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 are formed from metal.

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Our Metal Enclosures

Sometimes standard, off-the-shelf enclosures simply won’t do. They may lack the storage and organization features you need, they might not come in your preferred material, and they may not solve your unique problems. Pre-manufactured metal enclosures cost less because they’re made for general applications, and they can be shipped to your location in half the time because manufacturers simply pull them off the shelf. However, one-size-fits-all enclosures may not actually fit your needs. To get the protection, organization, and aesthetic benefits you’re looking for, consider purchasing custom metal enclosures.

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Benefits of Custom Metal Enclosures

Companies across a variety of industries use customized cabinets and enclosures to suit the needs of their sensitive equipment. With the right manufacturer, custom metal enclosures can offer superior protection and safety to your employees while allowing for ventilation. Custom metal enclosures are used in several industries and for a variety of applications, including the telecommunication, security, and retail industries, for research centers, and as housing for heavy equipment, generators, and navigation and positioning systems. Additionally, designing and engineering your own enclosure can give you advantages that outweigh the additional cost.

Ultimate Protection and Safety Features

The most obvious benefit of designing your enclosure is the next-level protection and safety features customization can provide. To prevent short circuits, power surges, and malfunctioning power supplies, design your enclosure with the right materials, cooling solutions, and surge arresters. For optimal protection against rain, sleet, snow, splashing water, and damage from external ice formation, choose a manufacturer that follows NEMA standards and guidelines. You can even add a solar shield roof to reduce radiant heat and internal cooling.

Organization and Restricted Access

Custom metal enclosures can organize equipment in a way that makes sense for your business. Shelving and equipment racking can assist with this, increasing efficiency and ease of use. Your custom enclosure can also ensure that equipment is only accessible to authorized personnel. Simply add the appropriate locks and door alarms to your design.


Custom enclosures provide flexibility in regard to form and structure as well. For example, in the telecommunications industry, you will find wall-mounted enclosures, junction boxes, floor-mounted enclosures, and free-standing enclosures. When customizing, you can choose a size, shape, and design that make sense for you and the equipment you’re housing. Plus, you can add other aesthetic features like noise control and additional lighting. At American Products, your custom design can be made out of aluminum, stainless steel, or galvanized steel, whichever you prefer.

How to Design Your Enclosure

Before you draw up your custom enclosure, consider its purpose, location, and any environmental conditions it may need to withstand. Custom metal enclosures are often used to protect telecommunications equipment (like cables, switches, modems, routers, and wires). If located outdoors, your enclosure may need to safeguard your equipment from a variety of environmental factors, including moisture, submersion in water, corrosion, ice, and fire risk. By identifying potentially dangerous environmental hazards first, you can make sure to design an enclosure that effectively protects your specialized equipment.

If located indoors, you might consider foot traffic around the enclosure, space availability, organizational features, and aesthetics. When designing your own enclosure, you can choose from a variety of design options, such as doors, drawers, perforated panels, locks, hinges, handles, material, and much more. Consider the space you have available, your environment, and the equipment you intend to store before finalizing your design plans.

Modified and Customized Solutions from American Products

At American Products, our team of expert fabricators can take your requirements and turn them into functional, efficient, top-quality products. Most of our customers begin by reviewing our current catalog of products and perhaps exploring our field installation gallery. However, if you can’t find an enclosure that fits all of your design requirements, we will help you develop the perfect product for your application. We can modify any of our standard products or design and build a custom product that satisfies your engineering and design demands. Plus, all of our enclosures meet NEMA standards. Contact us today for more information.

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