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What You Need to Know Before Purchasing Ex Enclosures

When purchasing a high-consideration product, such as an explosion-proof enclosure, there are a lot of things to keep in mind, but unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of worthwhile enclosure information out there.

To help familiarize yourself with the basics, we’ve compiled some of the top factors you should know before contacting an expert for assistance in finding a solution for your application.

The first thing to know is the geographical location where the enclosure will be used, as regional standards rule the day when it comes to choosing a proper enclosure solution for hazardous locations and environments. Regional inspectors will check the enclosure and associated technical equipment to ensure it complies with all local, regional, and national standards. If it does not, the company who supplied the enclosure, along with the engineer, will be fined. Even worse, there may be an explosion or similar accident if the equipment isn’t right for the application. See the certifications here.

In addition to geographical consideration, you’ll need to take into account what you need your enclosure to protect against:

  • Protection against contact with and penetration by foreign bodies
  • Protection against water ingress
  • Protection against external or internal radiated noise (RFI shielding)
  • Chemical resistance
  • Temperature resistance
  • Impact resistance
  • Corrosion resistance

When electronics are involved, industrial enclosure protection is even greater:

  • To protect the contents from mechanical risks and electrical risks, as well as from radiated noise caused by installed components
  • To protect the environment from mechanical and electrical risks, as well as from radiated noise caused by installed components.

Phoenix Mecano understands that choosing the wrong enclosure for the environment is both dangerous and costly so we offer a wide range of customization services to ensure environment, application, and testing needs are met.

Another thing to take into account when choosing the right enclosure is material. Ex enclosures can be made from aluminum, fiberglass, and stainless steel and each material comes with their own pros and cons, so it’s important to talk to one of our experts to ensure your selection is suited for your enclosure’s particular application.

There’s a lot to consider when purchasing your next Ex enclosure. If you’d like additional Ex enclosure information, download our free, detailed technical paper for more insight into standards, testing and customization: Know Your Enclosure Download our Free EX Technical Paper