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November 6, 2020 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries proudly supports the Women In Electronics Annual Conference As I have noted elsewhere, Bud Industries, the best known manufacturer of electronic enclosures, is a sponsor of the Women in Electronics Annual Leadership Conference.  Bud has strongly supported many…
October 26, 2020 by Blair Haas
Those who do not use electronic enclosures must wonder how we can keep adding new products as we just did with the PU Series of IP68 NEMA 6P plastic enclosures.  The uninitiated must figure there are a lot of boxes…
October 6, 2020 by Blair Haas
Every so often, I break up my product driven blog to share some of my thoughts on topics in the world outside of the electronic enclosure.  In the year 2020, we have been buffeted by a presidential impeachment, a world-wide…
September 24, 2020 by Blair Haas
Bud’s Din Rail Multi-Board enclosures allows up to 3 boards and makes your connections quick and easy Bud Industries has a unique solution to mounting your PC boards on a din rail box.  Our new Din Rail Multi-Board Box is…
August 25, 2020 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries is pleased to introduce a totally new website for our broad offering of electronic enclosures and related accessories.  While often a new website is just a cosmetic update, we have remade our site completely to improve on our…
August 12, 2020 by Blair Haas
  Asher Haas successfully completed Digi-Key’s Breadboard Family Camp Bud Industries is well recognized as a premier electronic enclosure manufacturer but our breadboards are among our fastest growing products.  I discussed this in last week’s blog about our selection as…
August 7, 2020 by Blair Haas
Bud is proud that our breadboard, part BB-32621, and our jumper cables were chosen to be featured in their “Learn to Breadboard with Digi-Key” Family maker camp scheduled for August 11 from 10-11 AM PDT.  It is the perfect way…
July 29, 2020 by Blair Haas
Nothing gets an enclosure manufacturer more excited than developing a new product like the PW series of ABS boxes.  Bud has just introduced these multi-purpose enclosures that are relatively small but pack a huge punch in the options they offer…
July 14, 2020 by Blair Haas
Infographics were the hot communications approach a few years back but for some issues, such as describing what the NEMA 4x rating is all about, it is still the perfect vehicle for a quick reminder of what it means and…
May 19, 2020 by Blair Haas
Even while we are continuing to work as an essential business producing electronic enclosures, especially NEMA rated enclosures, it is hard to focus on anything other than the Covid-19 crisis.  We are based in Ohio and no matter your politics,…
June 2, 2020 by Blair Haas
The purpose of this blog is to inform people about our electronic enclosures and to give guidance on issues that they may encounter in their search for the right product.  My goal is to write a blog at least every…
June 18, 2020 by Blair Haas
During this crazy business era, one product area that has thrived has been our Server Rack Series, the SRP.  In this time of endless binge watching, video game marathons, and even remote learning for students (my 9 year old grandson…
July 2, 2020 by Blair Haas
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but a Bud product video is like a complete book.  To help our customers make the best product selections, Bud has developed nearly 50 videos that show many of the…
April 23, 2020 by Blair Haas
One of the few positives to come out of the Corona Virus shutdown from a business perspective is to remind us that our electronic enclosures, especially NEMA rated enclosures, are an essential part of the economy.  As you may know,…
April 9, 2020 by Blair Haas
As I have mentioned in my prior blog, as an electronic enclosure company servicing many infrastructure and related industries, we are an essential company during this Corona Virus era.  Given that we manufacture and sell only the box into which…
March 26, 2020 by Blair Haas
Josiah Haas, our President, has developed a quick video to share our story of the adjustments we have made to protect our employees yet still keep our essential electronic enclosure business going. https://www.youtube.com/embed/-X8F6VU-zwk
March 26, 2020 by Blair Haas
Although it seems like a basic idea, we realize that we do not have a Frequently Asked Questions page dealing with our electronic enclosures on our website.  The interesting part has been collecting the questions from our sales team who,…
March 18, 2020 by Blair Haas
As a newly defined elderly person (like most people, I have assumed it is much older than I am), I am adjusting to a different life as CEO of Bud Industries, an Electronic Enclosure company who is working from home. …
February 13, 2020 by Blair Haas
Often an engineer has to choose between strong protection and strong visuals when selecting IP66 electronic enclosures.  The nature of the protection and required gasketing often restrict the style of the box, impacting the marketability of the end product.  That…
December 19, 2019 by Blair Haas
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…
November 25, 2019 by Blair Haas
We have often been asked to provide extra large plastic NEMA/IP rated enclosures and so we are delighted to introduce the NBG series.  While much is made of the ongoing reduction in component sizes, one concept that is overlooked is…
