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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.
As I noted in an earlier blog, 2018 marks Bud Industries 90th year as a manufacturer of electronic enclosures. As we have evolved through the years, we have been blessed to build on our business relationships and turn them into personal friendships as well. During a recent visit to Little Rock, Josiah Haas, our president, mentioned the anniversary and also our long standing relationship with the Carlton-Bates company. Bud was probably one of Carlton-Bates earliest suppliers as Bud Haas, son of our founder and Joe Carlton, the CBC founder were industry associates and friends 60 years ago.
Many customers would be surprised to know that Bud’s Steel NEMA Boxes are among its best sellers. When customers think of Bud’s NEMA/IP rated offerings, they typically think of either polycarbonate or fiberglass boxes, the original protected products that Bud introduced over 30 years ago. Despite the fact that Bud has had these steel products in its line for only a decade, the SNB series now has become a huge part of the industry’s market. With diverse applications that range from agriculture to industrial controls, medical to communications and a price that is among the lowest anywhere, this series keeps growing exponentially.
Bud Industries ran a fun contest last year to promote our 5 day delivery on a wide array of modified Electronic enclosures. The quiz asked a few challenging engineering questions all of which dealt with speed. We had a huge response, perhaps due to the great prize – a home automation package. This included an Amazon Echo, Nest Thermostat, Samsung SmartThings Hub, a ring door bell, smart light bul and dimmer and a smart outlet. Frankly, I am not an engineer or a tech geek, but I wish I could have entered.
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.