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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.
While most immediately think of Bud Industries when they have an enclosure need, people often don’t think of Bud for the final touches such as NEMA Glands. So what is a NEMA cable gland? Put simply, when a hole is drilled in a box for cable access, the assembler needs a way to protect the interior and integrity of the box while still installing the cabling. The cable gland is that device
which mounts through the hole with a nut on one end and a lid on the other to perfectly fit the cable and provide that seal. They are quick and easy to install and also can provide strain relief for the cable or tubing that provide either power or other access.
As the New Year begins, many are asking us what the latest trends in electronic enclosures are. While one of the great advantages of these products is that they are so flexible that they can be adapted to almost any internal components, like any other manufacturer, we look to always improve how we are meeting the customers’ needs. Many of the trends we are seeing this year are logical extension of prior products but with newer features. Here is a listing of what we see as the most exciting new directions for 2017.
The year 2016 marked my 44th year at Bud Industries and what is most interesting is how we have continued to reinvent ourselves, most recently with our focus on modified enclosures. When I joined the company, large cabinet racks were the driver of our business. We had no plastic products, did not participate in the NEMA market, and we did not really modify products, only building custom products in very large quantities to order. If I look back through the years, we reinvented our mission and strategy frequently, often on a 5-7 year interval yet always remaining true to our core values. In any business, remaining static seems like the safe route, but in reality, it is the path towards a slow sinking death.
Buying a modified electronic enclosure can be an intimidating task for any engineer. Yet for virtually every application, at least with a smaller enclosure, some modification will be required. It can be as simple as needing a hole for a connector or cable access to a totally unique design dictated by the application components and even the location. Fortunately, the need for a complete special has been reduced over time by the broad array of standard products that we, at Bud Industries, offer, as well as those created by our competitors. Yet still, the process of creating a modified enclosure seems daunting as concerns arise over the demands of the internal components and their rapid assembly. To simplify the process, Bud has developed an Electronic Enclosure Modification Planning Guide based on our industry leading five day delivery program.