October 31, 2019 by Blair Haas
We are often asked about our flammability ratings and what they mean.  Quite simply, they allow the designer to understand how the plastic material will act when exposed to fire and how it impacts that fire.  A key point is…
February 6, 2019 by Blair Haas
Let’s Chat. 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…
April 6, 2020 by Blair Haas
When I think of the word discovery, the name that jumps into my mind is NASA. While today they are thought of for the research done on Saturn’s rings, or the proposed manned trips to Mars, for some of us,…
January 15, 2020 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries has been producing die cast aluminum electronic enclosures for nearly 50 of it 91 years and its applications have multiplied over that time.  Originally, die cast boxes were used only for hobbyists or very simple testing applications.  As…
October 18, 2019 by Blair Haas
Bud’s new IPV Series vents are rated IP67   One of the most significant problems in protecting electronic or electrical components with a NEMA/IP rated enclosure is ventilation.  By the nature of the enclosure being sealed, air flow or cooling…
October 8, 2019 by Blair Haas
While I often use my blog to discuss important issues in enclosures or the electronics industry, it is sometimes nice to hear a different voice in the process.  Josiah Haas, our president, was recently interviewed for Automation World by David…
October 4, 2019 by Blair Haas
As regular readers of our blog may remember, Bud Industries celebrated its 90th anniversary last year.  We think it is a truly amazing milestone for a company that is in the tech industry and prides itself on products that serves…
September 11, 2019 by Blair Haas
19” Cabinet racks have been in use for almost 100 years since ATT first decided to set the standard for mounting of the termination and repeater equipment for toll cables in the early days of the telephone.  A few years…
August 28, 2019 by Blair Haas
In the electronic enclosure world, we often say that our job is to make your projects look good.  We enclose all of your components, protect them from damage, and provide the shell that allows many products to be marketable.  We…
August 5, 2019 by Blair Haas
Bud’s SNB NEMA 4x IP65 steel enclosures One of the questions we get asked most often is how do NEMA and IP ratings compare.  That is, can one find an enclosure with a NEMA rating and use it to fit…
July 18, 2019 by Blair Haas
For those of us in the Electronic Enclosure Industry, there is nothing more beautiful than a well-executed modified enclosure.  In fact, the holy grail of enclosures is how to provide the modifications as fast as an off-the-shelf standard product.  We…
July 3, 2019 by Blair Haas
As I write this and we prepare for the 4th of July holiday, I am once again struck by the American Dream and how our Electronic Enclosure Company’s story could have only happened in the United States.  As I have…
June 18, 2019 by Blair Haas
One of the most consistent questions that Bud Industries receives deals with the best materials for a NEMA or IP rated enclosure.  Bud provides Nema and IP rated boxes in almost every material including steel, stainless steel, abs plastic, polycarbonate,…
June 4, 2019 by Blair Haas
Bud is very excited to be the Supplier of the Month at the Newark Sales Center in nearby Richfield Ohio.  This means that we are able to set up a display near the entrance to the facility where all who…
May 6, 2019 by Blair Haas
Bud has participated in the Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) since its founding in the 1930’s as the May Parts Show in Chicago, sharing information about our latest enclosures even then.  Today, the show has evolved into the electronic components annual…
April 16, 2019 by Blair Haas
Continuing our review of our best-selling plastic enclosures, the Plastic Rack Mount Chassis is a definite winner.  Customers have been mounting equipment into 19” panel width cabinets and racks for nearly 100 years.  Often, rather than mounting equipment itself into…
April 4, 2019 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries Electronic Enclosures have many applications, but one of which we are quite proud is our association with Calsol, the UC Berkley solar vehicle team.  Calsol is made up of students from a variety of disciplines who develop Formula…
March 19, 2019 by Blair Haas
In my last blog, I noted how many plastic enclosures we have in our line. Many people think of us only as steel or aluminum electronic enclosure suppliers, but we are much more than that. In this blog, I will…
March 6, 2019 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries was founded with a focus on metal enclosures and rack, so people often forget that we have a broad line of plastic enclosures today as well. To do so is to risk overlooking one of the broadest lines…
January 23, 2019 by Blair Haas
A value priced extruded aluminum enclosure with great looks as well One of our fastest selling electronic enclosure products is our recently introduced EXN extruded aluminum NEMA boxes.  Aluminum extrusion is one of the strongest materials from which to make…
November 29, 2018 by Blair Haas
Max Haas founded Bud Industries in 1928 and created an industry legend 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…
October 30, 2018 by Blair Haas
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…
October 16, 2018 by Blair Haas
