It’s not just a box…
When searching for the perfect pc enclosure, system integrators and project engineers should investigate outsourcing certain components of a computer workstation to help reduce costs, shorten delivery time, and ensure a better overall enclosure solution. When deploying a new workstation or upgrading an existing system, designers must determine what type of computer enclosure will work best, and also plan how the components and wiring will come together to complete the project. Enclosure manufacturers always strive to quickly provide the “perfect” cabinet. However, the value added through flexibility and modifications can be very appealing if integrators work with a supplier that “can do it all.”
Best Practices for Customization
Prior to an enclosure being populated and wired, holes must be cut and connections need to be mounted. It is common for panel shops to drill their own holes and cutouts for a perceived quicker turnaround and cost, but this may lead to inaccuracy. Finding an industrial enclosure company that has the skill and ability to modify the enclosure - before shipping - may potentially eliminate hours of in-house measuring and cutting by hand. Enclosure companies often make the same cutouts on a daily basis, so they are very unlikely to make mistakes. Popular modifications include pre-made cutouts for push buttons or knockouts for cable glands and conduit.
Wiring electrical outlets, thermostats, and panels can become very time consuming and monotonous. Big jobs may require a turnkey solution, complete with wiring, before shipping the computer enclosure. Inquire with enclosure manufacturers if outlets and other electrical components can be correctly installed at their facility. Outsourced man power may actually reduce lead time on large projects.
Internal components such as DIN rail, unistrut, or sub panels are very important for mounting switches and controls. If these items are pre-installed prior to delivery from the manufacturer, it will reduce assembly time for your customer and will help them reach their ‘go live’ date. Again, experience from the enclosure company will ensure that everything is installed properly and efficiently. They perform these tasks regularly and know the suitable installation procedures!
When it comes to computer enclosures, most system integrators, engineers and buyers only consider the purchase price versus the assigned budget. They fail to consider the value added when partnering with a skilled enclosure manufacturer. Over time, a great business relationship will be created between the integrator and manufacturer. Leveraging an enclosure manufacturers’ experience can help eliminate some of the ‘heavy lifting’ on behalf of the integrator and end customer. It is always best to research solutions and discuss the project with an enclosure expert. They will be able to guide you into making the best solution for your budget. The perfect solution usually lies somewhere between the highest and lowest priced enclosure system that is available on the market.
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