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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.
One of the challenges of being a broad line manufacturer of enclosures is that customers often think of us only for the products that they have used in the past. For example, if the engineer had a small board that he needed to enclose, he might have bought one of our small plastic enclosures such as the PN series, which would give him not only the ability to mount the board, but also environmental protection as well. However, when that engineer was looking for a rack mounting cabinet, she might not consider Bud, not recognizing that we offer several products in that area as well. Therefore, one of the roles of this blog is to make sure that potential and current customers are aware of the breadth of our capabilities and know when to turn to us.
Speaking of the rack mount chassis product line, Bud has several versions of this product. Our best-selling series is creatively called the Rack Mount Chassis series. It comes with a front panel, rear panel and a pair of perforated sides. It can be ordered with an optional top or bottom panel that can either be solid or ventilated. There is also an optional internal chassis for each size. The standard perforated sides allow for an almost infinite number of mounting options. Made from durable but light weight aluminum, these enclosures are perfect for protecting your components inside a cabinet or rack and also for making their installation much more simple and secure. Bud can also rapidly provide variations on the chassis dimensions. Discover the value of a full line enclosure vendor…discover Bud.
New products are always exciting for us here at Bud. In the coming weeks, this blog will be highlighting some of the significant new product areas and sharing with you the key features and benefits of the diverse group of products that we are introducing this fall. The first is the PTS series of 10% fiberglass plastic enclosures. These join the very successful PIP series and the PTQ series that just came out last spring. As you may remember, the material of polycarbonate reinforced with 10% fiberglass is an ideal compound that provides the shatter resistance of polycarbonate with the strength of fiberglass.
The new PTS series comes in 15 different sizes ranging from 2.5” x 2.0” x 2.0” to 22” x 11” x 5”. Each size has the option of ordering it with a clear lid as opposed to the opaque lid. They latch with captive screws and meet IP67 ratings as well as UL NEMA 4x and 6. This means that they can be submerged for brief periods of time as well as being perfect for factory floors where they are hosed down or subjected to occasional splashing. They provide significant advantages to metal enclosures in both pricing and weight, allowing for quick installation. There are optional metal or plastic panels that conveniently fit into the box for the mounting of your components without the need to drill additional holes. Finally, if you do need holes or slots, they can be modified as a part of Bud’s industry leading 5 day modification program, giving the customer instant access to a turn-key system.