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…
October 1, 2018 by Blair Haas
Bud’s Emperor Series wall mount cabinet is a great solution for 19” rack mount equipment when floor space is at a premium.  It is also a perfect answer to ergonomic issues where a smaller server is needed but can now be used…
September 5, 2018 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries is proud to introduce our state of the art digital printing capabilities as a part of our rapidly growing modified enclosure product offerings.  Digital printing is quickly replacing silk screening or other methods of adding lettering or logos…
August 21, 2018 by Blair Haas
A question that we get all the time is what is the difference between a NEMA rated enclosure and an IP rated enclosure. First, a quick explanation of the two systems. NEMA, developed by the National Electrical Manufacturing Association, is…
August 7, 2018 by Blair Haas
Two years ago, Bud introduced its Atex rated boxes made of die cast aluminum. Now, we are pleased to announce that we have the capabilities to modify the products while still retaining their ratings. First, let’s chat about the enclosure itself With…
June 27, 2018 by Blair Haas
Customers often come to Bud for a specific design need such as a small factory automation enclosure but don’t realize the breadth of our offering for their next projects, such as a Server Rack.  In this and future blogs, we will focus…
June 12, 2018 by Blair Haas
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…
May 22, 2018 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries has been a part of the Electronic Distribution Show and its predecessors since its inception in the late 1930’s as we promote our electronic enclosures to our distribution partners.  This year marked the 41st consecutive EDS that I…
May 3, 2018 by Blair Haas
Bud’s Fiber Optics boxes are ideal for connecting the fiber for the last mile Bud is excited about our new FBR-Series Fiber Optic Distribution Boxes.  They are molded from a high quality light weight polycarbonate ABS blended material that is…
April 17, 2018 by Blair Haas
Bud is all about making the customer’s life easy and our new PTK Molded knockout box is the perfect example.  These NEMA/IP rated enclosures come with pre-molded knockouts to make field installation of equipment or modifications quickly and cost effectively. …
April 4, 2018 by Blair Haas
A few years back, we were at the Newark Electronics Call Center on the day the Raspberry Pi Development board was introduced and we as surprised as everyone else at the startling success of that launch…with product selling out in…
March 20, 2018 by Blair Haas
New products are always the life blood of a company’s sales efforts. Sometimes they involve extensions of already successful products and sometimes they are totally new. Bud is very excited to delve into a new area in the electronic enclosures…
March 5, 2018 by Blair Haas
As I noted in an earlier blog, 2018 marks Bud Industries 90th year as a manufacturer of electronic enclosures. As we have evolved through the years, we have been blessed to build on our business relationships and turn them into…
February 1, 2018 by Blair Haas
Many customers would be surprised to know that Bud’s Steel NEMA Boxes are among its best sellers.  When customers think of Bud’s NEMA/IP rated offerings, they typically think of either polycarbonate or fiberglass boxes, the original protected products that Bud…
January 19, 2018 by Blair Haas
Bud Industries ran a fun contest last year to promote our 5 day delivery on a wide array of modified Electronic enclosures.  The quiz asked a few challenging engineering questions all of which dealt with speed.  We had a huge…
January 5, 2018 by Blair Haas
2018 represents a major milestone in the history of electronic enclosures, the 90th Anniversary of Bud Industries.  I have often written about our history in this blog so I won’t repeat it, but I do think there are several key…
November 9, 2017 by Blair Haas
Nowhere is a picture better at telling a story than in describing Bud’s IP and NEMA plastic Boxes.  Even better is a video and we have just updated our videos on the popular NBF and PN series boxes.  While in…
October 10, 2017 by Blair Haas
“A habit is something that you do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them.”  Frank Clark is attributed with this quote and although we can all apply it readily to our personal lives, it…
October 6, 2017 by Blair Haas
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…
September 20, 2017 by Blair Haas
Many consider the safest way to protect electronic components in a hazardous environment is to use a completely plastic NEMA enclosure.  This eliminates the possibility for rust even in such often overlooked area as the latches and hinges.  An entirely plastic…
August 15, 2017
When it comes to 19” Equipment Racks, it is amazing how simple features can make such a difference.  This is the case with Bud Industries Aluminum Relay Racks.  19” racking was developed by the telephone industry in the 1920’s to provide…
August 2, 2017 by Blair Haas
Purchasing a harsh environment enclosure can be a tricky business. The components need to be protected but it is also important not to overkill the protection and waste costs. All too often, the enclosure is not considered until the last…
July 19, 2017 by Blair Haas
