Month: August 2018

Grounding & Bonding Telecommunications Enclosures

When it comes to grounding and bonding, every organization and professional has their own opinions and ways of doing things.

Thankfully, the National Electric Code (NEC), Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIE) take the guesswork out of the practice and provide a framework for how to properly ground and bond telecommunications enclosures. By setting industry standards that all enclosure manufacturers must follow, these codes help ensure the safety of telecommunications workers and network infrastructure integrity–ultimately providing peace of mind to the network provider and their customers.

Let’s take a look at the standards regarding grounding and bonding.

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Preventing Bug, Wildlife & Water Intrusion

Telecommunications enclosures face a number of issues in the field, but one that can be easily guarded against from a design standpoint is bug, wildlife and water intrusion.

These types of intrusions can cause various issues for a provider. Some bugs invade equipment inside the enclosure and build colonies that can cause equipment to fail. Others, such as spiders and wasps, don’t pose a danger to the equipment but can potentially harm technicians working in the enclosure. Wildlife is much the same–rats and mice may invade an enclosure and chew through wiring. Snakes could then invade the cabinet or shelter in search of prey and attack unsuspecting workers.

And, of course, water inside a cabinet can cause costly damage to equipment and fiber optics.

Enclosure manufacturers can help network providers avoid these unwanted intrusions by designing and building in a variety of safeguards.

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Issues Enclosures Face in the Field

Enclosures from American Products

When setting up an enclosure maintenance plan, service providers should take into consideration factors that aren’t related to normal equipment wear.

Telecommunications and networking organizations often establish maintenance plans that include sending technicians to their deployed enclosures on a regular basis.

If the equipment isn’t sending an error message to the network operations center (NOC), the trips will be simple endeavors. The technician will check, clean and replace the air intake filter. They will perform a visual check on the enclosure to make sure no one has tampered with it or tried to break in. They’ll check the door seal to ensure it’s intact and working properly. And then they will perform any OEM-recommended maintenance on the HVAC system, fan and other components.

When setting up their maintenance plan, service providers should also take into account potential issues that can be caused by the environment, wildlife, weather and natural disasters.

Let’s look deeper into issues enclosures face in the field.

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Factory Vs. Field Integration

When purchasing virtually any enclosure, communications companies must choose between factory and field integration of components.

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Koch Enterprises Acquires Amprod Holdings

American Products is proud to reveal that the entire Amprod family is now part of Koch Enterprises, Inc. Originally founded in Evansville, IN, in 1873, Koch is a family-owned operation made of up seven storied companies, now including Amprod. Koch companies are recognized as leaders in the manufacturing, wholesale distribution, equipment design and construction and information technology systems sectors. Read on to see the official acquisition announcement from Koch Enterprises and visit the Koch website for more details about the company.

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What is Powder Coating?

What do telecommunications enclosure manufacturers, tractor manufacturers and appliance manufacturers all have in common? They utilize powder coating on their products to create a durable, long-lasting finish.

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Looking Back on 2021 & Forward to 2022

As 2021 comes to a close, many organizations are likely breathing a sigh of relief. But, can everyone breathe easy now, or are we going to see more of the same challenges in 2022?

Read on to learn what American Products saw in 2021 and what we expect to see in 2022.

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7 Ways to Protect Your Telecom Enclosures

Telecommunications and networking companies spend a lot of time and money to build out their networks with strategically placed telecom enclosures loaded with critical connection equipment.

With all that investment, wouldn’t it make sense to take precautions to help protect that equipment, especially in those cabinets that are out of busy areas?

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Picking the Right Climate Control System for Your Enclosure

When choosing a network enclosure and/or shelter, telecommunications organizations will be faced with also choosing whether or not they need a climate control system.

It’s a complex decision that can have long-term ramifications for the organization in regard to how well an enclosure will protect hardware from ambient conditions.
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5 Common Metal Enclosure Exterior Finishes

When a telecommunications or networking organization is considering an enclosure, their biggest considerations revolve around the construction of the cabinet/shelter and how well it protects their equipment. In the consideration phase, those organizations should also give some thought to enclosure exterior finishes.

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