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Fiberglass Electronic Enclosures Broaden their Appeal

Although I have been involved with the electronic enclosure industry for nearly 40 years, I continue to be amazed at the variety of applications which require these enclosures.  The application space has expanded significantly since we introduced NEMA 4x Fiberglass Enclosures a few years ago.  These durable boxes are priced well below market, but provide industry leading protection.    They are more durable than polycarbonate boxes with less vulnerability to cracking when struck.   Some of the applications that we have seen recently include:

  1. In solid state lighting, the controls for the lighting need to be enclosed and often protected from outdoor or factory environments.  Numerous customers find that fiberglass provides a simple solution to long term exposure
  2. Fiber optic distribution, again in the lighting or energy fields
  3. In food services, we have customers that locate their controls in the fields or barns to track production where frequent hose down or weather situations require proper protection
  4. Climate controls and environmental tracking industries are also a unique niche that fiberglass enclosures effectively support.
  5. Solar Energy collection and conversion is a growing application for these electronic enclosures as they can withstand higher heat and yet are not conductive as one finds with metal enclosures.

The market for Fiberglass enclosures is broad and rapidly growing as pricing becomes more competitive.  With durable protection, limited conductivity, and hose down capabilities, they have much to offer.  Don’t forget that we can modify these boxes with cutouts, slots and other secondary operations to improve assembly time and truly provide a turn-key solution.

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Videos Tell the Story

While a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, we have all learned that in today’s world, video is even more “valuable.”  From celebrity reputations that are made or damaged to either positive or negative police actions, the prevalence of video in our culture has changed the way we view and react to events.  In a business environment, video has become a simple but effective way to evaluate products or to learn about their benefits and features.  Bud Industries has a wide library of videos that provides a close look at many of their products and services in a way that a photograph cannot.  From a clear explanation of Bud’s custom electronic enclosure modification capabilities to detailed product reviews, the Bud video collection is a great tool for any engineer.  Our newest video highlights the incredible features of the SRP professional server rack series that has a low price, yet includes many accessories that other provide only at an extra cost.  From included fan boxes for heat management to cable management brackets, this is a turn key unit that will provide a data center with the best in design and protection.  Check out Bud’s entire video library at www.youtube.com/budind or find the videos throughout our product pages.

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Marketing and the Electronic Enclosure

This week, the famous Consumer Electronics Show is being held in Las Vegas.  It is a media savvy vehicle for bringing new products and technology to market.  As the various vendors and industry pundits’ work to impress us with what is new, I find myself thinking about some of the basics.  Over time, some of the most exciting advances have to do with packaging and how the product appears to the increasingly sophisticated consumer.  Take a look at ipods or flat screen televisions, and you see that how the components are packaged is often more important than the components themselves.  This brings us to the importance of the enclosure.

An increasing segment of Bud Industry’s market is customizing products to meet the unique design and marketing features of the customer.   In fact, one of the most significant changes in the selling of enclosures is the inclusion of marketing leadership in the design phase.  This is a great approach because we have seen that when marketing is involved near the end of the project, expensive changes can occur.  These can result from a desire to make the product more ergonomic to more in line with the company branding efforts.  For example, we did a prototype for a customer in one of our smaller plastic enclosures which perfectly suited their board mounting, display and connectivity needs.  On a later iteration, they decided that they needed the unit made out of a special color to match their company colors and to help distinguish them in the market.  Although the change itself was not complex, the alteration caused production delays as well as inconvenience for all involved. Read More >>

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