Plastic Electronics Enclosure with IP68 Rating – How does it Perform?

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Together with the new release of the electronics enclosure today, there are new electronics enclosure that are made with hinges. Some of these are primarily designed to adopt the IP68 ratings. With this in mind, companies are now effectively producing enclosures that are safe for any type of ingress.

In line with this article, we will discuss the well known IP or Ingress Protection ratings. These ratings are different from the NEMA ratings because it is primarily designed and set to tell the customers and help the companies to produce enclosures that can give ingress protection. The two digits in the IP rating determines the protection of enclosure from object or water ingress. Practically, the two digits tells the level of protection the enclosure can give.

To give you the basic idea, the first one determines the level of foreign object ingress protection the enclosure gives and the second one determines the level of water ingress protection.

Refer to the list below of the different levels of protection:

IP First Digit = (Protection level against solid objects)

0 – No available protection

1 – Has Foreign Object Ingress Protection from large objects that is more than 50 mm (akin to a person’s hand)

2 – Has Foreign Object Ingress Protection against medium objects that is more than (akin to a person’s finger)

3 – Has Foreign Object Ingress Protection against small objects that is more than 2.5 mm (akin tools or cables)

4 – Has Foreign Object Ingress Protection against minute objects that is more than 1 mm (akin small wires)

5 – Has Foreign Object Ingress Protection against limited amounts of dust

6 – Has Foreign Object Ingress Total and complete protection from dust

 IP Second Digit = (Protection level against water)

0 – No available protection

1 – Has Foreign Water Ingress Protection against vertically falling drops of water

2 – Has Foreign Water Ingress Protection against direct sprays of water up to 15° from vertical position

3 – Has Foreign Water Ingress Protection against direct sprays of water up to 60° from vertical position

4 – Has Foreign Water Ingress Protection against splashing water coming from all directions

5 – Has Foreign Water Protection against low pressure jets of water from all directions

6 – Has Foreign Water Protection Protection against temporary flooding of water

7 – Has Foreign Water Protection Protection against temporary submersion of enclosure in the water

8 – Has Foreign Water Protection Protection against prolonged submersion in the water

With this in mind, companies are offering different types of enclosure with different types of IP ratings. There are a lot of possible combinations companies can manufacture for the consumers. In case you are using the IP rating to determine the quality of your enclosure, just be specific on your design and tell the manufacturing company about it.

The Best and Most Effective Way to Customize your Electric Enclosure

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To date, silk screening is one of the most effective way of customizing an electrical enclosure. It is the easiest and the most affordable way. Any sides of the enclosure can be silkscreened as long as it is flat to avoid any deviance of the logo. Not only your logo can be silkscreened but also any labeling needs such as labeling operators (hand-off-auto, gas detection, emergency stop) and labels for externally installed devices. For companies that has a product line of enclosures and would like to have serial numbers on them silkscreen can be used for this process. Not only that it is cheap, effective, and beneficial – it can be done with any simple. color that you desire

However, it is important to note that silk screening done on metals has the possibility to be scratched or peel off because of the metal surface – such as stainless steel and aluminum. In order to make the silk screening permanent a clear powder coat should be applied after the silk screening process to make the labels and the markings permanent. Silk screening is a very simple process and can be done quickly and smoothly. Once the logo and the markings are sent to the manufacturing company that does the silk screening, it is ready to be processed. The paint used in making the labels are made sure to match the design. The process takes a very easy procedure. The screen is mounted on the frame of the design and the enclosure is placed on a fixture to hold it steadily – stability of both pieces should be ensured. Ink is now pushed through the screen through a rubber paddle. After which, the paint will be dried using an oven. If there is a need for multiple colors, separate screens should be used and it is done by layering the artwork. Proper fixturing of the silk screen can allow many colors to be used on the same surface of the enclosure.

Another option companies can choose is engraving. It is also one of the most common ways of customizing enclosures for companies. However it is more expensive than silk screening and it can take longer time to finish. But the results lasts longer than even permanent silk screening. This process involves scratching or removing the surface of the metal to match the design of the logo and labels to be put on. Usually, a small amount of metal amounting to .005” to .010” is removed by one of these two ways: mechanical via milling operation or chemically via etching process. The last step of the process would be filling the  removed area by epoxy paint to match the desired color for the design or enclosure.

Finally it is important to note to review the design, and submit it in a high resolution as possible. Simply state the logo sizing and color requirements in a .pdf or .eps format. The recommended  application to use is Adobe Illustrator. Also indicate the location of the labels on the enclosure.

What is a Jackalopee and How Does it Works?

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I am in the middle of trying to plan a good vacation trip for my boyfriend and I. Because of the gloomy winter we have been through, I am thinking of some place very tropical. I guess Mexico or the Philippines? I really would love to escape the dreading Ohio weather as the winter has been in my nerves. With this in mind, we would at least try to go on vacation every year.

