Month: November 2022

How We Add Value on the Front End

When telecommunications companies, service providers and other entities are looking for enclosures and/or shelters, they’re not simply looking for any old structure.

They’re looking for quality construction and innovative designs. They want durability, but they also want cost-effectiveness. Beyond the enclosure itself, providers are looking for a partner who listens to their concerns, understands their needs and telecommunications industry standards and is willing to work with the provider to develop the best solution.

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American Products Enhances H-Frame Production with Robotics

H Frame weld square

American Products recently made the decision to integrate a robotic welder into the H-Frame production process.

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Comparing Enclosure Construction Materials

Comparing Enclosure Construction Materials

When researching telecommunications cabinet, enclosure and shelter solutions, network providers might notice that in addition to coming in a variety of sizes and looks, enclosures/shelters are available in a range of materials, too. From aluminum to concrete, network providers have a few different enclosure construction materials to consider. But, which type of material is better? Is one actually better?

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H-Frames Provide Convenient Fiber Slack Storage

H-Frames

As telecommunications organizations expand their fiber optics networks, they need durable and convenient ways to store fiber slack for later retrieval and use. At American Products, we offer H-frame fiber slack storage solutions to provide network providers a convenient, easy-to-access and extremely durable means to store their excess fiber.

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Fiber Connect 2022 Recap

Fiber Connect 2022 was held on June 12–15 in Nashville, TN.

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Lightweight Enclosure Solutions for Rooftops

Lightweight Enclosure Solutions

In some areas, such as heavily built-up and densely populated urban areas, ground-level real estate can be at a premium. This means that service providers must find creative ways to deploy their equipment to serve their customers.

One common way of overcoming the issue is by utilizing building rooftops.

For some providers, this might be a new option that brings a variety of questions with it.

For example, what enclosures would qualify for rooftop deployment? Will these enclosures be built differently from enclosures that are deployed on the ground? What information does the enclosure manufacturer need to develop the enclosure solution?

Let’s take a look at the main questions network providers will be asked when speaking with a manufacturer about a rooftop-specific enclosure.

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Grounding & Bonding Telecommunications Enclosures

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

Enclosures

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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