Resources: workstations and enclosures

Aug. 28, 2017
Our latest guide to web-hosted papers, tutorials, videos and other educational materials shows you how to think outside the box

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.

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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. 

View them here.

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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. 

View the video.

Spelsberg 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 /


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. 

Read the summary.

EIC Solutions /


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. 

Read the document.

Rittal /


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.

Read the guide.

AutomationDirect /


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. 

Watch the video.

Pepperl+Fuchs /


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.

Read last year's resources.