8 Steps to Selecting an Enclosure Cooling Supplier for Control Panels

Modern power equipment, while robust, has an Achilles heel because it is sensitive to heat and will malfunction and fail if heat rises above recommended operating levels. This necessitates careful enclosure design and the provision of robust enclosure cooling solutions. Here are 8 steps you can take to select the right enclosure cooling supplier.

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Why Planning Enclosure Thermal Management before Prototype Phase Is Critical

The ideal time to factor in thermal management of the enclosure is during the initial design stage before equipment is purchased. Here are some considerations to take before the prototype phase.

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The Growing Demand of Thermal Management in Telecommunications

Although it's well understood that the effective thermal management of telecommunications equipment is crucial to ensure long life and reliable operation, designers are faced with many challenges as they attempt to control costs yet provide an effective service. This has led to the decentralization of telecommunications equipment away from protected environments and an increase in the use of smaller enclosures that are often located outdoors and in remote locations.

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What to Do if You Find Water Around Your Enclosure Air Conditioner

Discovering water accumulation in the vicinity of your enclosure air conditioner can be extremely problematic and cost-prohibitive.

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What to Consider When Selecting Enclosure Cooling for NEMA Type 4X

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Preventing Vandalism & Theft of Electrical Enclosures & Equipment


Vandalism of electrical enclosures is a growing problem. Frequently, the aim of the vandalism is not obvious apart from a desire to cause malicious damage and inconvenience to maintenance personnel. In other situations, it would appear that theft of copper wire and high value components may be a motivating factor.

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How a Cabinet Cooling Fan Can Cut Project Costs

Provided the conditions are right, the lowest cost method of cooling an enclosure is to use filtered fans. The reasons are simple: fans are cheap, cost very little to run, and are capable of moving a significant amount of air. Furthermore, there is not a lot that can go wrong with them. The basic requirements for the successful use of fans include:

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Conduct Preliminary Testing Before Mounting an Enclosure Air Conditioner

Once you’ve purchased the correctly sized enclosure air conditioner, there are a few preliminary steps involved before mounting your new equipment.

The AC unit will be shipped separately from the enclosure, along with its instructional manual. This packet will contain specifics about mounting, transporting and servicing the unit, which will help you maintain its optimal performance and safety.

Before you begin, you’ll need to conduct preliminary testing on the AC unit.

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The Importance of Comparing Cooling Capacity Performance when Selecting Enclosure Air Conditioners

When selecting an enclosure air conditioner, it's important to make adequate allowance for the effect temperature has on the cooling capacity performance of the unit. As the ambient temperature increases, the BTU/H capacity of an air conditioner decreases. This phenomenon, depending upon the design characteristics of the unit, is affected by the choice of refrigerant, compressor design, and the type of expansion device used. It also depends on the climatic and environmental conditions on site along with any special requirements that may exist.

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Steps to Take When Inspecting a Thermal Edge Unit

Thermal Edge supplies three different types of enclosure cooling equipment:

Filtered fan packages

Air-to-air heat exchangers

Enclosure air conditioners

In order to ensure proper operation, these devices should be inspected periodically. Here are ten simple steps to take to check that your cooling equipment is working correctly. These checks should be carried out by someone who is competent to work inside electrical enclosures. Refer to equipment manuals as necessary, and keep a record of findings for future reference.

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