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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.

Improved Graphics Department Output Contributes to the Decision Making of Enclosure Manufacturing Companies

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Now that the winter is over, the seasons are starting to transition from being very dreary gray to bright colorful spring and summer. Who would not be excited right? With this in mind, I guess every woman like to brighten up their wardrobe. We should start putting away the bulky, drab winter sweaters –including the overstuffed coat- and we should start pulling out the floral dresses, including the crisp white shoes.

Most of the common colors for spring and summer are the: yellows, oranges, and whites. It can shine and glow against the beautiful backdrops of spike green grass and the turquoise blue skies. With this in mind, the natural colors from spring are the best and great improvement over the winter blues.

With these changes in color schemes of things, enclosure manufacturing companies also knows how to give color and various styles to any class of any given standard enclosure. One of the customization services of an electronics enclosure is giving permanent printing graphics that can be put on any type of enclosure surfaces.

And in order for these companies to give you the only best color schemes available for enclosure printing, they should implement certain developments in their graphics department.

The first of these processes would require a double-hit process. This is very much alike in applying a secondary coating for painting your walls. Companies does not only apply one strike of color but they apply a secondary coating when printing one enclosure. Now this makes the color of the printing appear the brightest especially on the finished product.

As many of the electronics enclosure that are available in black material, we recently just found out that printing may appear in lackluster. Like a dark background that was shown through the ink. In able to fortify the text or graphics with the use of the second hit of ink, the color is then now accentuated. Gradually, the ink pops against the darkness.

Even on white or gray surfaces of electronics enclosure, companies should double hit the process. The printed colors will start to stand out and it makes it a bit easier to read the graphics to be able to be recognized.

What are the Measurement Specifications for Electronics Server Rack Specifications?

For industrial terms, the 19-inch rack is a server or network frame within an enclosure that is being utilized to be mounted on multiple equipment units. Each of the server rack modules contains a front panel that is 19 inches or 482.6 mm wide in specifications. The horizontal measurement then includes some of the edges in the internal space of the rack.

The different IT equipment that was being manufactured with sizes to be able to fit inside a rack will usually be called the rack-mountable or rackmount. The terms: rack-mounted system, rack-mount chassis, server rack and subrack are the most common ones.

Specifications for the 19″ Racks in the Data Centre

Both server rooms, as well as data centers both, have the computing equipment installed inside the standard 19″ racks. These server racks can be in the form of two or four post formats. The height for the server racks is also being standardized in the multiples of 44.50mm or the 1.752 inches. The height measurement being given is also determined as the one rack unit or “U.” The IT industry greatly considers the sever rack structure of 42U tall.

By utilizing the standard server racks, the networking hardware or even the AV equipment can be safely configured or efficiently set up without the need for the floor space or even shelf installations. The server racks serve a wide variety of placement demands, from securing everything – from basic equipment to very light computing applications.

Specifications for Rack Unit Servers

The right measurement for each server rack is 1.75 inches wide, the standardized rank units are primarily designed to be able to assist administrators in mounting, buying, or uninstalling the servers. Computers and also other devices are already included.

The data servers or cabinets can be chosen based on their functionality. It also includes cooling and cabling management options. These cabinets or server racks can greatly vary by U height, front door style, width, security, as well as the other features.

Specifications for Patching cabinets

The size range from 4u to 8u when it comes to server rack height has a very shallow depth. It has an approximate size of 275mm. These server rack cabinets are being utilized inside a small office or classroom applications. It can also house the 1 or 2 patch panels. There can be also a small switch if it is required. These small and compact server rack cabinets will only require limited space.

Specifications for the Wall Mount Server Cabinets

These wall mount server cabinets have measurements that can range from the 6u tp 21u in height dimensions. It is widely available in measurements of 390mm, 450mm and 600mm. These server rack cabinets are also being used inside the small office/classroom/Retail applications. But because of the larger size needed for this size range, this has also been utilized to house small communications equipment for small office use. This is also where the floor space is unavailable because of the security and location issues.

How to Have Control System with Style? Part 1

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When a design engineer would like to implement and design a control system with integration project, he/she should start with a set of goals or specifications. These goals should determine the preferences of the end-user and this should be communicated efficiently to ensure that final output satisfies the expectations of all stakeholders in a company. This gives of a good start for any design engineer when specifications are carefully developed and implemented. It ensures the highest success probability of the project and it makes sure that in the long haul, the control system can be maintained and operates efficiently.

When designing a new control system, the easiest one to develop are the hard-side specifications. Why? Because there are many resources available for this one. Pre-built sections for controllers and software packages in a control system are in the resources of Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Once an engineer cannot find the detail that he/she desires, other control system hardware and software sellers can also provide detailed sections about hard-side specifications. Once the end user are looking for bids from several seller or vendors of this system, the specifications the company would like to have must be carefully developed and consider so that these can be met by several bidders.

The real challenge comes when a company or an end user would like to set the specifications on the soft-side of controls. To guide them in the decision-making process, they should start with a few basic questions:

What design should be considered for the screen?

How is the controller is going to be used by the maintenance or engineering personnel?

The structure of tags and operating pump colors are hardly addressed in the specifications. These are the elements which determines the UI (user interface) of the control system.

Once these guidelines are answered, the next step of action is to start the layout with a style guide. Style guides has been existing for a very long time on other fields. There are The Associated Press Stylebook, MLA Handbook for research papers, and in marketing field where fonts, colors, and logos for branding are also guided & monitored across all social media platforms. In this scenario, style guide is also appropriate and applicable.

With this in mind, there is not limitation what elements and considerations should be added in a control system style guide. However, the following are six areas where there should be standardization of style and these elements has proven to have the most return on investment:

  1. Color

Like the usual traffic lights, red signifies stop and green means go. With this in mind, mechanical systems and electrical systems also applies the same principles. The main goal of color coding is to keep the operators and personnel safe in company operations. The color does not only signify coding but it should be well implemented in the company processes.

To start the process of deciding which colors to use for guidelines, determine the list of colors used in a facility where the control system will be used. Look for painted process pipes, pilot lights, control panels, stack lights, etc. The colors used should be familiar with the personnel for a more efficient use of the control guide and better operations.