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As computer technology develops, and as computers become more portable, engineers must develop new ways to protect computers from the range of threats they face. Computers are found in homes, offices, factory floors, police cars, spacecraft and even in peoples’ pockets. Read Moreā€¦

Computer Enclosures Computer enclosures are protective materials used to protect computer components from contact with dust and other contaminants as well as accidental impact.

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Aurora, IL  |  800-204-7225

We are committed to excellence and our innovations in enclosure technology is an example of our commitment. Our unparalleled electronic enclosures are specialized for various tasks and our facility is ISO 9001:2008 certified & RoHS compliant.

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Belding, MI  |  616-794-0700

With over 60 years of engineering and manufacturing experience, Stahlin Enclosures offers the most extensive in-stock selection of non-metallic enclosures, including fiberglass enclosures. We serve such industries as waste water treatment, manufacturing and architectural, among many others.

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Avondale, PA  |  800-462-7126

Offering fiberglass wall mounted and free standing electronic and equipment enclosures, Signature Enclosures offers protection for equipment in chemical plants, refineries, electrical systems, panel shops and mass transit. We manufacture our enclosures to NEMA 4x standards. We specialize in insulated enclosures and use the highest quality materials in the industry. We can customize colors to represent your corporate image.

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Signature Enclosures $$$

Taylor , TX  |  866-936-6736

For over forty years Noren Thermal has been the industry leader in providing thermal solutions in a variety of industries and market sectors. The company is widely recognized for its ability to solve challenging design issues with its unique heat pipe technology, engineering team and fabrication expertise.

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Noren Thermal Solution $$$

Guelph, ON  |  519-822-2960

Hammond Manufacturing is a leading supplier of transformers, racks and cabinets, as well as enclosures for the electrical and electronic industries. We combine performance manufacturing equipment and continuous improvement management techniques to maintain our reputation for quality. For more than 100 years, customers have relied on Hammond to provide a wide selection of products with unsurpassed performance and durability.

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When used in homes, computers face the challenges of dust accumulation, accidental exposure to liquids or moisture and accidental impact. In industrial settings, computers are exposed to similar hazards but to a greater extent.

Especially in heavy manufacturing settings, computer enclosures must be able to protect sensitive components from flying or settling debris, inhospitable temperatures and exposure to moving machinery and workers.

Computers mounted in vehicles must be resistant to constant vibrations and impact, so their enclosures can be designed to include elaborate suspension systems. Because there are so many different varieties of computers, a wide variety of enclosure configurations exist to accommodate that variety.

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Laptop computers, for example, must be designed with materials that are light enough to prevent the computer from becoming cumbersome but sturdy enough to protect the computer.

Computer enclosures are made out of a range of materials; aluminum and stainless steel are commonly used in metal enclosures, especially in computer models in which weight and portability are not important considerations. Most laptops are made of a durable plastic like ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), though some are made from thin, lightweight metals.

A computer enclosure's suitability for a given application is determined by standards setting organizations, one of the most prominent of which is the National Electronics Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

NEMA gives ratings to configurations that professionals can use to determine whether or not an enclosure is suitable for a given application. For example, NEMA enclosure types 1, 2, 12, 12K and 13 are rated for indoor uses in which exposure to hazards like impact and contaminants is not likely. They also issue ratings for enclosures rated for low-hazardous outdoor use, high-hazard indoor use, and high-hazard indoor or outdoor use.

The International Electrotechnical Commission also issues ratings for computer enclosure based on their expected performance in a range of contexts. Custom enclosures are built by hobbyists for personal use and by professionals for use in unusual applications; computers designed for use in laboratories must often be developed to function in less than hospitable environments.

In those and other unusual cases, enclosures can be built to resist interference and other harmful environmental presences.

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