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Bud is excited about our new FBR-Series Fiber Optic Distribution Boxes. They are molded from a high quality light weight polycarbonate ABS blended material that is a completely enclosed structure. All 8-sizes have the ability to manage fiber lines, which are a thin piece of flexible glass, that cannot bend. They are used as a termination point for the feeder cable to connect with drop cable in FTTH (Fiber To The Home), FTTx (Fiber to The Location) communication network system. There is no electricity in these boxes; it integrates fiber splicing, splitting, distribution, storage and cable connection in one unit. Meanwhile, it provides solid protection and Management for the FTTH, FTTx network building. The boxes come in multiple sizes and configurations from 6.57×4.02×1.22 to 12.6×9.45×3.94 and all serve the same purpose. The smallest two sizes of FBR-series boxes, typically harder to find, expand the target market into home usage. With our very low prices, we have already found partners with those selling into internet providers and the installers who were contracted to install them.
A few years back, we were at the Newark Electronics Call Center on the day the Raspberry Pi Development board was introduced and we as surprised as everyone else at the startling success of that launch…with product selling out in an hour and briefly crashing their website. We decided to develop an enclosure for the Pi and created our hugely popular boxes. For a year, they were our top selling product in volume. Then the market became saturated with boxes and we decided to focus our attention elsewhere. Our thinking also was that since the boards were so inexpensive that if something happened to them, they could be readily replaced and so did not really need protection. However, we continued to be pressed to create new enclosures as people were concerned about protecting not just the board but the software that they programmed.
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.
Many customers would be surprised to know that Bud’s Steel NEMA Boxes are among its best sellers. When customers think of Bud’s NEMA/IP rated offerings, they typically think of either polycarbonate or fiberglass boxes, the original protected products that Bud introduced over 30 years ago. Despite the fact that Bud has had these steel products in its line for only a decade, the SNB series now has become a huge part of the industry’s market. With diverse applications that range from agriculture to industrial controls, medical to communications and a price that is among the lowest anywhere, this series keeps growing exponentially.
Nowhere is a picture better at telling a story than in describing Bud’s IP and NEMA plastic Boxes. Even better is a video and we have just updated our videos on the popular NBF and PN series boxes. While in the prior version, we just described the product features, in this version, we show each box being hit with a powerful water spray. While this is not an official UL test, it replicates a bit of the process that UL went through to certify these to the NEMA 4x standard. It is also similar to the test that TUV performed to certify their IP66 and IP65 ratings respectively
How can the best Electronic Enclosure Website be made even better? Simply by making it even easier to use and more user friendly. One of the best features of the Bud Industries website is the “search by size” widget that quickly and easily allows the specifier to find the perfect electronic enclosure from our offering of thousands of standard products. It has just been upgraded to eliminate the sometimes balky “choose by size” sliders and replace them with open slots to quickly fill in the requested dimensions
So how does this electronic enclosure product selector work? There are a few easy steps to obtaining the best options for your project:
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.
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.
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.