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Electronic instruments and other equipment are housed in aluminum enclosures that guard against interference or damage. These enclosures must safeguard their contents from various weather conditions and grime and dust because they can be utilized indoors and outside. Electromagnetic interference (EMI), if not insulated, can impair the functionality of the equipment inside the enclosures. Read More…

Aluminum Enclosures Aluminum enclosures house and protect electronic instruments or equipment from damage or interference. Because these enclosures can be used indoors and outdoors, they must protect their contents from a variety of weather conditions as well as from dust and dirt.
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Leading Manufacturers

Aurora, IL  |  800-204-7225

We are committed to excellence and our innovations in enclosure technology is an example of our commitment. Our unparalleled electronic enclosures are specialized for various tasks and our facility is ISO 9001:2008 certified & RoHS compliant.

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Equipto Electronics Corporation $$$

Allenton, WI  |  262-251-1632

Maysteel provides complex sheet metal fabrication with a focus on design for manufacturing. Founded in 1936, we combine our extensive engineering experience and market knowledge with an expanding supply chain footprint, allowing us to fabricate products that others can’t. We design, engineer and manufacture custom OEM sheet metal enclosures, kiosks, cabinets and racks. We have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as partnerships in Europe. For more information, visit www.maysteel.com.

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Maysteel Industries, LLC $$$

Belding, MI  |  616-794-0700

With over 60 years of engineering and manufacturing experience, Stahlin Enclosures offers the most extensive in-stock selection of non-metallic enclosures, including fiberglass enclosures. We serve such industries as waste water treatment, manufacturing and architectural, among many others.

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Stahlin Enclosures $$$

Bridgeville, PA  |  800-965-9872

OKW is a leading manufacturer of plastic and metal enclosures for OEM electronics equipment. Our US program includes the OKW and METCASE™ product lines, plus some complementary products. This combination allows us to offer our customers a truly comprehensive range of enclosures.

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OKW Enclosures, Inc. $$$

Hammondsport, NY  |  607-569-4632

We are a contract manufacturer providing design assistance and on-site finishing capabilities. Mercury Aircraft fabricates in sheet metal or plastics and has made electronic enclosures, plastic enclosures and many more products. We assemble over 250,000 to 300,000 products every month.

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Mercury Corporation $$$

Bryan, OH  |  800-722-2679

Allied Moulded Products designs electronic enclosure solutions for industrial and residential use. We create fiberglass and polycarbonate enclosures and design custom solutions and accessories to accommodate specific needs.

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Allied Moulded Products, Inc. $$$
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Aluminum Enclosure Design

Aluminum enclosures can have a closed lid or a hinged door that can be secured, depending on the application. Corner screw covers and bezels conceal the mounting hardware, while continuous flanges or internal gaskets keep out dust and moisture. Labels, foil keyboards, and other alterations are all possible because of recessed areas in the enclosure's surface. Since aluminum is tough and has great structural strength, they frequently stand independently. Aluminum is forced through a die to form the correct cross-section used to make several enclosures.

Enclosures can also be cast or manufactured of rolled aluminum sheets and finished with a powdered coat or enamel. Depending on the purpose, these enclosures can be manufactured to specific requirements. Similar to the IP Code, NEMA offers safety ratings and certifications. They do not, however, map onto one another because they have various traits. Different NEMA types are used, such as 1, 3R, and 12. They cover everything from non-hazardous indoor use to outside protection from snow, rain, ice, and sleet.

Types of Aluminum Enclosures

Die Cast Aluminum Enclosures

In the well-known metal production technique known as die casting, molten metal is forced into a closed mold, also known as a die, to generate the desired forms. Then, the mold is removed, and the cast is expelled once the material inside has cooled.

Applications

Aluminum is a popular option for elevated-pressure die casting due to its many advantageous properties. In addition, aluminum is useful for various indoor and outdoor uses due to its strength and elasticity, which can be improved by blending it with other metals. They can also be found in many medical devices where removing EMI/RFI interference is essential.

For instance, die cast aluminum casings frequently protect switchboards and meter boxes in various industrial situations. In addition, in many healthcare devices, where reducing EMI/RFI interference is crucial, die cast aluminum enclosures are used because of their inherent RFI/EMI shielding level.

Aluminum Die Casting
Aluminum Enclosure

Advantages

The die casting method is perfect for individuals who need intricate pieces since it uses molten metal to create the precise shape of the die. The fact that die casting produces lighter, thinner walls is another significant benefit. Die casting doesn't require a thick product, unlike the extrusion production process. The result is an aluminum enclosure that is thin, light, and has a lovely surface finish.

Disadvantages

Die cast aluminum enclosures are a preferred option for design engineers because of their resistance to corrosion and EMI shielding qualities. However, several things could be improved in this manufacturing process. Die casting is more suited for high-volume production because of its high upfront cost. Another typical issue with diecasting is porosity, which is brought on by trapped air in the steel die.

Extruded Aluminum Enclosures

Aluminum is inserted in an extrusion press during the extrusion process, where it is then pushed through a die by a hydraulic ram. The outcome is a lengthy part that can be chopped or machined as required.

Applications

Aluminum extruded enclosures can be seen in outdoor and indoor settings because they are made to endure dust and water. They are most frequently used to safeguard PCBs (printed circuit boards) in information systems, monitors, the Web of Things, medical applications, and various information systems.

Advantages

Engineers can profit from a variety of advantages of extruded aluminum enclosures. Multiple extruded aluminum enclosures also come with features that offer protection from various environmental variables. For instance, the extruded aluminum enclosures provide EMI shielding and waterproof gaskets and are built to comply with international aluminum enclosure requirements such as NEMA.

Installation takes less time with extruded aluminum enclosures because the PCBs may slip in. In addition, extruded aluminum casings ensure that extreme temperatures won't harm the delicate PCB components by having exceptional heat dissipation capabilities.

Disadvantages

The extrusion method has some limitations on assembly techniques and can only produce a finite number of shapes. In addition, the end caps also need to be produced separately.

Aluminum Extrusions
The Extruded Aluminum Enclosure

Industrial Applications

Aluminum enclosures are employed in practically every industry that needs electrical equipment because of the variety of sizes available. Computers can be installed inside an enclosure for protection or purchased with aluminum unibody enclosures. Aluminum is widely used to enclose handheld gadgets. Examples of small remotes include garage door openers and car starters. Aluminum enclosures shield electrical conduits, power switches, and other crucial controls to avoid accidental contact between the box's contents and people or objects.

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Electronic Enclosures

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NEMA Enclosures

NEMA enclosures are boxes that are designed to protect electrical components from the surrounding environment. Depending on the specific NEMA rating, devices in a NEMA enclosure are protected in...

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