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What is Steel Manufacturing Process?

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One of the big differences that you can find in carbon a stainless steel is found in the start of the metal processes crucial or needed to create these metal steels. All steels should start with the basic manufacturing process. The different materials needed to create and manufacture these steels are being added in different points of the steel manufacturing process to create the steel that is needed for a certain type of electronics enclosure or box.

One of the starting point or the start of the steel manufacturing process involves the melting of an iron ore or it includes the processes of extracting the iron, also it involves the removal of the excess carbon and other impurities that can be found in the raw steel material. After this, the process will now include wide variety of different finishing processes to be able to create and manufacture a strong, attractive, and flexible material.

The usual steel making manufacturing process works like this:

The iron ore, limestone, or coal and other materials needed for steel making are then poured on the top of the blasted surface with superheated temperature. Then, the molten iron is now being collected at the bottom while the other impurities is being gathered from the top of the slag that is being drained off.

During the initial steelmaking stage, the melted iron is now being purified and combined with other scrap steel that utilizes these one of two processes:

A basic oxygen furnace is being utilized, this is where a high-purified oxygen is being blown inside the steel mixture of the molten iron and steel to be able to burn the impurities that are found in iron. This basic oxygen steelmaking is now considered to be one of the most popular method when it comes to steel manufacturing.

Also, there are electric arc furnaces in which there is a humongous graphite electrodes to be able to melt down the iron and remove its impurities, at this point a scrap steel is being added to the steel mixture.

The next stage involves secondary steelmaking, in which raw molten steel is being purified or being manipulated just by using a wide variety of good techniques that usually involves a ladle – a big mechanical device involved in the manipulation of steel. At this point, the process includes important procedures that creates different types of metal steel. One of the examples is argon-oxygen decarbonization, a very complicated steel manufacturing process technique that involves removal of the excess carbon steel found in stainless steel.

After the mentioned process, the purified steel is now being created. It is now time for the primary forming. Included in this step is the steel that is being poured in different shapes and sizes of mold that creates different forms of steel – depending on its application. As an example, this include the bars, beams, sheets, and other forms of metal sheets.

The final step of the steel manufacturing process is the finishing or what we call the secondary forming process. In this process, the metal steel achieves its final form.

This now involves processes like welding, machining, or galvanizing that forms the steel into usable forms where companies creates their products to help us have a better world around us. 

One of the most amazing things about steel making is how different the alloying techniques can effectively create different types of steel that are well-suited for different types of applications.

Effective Tips of Properly Selecting a Plastic Enclosure

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Aside from purchasing a steel electronics enclosure for your needs, there are plastic enclosures available in the market today. However, in purchasing one there are several considerations the user has to take in consideration before actually buying one. Asking the right questions is as crucial as choosing the right enclosure.

In this article, we will help you to make the right decision.

With this in mind, there are three basic questions in choosing the right plastic enclosure for your engineering project. These questions should be first addressed by the project or design engineer before making a decision if they should buy a plastic enclosure instead of the steel one.

Aside from the different price points, weight, transportability, and durability there are other important factors you should keep in mind.

The size of the enclosure. Plastic enclosures are easier to customize thus it can accommodate smaller design of electronics enclosure. It can range from a hand-held enclosure to a large one akin to the typical steel enclosures.

The user should keep in mind that the size specifics should be identified first and what types of customizations needed.

Level of protection. Also take into consideration that if you need a specific or certain level of environmental protection for your electronics enclosure, carefully note that the plastic enclosures can have the rating of at least IP40. It can also go up to IP65 or even higher.

It can also be a flame-retardant material so carefully consider the types of protection you might need.

Type of plastic material used. There are polycarbonate and ABS plastic enclosures available. You can search online for its different uses and characteristics. It is important to note that the polycarbonate material is also UV-stabilized and ideal for outdoor use.

NEMA Rating. Usually, plastic enclosures have the NEMA rating of 4X and 6P alongside other NEMA ratings.

In addition to this, if there’s a need for you to stock on an enclosure or there should be customization and modifications, the user should be upfront with the manufacturer to be clear about what is needed to be made on the plastic enclosure.

Is it Possible that Electronics Enclosure Can Get Too Cold – Plastic Hypothermia

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I am going to share one of my well kept secrets with you – one of my favorite TV show of all time is the Dual Survival on the Discovery Channel. To back up the story a little bit, I will give you a very short overview. There is this tag-team duo that is composed of an ex-military sniper. His name is David. And there is this one guy that is barefoot wasteland hippie and he was named Cody. For the story, this man wears no shoes ever. These two young gentlemen travel to the most remote parts of the world. The show aims to tell the viewers regarding the various survival techniques that can be used under extreme environmental conditions.

What I really liked about this show is that it educates the viewers what to do if in case these type of crazy scenario happens. At least we have an idea right?

In one of their new episodes, the duo team has a new adventure. They take on two ranchers that are being stranded on the Northern Great Plains in Montana during the worst winter ever. The tag team thought of something. They decided to ramp up the defense from the very cold winter by wearing a pair of socks in this episode I am talking about. But Cody still remains shoe less of course. The irony! I found myself gawking in disbelief while I was watching. I was thinking to myself that this guy is crazy!

With this type of weather, I guess my feet would literally snap off my legs! That is totally crazy right! This extreme weather often reminds me of the question I usually encounter when a company purchases an electronics enclosure. Can a plastic enclosure endure extreme cold weather? Or how cold is too cold for your electronics enclosure? On one hand, this question is reasonable right? If an electronics enclosure can withstand high temperature, how is it performing when it comes to withstanding cold temperatures?

Let us explain.

If an electronics enclosure, is made from steel I guess there would be no much of a problem. However, if the electronics enclosure is made from plastic, there are some things you need to keep in mind. The minimum temperature plastic used for manufacturing the enclosure can withstand does not have a specific cutoff temperature point. According to some of the plastic material supplier, the ABS plastic seems that it can handle temperatures around -20 to -30 degrees Celsius.

Knowing that the temperature can drop off that drastically is crazy right? In order for this to maintain a somewhat safety factor, companies manufacturing plastic enclosures does not recommend using the ABS plastic below 0 degrees F (-17 degrees C). 

In reality, this totally depends on what type of enclosure is now being physically exposed at some certain temperatures. The cold temperatures can bring about significant impact or damage on some parts that are being exposed to some vibration or bad impact. Some of the parts that are exposed to some of these conditions might incur cracking at low temperatures.