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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 $$$

Allenton, WI  |  262-251-1632

Maysteel provides complex sheet metal fabrication with a focus on design for manufacturing. Founded in 1936, we combine our extensive engineering experience and market knowledge with an expanding supply chain footprint, allowing us to fabricate products that others can’t. We design, engineer and manufacture custom OEM sheet metal enclosures, kiosks, cabinets and racks. We have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as partnerships in Europe. For more information, visit www.maysteel.com.

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Maysteel Industries, LLC $$$

Frederick, MD  |  301-696-9411

Phoenix Mecano is an enclosure manufacturer offering an extensive line of standard or custom enclosures, fiberglass enclosures, computer enclosures, plastic enclosures and suspension arm systems. Products include plug housings, support systems and basic boxes.

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Phoenix Mecano $$$

Willoughby, OH  |  440-946-3200

As the best known US electronics enclosures manufacturer, Bud Industries, Inc. has the most complete line, including 19 inch cabs, IP65/IP66/IP67 and communication options and related accessories, all of which are available in a range of sizes and materials. Bud provides same day shipping and will customize to allow for turn-key install. Please call Bud Industries today!

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Bud Industries, Inc. $$$

Foothill Ranch, CA  |  714-544-9570

A & J Manufacturing Company is a small woman-owned California Corporation that was founded in 1953. We design and manufacture both Commercial-Off-The Shelf (COTS) and Customized Electronic Equipment Racks and Enclosures, as well as a variety of associated Installation Kits and Accessories.

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A & J Manufacturing Co. $$$

Warminster, PA  |  800-497-4524

EIC Solutions specializes in the design and manufacture of thermoelectric cooling systems and electronic enclosures. Our NEMA configured products have been used in a variety of enclosure cooling applications protecting computers, instruments and other vital equipment both indoors and outdoors. Dedicated to protecting customer's investments, EIC provides innovative solutions and superior service.

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EIC Solutions, Inc. $$$
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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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