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Bud Industries has been a part of the Electronic Distribution Show and its predecessors since its inception in the late 1930’s as we promote our electronic enclosures to our distribution partners. This year marked the 41st consecutive EDS that I have attended. When I first went, in 1978, it was called the NEWCOMM show, an acronym that I candidly don’t remember what it stood for. In my early days, the major focus of the show was to introduce new products and convince the distributors to put them into stock. Much of the action was on a show floor, typically at the Las Vegas Convention Center which was next to the host hotel of the Las Vegas Hilton. We would have a large booth and the distributors would come by and chat about business with us and we would convince them that the new products would change their business and assist them in major growth. Out would come the order pads, we would promote our show discount, and after the show we would take home our pad of orders and based on the totals booked, consider the show a success.
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.
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.
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.