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Instrument enclosures protect electronic devices inside metal or plastic housing. Because of their sensitive circuitry, the components must be protected from dirt, water and accidental contact. Being kept in an enclosure prevents the intrusion of solid foreign objects as well as liquids to a certain extent. Instrument enclosures are made from aluminum, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, stainless steel and, for certain models, polyester with fiberglass reinforcing. Read More…

Instrument Enclosures Instrument enclosures protect electronic devices inside metal or plastic housing. Because of their sensitive circuitry, the components must be protected from dirt, water and accidental contact.
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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 $$$

Des Plaines, IL  |  847-391-8100

IMS/AMCO Engineered Products is located in Des Plaines, IL. on approximately 300,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing space. With over 70 years of experience, we are THE recognized leader in the design, manufacture and integration of standard or custom electronic racks, cabinets, enclosures and consoles for all segments of Industry.

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AMCO Enclosures-an IMS Engineered Products Brand $$$

Greencastle, PA  |  717-328-9399

APX Enclosures is your complete source for the design & manufacturing of UL Listed/NEMA certified outdoor enclosures. We specialize in UL Listed Control Panels in both aluminum & stainless steel construction. All APX weatherproof enclosures are built to UL Listed 508A specifications. Whether you work in traffic, public works, communications or security markets, APX has enclosures for your needs.

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APX Enclosures, Inc. $$$

Mt. Pleasant, PA  |  800-423-9911

ITSENCLOSURES designs and manufactures enclosures to protect your electronics and valuable processes. ITSENCLOSURES offers NEMA industrial enclosures as well as indoor/outdoor large format display enclosures for LCD or Plasma displays. Please contact us for your standard or custom NEMA enclosure and thermal solutions.

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ITSENCLOSURES $$$

Cardington, OH  |  216-267-9000

EnclosureHub is an e-commerce distributor specializing in industrial electrical enclosures and enclosure accessories. We currently offer over 300 models of industrial electrical and electronic enclosures constructed from powder-coated carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, and fiberglass-reinforced polyester from the industry's leading manufacturers.

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EnclosureHub $$$
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Instrument enclosures come in many varieties to accommodate the wide array of electronic instruments. For small handheld instruments, enclosures may be custom-contoured to the shape of the device and designed to provide long-lasting protection and shock absorption. Desktop instruments can generally be housed in a box-like enclosure that is manageable in size and durability, protecting against spills and accidental contact.

Wall mounted enclosures keep their contents close to the electronic equipment the instruments control while shielding them from dust, dirt, splashing water and other undesirable contact. Electronic instruments are used in many applications, especially for precision work in scientific, engineering, medical and technological fields. Possible instrument uses include control panels, operation switches, measuring devices and more. New ways of making enclosures safe and effective are constantly being researched due to the demand for and critical nature of electronic instruments.

The parts of an instrument enclosure vary depending on the application. Hand held enclosures may have slide-on covers or a knockout for a LCD screen. Desktop enclosures may have vents, handles, locking mechanisms and membrane keyboards while wall mounted enclosures are frequently hung on DIN rail with the ability to slide into position.

Other options incorporate neoprene seals or watertight gaskets, transparent lids or covers, recessed areas for labels or keypads, cylinder catches, lock covers, thermometers, drains, air dyers and special coatings to shield the contents from static electricity or EMI/RFI (electromagnetic and radio frequency interference). Metal enclosures can be constructed of cold rolled sheet metal that is welded for a smooth seam; aluminum is usually extruded.

Plastics, fiberglass and composite materials are gaining favor in certain situations because of their corrosion resistance, durability and weight. No matter what the material is, however, there are certain standards to which all enclosures must adhere. NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, UL, the Underwriters Laboratories and the IP Code, or the International Protection Rating are all used to identify the enclosure's strengths and applicable functions as determined by the conditions they can withstand. For example, the common NEMA Type 4X enclosure can be used indoors or outdoors to protect its contents against corrosion, windblown dust, rain, sleet, snow, splashing or hose-directed water and the external formation of ice.

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