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As the year winds down and we look back on 2019, we have so much to be grateful for and to look forward to in our company and in the electronic enclosure world. We also are proud of our ability to confront challenges and thrive as a leader in our industry and 2019 unfortunately gave us a few of those as well. Here are a few of the highlights:
At Bud, our employees are crucial to our success. We value their experience and this year we were once again reminded of how fortunate we are to have a strong core of long-term team members who guide us all. In 2019, we had 5 employees who celebrated 40 years with us and 2 who marked 45 years. Amazingly, there are 2 employees who have even longer tenure. These remarkable people are true role models and have helped us weather the ebbs and flows of the economy and the electronic enclosure industry. As we look forward to 2020, we are excited to celebrate 2 more employees who will hit 35 years and one who hits the 40 year mark.
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.
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.
As the year winds down, I often review what I have done this year and ramp up my plans for next year. If you do that, high on your list has to be ways to streamline the supply chain, or at least speed it up. To assist you in the process, at least as it comes to enclosures, we have 3 tips on how to make your job easier.
First, take a few minutes while things are slower here at year end to download the free Bud Enclosure Design Tips guide http://www.budind.com/request_designtips.php . This provides easy to understand explanations of all of the issues you might run into in specifying an enclosure. The guidance ranges from materials to choose to ratings to accessories. It will be the perfect reference guide and rapidly turn you into an enclosure expert and again, it is free and available for quick downloading.
Second, consider buying your enclosure from your favorite electronic component distributor. More and more manufacturers of enclosures are going through distribution and the advantages for the designer and buyer are great. Foremost, the products are typically in stock and can ship today. Their pricing is often very competitive with buying direct from the manufacturer based on their volume buys. Their sales team is trained to provide you with the best knowledge about how to choose the right enclosure and can often guide you to a more cost effective, stock solution. While it may seem more convenient to buy direct, in reality it creates a supply chain glitch that can impact your total acquisition costs.
Finally, most enclosures need to be modified. Whether for input, output, identification (screening), or even dimensionally, the manufacturer is the best place to have this done. They are experts in the best torque to use on drilling, the impact of specific modifications on the various materials, and also will suggest cost saving options. Further, if problems occur, the manufacturer is responsible for damaged products instead of you when you send it out to your local job shop or back room. Finally, there are freight and freight damage savings when avoiding the costly multiple handling trips.
We hope that you have a great Christmas and look forward to continuing to chat with you in what we hope will be a very successful 2012. If you have any questions or comments, we look forward to hearing from you.