• 30 Jun
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    Keep electronic projects secure and weatherproof for the long haul

    For many designers of DIY or prototype projects, once the electronics are laid out, finding a suitable enclosure is often left to the last minute. This may be reasonable if it’s going to be used indoors on a desk or placed on a wall, temporarily. But if the project is intended for use outdoors over a long period of time, it will quickly succumb to the elements or be damaged, either intentionally or unintentionally, by malicious tampering or idle curiosity.

  • 14 May
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    Fast prototypes for industrial enclosures

    There was a time when prototypes for bespoke industrial enclosures were expensive and took weeks to produce. Thanks to advances in 3D printing, today’s prototypes are not only faster and less expensive to develop, but the increased possibility to make design tweaks creates a better final product.

  • 4 May
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    Basics of thermal management in enclosures

    To prevent the premature failure of equipment within an electrical enclosure, thermal management is key. There are two ways of cooling an enclosure: by natural convection and forced convection.

  • 12 Apr
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    Four excuses not to take your enclosure cooling maintenance seriously

    There is an adage that time is money, this is particularly true when it comes to production downtime. Hold ups in production could result in lost money – a lot of lost money!

  • 5 Mar
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    Rittal’s VX25 Ri4Power panels deliver solution for renewable energy project

    Rittal was approached by Powerfish, a Scottish-based panel builder and electrical engineering business, with a brief to design and deliver robust, flexible, and easy-to-install panels for a renewable energy customer.

  • 5 Mar
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    Special enclosures require engineered solutions

    What classes a certain enclosure as special? The ability to reduce production and assembly times? To deal directly with issues that conventional enclosures cannot tackle? Or maybe the enclosure is completely bespoke and fabricated, tackling a direct application.

  • 5 Mar
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    Enclosure lighting: The benefits of LEDs

    Why light an enclosure? A more appropriate question is: why wouldn’t you? It is a simple safety measure; fumbling around in a dark enclosure cabinet where high voltages could be present is risky, to say the least. It’s best practice to keep the enclosure visible and clear – good lighting is essential to ensure optimal inspection and safe control conditions.

  • 17 Feb
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    Back to basics: IP67 vs IP68

    This article looks at the difference between IP67 vs IP68 and how they are becoming more important for electrical items and for electrical safety.

  • 13 Jan
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    Rittal's manufacturing systems reduce time & costs for control panel manufacturing

    Electrical control manufacturers are currently being placed under considerable pressure. Projects are becoming more complex, the trading environment is extremely competitive, and customers naturally want to keep their costs to a minimum.

  • 30 Oct
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    Key factors to consider when selecting cabinets for 19” mounted electronic equipment

    Alan Cook, Sales Director of Foremost Electronics, recommends designers and systems integrators take into account seven key considerations when considering the selection of a suitable cabinet. 

  • 30 Oct
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    Benefits of long-term relationships in the supply chain

    The modern manufacturing industry was formally introduced to the concept of trust with Just in Time, Kanban and other defined protocols – and we found that it worked. If we were able to trust the supply chain, then massive benefits ensued. This has led, in turn, to ways of working that allow us to address other issues; for example, quality and price stability.

  • 30 Oct
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    How to calculate thermal dissipation in enclosures

    Thermal dissipation is simply heat transfer. It occurs when the heat of an object (that has a higher temperature than its surroundings) is transferred to its environment, or onto nearby colder objects. For example, heat from a radiator dissipates into a cold room and increases the temperature of its surroundings.

  • 30 Sep
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    Spelsberg thermostats help Lagwell Insulation prevent frozen pipes

    Insulation and temperature management in pipes for industrial processing and commercial properties is important all year round. Of course, as the nights draw in and temperatures plummet, facilities managers are often more mindful of the risks of frozen pipes.

  • 30 Sep
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    Cool strategies: The best way to deal with heat

    Variable speed drives generate heat – that's a fact of life – and usually, that heat is unwanted. What’s the best way to deal with it? Alan Baird, Country Manager UK & Ireland at Danfoss Drives looks at the options.

  • 30 Sep
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    Keeping it cool with Linkwell from Charter Controls

    In recent years, many professionals in the electrical industry have observed that enclosure cooling requirements have been compromised in order to cut costs.

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