Each of our travel is by plane because the location would be too very far flung from Ohio. However, there are people who love to travel by road. There are people in the United States who own an RV and they really love to hit the road when they travel.

Because of the increasing industrial growth for RV’s, their continuously increasing weight and size has created a need for a much more powerful and larger car engine to pull them. This specific need has been increasing over the past few years. It has created an ever increasing and emerging trend of companies using commercially retired tractor units to be able to pull the huge RVs.

With this in mind, there are two essential items that is vitally needed to make the RV and tractor combination a good possibility. This can be done via air hitch or an electrical conversion module.

Unfortunately, there are two different industries that practices very unlikely standards that will eventually result to having poor quality and incompatibility issues. This would mean that the equipment is likely to pair with a “rat’s nest” of systematical wiring done by unqualified technicians – and you would not like it.

The company called Szmyt ET Products has identified this need and was able to manufacture a product called the Jackalopee. This easy to install, externally mounted electrical converter can empower any engine to be able to pull off a RV. The product should be protected from water ingress and it needs a good electronics enclosure case that has clear cover.

This will empower the personnel or users to effectively observe the circuit board LED’s to be observed from the outside of the cover. It does not need any additional openings on the box. And thie enclosure allows to remain and stay waterproof.

What is the Best Possible File Formats Engineers Can Use When Designing Custom Plastic Electronics Enclosure?

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Currently, I have developed a weekend hobby. I have currently started writing product reviews for a column of our local news website. When I was writing and composing the articles, I have to carefully keep in mind the type of format I am writing the product review in. Whereas, these type of blog articles are really conversational and really informative. The reviews should be written in the third person without being biased about personal opinion and only stating the facts. Both of these styles bring in several benefits, but there is this writing technique in a new website – that is the impersonal reporting. This is considered as the clearest style of writing.

When it comes to being clear and being straight-forward, there are recommended file formats the vector based artwork of the enclosure should be drawn inside their graphics department. There are recommended file types for different elements of the design and the companies are basing their graphics on the file type and style they should be in. This is also crucial because there are certain file sizes that is needed for the printing machine that will eventually result to crisp images and lines. Especially the edges and the lines should be clear – this is why right file type should be utilized. If the plate of the vector drawings does contain some hazy lines the printing will be substandard.

In addition to this, the vector based artwork or drawing can be created using a good variety of different programs. Some of the options includes:

  • Gerber
  • DXF
  • EVA
  • EMF
  • AI
  • CDR
  • WMF
  • VML
  • SVG
  • PGML
  • HVIF

In the industry, there are trusted plastic electronic enclosure manufacturing companies that have earned their customer’s trust by steadily providing a good, sturdy, and very stylish electronics enclosure. Not only that these enclosures are stylish but they are proven to last long in any given project. These companies would take your trust very seriously and this also comes to having a long lasting project. This type of companies takes the trust of the customers very seriously and it also extends its effort just to be able to provide the customization the customers needs and wants. This is also to make sure that the cutouts of the graphics are clean, accurate, and perfectly placed. And that the graphics are crisp and visually pleasing.

Your American Made Electronics Enclosure and Its Advantages

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On our recent visit to the wonderful place of Philadelphia, the Operations Manager of the company I work made a stop to a very known store: the Humphrey’s Flags. This flagship store was formed and founded in the 1800s and it is now located directly located across from a famous store back then – Bets Ross’s house.

Is not that wonderful and perfect? It seems like she just ran across the street and decided to open a shop after she made the first American flag. Our operations manager just purchased an American flag and decided to hang in this in our plant. For him, it is a proud symbolism that our products are proudly American made.

This has started a conversation with many loyal and global shoppers that are into different available shopping options. Between ordering products online and global trade options, it is very hard to determine and know where the products are being currently manufactured. Also, it is hard to know where you will buy the product from.

There are companies that are product to say that 97% or majority of their products are all American made. We just had a factory that are located outside Cleveland, Ohio. Beside a growing town on the shores of lake erie.

Recently, the employment is now up and we are still continuing to invest in a plant and equipment that are designed to handle the additional growth of the company since 2011. Since our founding last 1951, our company’s product lines have already matured and they have already changed according to the customers’ needs. Our products can provide you a very good support regarding the enclosure design and other needs in the long haul. And for the next 60 years, our company will still be supporting the design of some plastic electronics enclosures.

Most of our products are now still being manufactured in our main facility.

Our company’s customization services are being produced and shipped from our location to make sure that the customer will only get the best quality. Our engineering, quality, productions and operations management team are all located under one roof to bring you the best quality of designs of plastic electronics enclosure. This is also done to make sure that the enclosure quality is well maintained across all each step of the production process. You can be rest assured that our company stands behind our products.

