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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.
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.