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Computer Enclosures

Computer enclosures are protective materials used to protect computer components from contact with dust and other contaminants as well as accidental impact. As computer technology develops, and as computers become more portable, engineers must develop new ways to protect computers from the range of threats they face. Computers are found in homes, offices, factory floors, police cars, spacecraft and even in peoples’ pockets.

When used in homes, computers face the challenges of dust accumulation, accidental exposure to liquids or moisture and accidental impact. In industrial settings, computers are exposed to similar hazards but to a greater extent. Especially in heavy manufacturing settings, computer enclosures must be able to protect sensitive components from flying or settling debris, inhospitable temperatures and exposure to moving machinery and workers. Read More…Request for Quote

Computer Enclosures Computer enclosures are protective materials used to protect computer components from contact with dust and other contaminants as well as accidental impact. As computer technology develops, and as computers become more portable, engineers must develop new ways to protect computers from the range of threats they face.

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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 specializes in designing, engineering, and manufacturing custom sheet metal enclosures, cabinets, kiosks, and racks. Our team members are versed in both EMI and RFI containment to keep your electronic components safe.

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Maysteel Industries, LLC $$$

Chagrin Falls, OH  |  800-747-8381

Qube Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high-quality standard and custom plastic enclosures and consoles. Innovative process allows easy customization. Please call or visit our website today for more information about our quality products and outstanding service.

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Qube Corporation $$$

Sydney, NS  |  866-849-3911

We manufacture custom sheet metal electronic enclosures, mounting hardware, and miscellaneous components. We start from your design, and build them in 2-3 days, with no minimum order requirements. Products are built from your choice of aluminum, steel, stainless, or galvanized, and are fully finished, including fasteners, hardware, welding, powdercoating, and silkscreen.

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Protocase, Inc. $$$

Ormond Beach, FL  |  866-241-4448

Established in 1940, Hudson Tool & Die Co. is an industry leader in precision deep drawn stampings. In addition to our deep draw stamping, we offer stamped metal enclosures and assemblies. We also provide engineering and development assistance from concept through the development of prototypes. We also design metal enclosures to meet your needs.

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Hudson Technologies $$$
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Computers mounted in vehicles must be resistant to constant vibrations and impact, so their enclosures can be designed to include elaborate suspension systems. Because there are so many different varieties of computers, a wide variety of enclosure configurations exist to accommodate that variety. Laptop computers, for example, must be designed with materials that are light enough to prevent the computer from becoming cumbersome but sturdy enough to protect the computer.

Computer enclosures are made out of a range of materials; aluminum and stainless steel are commonly used in metal enclosures, especially in computer models in which weight and portability are not important considerations. Most laptops are made of a durable plastic like ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), though some are made from thin, lightweight metals.

A computer enclosure's suitability for a given application is determined by standards setting organizations, one of the most prominent of which is the National Electronics Manufacturers Association (NEMA). NEMA gives ratings to configurations that professionals can use to determine whether or not an enclosure is suitable for a given application.

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For example, NEMA enclosure types 1, 2, 12, 12K and 13 are rated for indoor uses in which exposure to hazards like impact and contaminants is not likely. They also issue ratings for enclosures rated for low-hazardous outdoor use, high-hazard indoor use, and high-hazard indoor or outdoor use. The International Electrotechnical Commission also issues ratings for computer enclosure based on their expected performance in a range of contexts.

Custom enclosures are built by hobbyists for personal use and by professionals for use in unusual applications; computers designed for use in laboratories must often be developed to function in less than hospitable environments. In those and other unusual cases, enclosures can be built to resist interference and other harmful environmental presences.

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