Reasonable Quantities for Enclosure Products

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Throughout my life, Christmas has been my favorite season of the year. I love to snuggle and wear oversized sweaters, curl myself in very furry blanket, and do a ton of shopping for gifts. This season, also the people are much nicer! Or is it because this is just the season of giving that’s why everyone is so nice?

One of my fondest Christmas memory is of my mom. After having a furious frenzy of opening my Christmas parents, the result is having a room full of shredded wrapping paper, torned cardboard boxes, and gifts that are all stacked & became as tall as I do. My mom just gazed around the room with a very frustrated look because of all the mess.

She just raised a finger and put it on the tip of her nose, then he pointed around the room. Carefully inspecting and reviewing the presents that I just opened. After a few minutes, she gasped, ran outside of the room and she came back with arms full of shopping bags. She suddenly shouted, “I forgot some presents!”

I was still a child when this happened and I do not remember why what kind of presents are those but I do remember her facial expression. She was really excited to give me those gifts. However, this year, we decided to limit our spending budget and just give more thoughts on what we should give to each other.

With this gift memory of mine, I reminded recently of the article I have read while doing some research about a company’s enclosure customization services. The article was all about how a company was proud to have an additional CNC machining and printing on the master list of their services in some reasonable quantities. It popped up a question in my mind, “what exactly is a reasonable quantity?”

During my childhood, my family decided to buy 4 gifts to each person. For me this is fairly reasonable given our family history and what we do during the previous Christmas seasons, but to other people or families this might be too excessive. Especially to people who don’t even consider Christmas as a reason for celebration.

With this in mind, there are enclosure manufacturing companies that offers no minimum order quantity for electronic enclosure. It depends on the user if they want just 1 piece or if they want 5000 pieces. Just send the company a quote of your enclosure design to determine the sepcification that you will need.

What are the Proper Server Rack Requirements Needed to Protect Equipment from Extreme Conditions?

What are the Proper Server Rack Requirements Needed to Protect Equipment from Extreme Conditions?

I believe this has already happened to the majority of us, you have purchased a product that you really need for your project and you are more than willing to wait for it for a few days. Even weeks is acceptable to you. When it finally arrives, it looks disastrous.

Meanwhile, while it is very disappointing to receive a product that was not handled very well, wer are very sure that there can only be a handful of customers who can truly appreciate receiving their parcel in a very good condition. Whether through the delivery folks just having a bad day or there can be some uncontrollable forces. These humans are the people responsible to delivering the products on your front steps, smiling wryly while waiting for your cash to be received in exchange of the product.

The most efficient technicians are now long past trusting a corrugated box that is only worth 5USD. These boxes can protect thousands of their products – even thousands dollar worth of IT equipment – instead of utilizing a shock-absorbent rackmount proper packaging cases. These can come handy when delivery the rack servers together with sensitive pieces of rack server gear coming from one site to another.

There are companies who supplies these kind of server rack cases that are made with military grade materials and production standards.

These military-like cases are very ideal for the military field applications – they are portable, can be stacked, and most important of all very efficient & practical! The rail system that comes with it just slides right out like a file cabinet style. This enables the users to gain complete access to the equipment you are using while doing an equipment installation and just wiring a cinch.

These type of cases can meet the military and ATA specifications. There are companies that offers free shipping methods. Just inquire to the company you have seen it with for the full specifications of these server racks.

There are also all-purpose transport cases that are readily available in the market. They are great to be used for the trade show displays and they can be use to protect musician gear.

Server Rack Enclosures Produced in Asia

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An engineer just recently returned from their annual quick trip in the Northeastern Asia. They had a hard time to assimilate all the wide variety of several issues – both in the economic and political aspect. There is one trend that has been repeatedly seen in the shift of direction especially in the Chinese government that is heading towards the military buildup and very far away from the manufacturing sector.

Our country has recently heard of the increased tariff taxes, decreased sales, and these factors has made a rise in the overall sense of concern. The Chinese manufacturers are not receiving parts of the incentives that they are supposed to receive. However, there are still growing businesses but few buildings going on. There is still an existing effort to latch on to any businesses as long as they can.

With this in mind, the engineers were really surprised at the increase in level of protection that is being seen in the improvements of the server rack. In today’s factory the engineers have saw a wide series of solutions that ranges from basic 4 post open cabinet – these are great solution to increase the maximum air flow for them to complete the server rack rooms.

The engineers have also seen the narrow panel space to achieve the maximum space utilization for those server cabinets that has the extra width to accommodate the cable waterfalls. The engineers have also seen the welded units, knock down units (manufactured for easier transportation), and seismic units. With this in mind, the majority of the ventilation that is coming from the perforated doors to curved doors were also installed.

