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Bud Industries is proud to introduce our state of the art digital printing capabilities as a part of our rapidly growing modified enclosure product offerings. Digital printing is quickly replacing silk screening or other methods of adding lettering or logos to the product given its speed of production, improved quality and durability. Among the many amazing features of our digital printing are the following:
A question that we get all the time is what is the difference between a NEMA rated enclosure and an IP rated enclosure. First, a quick explanation of the two systems. NEMA, developed by the National Electrical Manufacturing Association, is used mostly in the US and sets forth an approach that rates the enclosure by its ability to protect the internal components from flying particles and also various types of liquids, both indoor and outdoor. IP, created by the International Electrotechnical Commission, is typically used outside the US and uses a two digit system where the first digit has increasing levels of protection against particles and the second does the same with liquids. Neither group performs tests nor do they certify that products meet these standards but the manufacturer must utilize a testing group, such as UL for NEMA and TUV for IP.
Below are charts that help explain the different systems much better than a blog can typically do. The first is for NEMA.
Two years ago, Bud introduced its Atex rated boxes made of die cast aluminum. Now, we are pleased to announce that we have the capabilities to modify the products while still retaining their ratings. First, let’s chat about the enclosure itself With increasing frequency in electronics, there are situations where the user needs to protect the environment from the dangers that emanate from the electronics, typically, some sort of sparking or flashing of the electrical charge. This becomes a significant issue as electronics are now used in applications that one might never have considered such as farming or gas. The ATEX ratings are provided based on tests of how well the enclosure keeps these discharges from the atmosphere in various conditions. The ratings for Bud’s ATX die cast enclosure family note that it is safe to use in work spaces that have either dust or grain rarely or intermittently and the same for gas environments. It is not suggested for use in mines or underground locations. With 10 sizes, a great price, and additional ratings of IP66, this series represents a new way of thinking for BUD and continues our efforts to be the enclosure supplier of choice for the industry.
Customers often come to Bud for a specific design need such as a small factory automation enclosure but don’t realize the breadth of our offering for their next projects, such as a Server Rack. In this and future blogs, we will focus on some of the more popular yet diverse products that Bud provides to the industry as a part of our 90th anniversary celebration. We have been offering welded 19” cabinet racks for about 60 years and continue to provide the most innovative lines in industry today. Our SRP series of server rack cabinets comes complete with many features that one only finds in a more expensive line at our amazingly low price. Our sturdy welded construction can hold up to 1700 pounds of evenly distributed rack mounting equipment. We know that ventilation is crucial in these racks so we include a fully ventilated locking front door and a fully ventilated split rear door with a solid triple point latching system. Our two pairs of fully adjustable mounting rails have a unique notching system at each “u” increment to make installation of the component a breeze.
Much has changed in the electronic enclosure industry since Bud Industries was founded 90 years ago in 1928. At that time, in fact, we did not even manufacture enclosures, but our first product related to radio antennae. As our company has evolved, there is one thing that has never changed which is how Bud values the relationships that we develop with our various business partners. This was demonstrated recently at the Electronic Distribution Show in Las Vegas when two of our long term partners presented us with gifts in honor of our 90th Anniversary.
Bud Industries has been a part of the Electronic Distribution Show and its predecessors since its inception in the late 1930’s as we promote our electronic enclosures to our distribution partners. This year marked the 41st consecutive EDS that I have attended. When I first went, in 1978, it was called the NEWCOMM show, an acronym that I candidly don’t remember what it stood for. In my early days, the major focus of the show was to introduce new products and convince the distributors to put them into stock. Much of the action was on a show floor, typically at the Las Vegas Convention Center which was next to the host hotel of the Las Vegas Hilton. We would have a large booth and the distributors would come by and chat about business with us and we would convince them that the new products would change their business and assist them in major growth. Out would come the order pads, we would promote our show discount, and after the show we would take home our pad of orders and based on the totals booked, consider the show a success.
Bud is excited about our new FBR-Series Fiber Optic Distribution Boxes. They are molded from a high quality light weight polycarbonate ABS blended material that is a completely enclosed structure. All 8-sizes have the ability to manage fiber lines, which are a thin piece of flexible glass, that cannot bend. They are used as a termination point for the feeder cable to connect with drop cable in FTTH (Fiber To The Home), FTTx (Fiber to The Location) communication network system. There is no electricity in these boxes; it integrates fiber splicing, splitting, distribution, storage and cable connection in one unit. Meanwhile, it provides solid protection and Management for the FTTH, FTTx network building. The boxes come in multiple sizes and configurations from 6.57×4.02×1.22 to 12.6×9.45×3.94 and all serve the same purpose. The smallest two sizes of FBR-series boxes, typically harder to find, expand the target market into home usage. With our very low prices, we have already found partners with those selling into internet providers and the installers who were contracted to install them.
Bud is all about making the customer’s life easy and our new PTK Molded knockout box is the perfect example. These NEMA/IP rated enclosures come with pre-molded knockouts to make field installation of equipment or modifications quickly and cost effectively. While Bud is always happy to install holes or slots in our standard enclosures, in an industry leading 5 days, being able to use existing knockouts is the most rapid and cost effective approach. These are not the typical flimsy knockouts that one finds in many competitive situations but rather strongly molded so that there is no risk of accidentally dislodging the covers.
A few years back, we were at the Newark Electronics Call Center on the day the Raspberry Pi Development board was introduced and we as surprised as everyone else at the startling success of that launch…with product selling out in an hour and briefly crashing their website. We decided to develop an enclosure for the Pi and created our hugely popular boxes. For a year, they were our top selling product in volume. Then the market became saturated with boxes and we decided to focus our attention elsewhere. Our thinking also was that since the boards were so inexpensive that if something happened to them, they could be readily replaced and so did not really need protection. However, we continued to be pressed to create new enclosures as people were concerned about protecting not just the board but the software that they programmed.
New products are always the life blood of a company’s sales efforts. Sometimes they involve extensions of already successful products and sometimes they are totally new. Bud is very excited to delve into a new area in the electronic enclosures market place – the PTT terminal boxes. Actually, this product area represents the marriage of a very successful product, the IP rated plastic box and terminal blocks (a newer area for us). Made from UL94HB ABS plastic, these boxes are rated IP66/IP67 providing great protection. They also include mounted terminal blocks which is a first for Bud. Available in 8 sizes ranging from 2.9 x 2.5. x 1.7 to 9 x 4 x 2.75 inches, the number of blocks included ranges from 4 to 20. All sizes come with the choice of either an opaque or clear lids.