Category Archives: NEMA Boxes

Bud’s Plastic NEMA Enclosures Provide the Best Protection at the Best Price

Many consider the safest way to protect electronic components in a hazardous environment is to use a completely plastic NEMA enclosure.  This eliminates the possibility for rust even in such often overlooked area as the latches and hinges.  An entirely plastic enclosure provides the ultimate in low weight for the toughest durability.  Bud’s very popular NBF series is the ultimate combination of great protection (NEMA/IP) and a value price.

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Five Tips for Saving Money on your Harsh Environment Enclosure

This is the perfect Harsh Environment Enclosure for many applications

BUD’s PTS series is a low cost IP67 enclosure

Purchasing a harsh environment enclosure can be a tricky business. The components need to be protected but it is also important not to overkill the protection and waste costs. All too often, the enclosure is not considered until the last minute in any design, 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 harsh environment enclosure purchase that will also allow you to be better prepared and best of all, save money. Read More >>

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Five Easy Steps in Selecting a Factory Automation Enclosure

Here is a new infographic from Bud Industries on the five easy steps to select a factory automation enclosure Bud has a very broad range of products that meet NEMA and IP standards in all materials ranging from steel to plastic to aluminum to fiberglass. Contact your local Bud distributor for more details as well as price and delivery.

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Rating NEMA Boxes versus IP Boxes

NEMA Box that is also an IP Box

NEMA Box in the Bud PIP series

There is often confusion about the various rating systems for the protection of equipment within an enclosure.  We are often asked which system is best and how are they different?  If the customer is in the US, are they better off buying NEMA boxes or one with an IP rating, or does it even matter?  While there are no hard and fast answers to the question of which is best, we thought it might be helpful to provide a few details to help the customer navigate these systems. Read More >>

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The AN-A IP68 Die Cast Box…Making a Good Thing Even Better

It is a well-worn bit of advice to never “mess with a good thing.” For many, when you’ve got a long term great selling product, making adjustments can be a risk, potentially alienating your core customer base. However, we recently saw an opportunity to improve on one of our best selling products and we jumped at the chance. Our AN series of NEMA 4 and 4x die cast boxes has been  a great selling line for us for over 15 years. They have a low price point, provide light weight yet strong protection, and are easy to modify to allow for the installation of components such as connectors, switches and displays. There was only one minor inconvenience, the “string” gasket could be a bit time consuming to install.

Bud is very proud to introduce the next generation AN box, designated with a “-A” suffix. Not only does it come with a cut to size, drop into place gasket, but it also meets IP68. This means that it is the first die cast box in the industry to be able to be submerged at more than 1 meter of water for more than an hour. In fact, we tested the product at a depth of 6 feet for more than 24 hours and it passed the stringent UL testing with flying colors. These boxes will be introduced beginning later this month with a complete transition of the Bud inventory by February 1. We are very excited about the new markets that this modification opens up for us and for our customers and we look forward to hearing about many successful applications. As always, check with us or your favorite Bud distributor for more details.

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Discover Bud Enclosure’s Interstellar Level of Component Protection

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Between the new discoveries of water movement on Mars, and the Matt Damon movie, the Maritan, space and space travel is in the news. It is probably little known that Bud Industries played a small but important role in early space flight. For those old enough to remember, the astronauts carried with them a large metal box, its use was classified and we never learned exactly what it did. We thought it might have to do with generating oxygen or temperature controls for the space suit.  Bud manufactured these boxes to their exacting standards and did so for nearly a decade until they were no longer required. In the intervening years, Bud has provided NASA products for a variety of applications, mostly involved in research and testing.

Today, Bud quality is internationally known particularly for products that protect components in harsh environments. While we have not tested our products on Mars, we have tested them under a variety of extreme weather conditions. One of our customers for our PN series of NEMA and IP rated plastic boxes deploys them in the Arctic Circle as part of a monitoring system. Having to deal with not only the extreme temperatures, but also moisture and wind create a challenge that we have successful met for years. Their boxes have worked flawlessly and the only modification has been that we have sent them updated gaskets as they have evolved to insure that they have the best possible product. While your applications may not be in space or at the North Pole, discover the protection that Bud can provide for all of your component needs.

