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NEMA Electronics Boxes are Stable: Don’t Worry

I believe for my entire life I have been a little bit grace-challenged. Ironically, most of the time I do better when I wear heels compared to flats, rubber shoes, or tennis shoes. Which is for me, this comes at a good advantage because I am only 5’1” and I need the additional inch lift from heels. I feel like I am like Sandra Bullock where she portrayed the character of tom-boy cop who goes undercover as a beauty queen.

As she walks into the movie, she just woosh her way in wearing her elegant, sassy dress paired with stilettos heels – and she accidentally just falls flat on her face. You read that right. And when I think about it, I came up with the realization that it is all about being stabilized. Protecting myself from the crushing pain from a fall. It is either I need an equipment or a tool to help me stand tall and upright (even if that means planting my feet in a dancer’s position) or I have to keep my momentum moving so that I will not fall.

The plastic enclosures also come with good stabilization process. The material which it was made has an added UV stabilizer to be able to protect the enclosure from the degrading effects of UV light. This is somewhat similar to applying the right amount of sunscreen for you to be able to protect your skin from the harsh sunlight. With this in mind the plastic manufacturers also add UV stabilizers for their plastic material – called benzophenones – in the raw plastic material before it was injected in molding the product.

The additional additives in the plastic material works by absorbing the radiation coming from the light and it slowly disperses the absorbed energy as low-level heat. This helps the plastic material to keep from the free-radicals to be formed in the material.

Therefore, when it comes to stabilizing the electronics enclosure, the UV stabilization is crucial because it helps your NEMA enclosure from having material degradation while it is being used in engineering projects. Especially if it is installed in harsh environments. There are enclosure companies that offers plastic materials that comes with UV protection, and these enclosures are stabilized for outdoor use.

The company only needs to contact the enclosure manufacturing company to inquire of their plastic enclosures if it comes with UV protection. It is always recommended to make sure that this is the case. It is hard just to speculate things when the products are seen on the internet. With today’s weather status, it is recommended for plastic enclosure to have UV protection to avoid early material degradation. It will cost a lot more for the company if they have to quickly replace the enclosures they bought because the plastic material is starting to degrade.

IP65 Electrical Enclosures Defined

For companies that want electrical enclosures that will protect their equipment from harsh environments and from protecting equipment from water ingress, their best bet would be IP65-rated enclosures. This type of enclosure is carefully designed to endure and withstand harsh yet demanding environments outdoors. They can protect sensitive electrical equipment and components even the careful wiring of any equipment from any type of ingress present in any environment. IP65 can give full protection from any type or ingress and totally dust proof.

It is important to note that the NEMA ratings are totally different from IP rated enclosures. You can read more on their respective websites about the major difference between each rating.

Different IP65 applications

IP65 are versatile because of their great protective features against any type of ingress. These are also durable because it is designed to withstand tough environments. Below are the most common areas of applications where IP65 are commonly used:

  • Outdoor Environments – This is the most common place where IP65 is usually used. Because this environment can have a lot of potential hazards and it can jeopardize any electrical equipment.
  • Factories and Warehouses – The common industry where factories need IP65 electrical enclosures are manufacturing companies. This is where chemicals, dirt, dust, and debris are most likely to exist. IP65 can help companies protect their delicate equipment to prevent damages and potential delays in their processes.
  • Agricultural Facilities – Electrical equipment are also being used on agricultural and poultry farms because it helps businesses to optimize their processes. In greenhouses, for example, IP65 is being used to protect components from any potential danger because of exposure to dirt, dust, or water.
  • Garages and Automotive Shops – The particles existing in this environment produced by car paints, oil and welding processes can harm and jeopardize certain electrical equipment. It is important to protect important equipment in these environments from any potential ingress.
  • Boats and Marine Environments – Most of the time, it is not recommended to use electronics in the wet and moist environment because it can damage equipment. IP65 is one of the best enclosure to protect electrical equipment from any potential water ingress.
  • Washdown and Sanitary Areas – Because this environment where water is present can bring corrosion to any equipment, it is important that the enclosure that will be used can protect equipment from corrosion and any potential damage.

Where does the IP65 is usually used?

IP65 is used in protecting delicate and complicated machinery. Usually, it is used to protect biomethane analyzers that give high-accuracy readings and information about the levels of methane and oxygen to outdoor security services. These type of machinery need protection from potential dust and water ingress. Also, security cameras need IP65 because it is used outdoors and they can also tamper with water that may hinder their performance. In addition to this, one of the common applications of IP65 enclosures are in protecting external temperature sensors and other types of sensors, this also includes humidity and barometric pressure. IP65 is equivalent to NEMA 4x enclosures. They both give the same level of protection against ingress of water and solid objects, however, NEMA is a standard which has criteria for corrosion resistance characteristic, but not for IP standard.