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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 More…

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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Equipto Electronics Corporation $$$

Des Plaines, IL  |  847-391-8100

IMS/AMCO Engineered Products is located in Des Plaines, IL. on approximately 300,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing space. With over 70 years of experience, we are THE recognized leader in the design, manufacture and integration of standard or custom electronic racks, cabinets, enclosures and consoles for all segments of Industry.

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AMCO Enclosures-an IMS Engineered Products Brand $$$

Greencastle, PA  |  717-328-9399

APX Enclosures is your complete source for the design & manufacturing of UL Listed/NEMA certified outdoor enclosures. We specialize in UL Listed Control Panels in both aluminum & stainless steel construction. All APX weatherproof enclosures are built to UL Listed 508A specifications. Whether you work in traffic, public works, communications or security markets, APX has enclosures for your needs.

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APX Enclosures, Inc. $$$

Mt. Pleasant, PA  |  800-423-9911

ITSENCLOSURES designs and manufactures enclosures to protect your electronics and valuable processes. ITSENCLOSURES offers NEMA industrial enclosures as well as indoor/outdoor large format display enclosures for LCD or Plasma displays. Please contact us for your standard or custom NEMA enclosure and thermal solutions.

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ITSENCLOSURES $$$

Cardington, OH  |  216-267-9000

EnclosureHub is an e-commerce distributor specializing in industrial electrical enclosures and enclosure accessories. We currently offer over 300 models of industrial electrical and electronic enclosures constructed from powder-coated carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, and fiberglass-reinforced polyester from the industry's leading manufacturers.

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EnclosureHub $$$
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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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