A good example of an IP65 steel enclosure is the Bud SN Series enclosure. Formed of 14 gauge steel, it has a gasketed hinged door that clamps to the body for a water-tight seal. A powder coat finish provides corrosion-protection (NEMA 4x). This series makes an ideal industrial controls cabinet.
The SN Series of NEMA sheet-metal boxes meet NEMA 1, 2, 4, 4X, 12, 13, and IP65 ratings. Made of durable 14-gauge steel, they can be mounted without the need to remove the cover and expose internal components.
The Bud SNB Series steel enclosure box is an example of an IP66 metal enclosure. It has a hinged door that closes with a quarter-turn latch for a waterproof seal. Like the SN Series, it includes an internal metal panel for mounting components.
What Are Stainless Steel Enclosures?
The SNB enclosure is also available in a stainless-steel version. Stainless-steel can withstand outdoor conditions including rain, snow, and locations near salt water.
Because of their cost, stainless-steel enclosures are used only when enclosures made of other materials do not meet the application requirements. However, Bud’s SNB-SS (stainless steel) sheet metal box is priced lower than many competitors.
A powder coating enables a carbon steel electrical enclosure to meet the same protection ratings as a stainless steel electrical enclosure. A powder coat is applied with high heat and cures to a tough finish that is excellent at preventing corrosion. Nevertheless, but if the enclosure will be used in a washdown or outdoor location where the coating could be badly scratched, then a stainless steel box may be a more durable choice.
Another consideration is modifications. Stainless steel usually requires special tooling to make cutouts. The easiest way to get modifications is to order them from the enclosure supplier. Bud has the correct tooling and experience for machining all enclosure materials.
Learn more about the benefits of using stainless steel electrical enclosures.