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It’s All About Making it Easy for the Customer

Today is the day that the Iphone 6s is being released and to no one’s surprise, there are huge lines outside the stores waiting to be the first to get the new device. What I find interesting is how the distribution model on the phones has change and how this is impacting customers and their buying patterns. As we all know, in the past you bought a phone, it was heavily subsidized by the carrier, but then you had to sign up for a 2 year contract or you were hit with big penalties. There was nothing more painful for the customer than either having to wait with a dying phone for the contract to be done, or deciding to bite the bullet and get the new phone and eat the charges. Now, there are many options available for these products. You can buy the phone but you pay it off over 2 years with monthly rentals. The bonus is that, depending on the company, you can upgrade the phone at no charge after a year. Also, Apple is stepping into the game, beginning to sell the phones (unlocked) directly to the consumer and then letting them sign up with a carrier or even bounce from carrier to carrier depending on who has the best deal at the time. This also has a 12 month upgrade capability and also offers the consumer the option of picking up local sim cards when they travel internationally, eliminated the dreaded international data charges.

The point of all of this is that there are disrupters in the market who are changing the way the products are sold to match what the customer wants today. We are seeing this trend spill over into our industry as customers are reaching out to new distributor options that make buying a product fast and easy. Often, distribution requires customers to pay different prices or limits access in different markets.   These new players have changed that model, moving the expectations of the consumer market right into the industrial world. For those of us willing to adapt, the opportunities continue to grow, for those who look the other way or feel that it is a temporary fad, they may find some tough challenges in the future.   For our customers, there are many distributors who will sell them our products such as a PN series plastic NEMA box.  The customer’s choice will be the one that meets their needs and makes buying easy that will win every time.

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Discover Bud’s PN Series NEMA Enclosure and Elect it as your Favorite

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Regardless of your politics, Cleveland, the home of Bud Industries, was proud to host the first Republican debate last week. It was a great chance for the city to show off its resurgence, impress the attendees with our outstanding restaurant and arts scene, and display the natural beauty of the city and its extensive lakefront. It was an exciting tryout for next summer when we host the Republican Convention. For many, it was their first exposure to this area and they discovered that Donald Trump was not the only exciting part about these debates.

To us, there is not debate that many of our customers have discovered that Bud is the resource for their NEMA enclosures. An example is our PN series, long the backbone of our NEMA product offering. These polycarbonate boxes provide the ultimate in protection (NEMA 4x, IP66) that allows for the product to be used in almost any environment and still be able to perform. We have deployed these units in climates as diverse as Alaska and the South Pole to the factory floor here in Cleveland. They are durable, simple to use and provide the type of flexibility that any customer requires. With internal mounting bosses, wall mount capabilities, and optional clear covers, the engineer has a plethora of applications that fit this box. Read More >>

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Discovering Bud Industries’ Steel NEMA Enclosures

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When I think of the word discovery, the name that jumps into my mind is NASA. While today they are thought of for the research done on Saturn’s rings, or the proposed manned trips to Mars, for some of us, NASA will always be tied to the lunar missions of the 60’s, leading up to the first lunar landing in 1969. We, at Bud, were proud to have been a part of the NASA family, supplying products that ranged from the early control desks to enclosures that were carried by the astronauts encasing key equipment. For us, it was not only a technological achievement but also an indicator of our diverse capabilities and offerings. We are still a valued NASA supplier today.

Much as NASA is all about discovery, our customers are always discovering new products and opportunities as here at Bud we have the enclosure to fit their needs. Many know us for a specific segment of our product line, such as large 19” cabinet racks, but are unaware of the significant increases in NEMA steel enclosures that have become an important part of our offering. These IP66 enclosures come both in standard and stainless steel and provide a cost effective solution to your needs for a protected component. Customers in fields as diverse as automation controls, medical, oil and gas, and transportation have discovered the value of these Bud steel cabinets. With great features, and with Bud’s rapid modification program (often as little as 5 days), large local stock and amazing pricing, create your own discoveries using this or other Bud boxes and cabinets.

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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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