How enclosure accessories can make or break a design

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Specifying accessories and components for enclosures may seem like a simple task for an OEM or design engineer. However it's important to consider that accessories such as hinges, latches, gas struts and anti-vibration mounts play a vital role in maintaining the integrity of an enclosure; the failure of one of these components could result in the enclosure losing its integrity and failing in the field.

During the specification of an enclosure a number of criteria must be considered, such as the required IP, size & weight, access requirements, security requirements and the environment in which it will be located. These design criteria will also have a bearing on what accessories may be needed and the materials which will be suitable. Specifying the correct solution during design can ensure that an enclosure performs its role with virtually zero maintenance requirements for the life of the product.

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