What to Consider with an Electronic Enclosure Design

While the power of electronic hardware comes from its internal components, the product is typically recognized by its enclosure, the outer shell that encloses fiber-optic products, making them more appealing and user-friendly for the work environment. As a savvy telecommunications company in the age of DIY, you might consider creating your own custom electronic enclosure design instead of purchasing a standardized enclosure. In this post, we have outlined a few of the considerations to keep in mind when designing your own custom metal enclosure.

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Benefits of Modular Enclosure Systems

Modular enclosure systems are designed to protect electrical and electronic equipment in local area networking, telecommunications, and industrial applications. They are designed to bear the advanced loads and harsh environments of industrial applications, while making the enclosures easier to use and faster to populate. Find out if a modular cabinet from American Products is right for you and your business.

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Below-Grade Enclosures

Telephone, CATV, and Internet companies all use fiber optics to transmit data over long distances from a few hundred feet to hundreds of miles! Most of this fiber-optic cabling is located outside buildings, hanging from poles, pulled through conduit, submerged underwater, or even buried underground. Below-grade enclosures help keep those buried fiber-optic cables safe from environmental hazards and employees safe from the dangers of exposed telecommunications equipment.

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Options for Enclosures

At American Products, we understand that every customer is unique. To suit our clientele’s wide range of applications and their distinct requests, we offer a number of different options for enclosures. When you find a product that meets your needs, explore the choices and upgrades available. If you can’t decide which features would be worthwhile to you, contact us for help. One of our enclosure specialists can help you sift through the possibilities or perhaps even help you design a custom enclosure.
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Climate Control for Enclosures

Telecommunications equipment can be sensitive to extreme temperatures. Protecting this equipment means managing air flow, temperature, and cooling technology. In fact, climate control for enclosures is key to the survivability of the electronics residing there. Whether you’re keeping your electronic systems and components cool in the summer or warm in the winter, outfitting your outdoor enclosure with the appropriate heating and cooling features will help protect your investment.

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Types of Steel Made for Your Metal Enclosure

There are over 3,500 different types of steel, each with unique physical, chemical, and environmental properties (source). At its core, steel is comprised of iron and carbon. It is the amount of carbon, impurities, and additional alloying elements that determine the properties of each steel grade. Different steels are produced according to the properties required for their application, and understanding the properties of steel grades can help you identify the ideal material for your next metal enclosure. Be sure consider the environment, space, and shape requirements of your enclosure when deciding which type of steel is right for you.

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How to Choose a Fiber-Optic Enclosure

Fiber optics are standard in most contemporary cable infrastructures today. These lines are made of optically pure glass and can carry digital information over long distances (source). Fiber-optic cables have revolutionized long-distance phone calls, cable TV, and the Internet for individuals and businesses alike. For high-density data centers, equipment rooms, and central offices, enclosures can effectively boost network performance, enhance working efficiency, and reduce expenditure. But these enclosures come in many different configurations and sizes. It may leave you wondering how to choose a fiber-optic enclosure that’s right for your business. Let American Products work with you to understand your needs and recommend a product that makes sense for you and your budget.

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Metal Enclosures

If you want to fully protect your valuable equipment from the dangers presented by the environment, whether the application is indoors or outdoors, you can’t go wrong with metal enclosures. At American Products, we select the highest quality steel available for our enclosures, including type 304 stainless steel and galvanized steel. With its excellent forming and welding properties, steel can be formed into a variety of shapes without losing its strength and durability. It provides exemplary protection and requires little maintenance. All of our enclosures (excepting one) are formed from metal.

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