts of the vehicle.  First, it encloses their maximum power point tracker.   This connects each of the four sub-arrays on their car to optimize the amount of power they get from the sun.  It is much smaller and lighter than any off-the-shelf components they can by so they were pleased with the light weight of the PN series and also the strength of its polycarbonate material and the ability to see through the clear cover to avoid drilling excess holes.  Their goal is to organize and weather and dust proof their circuit boards and electrical systems. Other products include the enclosure for the board that controls the pedals and also to provide protection for their battery.  Bud Industries provides enclosures for many other company’s involved in the solar energy field from boxes that control the distribution of excess energy to enclosures for monitoring loads.  For all of your hazardous and non-hazardous applications, Bud has the enclosure that will help protect your equipment in a fast and cost-effective manner.  Contact us for information on the PN series and our many other product families or to obtain a quotation on having Bud provide our fast modification service Read More >>

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