A relatively new Integra customer, a leading control systems integrator and maker of remote terminal units (RTUs) for water distribution and wastewater treatment, has adopted the Genesis 24X24X10 as its go-to enclosure—replacing fiberglass, stainless steel and aluminum.
The customer likes polycarbonate for the usual reasons:
- Strength—four times the impact resistance of fiberglass and more durable than stainless steel
- Resistance to ultraviolet rays—compared to fiberglass, which breaks down in the sun
- Superior corrosion resistance
- Ease of machining to modify enclosures, even out in the field
- Lighter weight, making it possible for one technician to install a polycarbonate-enclosed RTU, as opposed to the two required to install a much heavier stainless steel unit
- Cost-savings compared to stainless steel
So, what’s the new advantage?
Steve Anderson, Vice President and Eastern Regional Sales Manager of Integra Enclosures, says our new customer claims the Genesis 24X24X10 enclosure deters thieves—or at least deceives them.
The enclosure easily accommodates our customer’s RTUs, which remotely control and monitor water distribution and wastewater treatment equipment, and instantly alert operators to equipment malfunctions.
The 24X24X10 also has room to spare for a backup battery. Plus, there’s even space to house the system’s antenna, which can transmit through polycarbonate.
The antenna housed inside the enclosure costs about a fifth as much as an external antenna and eliminates the need for an additional hole to be drilled in the enclosure—making the RTU less vulnerable to the elements.
And, says Anderson, it has the extra, unintended advantage of making RTUs less attractive to thieves and vandals. “When you have an antenna on the outside of a box, you’re advertising that there’s something expensive inside that they might want to take,” he explains.
This begs the question: Just how many more advantages to Integra polycarbonate enclosures do we have yet to discover?