The engineers were also able to see some of the cleverest solutions in terms of the cable management. Together with the plastic “teeth” these can be readily snapped in order to make these fit to accommodate the needs of the customer and it effectively covers to protect the equipment. This has made the thinking of the engineers to be able to fully recognize the several industries that continues on pressing on with the evolvement. Even if with this comes with the servers that continues to shrink, the applications of the equipment as well as the opportunities that may come can work with several server and continues to produce consistent results.

Even if there are products that were as large as the server racks, the market for these server racks are going global. The development of these industries are up to the manufacturers, to be able to continue in gleaning on the best innovations that can come around the globe.

How can a PCI Compliant Server Rack Enclosures Can Save Up a Lot of Space?

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The majority of the consumers does not consider or even think about the total safety of the personal information the companies can get when they purchase a product via credit card – even eating at a restaurant or checking in a hotel with your credit card can have the potential to take away your most valuable information. However, for businesses the privacy of their customers’ information should be their primary concern – and nothing else.

This is not only because the PCI Security Requirements for these companies should be fulfilled (as mandated by the major credit card companies) but also the importance of the security and safety of customer private information drives the U.S. economy at large. The major credit card providers that should comply to these are American Express, Discover, JCB, Master Card, and Visa.

The retail stores, restaurants involved and the hotels are having a hard time or difficulty of complying with these regulations because it is very expensive to keep up with the PCI requirement. This requirement tells businesses that they should have a highly restricted physical access to the cardholder’s data and valuable information.

The retail stores, restaurants, and hotels are very busy places most of the time. The personnel are in and out of the facility for the majority of the time and even the best security cannot check on everyone 24/7.

There is one way to do this – restricting the access area by constructing a separate data center of computer room. However the space that this computer area will take would cost lots of money and the money that would be invested in a separate computer room can be spent on other more important stuff such as floor displays, food preparation equipment, and dining area. Most often than not, managers tend to disapprove the notion of this.

However, there are companies that offers a very convenient solution but in a less expensive way. There are server racks that are PCI compliant that can house all the necessary servers, storage, as well as networking equipment in a space-saving manner. These server racks can be wall mounted, desktop, portable racks, or even freestanding. Every wall mounted server rack is manufactured to be tough made from solid steel with the aluminum frames and panels.

Every single door placed on the server rack enclosure does come with the standard and specific durable keyed lock. It is very important that the manufacturers of these server rack can offer enclosure with the tight-lock security in their enclosures as well as variety of space saving shapes and sizes. There are also different configurations that should be offered such as vertical mount, swinging door, server side mount and included is the corner configurations. This thing is important for the PCI compliance.

The manufacturer companies of these enclosures should be able to understand that the PCI compliance is a very important issue for the customers in the retail setting and of course to the hospitality businesses. That’s why now businesses should be keen in keeping their customers’ important information in a safe place.

The Most Common Server Rack Issues Today

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There are common problems with server racks today. If your room does not have enough space for the data center, office, or if your space has the smallest data closet – you would still want to get everything inside this space. However, engineer should be efficient in determining ways how they can fit everything into a tiny space. With this in mind, engineers should ask the right question because there are various problems that comes with this and they should be dealth efficiently. There are companies that offers comprehensive line of server racks and wall mounts but you need to ask yourself the right question.

Question #1: Can server racks be installed vertically?

Of course they can be installed vertically. There are several options to install your server racks vertically and there are company that offers vertical 30” wall mounts available in the market today. There are server rack series that have size ranges from 4u to 8u given the standard size of 23” depth together with 30” depth. These server racks are just right for your needed server closet. However, you can still move the server racks around without having a full size rack taking up most of the foot print on the space you have. The server racks can have the plexiglass top and you can still have the capability to effectively manage and see the equipment inside the server racks.

There are server racks that can be installed under a desk and you can easily install or mount them on a wall for you to be able to place your equipment vertically. What specifically makes the server rack very unique is that it has a side that was connected to the rails while the other has a universal square. Any equipment can be handled by this server rack.

Question #2: How to deal with Server Rack that takes up too much space?

If you need a more narrow server rack to use more space inside your data center, carefully consider using a slim server rack. This rack has a very closed and narrow space build to be efficiently allow more space inside the server racks. With the narrow build of this server, you will have to understand the equipment you are placing inside these racks. Because these type of server racks has a load capacity of maximum of 400 lbs.

Question #3: Can I Place Server Racks in Different Places? The above mentioned narrow server rack is great to be used under a desk, but there are times that you might need a more conventional rack that can be installed under the desk. There are server racks that can be perfectly placed inside these tables. It is also durable because it can support up to 3000 lb. They can also be adjusted for 4-post racks that can efficiently work well for any given equipment. They can have size of 22.5″ deep to 35.25″ deep. You can also add small casters inside this tiny titan and the 19” wide mini server rack can be practically placed inside everywhere.