Here is a new infographic from Bud Industries on the five easy steps to select a factory automation enclosure Bud has a very broad range of products that meet NEMA and IP standards in all materials ranging from steel to…
July 5, 2017 by Blair Haas
While it may be a stretch to say that thinking about July 4th and our freedom reminds me of modified electronic enclosures, there can be a correlation.   While not diminishing the great benefits that we, as Americans, enjoy, nor…
June 6, 2017 by Blair Haas
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…
May 26, 2017 by Blair Haas
Bud has a new Infographic that proves how easy it is to have Bud provide you with a modified electronic enclosure.  Don’t risk improper modifications by a local source or your “back room” when it is so easy and so…
May 24, 2017 by Blair Haas
While tens of thousands of customers enjoy our electronic enclosures each year, it is likely that they never think about the people who create those products that they use  This week, and for that matter, this year, is an exciting…
May 10, 2017 by Blair Haas
An extruded electronic enclosure is often a very simple low cost approach to housing components, sometimes even within a larger piece of equipment.  Quite often they are very basic looking with limited physical appeal as they tend to be more…
April 12, 2017 by Blair Haas
For those of us in the Electronic Enclosure Industry, there is nothing more beautiful than a well-executed modified electronic enclosure.  In fact, the holy grail of enclosures is how to provide the modifications as fast as an off-the-shelf standard product. …
March 29, 2017 by Blair Haas
In this blog, I often try to relate the idea of learning more about Bud Industries and electronic enclosures to key events in my life.  Alas, my mother passed away about 10 days ago after a long illness and it…
March 16, 2017 by Blair Haas
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,…
March 1, 2017 by Blair Haas
Sometimes, here at Bud Industries, we take a look at some of our long term products such as our plastic rack mount chassis and are pleased to see that they are still as relevant today as they were when they…
January 30, 2017 by Blair Haas
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…
January 8, 2017 by Blair Haas
As the New Year begins, many are asking us what the latest trends in electronic enclosures are.  While one of the great advantages of these products is that they are so flexible that they can be adapted to almost any…
December 19, 2016 by Blair Haas
The year 2016 marked my 44th year at Bud Industries and what is most interesting is how we have continued to reinvent ourselves, most recently with our focus on modified enclosures.  When I joined the company, large cabinet racks were…
December 6, 2016 by Blair Haas
Buying a modified electronic enclosure can be an intimidating task for any engineer.  Yet for virtually every application, at least with a smaller enclosure, some modification will be required.  It can be as simple as needing a hole for a…
November 30, 2016 by Blair Haas
  Bud Industries Server Rack Engineers who spend their days designing the best in electronics are often panicked when they are asked to specify a Server Rack.   It is really quite a different skill, moving away from their expertise and…
November 10, 2016 by Blair Haas
Bud has a complete line of NEMA IP electronic enclosures Once again, I attended the Electronica Show in Munich, checking out what is new in Electronic Enclosures.  My company, Bud Industries, is in the early stages of its international expansion,…
October 18, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
September 16, 2016 by Blair Haas
With customers always pushing for cost reductions, saving money has become an overriding concern in all product specification.  In the selection of an IP rated enclosure to use on the factory floor, there are five issues to consider insuring that you…
September 2, 2016 by Blair Haas
For many customers, if they are thinking that they need a NEMA Box, or ip rated enclosure, the vendor choice can vary based on the materials.  Some vendors specialize in polycarbonate NEMA, some in steel, others in fiberglass.  This makes…
August 19, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
July 20, 2016 by Blair Haas
Bud’s NF Series Value Priced Fiberglass Enclosure 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…
July 5, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
June 21, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
June 9, 2016 by Blair Haas
Bud’s versatile BRP 19″ Cabinet Rack It is often said that buying an electronic enclosure is technologically simple.  Just know your required dimensions and materials and your selection becomes only a matter of style.  However, for many, navigating the terms…
May 25, 2016 by Blair Haas
There is often confusion about the various rating systems for the protection of equipment within an enclosure.  We are often asked which system is best and how are they different?  If the customer is in the US, are they better…
April 29, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
April 13, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
April 5, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
March 30, 2016 by Blair Haas
Bud’s ATX series of ATEX Rated Enclosures 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…
February 26, 2016 by Blair Haas
This is the time of year when people look back with embarrassment at their New Year’s Resolutions and realize that with the best of intentions, they are already falling short of their goals. Those who are still working out at…
