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Plastic Enclosures Manufacturers and Suppliers

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Solutions Direct - Polycarbonate Enclosures

Solutions Direct offers thousands of sizes of electrical enclosures, from small junction boxes to large free standing electrical cabinet enclosures. A variety of NEMA ratings in fiberglass, metal box & polycarbonate enclosures. Let us help you compare materials based on your needs, as each provides different advantages in various applications. Shop now for metallic and non-metallic enclosures! | Email This Company | Phone: 888-886-8185

P.O. Box 5347    Riverside, CA 92517

Attabox LLC - Polycarbonate Enclosures

As a growing manufacturer of engineered enclosures, Attabox is an innovative force in extremely high quality, durable, high impact polycarbonate enclosures at the best prices. Our industrial enclosures come in sizes from 6x6x4 to 18x16x10 with many key features. We have stock products in all sizes and can provide modifications, panels, accessories and install for an All-in-One Solution! | Email This Company | Phone: 800-686-0986

3809 S. General Bruce Dr., Suite 103-8385 Temple, TX 76502

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Plastic Enclosures

Plastic enclosures are boxes, containers or other shapes that are used to protect, store or otherwise control objects. A plastic enclosure can be a plastic square or rectangle as well as more unusual shapes, especially in the case of small consumer electronics. Hinged boxes drilled with holes for wire access are an example of plastic enclosures; such boxes are often suspended from the sides of buildings and allow access to telecommunications equipment by technicians.

Plastic remote controls are an example of plastic enclosures; they are first fabricated and then fitted with circuitry and plastic or rubber buttons. Plastic enclosures can be video game controllers, computer enclosures and electrical component housing. They can house televisions, wireless Internet routers, calculators, motors, coolers and an extensive variety of other industrial, commercial and consumer products. Plastic enclosures offer some features that metal enclosures cannot. They are highly customizable and can be molded into a greater variety of shapes than metal. They can be more lightweight, less electrically conductive and better insulated than metal enclosures. Their lightweightness makes them especially useful in the construction of portable electronics like laptop computers. Plastic enclosures keep electronic components together and prevent them from becoming contaminated by dust or damaged by impact.

A wide variety of plastic materials are available for the fabrication of plastic enclosures. For sturdier applications, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is often used because of its strength, durability, resistance to extreme temperatures and its relative low cost. Other sturdy plastic materials like PVC and ABS may also be used in the construction of sturdy plastic enclosures. Each of these different materials has one thing in common: the method by which they are formed into usable enclosures. HDPE, PVC and ABS are all thermoplastics, which means that they can be formed when subject to high heat. The thermoplastic forming method most commonly used to create plastic enclosures is molding. During molding processes, a collection of raw plastic stock is gathered and heated to its melting point. At this point, molding methods deviate from each other slightly. During injection molding, the plastic can be injected into a mold cavity, which is a shape designed to be filled with molten plastic in order to give the plastic its shape. In blow molding the process is similar, except that compressed air is blown into the cavity to make the inside of the plastic become hollow. In both methods, after the formation process is complete, the plastic is allowed to cool and harden, after which it is ejected from the mold as newly-formed plastic enclosure parts.

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Plastic Enclosures - Attabox LLC
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Types of Plastic Used in Manufacturing Electronic Enclosures

There are a variety of plastic materials that are used for manufacturing electronic enclosures. Each type of plastic has unique attributes and performs differently in different situations. Some materials offer a more pleasing aesthetic finish while some ensure proper heat insulation, making them appropriate for electrical and electronic components. Following find a discussion of the various types of popular plastics including their qualities and uses in manufacturing.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

Most commonly, ABS is used for manufacturing electronic enclosures, as it performs well within most performance parameters. If impact and chemical shielding are required, ABS is considered as a suitable building material. Given its poor UV resistance, ABS is considered suitable for indoors enclosures but performs poorly in outdoor environments.

Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylester (ASA)

When an electrical enclosure is installed at a healthcare, wellness, food manufacturing, pharmaceutical or laboratory facility, Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylester is deemed appropriate, as it can be endowed with anti-microbial properties. ASA provides protection even against fungi and viruses, which makes it a major material for electronic enclosures fitted at bacteria-prone areas.

Combination of Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylester and Polycarbonate

ASA is blended with polycarbonates when electrical enclosures need to withstand high temperatures and perform well in impact-ridden environments, such as in warehouses. Moreover, blending ensures that enclosures are resistant to weather, chemicals, and outdoor environments. The combination of polycarbonate and ASA results also in flame resistance. Products made via blending have the highest level of flame resistance and can be extinguished within five seconds on average.

Carbon Neutral Bioplastic

These are new types of plastics and are biodegradable. In different environments, they perform just like ABS but have significantly lower environmental implications. The raw materials used for manufacturing these types of plastics are naturally occurring and are certified biodegradable. This is a food grade plastic that also has application in special soft-case enclosures.

Polyamide (PA)

This type of plastic is preferred when wear-resistant, electrical insulation, and sliding properties are required. However, PA plastics often perform below manufacturing specifications as they absorb moisture and are affected by acids and alcohols.

Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate, a part of the polyester family and the most extensively used thermoplastic, is used for making enclosures when durability, thermal stability and transparency are important factors. Polycarbonate enclosures are installed both outdoors and indoors, as they offer suitable ultraviolet and temperature resistance. However, PC is typically not used independently but in combination with ASA.

Blend of Polycarbonate and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

When enclosures are used at sub-zero temperatures, PC is blended with ABS for ensuring temperature resistance and high-impact strength. Enclosures made with PC and ABS are fitted indoors, as these product are also flame resistant up to UL 94 V-0.

Styrene Ethylene Butadiene Styrene (SEBS)

SEBS is used to manufacture weather-resistant and chemical resistant enclosures. It is used for hand-held devices as the plastic is pleasing to human touch.

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