Considerations When Selecting an Electrical Enclosure, Part II

This is the 2nd of 3 posts in which I’m walking through some of the key enclosure features you should be looking for. In my last post, I covered some common materials and structure options available to those in the market for an enclosure. This post picks up where we left off and discusses some of the most common configurability options an enclosure should feature.

 

Customization
Will your application require your enclosure to have holes or slots? Before making a purchase, make sure that the enclosure manufacturer can customize any machined slots or holes to fit your unique application requirements. At Integra Enclosures, we can make these modifications at our facility according to customer specs before shipping the product out. CNC machine cut outs, custom back panels and drilling holes are other configurability options that can be utilized to build your perfectly-tailored box. Ask your enclosure source for CAD drawings: any manufacturer should be able to provide the drawings so that you can easily specify your modifications.

 

Appearance
Maybe it seems trivial, but why not make sure your electrical enclosure fits visually – not just spatially – in its environment? Many enclosure manufacturers are now offering custom colors to help you blend your box to its surroundings. A clean, sleek design will accent your application environment, rather than pollute it. So when searching for the right enclosure, appearance matters! Don’t settle for good equipment protection that’s a bad eyesore.
Mounting Options
One of the most important questions to ask before selecting an enclosure is, “How easy will it be to install panels in the enclosure exactly where I need them?” Don’t trap yourself in a box by purchasing an enclosure with limited mounting options. At Integra Enclosures, our well-designed enclosure feature plenty of options for mounting back panels, face plates, circuit boards or any other component that needs to be secured.

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