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2018 represents a major milestone in the history of electronic enclosures, the 90th Anniversary of Bud Industries. I have often written about our history in this blog so I won’t repeat it, but I do think there are several key points worth highlighting. First, Bud’s current president, Josiah Haas, is the 4th generation of Haas’s to lead the company. I recently read a study that showed that only 3% of companies survive to be led by the fourth generation, making this a feat that is almost as astounding as surviving for 90 years.
Nowhere is a picture better at telling a story than in describing Bud’s IP and NEMA plastic Boxes. Even better is a video and we have just updated our videos on the popular NBF and PN series boxes. While in the prior version, we just described the product features, in this version, we show each box being hit with a powerful water spray. While this is not an official UL test, it replicates a bit of the process that UL went through to certify these to the NEMA 4x standard. It is also similar to the test that TUV performed to certify their IP66 and IP65 ratings respectively
“A habit is something that you do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them.” Frank Clark is attributed with this quote and although we can all apply it readily to our personal lives, it also fits many peoples’ professional lives as well. When it comes to buying and specifying electronic enclosures, most designers revert to their past practices which are often inefficient, expensive and untimely. Quite often, they work for a company that has an internal machine shop and so they buy an off the shelf enclosure and then give it to their internal machine shop or the job shop around the corner so that they can have cutouts, slots or other variations installed. This is an easy habit to develop and much too difficult to break.
How can the best Electronic Enclosure Website be made even better? Simply by making it even easier to use and more user friendly. One of the best features of the Bud Industries website is the “search by size” widget that quickly and easily allows the specifier to find the perfect electronic enclosure from our offering of thousands of standard products. It has just been upgraded to eliminate the sometimes balky “choose by size” sliders and replace them with open slots to quickly fill in the requested dimensions
So how does this electronic enclosure product selector work? There are a few easy steps to obtaining the best options for your project:
Many consider the safest way to protect electronic components in a hazardous environment is to use a completely plastic NEMA enclosure. This eliminates the possibility for rust even in such often overlooked area as the latches and hinges. An entirely plastic enclosure provides the ultimate in low weight for the toughest durability. Bud’s very popular NBF series is the ultimate combination of great protection (NEMA/IP) and a value price.
When it comes to 19” Equipment Racks, it is amazing how simple features can make such a difference. This is the case with Bud Industries Aluminum Relay Racks. 19” racking was developed by the telephone industry in the 1920’s to provide standardization for equipment mounting and also to save space. As rapidly as the electronics industry evolves, this standard has stood the test of time for nearly 100 years. A relay rack is the common name for a 2 post rack that is the simplest way to mount servers, power supplies or other rack mount equipment. The racks are built in multiples of 1.75” (or “u’s) with holes drill on the EIA standard of ¾”, ¾”, ½”. This standardization allows for any manufacturer’s equipment to be easily installed.
Purchasing a harsh environment enclosure can be a tricky business. The components need to be protected but it is also important not to overkill the protection and waste costs. All too often, the enclosure is not considered until the last minute in any design, the focus going on the active components. This can lead to a quick decision that often negates many cost savings in other areas. Therefore, we have developed five ways to save money on your harsh environment enclosure purchase that will also allow you to be better prepared and best of all, save money.
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.