Manufacturer and supplier of industrial enclosures, PC Enclosures-Direct have released a very useful guide on how to choose industrial enclosures for your required purpose.
Choosing an industrial enclosure requires a certain chain of thought, for example, the size, shape, functionality and presentation all being key considerations before placing an order with a manufacturer or retailer of industrial enclosures. Some enclosures need to be dust proof for certain environments, others will require the benefit of being waterproof and be suitable for outdoor use.
It really does all depend on the end use of an industrial enclosure as to which type of product will perform best for certain roles, if you are housing equipment such as electrical hardware, computer monitors or even LCD televisions that need to be fitted in an outdoor environment then choosing a waterproof industrial enclosure will ensure your screens and hardware remain intact, whilst functioning perfectly. Waterproof industrial enclosures have what is known as an ingress protection or IP rating for short. Most industrial enclosures will need to be an IP rating of at least IP66 or IP67 to be keep the encased goods protected from water and outdoor conditions.
When fitting industrial enclosures outdoors it is also worth noting that it is not just the rain that can affect performance, glare from the sun is a massively important factor to anybody who needs to be able to view programmes, instructions or information on a screen within the enclosure. Taking this into account you would need to speak with your supplier to ensure there is either an anti-glare screen or sun reflective screen fitted to the enclosure that will help to counteract the bright rays of the sun.
In the UK the weather can vary greatly throughout the day, going from a freezing cold morning to a warm afternoon is not uncommon at certain times of the year. For this reason you would need to consider the level of climate exposure and operating temperatures of your equipment or hardware. Fitting a thermostatically controlled cooling and heating system within the enclosure could increase the lifespan and functionality of your equipment.
For outdoor use, you would more than likely want the enclosure to be more visually appealing to the eye than inside a workshop or away from people's attention, requesting a power coat finish in company colours would keep the industrial enclosure synonymous with your brand and look better than a simple steel finish.
Security is another major factor for anybody fitting an industrial enclosure outdoors, in order to keep your casing and goods safe from theft and vandalism the type of screen and locks fitted during manufacture could bear heavily on how well protected your enclosure remains. Fitting it with anti-theft nuts and bolts to a bracket or wall will be beneficial in terms of keeping the enclosure casing safe, however if the security locks at the front of the unit are lightweight then thieves could easily steal your encased equipment.
The above factors all need careful consideration when choosing an industrial enclosure for outdoor use, for indoor use some of the same considerations will apply such as security, colour and waterproof rating [depending on the business nature], however size and shape will also be huge factors.
When fitting industrial enclosures indoors, the environment the enclosure will be oeprating in will be completely different to the outdoors where more space and less restrictions are in place. For example in a busy engineering factory workshop there will be lots of pipes running overhead for heating and cooling that could hinder where you can fit the enclosure. It could be that machinery restricts the location for installing the enclosure. For this reason carefully planning what the industrial enclosure's primary function will be will potentially save time, money and prove more productive than just ordering a unit, only to realise it will not fit in your chosen spot.
Whatever your requirement for an industrial enclosure, be it indoors or outdoor, take a moment to consider how the enclosed equipment needs to operate, also factoring in that there could be features and added benfits from adding certain bespoke components to prolong its longevity. It is always worth speaking to a manufacturer or retailer before making a purchase.
To view the full range of PC Enclosures Direct's industrial enclosures please visit http://www.pcenclsoures-direct.com.