What are Enclosures?
Enclosures are boxes that can help house electrical and electronic equipment and can mount knobs and switches which provide protection to the equipment users and at the same time, protect the materials and content inside from the environment and any external causes of damage.
Choosing standard cast enclosures can be quite a challenge, especially if there are certain factors that must be considered before making a decision. This article will tackle different factors that can affect your decision when looking for standard cast enclosures and hopefully, it can help you make an informed decision.
What are the Factors That Must be Considered When Choosing a Standard Cast Enclosure?
Standard cast enclosures can be either plastic or metal. A metal material is often chosen because of their strength and is usually readily available in the form of stainless steel or die-cast aluminum.
Die-Cast Aluminum – Boxes made with this material are versatile, resistant to rust, sturdy, and can withstand pressure. This type of material can be used in different environments.
- Offer EMI/RFI protection
- Rust and corrosion resistance
- Lighter when compared with other metals like stainless steel
- Can be used in demanding environments such as water treatment and marine areas
- Can be painted or decorated with powder coatings for additional resistance and UV protection
- Can withstand high pressure and have impact resistance
- Can endure high temperature.
- Strong and robust
- Can conduct electricity
- Have a high-level of electro-
- magnetic attenuation
This is entirely up to how you want your enclosure to blend in with your environment or complement your setup.
Depending on your specific needs, there are custom and standard sized enclosure to house as large or as small of a setup that you currently have.
The environment where it will be used in is important and must be considered when choosing a standard cast enclosure. If you experience a lot of bad weather or climate, you’re going to want an enclosure that is strong enough to withstand those temperatures while still managing to keep your setup safe.
Standard cast enclosures can come in different sizes, styles, and materials. Standard enclosures have different advantages and they have no non-recurrent engineering and tooling chargers. They are readily available when you need them. The two main materials used for enclosures are die-cast aluminum and plastic. A standard die-cast enclosure looks like a simple box but it can be used in a wide variety of applications and different environments.
Aluminum enclosures have high impact strength and can be easily drilled so it can be used with cables, switches, and indicators.
If you choose to use standard cast enclosures you enjoy a number of advantages, such as lower material and labor costs. Standard cast enclosures are easier to install and maintain, which translates to lower material and labor costs. They also provide terminal applications that can be easy to use and control.
Standard cast enclosures are readily available, which is great for convenience and if you need it as soon as possible. In order to meet the requirements and needs of a specific project, these products are machined to accept connectors, switches, keyboards, and other important components. They are also finished in non-standard colors so it can be customized according to the corporate or company’s branding requirements.
Standard enclosures can be modified according to the specific needs or requirements of a project through two ways:
- The customer can purchase standard case enclosures from a manufacturer and then modify them according to the requirements of the project.
- Inquire if the manufacturer can provide a modified enclosure that will be needed for the specifics of the project. If this is done correctly, there will be no need to order more than what you need for the project.
SEI Castings is a well-known custom aluminum die caster company located in San Jose, California and we will make sure to provide you with high-quality products and professional services. We also provide high quality custom casting products for your specific needs. If you need standard cast enclosures or a custom cast product, please request a quote on our website form. Or if you want to know more about our products and services and if you have inquiries, you can give us call at 408-662-4887 today!