January 26, 2016 by Blair Haas
Today, new products drive our industry. With enclosures, while the technology is often unchanged, the visuals demand updating on a regular basis. For customers, as they introduce new designs, they look for more than functionality in an enclosure, but also…
January 8, 2016 by Blair Haas
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…
December 23, 2015 by Blair Haas
As 2015 wraps to a close, it has to go into the record books as one of the most unusual. From politics (remember that Scott Walker was the favorite for the Republican nod early in the year) to the weather…
December 3, 2015 by Blair Haas
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…
November 19, 2015 by Blair Haas
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…
November 3, 2015 by Blair Haas
It is a well-worn bit of advice to never “mess with a good thing.” For many, when you’ve got a long term great selling product, making adjustments can be a risk, potentially alienating your core customer base. However, we recently…
October 28, 2015 by Blair Haas
We are always delighted when a customer sends us a photo of one of our enclosures in use.   It fascinates us to see the diversity in applications where electronics needs to be enclosed in industries of which we had no…
October 5, 2015 by Blair Haas
Between the new discoveries of water movement on Mars, and the Matt Damon movie, the Maritan, space and space travel is in the news. It is probably little known that Bud Industries played a small but important role in early…
September 25, 2015 by Blair Haas
Today is the day that the Iphone 6s is being released and to no one’s surprise, there are huge lines outside the stores waiting to be the first to get the new device. What I find interesting is how the…
September 8, 2015 by Blair Haas
We attended our youngest grandson’s second birthday party over the weekend and it was a lot of fun to watch. Held at a local ice cream parlor, with about 15 kids and their parents, it was a simple affair…pizza for…
August 27, 2015 by Blair Haas
Many of you know that Bud Industries is based in the metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio area.  We have been here for all 87 year’s of our history and are proud to be a part of the growth in this region over…
August 26, 2015 by Blair Haas
As many of you may know, I joined this industry with a background in marketing rather than engineering. While I grew up enmeshed in the enclosure field (my Father and Grandfather were industry veterans), my initial tech knowledge was somewhat limited. I…
July 28, 2015 by Blair Haas
It is often the case in technology that innovations are often adapted for different applications than was originally anticipated. For example, when the first cell phones were invented, no one could foresee that smart phones would follow and when smart…
July 16, 2015 by Blair Haas
I recently returned from a trip to China to visit out factories there. One of the highlights was to see the improved production techniques at our cabinet rack facility near Shanghai. While in the US we often hear of poor working conditions…
June 29, 2015 by Blair Haas
As your design work on your great new project is wrapping up, you realize that you need an enclosure. In the past, because time was tight, you would buy someone’s standard box and then send it out to either your…
June 12, 2015 by Blair Haas
For those of us who live in Cleveland, we have been living through many very late nights as the Cavs battle the Warriors for the NBA title. With the games starting shortly after 9 and often going into overtime, it…
May 18, 2015 by Blair Haas
One of the great discoveries for mounting equipment, particularly in factory automation, is the din rail. This simple structure (see photo) allows for the power supplies, mini enclosures, terminal blocks, or their components to simply be snapped into place with…
May 5, 2015 by Blair Haas
When the calendar turns to May, all eyes at Bud turn to the Electronic Distribution Show and conference in Las Vegas. We have participated in this show and its predecessors almost since its inception as the May Parts Show in…
April 21, 2015 by Blair Haas
I am finishing a trip to Chicago that has consisted of traveling with our company’s new president, a salesperson from our local rep firm and a distributor salesperson from Allied Electronics and then attending a sales show run by Carlton…
April 12, 2015 by Blair Haas
Regardless of your politics, Cleveland, the home of Bud Industries, was proud to host the first Republican debate last week. It was a great chance for the city to show off its resurgence, impress the attendees with our outstanding restaurant…
January 26, 2015 by Blair Haas
While the sports world is abuzz over whether Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, or a mysterious stranger ordered the Patriot’s footballs to be somewhat deflated, deflation, or shrinkage, is also an issue with plastic enclosures. Polycarbonate, while very durable and damage…
October 26, 2014 by Blair Haas
In today’s fast paced world, the selection and acquisition of components can be a real time drag as the component options increase and the internet is overloaded with alternatives. In the search for enclosures, Bud Industries has eased the process,…
July 25, 2014 by Blair Haas
