Choosing the right material for electrical and electronic enclosures can make all the difference. NEMA enclosures, specifically designed to protect equipment from various environmental hazards, come in various options, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Two commonly used materials for NEMA enclosures are stainless steel and polycarbonate. While polycarbonate enclosures offer a cost-effective solution, stainless steel stands out as the superior choice, especially in challenging environments like flood-prone areas.
Read on as the experts from SLAYSON® explore why stainless steel NEMA enclosures are the better option, thanks to their superior durability and some additional advantages you should be aware of over polycarbonate alternatives.
The unparalleled durability of stainless steel
One of the primary advantages of stainless steel NEMA enclosures over polycarbonate counterparts is their durability. Stainless steel exhibits exceptional strength and resistance to impact, making it ideal for protecting sensitive electronics and electrical components, especially in areas prone to flooding.
Flooding debris and other impacts can pose significant threats to enclosures. Stainless steel’s robust nature ensures that these enclosures can withstand heavy impacts, providing a reliable shield for the housed equipment.
The option for superior corrosion resistance
Unlike polycarbonate, stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion. This resistance is crucial, particularly in outdoor environments where exposure to moisture and harsh weather conditions is inevitable. Stainless steel NEMA enclosures can endure prolonged exposure to rain, humidity, and saltwater without succumbing to corrosion.
This resistance ensures the longevity of the enclosure, maintaining its protective qualities over an extended period, even in challenging environmental conditions.
Temperature tolerance and fire resistance
Stainless steel NEMA enclosures offer excellent temperature tolerance and fire resistance properties. These enclosures can withstand extremely high and low temperatures without compromising structural integrity.
This is vital in environments with significant temperature variations, ensuring that the enclosed equipment remains protected regardless of weather conditions. Additionally, stainless steel has inherent fire-resistant properties, making it a safer choice, especially in industrial settings where fire hazards are a concern.
The bonus of environmental sustainability
Did you know that stainless steel is a highly sustainable material? It is 100% recyclable, meaning that stainless steel NEMA enclosures contribute to reducing the environmental impact. Choosing stainless steel for your enclosures aligns with eco-friendly practices, making it a responsible choice for environmentally conscious industries and businesses.
Stainless steel in practice: Choosing the right option
SLAYSON®‘s NAV-XP-6P Marine Interlock Box exemplifies practical stainless steel durability and functionality, providing unparalleled safeguarding in the harshest environments imaginable. At the heart of the NAV-XP-6P’s exceptional performance lies its construction from Type 316 Stainless Steel. This grade of stainless steel is renowned for its superior corrosion resistance, making it the ideal choice for marine applications where exposure to saltwater and harsh weather conditions is inevitable.
Type 316 Stainless Steel ensures the enclosure’s longevity, even amid relentless corrosion attempts by saltwater and other corrosive elements in marine environments. What sets the NAV-XP-6P apart from its polycarbonate counterparts is its hermetic sealing, a feature that prevents dust and water ingress. Hermetic sealing goes beyond water-resistant designs, ensuring a complete and impenetrable barrier against water and fine dust particles. This level of protection is essential in naval operations where equipment must function flawlessly, regardless of the environmental challenges it faces.
In addition to its robust construction and hermetic sealing, the NAV-XP-6P Marine Interlock Box incorporates dual Beryllium Copper gaskets. These gaskets provide a complete 360° Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI) immunity. In modern naval operations, where electronic systems are omnipresent, immunity against electromagnetic interference is crucial. The dual Beryllium Copper gasket ensures the enclosed electronic equipment remains unscathed and operational, even in environments buzzing with electronic signals.
Opt for stainless steel enclosures from SLAYSON® today
While polycarbonate enclosures offer a lower-cost alternative, they lack the durability, impact resistance, corrosion resistance, and temperature tolerance that stainless steel NEMA enclosures provide.
In flood-prone areas, where protection against floating debris and water ingress is crucial, stainless steel is unquestionably the superior choice. Investing in stainless steel NEMA enclosures from SLAYSON® ensures the safety of enclosed equipment and offers long-term reliability and peace of mind, even in the harshest environmental conditions.
When safeguarding valuable electronics and electrical components, SLAYSON® stainless steel is the epitome of protection, making it the preferred choice for NEMA enclosures in demanding applications. View our full range today.