FAQ

Top 11 questions to ask when selecting an enclosure for your control system or applications

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1. What is the application? 

  • Installation Specification – Drive Panel
  • Equipment Specification – Machine Application
  • Industry Specification – Process Control
  • The application can often dictate the enclosure design

2. What is the Environment?

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Dusty
  • Dry
  • Wet – Wash down
  • Humid
  • Oily
  • Required Climate Control

3. Space Requirements and restriction for enclosure location

  • Walls and Ceilings
  • Aisle Space
  • Required Maintenance

4. Thermal Conditions inside and outside the enclosure

  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Both – Hot during the day and cold the night

5. Human user interface with the Enclosure

  • Ergonomic considerations
  • Height
  • Mobility
  • Safety
  • Monitoring

6. Enclosure Material

  • Carbon Steel (CS)
  • Stainless Steel 304(SS4) 316L(SS6)
  • Aluminum (AL)
  • Galvanized (G)

7. Enclosure Aesthetics

  • Color
  • Finish – Smooth or Texture
  • Form, Fit, & Function to match a Machine Application

8. Enclosure Service – cable and/or conduit entrance

  • Top
  • Bottom
  • Sides
  • Rear

9. Manufacture Service

  • Is a Engineered Solution Required
  • Is Delivery Critical
  • Competitive Pricing Pressure
  • All of the Above

10. Design Requirements

  • Space requirements inside and outside of Enclosure
  • Electrical Equipment Limitations
  • Electrical Code and Standard Requirements
  • EMI/RFI Considerations
  • Shock and Vibration Consideration

11. What is the CE Mark?