As we have mentioned in this blog before, Bud Industries recently celebrated its 85th anniversary.  There is something a bit disingenuous about a company that is so involved with the high-tech industry having survived and thrived as long as we…
July 7, 2014 by Blair Haas
  Bud Industries Server Rack I recently returned from my annual quick trip through Northeastern Asia.  It is hard to assimilate all of the variety of issues, both political and economic, that we saw.  One trend that we heard repeatedly…
March 24, 2014 by Blair Haas
As electronic components have migrated into the area of industrial controls, demand for integration with existing equipment has increased. Often it is required to seal or segment specific components or to develop techniques to mount those components in a way…
February 19, 2014 by Blair Haas
It is often confusing for an engineer to know what type of IP Rating they need to look for when they desire to have a “waterproof” enclosure.  Much like with watches or other sensitive information, there is a big difference…
February 10, 2014 by Blair Haas
Here at Bud Industries, we are learning a lot about resilience.  On November 8, our Ohio factory was hit by a freak storm/wind gust that not only took off portions of the office room, but also blew out windows, our…
January 17, 2014 by Blair Haas
Years ago, futurists and experts determined that electronic cabinet racks would gradually cease to exist as the push towards miniaturization continued its relentless pace forward.  Like so many expert opinions, this one has proven to be totally false.  While more…
December 23, 2013 by Blair Haas
As the year draws to a close, I cannot help but think back on what an eventful year we have had at Bud Industries.  From innovative new products to corporate milestones, 2013 has been a very good year for all…
November 18, 2013 by Blair Haas
Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection.  For us at Bud Industries, Thanksgiving week marks a special time in our corporate life as Bud Industries marks our 85th Anniversary.  Founded in 1928, the company is still privately held and is…
October 11, 2013 by Blair Haas
I recently had the opportunity to go to one of our major distributors, Digi-Key, to train their technical sales team.  It was a fairly intense time with six 30 minute sessions focusing on our products with a special emphasis on…
August 20, 2013 by Blair Haas
We thought that we had heard of all of the potential unique applications for Bud enclosures.  With the advent of our NEMA enclosures that are sealed to keep out water and other environmental conditions, we were inundated with unique product…
July 14, 2013 by Blair Haas
I recently returned from Asia on a trip to see our factories there.  I continue to be amazed at the rapid development of the infrastructure in these countries.  There are many new roads, buildings, and transportation hubs being developed.  The…
May 29, 2013 by Blair Haas
As development boards such as the raspberry pi and freedom platforms have swept the industry, we at Bud Industries have created enclosures to house the boards and their peripherals.  As we chatted with engineers and other users, we heard about…
April 26, 2013 by Blair Haas
What distinguishes a simple metal or plastic box from a functional electronic enclosure? Most often, it’s the modifications necessary to allow access to the interior, stabilize and protect its contents, and present the appropriate appearance. Enclosures typically need a minimum…
April 19, 2013 by Blair Haas
Education is one of those areas that is on everyone’s “to do” list.  We all know we need to keep up in today’s fast moving marketplace yet finding the time to attend classes, even virtually, is a huge challenge.  Even…
January 18, 2013 by Blair Haas
The Freescale™ Freedom Development Platform Model FRDM-KL25Z is a development platform designed to work with other minicomputers such as the raspberry PI and other development boards such as the Arduino Uno. Bud’s new FBB-3665 enclosure has been manufactured to fit the…
December 10, 2012 by Blair Haas
It is often difficult for a company to shift course, especially when it is an 85 year old business.  However, here at Bud, a recurrent theme has been the need for speed.  Customers need enclosures fast and not just standard…
November 16, 2012 by Blair Haas
I have just returned from Electronica in Munich and was amazed by its size and scope.  There is nothing like it in the US, both for the breadth of products that are represented as well as for the numbers of…
October 30, 2012 by Blair Haas
In these challenging economic times, saving money has become an overriding concern in all product specification. In the selection of enclosures to use on the factory floor, there are five issues to consider insuring that you choose the most effective,…
October 11, 2012 by Blair Haas
Perhaps we are counter-intuitive, but we, at Bud, feel this is a great time to invest in our business.  With our greatest focus on North America, we feel now is the time to upgrade our equipment, take advantage of the…
October 1, 2012 by Blair Haas
It is always a “truism” of safety that the best way to be safe is to prevent problems.  This can range from testing your tire pressure regularly to making sure your home smoke detector has updated batteries.  In an industrial…
September 26, 2012 by Blair Haas
As governments encourage companies to get ‘greener’, more company product teams are designing electronics for use in photovoltaic solar power systems, wind turbines and other equipment used in alternative energy. Even traditional energy systems, which use electronics to control, monitor…
