Matt Forsman

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How to Create the Perfect NEMA 4X PB20 Printer Cabinet

Posted by Matt Forsman

Sep 20, 2018 2:58:16 PM

Barcode label printers - of numerous sizes - are utilized each day in factories, shipping centers, industrial buildings, and harsh production areas (both inside and outside).

Stainless steel, printer box enclosures, with a NEMA 4X rating, are the best enclosure solution for the food, beverage, or pharmaceutical industry. These heavy-duty printer cabinets have the capability to protect against harsh washdowns, dirt & dust, and corrosive materials.

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Outdoor Digital Signage

Posted by Matt Forsman

Mar 7, 2017 9:57:22 AM

Deploying outdoor digital signage presents a set of unique challenges.

Challenges can be overcome with proper preparation and can maximize the user’s return on investment. Ryan Kh, in his article, ‘3 Case Studies That Prove Digital Signs Work,’ explains how digital can be a valuable resource for any company’s marketing strategy, “Digital signage is becoming a notable trend in marketing. Both local and multinational companies are using digital signs to reach and engage with their customers, and if you’ve been paying attention, they’re working…Digital signs have been proven to be very engaging.”

When planning for a signage project, be sure to research the various options available to make an informed decision. Compared to an indoor solution, outdoor digital signage installations require more robust enclosures, electronics, and thermal management systems. Do not make the mistake of using the same budget as indoors, because the environments are simply not the same.

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6 Items to Consider When Selecting an Electrical Enclosure

Posted by Matt Forsman

Mar 6, 2017 11:15:24 AM

Research for an effective controls enclosure can be tough, but is extremely vital.

Making the best decision will ensure important electronics perform well for many years. The wrong solution will cause critical components to overheat, contaminants (dust, dirt, fibers, lint) to enter the inside of the cabinet, and electronics to prematurely fail. These issues will hemorrhage money in the long run. Although it may seem rudimentary, there are several options to consider when choosing an electrical enclosure

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5 Things to Know When Installing Touch Foil on an LCD Enclosure

Posted by Matt Forsman

Jan 31, 2017 11:43:00 AM

A touchscreen is a powerful tool when deploying kiosks in public spaces.

With many benefits, touch foil provides a vandal and weather resistant solution for interactive digital signage. Many options exist on the market. The installation environment will dictate the version of touch-foil that will be most beneficial to the user.

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3 Areas Printer Enclosures Protect Zebra Printers

Posted by Matt Forsman

Jan 25, 2017 8:39:58 AM

Deploying a NEMA-rated printer box enclosure will allow a Zebra barcode printer to be installed in a multitude of areas.

At busy warehouses and distribution centers across the country, barcode tracking has been actively used for decades. It is how companies do business in the digital age. However, not every environment is created equal! Less than ideal conditions may make the use of a Zebra barcode printer especially challenging in a manufacturing setting.

Luckily, there is a perfect solution! Deploying a NEMA-rated printer box enclosure will allow a Zebra barcode printer to be installed in a multitude of areas that would normally be out of reach. 

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Using Purged Computer Enclosures to Prevent Explosions

Posted by Matt Forsman

Jan 10, 2017 9:07:30 AM

Installing a purge control on a computer or pc enclosure is a popular method for deploying expensive electronics in hazardous areas.

Throughout the world, classified areas are commonplace in manufacturing environments. The classified areas exist to prevent hazardous gases and dust from igniting in the presence of electronics. Based on the National Electrical Code (NEC), there are two divisions used to describe classified areas. Division 1 is more hazardous than Division 2, because dangerous elements are more likely to be present in these areas. Therefore, Division 1 requires a higher level of protection than Division 2 locations.

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Can You Afford Not to Install a Presell Digital Menu Board? Digital Sells More!

Posted by Matt Forsman

Dec 29, 2016 10:16:51 AM

For decades, Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) have relied on static menu boards in the drive-thru. This strategy is ineffective, limited in nature, and 'old school.' Digital is Dynamic!


In the past few years, most QSRs have deployed some form of digital signage INSIDE the store, but not in the drive-thru. Ironically, approximately 70% of a QSR’s business is derived OUTSIDE at the drive-thru.

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5 Ways to Keep Rack Enclosures Cool with Thermal Management

Posted by Matt Forsman

Dec 27, 2016 11:17:47 AM

When installed inside of a server rack enclosure, there are many factors that can affect the performance of electronics.

Popular reasons for using thermal management, include: environments that are hot and dirty or electronics that produce a good amount of heat inside of an enclosure. For example, if the temperature outside an enclosure will reach 110° F or above, the internal components must be kept at a cooler temperature. However, proper cooling or ventilation is dependent on the environment and contents of the rack enclosure.

Why is cooling such an important factor in a rack enclosure solution? At the beginning of a project, if thermal management is not properly configured, several things could go wrong with the enclosed electronics. Faults in electrical components and overloads may lead to a tripped breaker, decreased life expectancy, or an unexpected equipment shutdown. According to James Stratford, in his article, ‘The Importance of Thinking Thermal Early in the Design Process’, “It is very important to consider and deal with thermal challenges early in the design process and with assistance of specialists if you don't have them in house. Doing this can lead to a better, more reliable end product with predictable performance that avoids the risk of components running at excessive temperatures that shorten their life expectancy and risk erratic performance.”

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3 Problems Heated Printer Enclosures Solve for Zebra Printers

Posted by Matt Forsman

Nov 30, 2016 11:41:00 AM

By deploying a printer enclosure with the correct thermal management, a Zebra printer can operate in a multitude of areas.

Many Zebra printers use a process called “thermal transfer” to produce small or large high-quality prints on labels. The innovative method uses a precise heated ribbon to create long lasting images on the surface of a label or tag. Zebra printers can create robust wristbands, colorful cards, product identification tags, or certification labels.

With the versatility to create durable labels, it is natural for manufacturers, distribution centers, or warehouses to utilize these printers on the factory floor. However, not all areas are created equal!

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3 Reasons Retailers are Using Instant Credit Kiosks

Posted by Matt Forsman

Nov 22, 2016 11:14:46 AM

In today’s day and age, retail establishments are able to deploy instant credit kiosks in the store to ensure a much smoother transition.

Furniture, appliance, mattress and jewelry retailers rely on providing credit or financing options to customers. As a retailer, offering the correct credit options is critical for completing a sale. Without credit, potential customers may leave the store and never purchase a single item!

For years, retailers utilized the traditional pen/paper application, followed by the ‘call in the credit application’ method. This practice often leads to frustration for the customer(s) and the store. But, in today’s day and age, retail establishments can now deploy instant credit kiosks in the store to ensure a much smoother transition. What are the benefits of these convenient kiosks?

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