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Here is a new infographic from Bud Industries on the five easy steps to select a factory automation enclosure Bud has a very broad range of products that meet NEMA and IP standards in all materials ranging from steel to plastic to aluminum to fiberglass. Contact your local Bud distributor for more details as well as price and delivery.
While it may be a stretch to say that thinking about July 4th and our freedom reminds me of modified electronic enclosures, there can be a correlation. While not diminishing the great benefits that we, as Americans, enjoy, nor the sacrifices that brought us those freedoms, it is also freeing for a buyer or engineer to be a part of Bud’s incredible program. While not saving lives, we do help save both time and efforts in speeding your product to the customer.
The PTQ series of plastic IP and NEMA rated electronic enclosure is one of Bud’s newest and most durable product lines. In fact, if you check out the video, you can even see how it holds up when a car drives over it. While that is not something that we recommend in daily use, the thinking is that if it can withstand that external pressure and weight, then it should provide superior protection for any electronic components. The secret to its strength is a unique blend of polycarbonate and glass fibers. With 10% fiber resin, it has the benefit of the flexibility and strength of polycarbonate with the added strength of the glass fibers. If there is much more than 10% fiber, then the enclosure is more susceptible to cracking or shattering if hit. They are UL508 NEMA 4x, and what makes these even more impressive is that they are rated at IP67 which means they can even be submerged for short amounts of time making them ideal for almost any application whether inside or out.
While tens of thousands of customers enjoy our electronic enclosures each year, it is likely that they never think about the people who create those products that they use This week, and for that matter, this year, is an exciting one here at Bud for our team. One of the ways we honor their legacy is with a plaque in our lobby that recognizes employees that have worked with us for 25 years. This week, we add three names to the list, with one more next week. In 2017 alone, we add 7 to the list. It is even more exciting to take a closer look at those 7 and note that three of them worked here with at least one parent, two of these parents are also on the board. Another works with his wife who has been with us for 31 years. Still another joining the club is the “newbie” in our customer service department which has an average tenure of just about 30 years. This week’s additions bring us past the 100 mark of employees who have achieved this distinction.
An extruded electronic enclosure is often a very simple low cost approach to housing components, sometimes even within a larger piece of equipment. Quite often they are very basic looking with limited physical appeal as they tend to be more utilitarian in application. Therefore, when one finds a product like the Bud EXN series, it can be cause for a celebration. These are not utilitarian boxes but rather are a high style approach that makes for an attractive finished product, boosting the sales of the end product.
For those of us in the Electronic Enclosure Industry, there is nothing more beautiful than a well-executed modified electronic 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 3d printing may provide the ultimate solution, at this point it is only helpful for units in small quantities. Another problem is that if a product is UL certified, changing the production methods (i.e. printing versus molding) will invalidate the certification. The use of updated but traditional equipment is still the most cost and time effective approach.
In this blog, I often try to relate the idea of learning more about Bud Industries and electronic enclosures to key events in my life. Alas, my mother passed away about 10 days ago after a long illness and it raised a lot of thoughts about the generations, especially as it relates to a family business. She was the last of her generation in our family so her passing really reflects the end of an era…that of the second generation of Bud Industries management. While she was not directly employed in the business, she did serve on the board for over 50 years and reflecting her times, played a significant role as the spouse of the company president. She attended industry and customer functions, hosted customers, and associates at dinners and in her home, and supported my father’s efforts to grow our business by building industry relationships into personal relationships. And, of course, she raised the next generation of Bud management.
March Madness is the most exciting time of the year, even for an Electronic Enclosure Manufacturer like Bud Industries. While it is estimated that the economy will lose up to $4 billion in productivity due to this amazing basketball spectacle, Bud Industries can help you make up for some of the lost time with its simple electronic enclosure product selection tool. This tool, on the Bud website (www.budind.com) is the fastest way in the industry to take the guess work out of choosing an enclosure and to make the perfect choice.
Sometimes, here at Bud Industries, we take a look at some of our long term products such as our plastic rack mount chassis and are pleased to see that they are still as relevant today as they were when they were introduced more than a decade ago.
A bonus in the use of enclosures is that while the applications and, of course, the components will evolve over time, a product such as this chassis is flexible enough to accommodate the technological updates. It represents a simple solution to many of the engineers racking problems.