Why Use Metal Electronic Enclosures?
We know that the aerospace, medical, military, and electronics industries need rugged equipment that stands the test of time. At Midwest Metal Products, we’ve manufactured high-quality metal equipment for more than 50 years.
Why use metal for electronic enclosures?
Metal is a solid material, has a high impact resistance, and can handle high temperatures without melting.
When these machines are used in industrial settings, metallic materials protect the electronics from alcohol, solvents, hydraulic oils, gasoline, and much more.
Metal is electrically conductive which is important for electromagnetic interference— or EMI—sensitive applications.
Another reason metal enclosures are preferred in the electrical device manufacturing industry? They reduce emissions and protect against outside external noises.
If you need to trap heat, remember that non-metal enclosures are poor conductors. So if you are trying to keep the heat in, metal electronic enclosures are an ideal choice.
If you are going to be working in an RF or radio frequency environment, it makes sense to use metal enclosures because of their effective shielding properties. The RF Shielding of the metal enclosures blocks radio frequency electromagnetic radiation from escaping.
The size of your box must also be considered. It’s always better to order a size bigger than the minimum size needed to contain the project. If it houses an active device—for example, a box which requires a key entry—you may want a much larger box so it’s easier to locate the controls.
Another advantage of metal enclosures is that they’re resistant to the elements. If your box will be located outside, a metal enclosure will protect it from rain, snow, sleet, and extreme weather fluctuations. Plastic, on the other hand, expands when exposed to harsh conditions. While metal does cost more than plastic, it is longer lasting and more durable.
If you’re concerned about rust, the experienced professionals at Midwest Metal Products can create an enclosure built with aluminum. Aluminum provides the durability of metal and does not rust. Stainless steel is also a good option to prevent corrosion.
At Midwest Metal Products, we can custom design any project. Wish to include your company logo? Want the enclosure to blend in to your surroundings? Need a certain size for your facility? We can handle any specification or request.
You can also choose from a variety of finishes. Powder coating, wet paint and silk-screening are all completed in-house.
Midwest Metal Products will help you decide about the best enclosures for your purpose and environment. We’ll discuss whether steel or aluminum is the best option for your enclosure and what finish makes the most sense.
Contact Midwest Metal Products today. We’ll help with all your metal electronic enclosure needs.