More than a box
Recent developments described in our "2017 State of Technology Report: Work Stations and Enclosures" include better and more efficient ways to control temperature and humidity, choosing among the leading protection methods for hazardous areas, and selecting the most efficient approach to enclosure modification and customization.
Control / www.controlglobal.com
Guide to wide variety
The sub-page on "Operator Control Panels and Workstations" at Omega Engineering's website covers the spectrum of enclosures, including links to pages on in-the-box components, heaters and fans, freestanding electrical cabinets, non-metallic fiberglass, pushbutton enclosures, wall-mount electrical and more.
Omega Engineering / www.omega.com
Enclosures 101 video
This 8-minute video, "Enclosures 101: an introduction to electrical enclosure specification," is presented by Chris Lloyd, general manager of Spelsberg ELS, and shows many of the basic issues to be considered when selecting the right small enclosures, such as metal vs. plastic, internal mounting options and safety requirements.
Spelsberg UK / www.spelsberg.co.uk
Ways to washdown
This four-page white paper, "Ensure Product and Operations Integrity by Selecting the Proper Enclosure for Washdown Environments," from Hoffman Enclosures covers all the basics of design, construction, ratings, sealing/gasketing, hinging, mounting and latching for enclosures serving in washdown applications. It's available here. Hoffman also maintains a library of whitepapers and case studies here.
Hoffman Enclosures / www.hoffmanonline.com
Picking a cool solution
This nine-page summary, "Understanding the Importance of Properly Sizing Your Application," demonstrates: how using accurate maximum and minimum ambient temperatures is a critical sizing component; how to identify key enclosure specs required for sizing application; and how to choose a safe, realistic maximum internal temperature.
EIC Solutions / www.eicsolutions.com
Explain the system
The 88-page document, "Rittal—The System: Industry Solutions," demonstrates how the enclosure manufacturer coordinates and tailors its many modular solutions to help users protect their components and systems.
Rittal / www.rittal.com
NEMA for every application
This quick, six-page guide "NEMA Enclosures for Every Application" from AutomationDirect defines and describes the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standards for enclosures, and how to find the most appropriate solution for each application. Users are shown how to consider selection criteria for environment, security, size, thermal management and accessories. Numerous NEMA ratings, definitions and classifications are included.
AutomationDirect / www.automationdirect.com
Purge and pressurize
This 12-minute video, “5000Q purge and pressurization system components,” explains many basic aspects of these systems, while also demonstrating capabilities of Pepperl+Fuchs’s 5000Q solution. It’s presented by Chris Romano, purge/pressurization portfolio manager at P+F, who covers controls, solenoids, purge valves, filter regulator and other components.
Pepperl+Fuchs / www.pepperl-fuchs.us
Last year's look
The 2016 version of this column, "Resource guide: enclosures, panels and boxes," includes links to nine additional resources on this topic. They're all still current and valuable.
Control / www.controlglobal.com