Stainless Steel Considerations

Considering a stainless steel enclosure to keep sensitive components safe and protected? Stainless steel is a popular choice because of its natural UV reflection and corrosion resistance. However, there are many other key factors to consider when purchasing a stainless steel enclosure.

  • Dimensions

Unlike injection molded products, stainless steel enclosures can be formed to meet a wide range height, width, and depth specifications. This makes it a popular, cost effect option for custom applications. Integra Enclosures offers many standard sizes as well as custom. (When specifying your dimensions, know that Integra does not include the depth of the cover when measuring the depth of the enclosure)

  • Environment Rating

Some stainless steel enclosures are designed specifically for indoor use while others can also be installed outdoors. The NEMA rating defines what kind of protection the enclosure can provide—that is, whether it can protect from dust, gases, rain, etc. Learn more about NEMA ratings here.

  • Door Type

The enclosure may feature one or more doors as well as different opening mechanisms and hinge styles. Integra’s stainless steel keyed locking latch is our most popular style because it is secure, has a low profile and is cost-effective. However, there are many other latch types to choose from. The latching mechanism on your enclosure should be based on the level of security required as well as space and usability. Certain latch and hinge options may also be required in order to meet your desired NEMA rating.

  • Mounting

Enclosures are traditionally mounted on the floor or on walls. Wall mounted enclosures can have tabs or larger flanges depending on the mounting surface and the total weight of the enclosure and installed components. Floor stands or legs are a great option to keep floor mounted enclosures elevated for safety or cleaning purposes. They can also be customized to any size and bring the enclosure up to a comfortable eye-level.

  • Steel Grade and Quality

There are two main grades of stainless steel used for enclosures; 304 and 316. 304 is widely considered the industry standard because of its quality and relative cost-effectiveness. 316 is a higher, more expensive grade that provides higher corrosion resistance to Chlorides and greater strength at elevated temperatures. Because of this, 316 stainless steel is often used with pumps, chemical equipment and in marine applications.

  • Ventilation

Ventilation may be required in high heat applications. Integra’s polycarbonate filter fans can fit on out stainless steel boxes too. (Adding a fan or vent will lower NEMA protection rating).

  • Light Duty Versus Heavy Duty

In addition to basic protection for the systems they enclose, heavy-duty enclosures can provide additional protection against vandalism and other types of damage, intentional or otherwise. Heavy duty provisions can include upgrades like stronger hinges, thicker gage metals and vandal resistant locks and latches.

Integra’s Stainless steel enclosures are fully customizable to meet all of your needs! Make the right choice and keep your components protected from potential hazards. Contact Us – Integra Enclosures

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