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While most immediately think of Bud Industries when they have an enclosure need, people often don’t think of Bud for the final touches such as NEMA Glands. So what is a NEMA cable gland? Put simply, when a hole is drilled in a box for cable access, the assembler needs a way to protect the interior and integrity of the box while still installing the cabling. The cable gland is that device
which mounts through the hole with a nut on one end and a lid on the other to perfectly fit the cable and provide that seal. They are quick and easy to install and also can provide strain relief for the cable or tubing that provide either power or other access.
While all of us in Cleveland are caught up in Indians Fever, it is exciting for us to realize that one of our NEMA 4 enclosures makes the live experience at many stadiums so much better. It was not too long ago that if you attended a large sporting event, you could forget using your cell phone as the nearby tower would be jammed and reception would be non-existent. For all of us who go through withdrawal at the slightest hiccup in our service, attending a game of any sort became a nightmare. It began to impact attendance but also impacted the efforts of the teams to increase their social media exposure. How could fans tweet their photo to the kiss cam?
Everyone knows that Bud is the industry’s favored supplier of electronic enclosures, but did you know that Bud is now a top supplier of Breadboards as well? Bud first approached this market with several enclosures for the raspberry pi development board a few years back. Recognizing the breadth of customer base following their exponential sales growth, we decided to pursue this market with accessories to the board, heavily utilizing our plastic manufacturing capabilities.
Bud Industries focus over the last few years has moved aggressively to providing modified and custom enclosures. As I have written, Bud now provides and industry leading 5-6 day turnaround on most simple modifications to many of our standard products including the cutting and piercing of holes, slots and other types of openings. We also perform many more operations including providing custom design services, special sizes, gaskets, colors, and packaging. We are unique in that we work with our distribution partners, allowing the customer the best of all options, close customer service for their turn-key enclosures.
I am often asked questions about Bud’s Fiberglass enclosure line, the NF and NFL series as engineers try to understand the differences between various types of plastic enclosures as well as why one uses plastic instead of stainless or galvanized steel. Choosing the best material for an application can be a challenging process, but selecting a fiberglass enclosure has many advantages.
My marketing team tells me that all of my blogs should be about Electronic Enclosures but it is impossible to be sitting in suburban Cleveland Ohio and not write about the Cavs winning the NBA championship. For those who have been living in a cave, this is the first professional sports championship for Cleveland in 52 years. We have been close many times, but no one is talking about horseshoes. The tough part about this is that the losses became embedded in the Cleveland psyche and became the perfect analogy for the decline in our manufacturing base, our shrinking city, and the definition of the rust belt. People remembered our burning river, our default, the iconic lake effect snow, and of course, our sports teams. When you talked sports in Cleveland, it has always been “wait until next year”, but somehow, next year never came.
Suddenly, it is next year in Cleveland. While Cleveland’s renaissance as a city has been underway for some time, with a nationally recognized restaurant scene, a newly vibrant downtown (there are wait lists for most apartments and condos), affordable housing, the top Orchestra and hospital system in the country and so much more, somehow Clevelanders were still mentally stuck in the sports slump. On Sunday night, with minutes to go, most Clevelanders did not dare to hope that it would turn their way. Suddenly, it did and the collective Cleveland community was both emotional and stunned. We did not know how to deal with winning…what it means to be a winner. But we are learning fast. The enthusiasm is incredible, the pride is thrilling to experience, and the sudden self-awareness is nothing short of miraculous. So, forgive me for not writing about our electronic enclosures. I’ve waited a near lifetime for this moment when at last, we are no longer a national joke, but are now recognized as the Champions we have become.
Today’s engineers are often very well trained in everything that is needed for tech from the latest embedded systems to the internet of things. However, it can be the simpler things that trip them up, such as dealing with an electronic enclosure for their projects. We have found that, although the enclosure is quite low tech, it can intimidate engineers who do not want to risk their projects on making the wrong protection choice. To assist, Bud has created a wealth of information and tools that help avoid the common mistakes in enclosure selection.
First, Bud has a very easy to use product selector. Use the sliders to select the key dimensions and drop downs to determine materials and protection levels and the system presents options, with photos that are easy to research. With the option of searching by internal or external dimensions, the engineer can readily insure that her components will fit perfectly. One click on the part and they are taken to a detailed page with everything from photos to drawings.
One of the most common phone calls that we receive here at Bud Industries is requesting help in selecting the best 19” cabinet rack for the intended solution. As Bud offers many families of enclosure ranging from the Economizer Series to the stylish BRP series to the full featured SRP Server Rack Series, some customers find the selection process to be daunting. We help them unravel the task and have decided to share the relatively simple approach in five steps.
Why would Bud introduce an ATEX rated Enclosure? Enclosures are designed for two purposes, protection and beauty. Often, when we think of protection, the focus is on external issues, causing testing to levels such as NEMA 4x or IP65. These NEMA or IP Enclosure ratings deal with keeping the environment out of the enclosure, whether that is rain, dust, or water. Recently, we realized that there are situations where we need to protect the environment from the dangers that emanate from the electronics, typically, some sort of sparking or flashing of the electrical charge. This becomes a significant issue as electronics are now used in applications that one might never have considered such as farming or gas. The ATEX ratings are provided based on tests of how well the enclosure keeps these discharges from the atmosphere in various conditions. The ratings for Bud’s ATX die cast enclosure family note that it is safe to use in work spaces that have either dust or grain rarely or intermittently and the same for gas environments. It is not suggested for use in mines or underground locations. With 10 sizes, a great price, and additional ratings of IP66, this series represents a new way of thinking for BUD and continues our efforts to be the enclosure supplier of choice for the industry. Check out Bud’s ATX series today.
Bud Industries ran an incredibly successful contest in 2015. With interest at an industry high rate, we asked people to take a pop quiz to demonstrate how quickly Bud can modify our standard product line. With a 5-6 day leadtime, we can provide a custom box almost quicker than many others provide a simple standard enclosure.
We are excited to announce that Paul Chevalier was our winner. Check out the video of our President, Josiah Haas, drawing his name. Congratulations, Paul. Keep following our marketing and website www.budind.com for news of our exciting plans for this year.