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In my last blog, I noted how many plastic enclosures we have in our line. Many people think of us only as steel or aluminum electronic enclosure suppliers, but we are much more than that. In this blog, I will continue to focus on plastic enclosures for general use. That is, these enclosures are not rated and so are not expressly for hazardous or wet environments. Today, the plastic enclosure of choice is our hand held series, the HP. These versatile products have been in our line for years and have been popular from day one. They come in three styles, each providing distinct advantages and sizes. All are made in durable ABS plastic with a UL94-HB rating.
Style 1 is perfect for those looking for a smaller enclosure (2.6 x 2.6 x 1. 1). It is a two piece construction with mounting bosses in the base and holes for either sealing the box with screws or using out optional belt clip.
As we prepare to launch our new Bud Industries Electronic Enclosure Website later this spring, we have begun to turn on a few new features. The most exciting is a chat feature. Long used on retail and consumer sites, it has made its way into the b2b world. We have been pleasantly surprised at how popular and helpful this feature has become. First, we had to overcome our own biases. We thought people would rather email if they needed information or if they needed something quickly, they could call versus dealing with the back and forth of online chat. All of that typing could be daunting. Second, we were afraid it would be hard for our team to juggle the multiple communication methods that customers use to gain information, so adding chat to the list would make all less effective and time.
One of our fastest selling electronic enclosure products is our recently introduced EXN extruded aluminum NEMA boxes. Aluminum extrusion is one of the strongest materials from which to make an electronic enclosure and often can appear as a very basic box. Our EXN series is highly styled yet is truly value priced especially for a NEMA/IP rated box. The options are almost limitless as it comes in 5 colors and there are 17 sizes available in each color and also the option of end caps that are made from either colored to match polycarbonate plastic or black powder coated die-cast aluminum. That means that this series has 170 different configurations, providing enough flexibility to meet almost any need. The unique grooved exterior and interiors are provided for more than just good looks, with the exterior allowing for faster heat removal and the interior designed to allow a pcb to slide in. Bud even offers the perfect size pcb as an accessory for each size box. Another great option is its wall mount brackets that allow it to mount either on another piece of equipment to act as a control box or on a wall for everything from security to IoT.
With great looks, incredible durability and protection, and a low price as well, this series represents the best in protection. For more information on this product as well as to learn how you can have this box modified in an industry leading 5-6 days, contact your favorite Bud distributor or here at the Bud factory.
Bud’s Emperor Series wall mount cabinet is a great solution for 19” rack mount equipment when floor space is at a premium. It is also a perfect answer to ergonomic issues where a smaller server is needed but can now be used at eye level for simple monitoring or adjustment. The Emperor series is made of 20 ga. Steel except for its two pairs of adjustable mounting rails which are 18 ga. It also has fixed mounting rails in the back section that is typically affixed to the wall. With its tempered glass front door and easily removable sides, product access and monitoring is a breeze. Speaking of which, the cabinet includes two fans already installed in the top of the center section and it also comes with a ventilated shelf to allow for the simple mounting of the components. There is also ventilation in both the top and bottom of the cabinet allowing for chimney style cooling.
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: