3 Mistakes Made in Cooling Industrial Control Panel Enclosures

Mistakes can be costly when it comes to enclosures housing industrial control equipment. Not only are the individual components, including variable frequency drives (VFDs) transformers, and power supplies, expensive to repair or replace, but they control the equipment upon which the entire operation of the facility depends. 

Read More

When Is a Top-Mount Enclosure Air Conditioner Necessary?

Air conditioners are typically required when the enclosure’s heat load is over 300 Watts and in extreme ambient temperature conditions. Enclosure air conditioners are capable of working with high solar heat gains, in poorly ventilated areas and even in highly polluted areas. However, there may be constraints that prevent the use of a conventional side-mounted air conditioner. A top-mount air conditioner’s design makes it suitable for various applications. They have been used in applications such as automotive assembly systems, material handling systems and military applications. There are specific scenarios that demand the use of top-mount air conditioners as opposed to side-mounted air conditioners.

Read More

Understanding Air to Air Heat Exchangers for Enclosure Cooling

An air to air heat exchanger has the unique ability to cost effectively deliver convection cooling to heat producing electrical equipment with the advantages of a closed-loop cooling system. The closed-loop design cools and recirculates the air inside the electrical enclosure, while isolating electrical components from environments that pose contaminant problems.

Read More

Do All Telecom Enclosures Require Enclosure Air Conditioners?

The almost insatiable demand for high-speed internet has led to a situation where the number of telecom enclosures needed to meet these requirements is growing almost exponentially.

Although modern telecom equipment is robust, the power requirements of high-speed data communication equipment are such that the power density inside telecom enclosures is increasing at a rapid rate. Consequently, the use of enclosure air conditioners to cool telecom equipment is becoming almost standard practice.

Read More

Cooling Industrial Control Panels: 4 Best Practices

Industrial control panels house valuable electrical and electronic equipment which must be protected from excess heat. Components, such as PLCs, VFDs, transformers, and power supplies, are designed to operate within an optimal temperature range, and often these temperatures are exceeded within the confines of the control panel.

Read More

What Makes Outdoor Electrical Enclosure Temperature Control Unique?

Outdoor electrical enclosures are exposed to an unusual combination of unpredictable environmental conditions that can cause electrical equipment to malfunction or even fail. Constant exposure to uncontrolled environments can wreak havoc on outdoor applications unless the proper cooling and protection requirements are met.

Read More

Closed Loop Cooling Systems in Wastewater Treatment: 3 Big Mistakes

Wastewater treatment facilities present unique hazards to electrical enclosures. Extremely harsh conditions commonly present during wastewater treatment include highly corrosive liquids, gases and vapors such as chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and ammonia. Some enclosures may also encounter salt spray and possibly even flammable gases generated by the decomposition of waste.

Read More

7 Enclosure Cooling Tools You Can't Live Without

When choosing the proper enclosure cooling solution, there are many tools to use and options to choose from. Without the right information, it will be very difficult to design and implement a satisfactory solution.

Read More

2 Tests to Determine Telecom Electrical Enclosure Efficiency

Global demand for dependable telecommunications continues to rise as both consumers and businesses rely heavily on telecom equipment for every aspect of modern living. Electrical equipment reliability in the telecom industry can often be a matter of life and death. Consumers demand instant dial tones and web connectivity 24/7, even during a power failure.

Read More

First 5 Steps When Troubleshooting Enclosure Cooling Fans

Under ideal environmental conditions, enclosure cooling fans offer the most cost effective solution to adequately cool sensitive electrical components. Cooling fans function best when located indoors where minimal levels of dust and dirt exist, away from moisture and corrosive chemicals. The ambient air temperature should be low enough to properly cool heat producing components.

Read More