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.


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.


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?


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.

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.


Welcome to Your New Career

Why try for a job when you can shoot for a career!?


The Differences Between Active & Passive Enclosures

Telecommunications and networking enclosures are available in active or passive setups.

Active refers to a cabinet that has power, whether that be switches, radio gear, batteries or whatnot. Passive refers to an enclosure, e.g., a fiber distribution hub, that does not have power.


3 Key Differences Between Indoor & Outdoor Telecom Enclosures

When telecommunications and networking companies choose an enclosure, they know whether that cabinet will be outside or inside.

What makes an outside cabinet properly suited for the outdoors, and what makes an indoor cabinet suited for inside applications?

There are actually huge differences between indoor and outdoor telecom enclosures. For this article, we’re going to break the differences down into three major categories–NEMA rating, construction/design, available accessories and overall functionality.

Read on to see why indoor cabinets aren’t ideal for outdoor environments, and why it’s not worth spending the extra money on an outdoor cabinet if your application will be indoors.


Integrated Solutions – Marketing Ploy or Cost Savings Tool?

In the telecommunications and networking industry, you can purchase enclosures as “integrated solutions” or “multiple point solutions.”

An integrated solution denotes a factory-rigged enclosure that is ready to go, while multiple point solutions result in a company needing to source components and accessories from different vendors and having them installed independently.

While an integrated solution obviously sounds better, is it really, or is it just a buzzword designed to draw customers in? Why would a company want to invest in that versus hiring their own third-party vendors to get the enclosures they need? Is one even better than the other?

Read on to learn what an “integrated solution” means at American Products, and why we feel it’s a better fit for telecommunications and networking companies who want to get their network up and running quicker and for less.


Which Enclosure/Storage Solution Is Right for Your Network?

Above-grade pad- and pole-mount enclosures for passive optical network (PON) or active optical network (AON) equipment. Below-grade PON enclosures. Walk-in shelters. Indoor panel- and rack-mount cabinets. H-frame fiber storage. And MORE!? There are myriad options available for housing and protecting your valuable telecommunications and networking equipment. So, how do you determine which storage solution meets the needs of your particular application?

In regard to H-frames, it’s pretty easy–you need a secure way to store up to 250’ of fiber optic cable slack out of the reach of vandals, so you have it ready when the time comes. But for enclosures, it can be a bit daunting trying to determine what you need in regard to NEMA rating, RU, climate control, etc.

At American Products, we can help by asking a series of questions which allow us to hone in on which enclosure is best for your application. (more…)