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For those of us who live in Cleveland, we have been living through many very late nights as the Cavs battle the Warriors for the NBA title. With the games starting shortly after 9 and often going into overtime, it has not been atypical for the game to end close to midnight. Whether it’s been a good game or a disappointing one, the adrenaline does not slow down until even later and we are all struggling to get moving in the morning.
In my last blog, I talked about how easy Bud makes it for the engineer or buyer with our fast modification service and increased level of accessories. For those of us (and given the national ratings, I think it is more than those in Cleveland and the Bay area) who are sleep deprived, Bud’s efforts are much appreciated. One more area of simplification is that we also offer products that are just plain multi-purposed and easy to use. This is the case with our new Snap Boxes. These simple plastic enclosures consist of a top and bottom that just snap together. There is no need for hardware (that could get lost) or special tools. They come with pop-out cable holes, so there is often no need for extra drilling. They securely snap together but if the top needs to be removed, it is easy to do so with the blade of a screwdriver, or even a car key. The mounting bosses are included to easily allow for the installation of boards and they have molded in mounting ears. With 12 sizes and two colors standard, the applications for these boxes is endless.
It is all about easy. Staples, the office supply store, has staked their brand on the concept of making life “easy” for their customers, creating their ubiquitous ads that feature an easy button. For anyone who is interested in their user’s well-being, developing solutions that make the acquisition process quicker and simpler is inevitably going to lead to greater customer satisfaction. At Bud, there are several steps that we have taken recently to let any customer push that “easy” button. With enclosures, that typically means making it simple to use the enclosure right out of the box.
- We offer the fastest modification services available. We can modify a standard box in 6 days for the first run, 5 days for the succeeding runs. There is no premium for this fast service and in most cases, we can even provide free design support. Of course, most enclosures cannot be used without some modifications to allow for power ingress, readouts, data connections, and the like. We can provide that service so we can help you eliminate the need to go to multiple sources to make the enclosure useable.
- We have expanded our accessories to include a very broad array of cable glands that are rated at IP 66. Quite simply, there is no point to drill holes in your NEMA enclosure if you do not protect the openings properly. Our broad array of cable glands provide the perfect solution. With multiple sizes and styles that range from the traditional to flexible to even metal, we can save you the time and hassle of research and acquisition by being a single source vendor.
There are many more ways that Bud can make your life easy. Discover the Bud that you did not know by checking out our website at www.budind.com.
While the sports world is abuzz over whether Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, or a mysterious stranger ordered the Patriot’s footballs to be somewhat deflated, deflation, or shrinkage, is also an issue with plastic enclosures. Polycarbonate, while very durable and damage resistant, has a tendency to shrink slightly as it cools, as do most plastics. However, there can be inconsistencies in the shrinkage process meaning that both draft angles of the sides and actual box dimensions can vary slightly from box to box. For most applications, this is not an issue as the variation is slight and the impact on equipment or boards being installed in the box are minimal. It can become an issue as holes are drilled in the sides and the draft angles may be slightly varied. When installing the connectors, they may not thread on a complete horizontal and unless the gasketing on the connector allows for this, there can be gaps in the protection.
Bud’s PIP Series is a polycarbonate box that also includes 10% fiberglass. This provides for virtually no shrinkage in the cooling process, creating a more consistent box. It also provides the “toughness” and UV protection of fiberglass yet still retains the visual appeal of polycarbonate. It is a UL508 Nema 4x rated IP67 enclosure which means that it is not only able to withstand water sprays but can be submerged as well. All of this is available at a price that is below many competitive polycarbonate boxes. Contact Bud Industries (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your local Bud distributor for more details. However the science of the Patriots deflated football evolves, rest assured that Bud Industries has solved the problem for plastic enclosures
As we have mentioned in this blog before, Bud Industries recently celebrated its 85th anniversary. There is something a bit disingenuous about a company that is so involved with the high-tech industry having survived and thrived as long as we have. Often we have heard the story of a technology employee being considered old and near the end of their “desirable” employment by the time they are 30. One can rapidly list the companies who missed the next step in the technology world and are no longer with us. Having given this all a great deal of thought, I think one of the secrets to Bud’s longevity is the inherent flexibility of our products. We have products that have been in our line since the 1930’s and what has changed is what they enclose as opposed to the need for totally new enclosures. For example, a product that might have housed small tubes now can house boards.
