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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.
Bud is proud of our many employees who have been with us making electronic enclosures for more than 25 years
Tomorrow is an important date in the history of Electronic Enclosures. On November 30, 1928, Bud Radio, the predecessor of Bud Industries, was incorporated by my Grandfather, Max Haas. While I have written about our company’s history on many occasions, I want to honor my grandfather one more time by retelling his story as I think it is very meaningful today. His life is a true testament to perseverance and resilience and the value of immigrants in our economy. He was born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today is the Czech Republic and came to the United States in the early 1900’s as a boy, fortunately before there were immigration quotas. He eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio, met and married my grandmother, and had his only child, my father, in 1918. In 1920, he and his partners founded Haas Electrical Sales, which by 1924 was noted by “Radio in the Home” magazine to be the largest radio parts distributor in the Cleveland area.
Last week’s ECIA Executive Conference was a fascinating blend of strong speakers, special commemorative moments and great networking. Bud Industries has been a member of the Electronics Industry trade associations for generations, first in electrical components for radios and then with electronic enclosures. It has been a long, circuitous journey to the ECIA and our membership reflects the changes that our industry has gone through for over 80 years. Originally we were members of EP&EM, Electronic Products and Equipment Manufacturers. This group evolved, in about 1957, into the Central Division of the Association of Electronic Manufacturers (AEM), a sister association to the AEM Eastern. The goal of the group was to consolidate the distributor oriented electronics manufacturers into an association that would help the industry grow. In 1974, AEM Eastern and Central were merged into the Distributor Products Division of EIA, the Electronics Industry Association. EIA was composed of many subgroups including a group that later became the Consumer Electronics Association, the telecommunications industry association, and several others. Their goal was to represent the interests of the entire industry both among themselves and to Washington. It was a unique experience with both manufacturers of components and their end customers sharing everything from standards development to best practices.
Finding a Bud Industries electronic enclosure is a quick and easy process that can be done 24/7. Just check out all of the great features on Bud’s website. Let’s say you are looking for a stainless steel NEMA box that is roughly 16” x 14” x 8”. Just go to Bud’s website at www.budind.com and in the right hand upper part of the page, note the search by size feature. Click on that and it is easy to load a product size range. What appears is all of the appropriate products with photos to help make a decision. In this case, since the stainless steel material has been selected, the SNB-3743-SS is the proper product. Again, click on the product and it will automatically open the proper web page that includes detailed product information, product videos and drawings in both PDF and DXF. Note that 3d step files are available on request.
Much has changed in the electronic enclosure industry since Bud Industries was founded 90 years ago in 1928. At that time, in fact, we did not even manufacture enclosures, but our first product related to radio antennae. As our company has evolved, there is one thing that has never changed which is how Bud values the relationships that we develop with our various business partners. This was demonstrated recently at the Electronic Distribution Show in Las Vegas when two of our long term partners presented us with gifts in honor of our 90th Anniversary.
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:
The PTQ series of plastic IP and NEMA rated electronic enclosure is one of Bud’s newest and most durable product lines. In fact, if you check out the video, you can even see how it holds up when a car drives over it. While that is not something that we recommend in daily use, the thinking is that if it can withstand that external pressure and weight, then it should provide superior protection for any electronic components. The secret to its strength is a unique blend of polycarbonate and glass fibers. With 10% fiber resin, it has the benefit of the flexibility and strength of polycarbonate with the added strength of the glass fibers. If there is much more than 10% fiber, then the enclosure is more susceptible to cracking or shattering if hit. They are UL508 NEMA 4x, and what makes these even more impressive is that they are rated at IP67 which means they can even be submerged for short amounts of time making them ideal for almost any application whether inside or out.
March Madness is the most exciting time of the year, even for an Electronic Enclosure Manufacturer like Bud Industries. While it is estimated that the economy will lose up to $4 billion in productivity due to this amazing basketball spectacle, Bud Industries can help you make up for some of the lost time with its simple electronic enclosure product selection tool. This tool, on the Bud website (www.budind.com) is the fastest way in the industry to take the guess work out of choosing an enclosure and to make the perfect choice.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday week, I am brought back to what this holiday means for Bud Industries. As a country of immigrants that promises opportunity for all, I think of my Grandfather’s story which reflects the true spirit of America. Born in Hungary in 1896, his family was fortunate to be allowed to come to the United States when he was about 8 years old. Raised in Cleveland, he was bright and ambitious. He had various jobs, including working as a traveling salesman for the company that would be part of RCA, covering multiple states in the days when travel was a challenge.
In 1928, he bought the rights to an antenna that eliminated the need to have a roof top antenna for a home radio and started our company, then known as Bud Radio.
The products then evolved into car antennas, a portion of the business he sold in the early 30’s as he grew the business around ham radio parts such as coils and condensers. At the same time, he designed and produced metal boxes for all types of equipment from small little snap together boxes, that became known as min-boxes, to larger 19” racking equipment. The enclosure business gradually became the largest portion of the our sales, evolving into the best known brand of electronic enclosures in North America. His hard work was legendary as was his sales expertise. For nearly a decade, he would leave his home in Cleveland following Thanksgiving dinner and drive to the west coast, visiting customers and distributors along the way, He would then circle the United States, driving down the west coast and across the south, hitting major cities until he returned home in April in time for his shared birthday with his son, “Bud” Haas for whom the business was named. No sacrifice was too great as he sought to leave his son, and hopefully in his dreams, the succeeding generations the business to grow through the decades.
As immigration is an important topic, I am grateful that my great grandparents were able to come to the United States at a time when there were no quotas with relatively unlimited access to the country. His hard work and determination proved it to be an important gain for the country. With thousands of families supported through their work at Bud over the 88 years of our business, with millions of dollars paid in taxes, it was clearly a great investment for the country as well. As we celebrate the birthday of our country, let us remember what makes us great which is the unmatched ability to provide acceptance and opportunities for all. Happy 4th.