Category Archives: IP 65 66 67 Enclosure

Bud Fiberglass Enclosures Don’t Deflate (sorry Belichick)

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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 (saleswest@budind.com)  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

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Bud Industries Website Eases Product Selection and Acquisition

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In today’s fast paced world, the selection and acquisition of components can be a real time drag as the component options increase and the internet is overloaded with alternatives. In the search for enclosures, Bud Industries has eased the process, making it as simple as a few clicks. Bud has done this through two additions to their website in the last few months, an industry leading search by size tool and the addition of a new stock checking widget. A simple demonstration will show how simple this can be.

Let us assume that the engineer would like a NEMA 4x Die cast Aluminum box that is roughly 6 x 4.25 x 3 inches. Bud’s unique product selector has sliders that allow for a range of sizes to be selected. It also allows for a selection by materials or ratings. The results are displayed with product photos, allowing for an even easier selection. See the photo labeled product selector. Read More >>

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Bud’s new PIP series combines the best of fiberglass and polycarbonate

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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:

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The Mysteries of IP65, IP66, and IP67 Rated Enclosures Explained

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It is often confusing for an engineer to know what type of rating they need to look for when they desire to have a “waterproof” enclosure.  Much like with watches or other sensitive information, there is a big difference between waterproof, water resistant, and other descriptive but not specific labels.  To help out, there are several rating systems that have been developed although and several testing agencies that verify the results. Among these, the two best known are NEMA and IP. This blog will deal only with the IP system.

For enclosures, the typical “waterproof” IP ratings are IP67, IP66 and IP65 enclosures.  The chart below gives the specifics of what these ratings mean and how they are measured. Read More >>

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