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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.
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.
Once again, I attended the Electronica Show in Munich, checking out what is new in Electronic Enclosures. My company, Bud Industries, is in the early stages of its international expansion, and Electronica presents a unique opportunity to learn about the differences in the EMEA market versus the North American. While one would think that an enclosure is an enclosure and providing the best protection of electronic equipment would be consistent, that is not always true.
Today’s engineers are often very well trained in everything that is needed for tech from the latest embedded systems to the internet of things. However, it can be the simpler things that trip them up, such as dealing with an electronic enclosure for their projects. We have found that, although the enclosure is quite low tech, it can intimidate engineers who do not want to risk their projects on making the wrong protection choice. To assist, Bud has created a wealth of information and tools that help avoid the common mistakes in enclosure selection.
First, Bud has a very easy to use product selector. Use the sliders to select the key dimensions and drop downs to determine materials and protection levels and the system presents options, with photos that are easy to research. With the option of searching by internal or external dimensions, the engineer can readily insure that her components will fit perfectly. One click on the part and they are taken to a detailed page with everything from photos to drawings.
As electronic components have migrated into the area of industrial controls, demand for integration with existing equipment has increased. Often it is required to seal or segment specific components or to develop techniques to mount those components in a way that will not hamper the integrity of the unit and its ability to be used in hazardous or dirty environments. One of the most popular techniques is using a din rail and din rail clip that provides great flexibility in solving this problem.
Bud Industries has recognized that there is a need for many types of din rail enclosures to meet these diverse applications. Bud has a complete line of enclosures that offer a variety of options in protecting components or equipment and then readily allowing them to be installed and easily adjusted. A din rail enclosure may have many different features but all have a clip either mounted on the base or molded into the base that allows them to “snap” onto a din rail, which is a “hat” shaped strip of metal, often an extrusion. Here is a typical example of a din rail and an enclosure that mounts on that rail.
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.
Specifying enclosures is technically very easy compare to the engineering skills required for many of the components that inhabit the box. In most cases, all that is required is to determine the necessary internal or external dimensions, pick a material, and you are ready to protect your equipment. While the technology is easy, the actual selection process can proved daunting. Typical enclosure manufacturers have thousands of standard products available in a variety of shapes and materials and wading through many internet pages of product descriptions can not only be daunting, but may prove incredibly time consuming. We have solved this problem with Bud’s unique product selector program. It now becomes a simple process of selecting a range for the length, width and depth of the enclosure if it is a box and the panel space if it is a cabinet rack. This is done with sliders, so it is easy to adjust the range rapidly to increase or decrease the options. The alternatives instantly will appear even as you adjust the slider, with color photographs and more complete descriptions and dimensions to assist in your selection. Searching is possible with either internal dimensions (component mounting space) or external dimensions to insure the best possible fit is being provided. The products have links provided that allow for a quick jump to more detailed product information including CAD or PDF drawings, product videos, and even optional modification opportunities.
Also on the product pages is a quick link to pricing and availability at our distributor websites, so not only can you pick the proper product rapidly, but even place an order at the same time. Bud now makes the selection of electronic enclosures as easy as possible. Check it out today on our website at www.budind.com. There is a link right on the home page to get you started.
Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection. For us at Bud Industries, Thanksgiving week marks a special time in our corporate life as Bud Industries marks our 85th Anniversary. Founded in 1928, the company is still privately held and is in the 3rd and 4th generation family management. Our company’s first product was a radio antenna eliminator. This product was literally what it said, a unit that you could attach to the back of your radio to avoid having to connect to a rooftop antenna to gain reception.
The company expanded into all kinds of antennas including the revolutionary concept of car antennas and then microphones but phased out of that business in the mid 1930’s as other product lines grew more rapidly. During the Depression, we sold radio kits for people who were unable to afford a finished radio for their homes.
The Bud Board-ganizer was introduced this year as a totally unique solution to a frequent engineering/developer problem. When working with multiple development boards, the logistics of organizing the workspace and gaining capabilities to move the product without damage are daunting. The Board-ganizer is a simple and elegant solution to this challenge by using double stick pads to attach the boards and breadboards, and then marrying them together in a foldable enclosure. There are videos that show this process well.
This week, Design News gave the board-ganizer a glowing review. In fact, the reviewer has said that he is planning to use one for his next project….the best review of all. In addition, I chatted with various Newark Electronics sales people today who have been approaching universities with increasing success about outfitting their student labs with these enclosures. The response has been overwhelming. They reported that their unit sales on the product are doubling each month.