A perfect example of this is our Pi Sandwich enclosure, designed for the first of the raspberry pi development boards. Recently, the foundation released a completely new version of the pi, level B+. It has many new features including more USB ports, a longer GPIO among others. This means that the location of holes or slots required of an enclosure to fit the board have all changed, which might mean a new box would be needed. However, because of the flexibility that we built into the box, the new version fits well and all features are easily accessible.
I recently returned from my annual quick trip through Northeastern Asia. It is hard to assimilate all of the variety of issues, both political and economic, that we saw. One trend that we heard repeatedly is the shift in direction of the Chinese government towards military buildup and away from manufacturing. We heard of increased taxes, reduced sales, and an overall sense of concern. The Chinese manufacturers are not receiving some of the incentives as they traditionally did. Yet, still many are growing and while there is much less building going on, there is still a strong effort to latch onto any business that they can.
There have been ongoing debates for years about the advantages of polycarbonate over fiberglass as a material for enclosures. Both are great for NEMA/IP boxes, often being able to reach IP67 or IP68 ratings. Here are a few advantages of each:
As the year draws to a close, I cannot help but think back on what an eventful year we have had at Bud Industries. From innovative new products to corporate milestones, 2013 has been a very good year for all of us at Bud. Perhaps the highlight of 2013 was the introduction of the Board-ganizer. This creative product solves several issues for the development board user:
- It helps organize the workspace of the designer who is using several development boards such as raspberry pi, arduino, freescale freedom boards, and others or the various accessories that have sprung up for these products.
- It allows these boards to be mobile…to allow for the transportation of your boards easily without having to disconnect the cables or other components.
This product has been an overwhelming success with hobbyists, schools, and many companies. It even led to a very clever film about how to use the Board-ganizer with the boards to create a fish tank controller and camera. Check it out, it’s very funny.
In these challenging economic times, saving money has become an overriding concern in all product specification. In the selection of enclosures to use on the factory floor, there are five issues to consider insuring that you choose the most effective, but economical solution for your application.
1. Do you need NEMA protection at all? With factory floors increasingly clean, the need to protect sensitive equipment from dirt, dust, and liquids is significantly reduced. By specifying a traditional enclosure instead of a NEMA enclosure, the savings can be as much as 50-75%. Often, just an enclosure like the enclosure shown at right can provide enough protection at a very inexpensive price.
As electronic and power components are designed into denser, smaller packages, it becomes increasingly important to consider how well how well the equipment dissipates heat. Such equipment has specific operating temperature ranges and when put inside of cabinets and enclosures, temperature can become a big issue. Excessive waste heat generated by equipment within a cabinet is the single most important factor effecting equipment performance, reliability and failure. Cooling should be considered early in the design process. Having an effective cooling strategy can help in adequately dealing with heat dissipation.
Heat transfer takes place in one of three ways: through radiation, conduction and natural or forced convection. Heat transfer via radiation occurs through electromagnetic waves, an example being the sun’s energy reaching the earth. Heat can also be transferred through conduction between objects in contact; for instance, a microprocessor chip cooled using a heat sink, making direct contact with the chip.
In this economy, no one can afford downtime. With customers ordering products with short time horizons, any delay risks losing that customer as they go to a competitor to meet their needs. At the same time, we are all being pressured by cost restraints and the requirement of saving every penny we can to remain not only competitive, but in reality, in business.
All too often, the enclosure is not considered until the last minute in any repair, 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 enclosure purchase that will also allow you to be better prepared and reduce downtime.