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.

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.

Four Efficient Ways on How to Properly Select the Right Wall Mount Server Rack Cabinet

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There are server racks can come in variety of options. There are also wallmount enclosures and cabinets widely available and this makes it very hard for the engineer to effectively determine what is the best sever rack for any given environment. In this article, we will discuss the five most important factors to help you determine which is the best cabinet to be used for your data center.

1. Determine the Cabinet Height Needed for Server Racks

Carefully identify the height that will be importantly needed for your data center. This is a very important aspect and a crucial starting point. Gather the equipment you are planning to install in your office and identify the number of U spaces needed and necessary for your server rack. The important information you need to know is that the “U Space” is practically equivalent to 1.75 inches. Make sure that you measure properly the size of your server rack. If in case you only need an 8U space right now, it is also important to consider adding more space for the future growth of your data center.

2. Determine the Wallmount Cabinet Depth for Server Racks

Given the minimum height that was already determined, the engieners can now concentrate on determining the internal depth of the wallmount. More and more server rack wallmount sizes are being manufactured and anyone can efficiently see a size variation of 11 inches that has 30 inches dep size. While your server rack can be only have a roughly 18 inches in depth, it is better to consider the minimum internal depth required for cabling which is worth 3 inches. An optimum 21 inch depth should be the least required internal depth.

3. Determine the Wallmount Cabinet Weight for Server Racks

After determining and finding the right cabinet that can fit the needs of your data center in terms of height and internal depth. Once the cabinet can efficiently hold the equipment purely based on its weight capacity, that would be ideal. There are server racks that can accommodate this need. In addition to this, you can install your server rack vertically. You might also need to install and determine the right server rack you needed if you are planning to install your equipment vertically.

4. Determine the Wallmount Cabinet Features for Server Racks With this in mind, there are unlimited variety of good features available in wallmount server racks. The right style of the wallmount can be properly fixed and it can also be swinging. In addition to this, this is also vertical, a NEMA 12, or any style anyone can relate to. If you need the ability to remove the side panels of the server rack, just tell the manufacturer. Also if you need your cabinets to have a lock and a key just tell them you would need these features

The Best Practices to Improve Rack Airflow Tips for the Server Rack Enclosures

There are several ways on how to greatly improve the cooling inside the server rack just by utilizing blanking panels in able to effectively manage the air flow very efficiently. In selecting a server rack that has built-in channels to accommodate better cable management and have improved air flow, the removal of the obsolete or unimportant equipment from the rack should be done.

With this in mind, an engineer should consider that a 3-phase power can greatly increase the amperage available inside the server rack. It can decrease the overall number of PDUs needed for the power management and it can leave more space to improve airflow.

The rising energy costs are now being compelled by several engineers to re-plan and re-think the IT structure together with their best practices. They are also gearing towards decreasing the power consumption by implementing the best standards for energy efficiency. The rightful planning should include the hot or cold isles containment strategies and managing the current and future hot spots. There should also be continued monitoring of the heat dissipation process inside the data center that will help companies and engineers to greatly increase the cooling capacity inside the server rack. The sealing cable openings placed on the floor with grommets is the primary key to do this.

The Power Distribution Units (PDUs) are now evenly distributes power to other servers during a power strip. The Rack mount power strips are now being specifically manufactured specially for the server racks and wall mounted racks that are placed vertically or behind the mounting posts. Placed inside a back portion of the cabinet. The power strips will now fall under two different categories: intelligent and standard.

While having the standard power trips that consists of some features that can give very important information – indicators and output displays – they should be effectively managed in-person and on-site personnel.

On the contrary, the most intelligent power strips that gives remote power control should allow the equipment administrators to effectively perform a cold reboot of the rack servers. This should also include the devices and other troubleshoot problems coming from any location provided that there is an internet connection. It greatly decreases the downtime it takes for the servers and having the vital business functions should be online very fast.

These remote power products does not only gives a very efficient control of these systems but they also give permissions for the equipment administrators to be able to properly leverage the leading advances in the power distribution systems.