August 31, 2012 by Blair Haas
As electronic and power components are designed into denser, smaller packages, it becomes increasingly important to consider how well how well the equipment dissipates heat. Such equipment has specific operating temperature ranges and when put inside of cabinets and enclosures,…
August 31, 2012 by Blair Haas
In this economy, no one can afford downtime.  With customers ordering products with short time horizons, any delay risks losing that customer as they go to a competitor to meet their needs.  At the same time, we are all being…
August 31, 2012 by Blair Haas
All too often, under the guise of providing choice, many enclosure vendors try to lure you in with cheap prices and no features.  For example, several vendors of cabinet racks will provide the rack, but you have to read the…
August 2, 2012 by Blair Haas
This week, we had a milestone in Bud Industries history.  Ravi Jain, our Director of Engineering, retired after 41 years with our company.  I have spent a lot of time thinking about Ravi’s contributions to our company and also about…
July 20, 2012 by Blair Haas
As we go through one of the hottest and driest summers in Cleveland history and throughout the country, we all are looking for ways to be protected from the sun, heat, and those rare thunderstorms.  Whether it be to crank…
July 3, 2012 by Blair Haas
I have just returned from a rapid trip through Asia.  We started in Taiwan, rolled through various Chinese cities, and wrapped up in South Korea, visiting 7 factories in 6 cities in 5 days.  What impressed me, as we reviewed…
June 22, 2012 by Blair Haas
Choosing an enclosure is typically considered to be an easy task.  Review the sizes of the components that are to be enclosed, determine the basic dimensions required, check on the aesthetics, and select the right box.  When evaluating the enclosure…
June 8, 2012 by Blair Haas
Have you ever driven down the road and noticed the boxes at an intersection that have the little “roof” on them?  They typically house some sort of traffic or light control and you now see them everywhere.  These are NEMA…
June 5, 2012 by Blair Haas
“Pi Sandwich” Raspberry Pi case has wide cutouts to accommodate potential changes in component location and additional ports Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of plastic enclosures for electronics, announced an affordable case for the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card size microcomputer…
May 25, 2012 by Blair Haas
Bud is in the process of redefining its family of 19” cabinet racks.  We brought out our first welded rack in 1959 and have been at the forefront of both design and function ever since.  While it is true that…
May 18, 2012 by Blair Haas
We recently attended the Electronic Distribution Show in Las Vegas in its new location at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  As a new “hot spot” in Vegas, it drew a huge crowd to the show and to our meetings.  The highlight of…
April 28, 2012 by Blair Haas
Open rack equipment shelves fit 19- and 23-inch wide panel spaces and can support up to 150 pounds Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of enclosure and rack equipment, has announced the SA Series Open Rack Shelves. Constructed of 16-gauge steel…
April 20, 2012 by Blair Haas
By now, most of you have heard of the Raspberry Pi, a small micro-computer that is the size of a credit card.  Developed by the Raspberry Pi foundation with the mission of teaching students more about electronics, it has become…
March 30, 2012 by Blair Haas
It is often a challenge to choose the right material for an enclosure.  There are many considerations including location of the enclosure, desired visuals, protection levels, durability and, of course, price.  In the upcoming series of blogs, we will focus…
March 29, 2012 by Blair Haas
Stacked end to end, Bud’s inventory of racks and enclosures would reach as high as 128 Empire State Buildings Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of cabinet rack and fiberglass enclosure equipment along with metal and plastic box enclosures, has calculated…
March 23, 2012 by Blair Haas
Of all the components that are involved with the building of electronic components, the enclosure is probably the most unusual.  First, the technology of an enclosure is fairly simple and quite different from the technology of the other components.  Second, …
March 16, 2012 by Blair Haas
Although Bud has over 2500 standard products, one of our best customer support functions is designing electronic enclosures that meet the specific needs of the engineer.  This work can range from modifying a standard enclosure to creating a unique housing…
March 9, 2012 by Blair Haas
It has been an exciting week here at Bud.  We are installing a new Customer Relations Manager system (CRM), we have just installed a new second generation VOIP phone system, and have begun to enjoy the fruits of our new…
March 2, 2012 by Blair Haas
This week, we were doing training sessions at one of our top distributor’s call center.  We got to sit with different members of their outbound team, coaching them on finding Bud opportunities and assisting them in closing the business.  It…
March 1, 2012 by Blair Haas
