Managing Harsh Elements from Extreme Environments by Utilizing the Proper NEMA Cabinet

If you ever think that you are the toughest man, well think again! If you utilize server racks, they might be even tougher. However, not in the best way. A harshful environment can potentially bring severe damage in your server racks and other technological equipment if they are not being protected efficiently and properly. Extreme environments could potentially include some areas that has falling dirt, outdoor areas, dusty areas, as well as unfinished construction of warehouses.

In able to properly withstand these unideal environemtns to give efficient protection for your equipment, you probably need a NEMA rated server rack cabinet. These NEMA cabinets are initially designed to prvent dust, airborne particles, as well as dirt and other possible contaminants from totally damaging your valuable equipment. With this in mind, consider utilization of the following NEMA rated enclosures for harsh environments for each.

NEMA 12 Electronics Enclosure for Protection from Dust and Airborne Contaminants

These enclosure cabinets are originally made from steel and they are the most commonly used enclosure in environments like production facilities, factory floors, manufacturing fields, unfinished construction of warehouses, and many more. You can use NEMA 12 electronics enclosure in places where there are more dust particles floating around the air more than usual. These server cabinets have a gasketing system on all of its sides and doors and it leaves no room for contaminants to get inside of the enclosure. The normal cabinets also have existing vent patterns around the doors and its sides. While the NEMA 12 enclosures does not have these.

NEMA 3R Electronics Enclosure for Protection from Harmful Elements found in Outdoor Environments

These electronics enclosure can be utilized in both indoors and outdoors, but they are most commonly used for outdoor applications. The NEMA 3R cabinets can give protection for your equipment from solid object ingress brought by dust, dirt, and other particles floating in the air. NEMA 3R is similar to NEMA 12 in most of ways but NEMA 3R was also designed to give protection from other harmful environmental elements such as rain, ice, snow, and sleet.

These enclosure cabinets are primarily built using aluminum and they are mostly used for telecome applications. These applications involve the utilization of Wi-Fi, wireless/broadhband sites, fiber optics, and some trailer applications. The installati of fans or aircondiitoning units are beneficial for this type of enclosure. Especially if your equipment creates a certain amount of heat. The heaters are also widely available when the cabinet is going to be utilized in a very cold environment. The cold temperature can exceed the cold threshold which in return will be very damaging to the equipment as equivalent to too much heat exposure. The NEMA 3R enclosure can be wall mounted, pole-mounted or even pad-mounted (or freestanding.)

NEMA 4 or 4X for Protection from Possible Corrosion Formation or Hose Directed Water

The NEMA 4 and 4X are very in a large variety of ways. Both of these enclosures effectively address the major concerns of a NEMA 12 enclosure as well as the 3R enclosure. These enclosures can also give protection for your equipment against hose directed water. The NEMA 4X can also give you a specific protection from possible corrosion because it is entirely made from stainless steel. The NEMA 4 and 4X are going to be utilized for the same applications where the NEMA 3R is also used. NEMA 4 and 4X are very popular when they are used for traffic enclosures.


Mobile NEMA 6, 6P Enclosures

Mobile NEMA 6 and NEMA 6P Enclosures for Mining with Non-Corrosive Stainless Steel Wheel Casters

Stainless steel mobile wheel for NEMA Enclosures

Stainless steel mobile wheel for NEMA Enclosures

There evident continuous business opportunities in the mining industry today, several manufacturers – especially companies who produces NEMA enclosures – are engineering & launching products that are designed specifically for use in mines. But because of severe, harsh environments for electronic products, there is an ongoing demand for well-designed, & quality enclosures.

Submersible NEMA 6P Enclosures Defined

A typical example of a submersible NEMA 6P enclosure would be a stainless steel box used for electronic controls in a power plant or an offshore facility. Also, I use NEMA 6P waterproof enclosures for any indoor/outdoor security systems that need protection from total ingress of water and be able to submerge under the water. NEMA 6P Enclosures are typically are more expensive due to the stainless steel material cost and require skill craftsman for manufacturing.

NEMA submersible enclosures offer these features:

  • Industry Standard NEMA 6, 6P (IP67, IP68) Rated Enclosures
  • Performance Rated Enclosures to 150 FT Submersion
  • UL Compliance & Performance Testing services are available
  • N6/N6P Enclosures Sizes from 4″x4″x4″ to 72″x48″x24″
  • Custom Electrical Conduit Hubs & Pipe Flanges available
  • Heavy Duty, Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel (grades 304 & 316)
  • Powder coated, Light Weight & Strong Aluminum Alloys (5052, etc)
  • Tough Marine Epoxy Coatings available for specialty applications

NEMA 6 waterproof enclosure Application

NEMA 6 enclosures are generally manufactured using the following materials: aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, fiberglass (FRP) and other non-corrosive, waterproof raw materials. An exception to this, all NEMA 6 enclosures made from carbon steel requires an extra protective coating to avoid steel corrosion (rust.) This means that NEMA 6 carbon steel enclosures are used for temporary water rain and other liquids that don’t cause corrosion.

These enclosures are generally used in applications that needed to protect equipment for temporary submersion in water with the exception of salt water, high-acid fluids, any oils or flammable liquid material. One example of its use is any work that requires any heavy wash down for cleaning or any temporary exposure to rainwater.