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3 Considerations for Cable Entry on Computer Enclosures

Posted by ITS Enclosures

Aug 18, 2017 10:00:35 AM

How will cables be managed and inserted into a computer enclosure? 

 

In an industrial or manufacturing environment, a great deal of planning goes into designing a heavy-duty enclosure system for electronics. One very important step that can be overlooked, during the design stage, is how power and/or network cables will enter a NEMA 4 or NEMA 4X enclosure. By definition, NEMA 4 and NEMA 4X enclosures are waterproof (rain, sleet, snow, splashing water, hose directed fluids) and will not include a traditional split panel for running cables into the enclosure. Most enclosure manufacturers offer a sealed cable entry gland that will maintain the NEMA seal and provide a clean, safe way for cabling to reach the electronics. 

Many options exist and differ depending on a customer’s specific application.

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4 Reasons Your Restaurant Needs Outdoor Digital Menu Boards

Posted by ITS Enclosures

Aug 2, 2017 10:22:31 AM

Millions and millions of people visit quick service restaurants each and every day.


For example, did you know that McDonald’s feeds 68 million people every day, and sells more than 75 burgers every second? That is a lot of people and sandwiches! We are not even counting Arby’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, KFC, In-N-Out Burger, Taco Bell, and Hardy’s. These staggering stats are even more reason to consider installing digital menu boards at quick service restaurants. Digital signage provides a platform to deliver compelling content to entice customers to purchase specific items. This process is beneficial to the restaurant owner/operator, because sales of higher profit margin menu items and limited time offers (LTO’s) can dramatically increase profits. Quick service restaurants (QSR) can deliver unique content and make changes to the existing menu items - with the click of a button - from a regional or national operations center. Digital menus are an invaluable tool for the trendy, relevant QSR operator. According to the article, ‘The digital signage market grows exponentially as expansion activities edges up according to new research report‘, digital signage is an important tool for all QSRs to use, “Digital signage is changing the way businesses and organizations communicate in public places. It satisfies the demand for immediacy & relevance. it offers significant advantages over conventional signage & posters, which have to be designed and printed well in advance.”
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4 Reasons End Users Should Source Customized Electrical Enclosures

Posted by ITS Enclosures

Jul 31, 2017 5:00:46 PM

When searching for electrical enclosure suppliers on the web, many results will be found. 

So, how do you know which company to contact for your electrical enclosure needs? Which company can make your job a lot easier and stress-free? For example, should you seek an electrical enclosure manufacturer that will customize cutouts on cabinets? The option for enclosure cutouts can be made in-house once the product is delivered, but what are the advantages of sourcing these custom features, through the manufacturer, at the time of purchase?

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6 Tips for Planning a Custom Computer Enclosure Deployment

Posted by ITS Enclosures

Jul 24, 2017 10:15:24 AM

When planning for a computer enclosure deployment in a manufacturing setting, there are several things to consider and patiently research. 

On the onset, system integrators or IT departments may find it to be a daunting task, but with the proper exploration, the project can launch without any major delays and continue to perform well for years.

The following 6 tips will help system integrators plan for a successful computer enclosure deployment:

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Helpful Advice for Restaurants Seeking Outdoor Digital Menu Boards

Posted by ITS Enclosures

Jul 5, 2017 9:20:48 AM

There is no better time for restaurants to invest in digital menu boards.

Static signage will soon be rendered passé, because digital menu boards allow various, revolutionary options for restaurants, including quick price changes and the flexibility to provide real time nutritional and caloric information to customers. Ever changing nutritional information may accompany the menu items displayed on the screen and enable customers to make informed, healthy ordering decisions.

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It is Vital to Keep Electronics Cool Inside a Computer Enclosure

Posted by ITS Enclosures

Jul 3, 2017 2:44:15 PM

It comes as no surprise that heat has the tendency to ruin electronics! 