19-inch rack features open construction and removable door for convenient hardware upgrades and maintenance Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures, announced the release of its Swing Frame 19-Inch Rack. This new product offers all the conveniences of a…
February 24, 2012 by Blair Haas
Yesterday, I did one of those one day multi-stop trips that started at 6 am and ended at midnight.  A long day, but often frustrating due to the lack of customer support.  On my first flight, I was delighted that…
February 16, 2012 by Blair Haas
This week Bud returned to the BICSI show for the first time in a decade.  This show, an important vehicle for meeting with the data and data installer market,  marked Bud’s strong re-entry into the Server and Data Markets with…
February 3, 2012 by Blair Haas
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…
January 27, 2012 by Blair Haas
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…
January 20, 2012 by Blair Haas
When selecting an enclosure, often an engineer is focused on the aesthetics of the box, looking to the “shell” to help create an attractive device to promote in the market.  This is especially true in a consumer type product where…
January 16, 2012 by Blair Haas
Placed end to end, Bud enclosures in inventory would span 535 football fields Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of NEMA 4 enclosures, 19 inch racks and aluminum enclosures, has calculated that, if the Bud enclosures currently in inventory were placed…
January 13, 2012 by Blair Haas
Perhaps one of the most confusing standards for an engineer to follow is NEMA ratings as it relates to enclosures.  It would be natural to consider that the higher the NEMA rating, the greater the protection.  This is definitely not…
January 9, 2012 by Blair Haas
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…
December 21, 2011 by Blair Haas
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…
December 16, 2011 by Blair Haas
This is the first real posting on the new Bud Industries Blog.  Why have I decided to start a blog?  Does the world really need one more?  I think it does and there are several good reasons why.  First, any…
December 13, 2011 by Blair Haas
In today’s competitive economy, every bit of time savings makes a difference. Our high-performance NEMA box, the PN-Series, has built-in mounting brackets on the back, so the user does not have to worry about specifying the correct mounting brackets accessories, which…
November 15, 2011 by Blair Haas
Pre-drilled push button box protects industrial switching components for 15 to 20 percent less Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures, announced the release of its SPB Series push button box for commercial or industrial applications. This new product…
November 4, 2011 by Blair Haas
NEMA 1 junction box is priced 15 to 20 percent less and is fully compliant with NEMA 1 and UL50 Type 1 Ratings Bud Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronics enclosures, introduces the JB Series junction box to its…
August 30, 2011 by Blair Haas
Enhanced NEMA box enables simplified ordering and installation for various applications Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures, announced the release of its PN-Series plastic NEMA 4X box with molded-in external mounting brackets. This expansion of one of Bud’s…
October 11, 2010 by Blair Haas
New fan tray reliably keeps 19-inch rack cool using digital temperature controller Bud Industries, Inc., the leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures, announced a new 19-inch fan tray assembly that comes completely assembled with fans and ready to use. One of…
October 11, 2010 by Blair Haas
Medical Equipment OEMs Rely on Bud for Customized Electronics Enclosures Bud Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronics enclosures, announces customized and off-the-shelf solutions for OEMs and users of electronic medical equipment. “While our standard off-the-shelf products can satisfy many…
August 24, 2010 by Blair Haas
NEMA-rated waterproof plastic enclosures are ideal for wet and harsh environments Bud Industries, Inc., the leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures, announced the addition of a line of new plastic enclosures, the NBF Series. The new products expand Bud’s already comprehensive…
August 18, 2010 by Blair Haas
NEMA Box Keeps Electronics and Electrical Components Safe in Harsh Environments Bud Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronics enclosures, announced that its popular SNB sheet-metal box is now available in stainless steel. Constructed of 16 ga. 304 stainless steel,…
July 19, 2010 by Blair Haas
Wind, Solar Energy OEMs Count on Electronics Enclosures from Bud Bud Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronics enclosures, announced a complete suite of enclosure products for OEMs and operators of alternative energy equipment, including solar panels and wind turbines.…
April 25, 2010 by Blair Haas
Plastic boxes have space for three circuit boards and costs up to 40 percent less than the leading competitor Bud Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of plastic boxes, and other electronics enclosures, has introduced a DIN-rail-mount terminal-block enclosure that gives…
April 6, 2010 by Blair Haas
Electronics enclosures manufacturer taps internal talent Bud Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronics enclosures, announces the appointment of Josiah A. Haas to the position of Director of Sales. Previously the company’s National Sales Manager, Haas will have oversight of…