Enclosure selection is often one of the last things considered in the electrical design process. However, these critical components can mean the difference between long life and early failure if not selected properly, especially when designing for harsh outdoor environments. Knowing the application, and the environment in which the enclosure will be located, is crucial. Understanding the materials, ratings and options available will help make the right decision based on that particular application.
In this QuickChat, Jeff Roye, Product Manager of 25 years at Altech, discusses with Bob Vavra, Senior Content Director at Machine Design, the main environmental concerns to be considered during enclosure design, advantages and disadvantages of using different materials, ratings to be considered, and design features to look for when choosing an enclosure.