Proper cooling can increase the overall life of electronics and reduce capital expenses. Simply put, any type of thermal management will help a computer system run more smoothly. As a rule of thumb, the life expectancy of electronics is cut in half for every 18°F that they operate above room temperature. System integrators should always be aware that operating electronics in high or extremely elevated temperatures can void most manufacturer warranties. Thus, the correct thermal management is critical for a computer enclosure deployment in a manufacturing setting. 
Many factors affect the temperatures that electronics are exposed to on the inside of a pc enclosure. In the blog, ‘Could High Humidity be Hurting Your Electronics?,’ the author notes that “electronics are more delicate than you may think, and are susceptible to damage in high-humidity environments. It is important to keep relative humidity between 40-60% to keep electronics running efficiently.” Therefore, it is imperative to consider not only the electronics heat output, but also the environmental factors that will cause the ambient air temperature to be high.
IceStation Computer Enclosure Thermal Management Filtered Fan System.jpgThe following are some examples of potential sources of heat: 
  • Power Supplies
  • Controllers, Drives, or Servers
  • Computers
  • Printers (Barcode or Desktop)
  • Solar Gain Heat
  • Ovens
  • Foundry Equipment
Electronics, which are more powerful and robust than average off-the-shelf products, will most likely have a higher heat output. Because we live in a world where faster is better and processing capacity is extremely important, more powerful systems are being designed at a rapid pace. Powerful electronics will generate more heat and, as a result, will require some form of cooling, like a filtered fan system or air conditioner.

What are Common Consequences of Damaging Heat?

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3 Digital Signage Kiosk Solutions for Virtually Any Environment

Posted by ITS Enclosures

Jun 21, 2017 9:30:20 AM

Kiosks (large and small) have been popping up at banks, malls, and restaurants for years now and it seems that the digital signage trend will be everywhere you look in the very near future.

With the introduction of pinpoint touchscreens and tablets, kiosk solutions can be displayed in a multitude of ways that do not need to break the bank to install. In fact, kiosks have been in the news a great deal over the past few months, especially regarding minimum wage issues pertaining to quick service restaurants, like McDonald’s, who plans on deploying kiosks for faster service and more accurate ordering. When searching for a kiosk solution, many factors will need to be considered in order to find the perfect solution to meet the needs of a company or a customer… in any environment. The 3 types below show that not all kiosks are created equal and each one has its own identity.

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3 Types of Enclosure Cooling for NEMA 4X Computer Enclosures

Posted by ITS Enclosures

May 31, 2017 9:15:22 AM

When deploying enclosures in a challenging environment, thermal management is critical.

Enclosure cooling is necessary for maintaining the optimum performance of electronics and for keeping a computer system protected from elevated levels of heat. Since a NEMA 4X enclosure requires a watertight seal, a unique set of challenges must be overcome when installing a NEMA 4X computer enclosure. NEMA 4X enclosures are unable to utilize an open cooling system, meaning the cabinet requires a closed loop cooling system that uses forced convection. With a closed loop system, no seal is broken. The market has several closed loop solutions that will keep your enclosure cool and protect your electronics. 

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3 Common Misconceptions for Digital Drive-Thru Menu Boards

Posted by ITS Enclosures

May 22, 2017 2:03:48 PM

Why are outdoor digital drive-thru menu boards important?


The technology behind outdoor digital menu boards has been around for over a decade, but only a small percentage of Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) in the United States have made the leap to digital. Digital signage provides an innovative platform to deliver mouthwatering content to entice customers to purchase an item or two. It is also very beneficial to the quick service restaurant owner/operator. According to a study conducted for Samsung and highlighted in the article, ‘Promotional Campaigns Get Timely and Tactical in the Drive-Thru Lane‘, “Digital in drive-thru lanes decrease drive-thru times (more cars per hour means more sales), reduce food waste because of improved order accuracy, and reduce the labor costs of printing, shipping and putting new posters in place, and then verifying the right information is up where and when it needs to be.”

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8 Keys for Selecting the Proper PC Enclosure

Posted by ITS Enclosures

May 18, 2017 10:45:46 AM

In an industrial setting, protecting a computer, printer, monitor, keyboard, and related peripherals from dangers - like humidity, dust, grease, lint, dirt, and liquids - is a must!

When searching for the perfect enclosure solution, what specific details should a company consider? The enclosure options below are designed to point out critical issues to guide a company in determining which model and accessories will create the best solution.

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