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Category Archives: Modified Enclosures
Bud Industries ran a fun contest last year to promote our 5 day delivery on a wide array of modified Electronic enclosures. The quiz asked a few challenging engineering questions all of which dealt with speed. We had a huge response, perhaps due to the great prize – a home automation package. This included an Amazon Echo, Nest Thermostat, Samsung SmartThings Hub, a ring door bell, smart light bul and dimmer and a smart outlet. Frankly, I am not an engineer or a tech geek, but I wish I could have entered.
“A habit is something that you do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them.” Frank Clark is attributed with this quote and although we can all apply it readily to our personal lives, it also fits many peoples’ professional lives as well. When it comes to buying and specifying electronic enclosures, most designers revert to their past practices which are often inefficient, expensive and untimely. Quite often, they work for a company that has an internal machine shop and so they buy an off the shelf enclosure and then give it to their internal machine shop or the job shop around the corner so that they can have cutouts, slots or other variations installed. This is an easy habit to develop and much too difficult to break.
While it may be a stretch to say that thinking about July 4th and our freedom reminds me of modified electronic enclosures, there can be a correlation. While not diminishing the great benefits that we, as Americans, enjoy, nor the sacrifices that brought us those freedoms, it is also freeing for a buyer or engineer to be a part of Bud’s incredible program. While not saving lives, we do help save both time and efforts in speeding your product to the customer.
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.
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.
This is the time of year when people look back with embarrassment at their New Year’s Resolutions and realize that with the best of intentions, they are already falling short of their goals. Those who are still working out at the gym notice that it is becoming much less crowded there. For those of us who run in the mornings, there are a lot fewer people out on the streets doing their early morning dash. And somehow, those extra five pounds seem to be increasing as we celebrated such holidays as Super Bowl Sunday. If you are a buyer or engineer, perhaps your resolutions included work related goals as well. One that is on the top of everyone’s list is increasing the value that you bring to your company and smooth the always complex supply chain. While we can’t help you at the gym, we certainly can help you with your enclosure needs.
Not only does Bud offer a wide range of enclosures, allowing you to satisfy your needs from a single source, but we also offer the fastest modification service in the industry. So if you need a NEMA rated plastic box, for example, Bud typically will have it in stock and can add holes and slots for you in 5-6 days. Making it even easier for you, we do this in partnership with our extensive distribution network. So if you are buying the electronic components that you will put into the enclosure from distribution, you can also get your enclosure, modified to you specifications, at a great price incredibly fast. This eliminates your need to find a source for the box, an alternative source for the modifications, and somehow coordinate it all with the component deliveries. We do it all for you. Check out our video on our five day process and then call your favorite distributor for more details.
As your design work on your great new project is wrapping up, you realize that you need an enclosure. In the past, because time was tight, you would buy someone’s standard box and then send it out to either your local job shop or the shop in the back of your facility to have the required holes and slots put in for such things as connectors, power, readouts, or whatever is needed. You did this because getting a custom product out of a typical enclosure manufacturer was harder than getting a bill through Congress.
Today, you have a great alternative. We, at Bud, have pioneered a rapid turnaround on modifications to our broad line of standard enclosures. Here are the quick steps to making it happen: