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Selecting The Right Standard Plastic Enclosure To Customize

Good standard plastic enclosures shouldn’t look ‘standard’. They shouldn’t look like anonymous cuboid boxes. They should look as if they’ve been designed for a specific task or function (but still be discrete enough not to look like a rival product). That’s true of all the plastic enclosures in our wide range.

Why such a huge range? Why so many different shapes, sizes and configurations? It makes it easier for you to find a standard enclosure that is closest to your requirements: without the need for much machining – and certainly without the need to mold any extra sections (although that is possible, should you require it).

Specify the standard enclosure you intend to have customized as early as you can – before you finalize the size of your PCB. That may sound counterintuitive but you can make significant savings if you work on an ‘enclosure first’ basis. It will help you to finalize the component layout on your PCB. And it will help you to keep to a smaller enclosure – resulting in cost savings.

You’ll obviously know from the outset whether you need a desktop, wall mount or handheld enclosure. But nowadays the choice is so much larger than that. Need a handheld enclosure? How about an ergonomic design that doubles as a wearable housing?  Or one that is designed specifically for infrared remote controls? Or a cable-mounted case for wired electronics? Or a case with a trigger for scanning applications? Will you need a battery compartment? And if so, for which size of cells?

Does your wall-mount enclosure need to be flush-fitted? Designed to fit standard cavity boxes? Or corner-mounted? Or inclined to the optimum viewing and operating angle for an access control keypad? Are you looking for a set of enclosures to provide a complete turnkey solution for an IIoT Industry 4.0 Smart Factory fit-out? Will your enclosures need higher levels of ingress protection (IP 65, IP 66 or IP 67)?

Will your desktop or tabletop enclosure need a larger recess to accommodate a membrane keypad or touchscreen? Will it need a slot so it can be used as a credit card reader? Does it need to be dual-face so it can be operated by both employee and customer sitting on either side of a desk? Are you looking for a portable enclosure with an adjustable bail arm that doubles as a desk stand?

Subtle differences in standard enclosure specifications can make a big difference – not just from a performance point of view – but also with regard to any customization work you’ll need. So it pays to get expert advice from an enclosures specialist. It could save you a lot of time and money.