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Gewiss Enclosure Article

Posted by Chris on January 25, 2012.

Gewiss plastic enclosures are a useful product in the electrical world and can be adapted to be useful in lots of different industries. In simple terms, an enclosure is a plastic box which is used to house delicate electrical components or many other types of products. There are lots of different sizes and varieties of Gewiss enclosure so there is plenty of choice to choose from. Sometimes it can be a difficult choice to decide which size and type of Gewiss enclosure would be suitable and appropriate for the job in hand.

There are four different types of plastic enclosure which can be sourced. A low lid variant for the smaller more compact box which can be easily fitted into narrow spaces. A deep lid enclosure would be used if there was more space required in the plastic enclosure for larger electrical components. Glanded plastic enclosures so cables can be easily inserted and used with the enclosure. Finally a transparent lid enclosure can be used in case there is a requirement for the components to be visible inside the enclosure.

In some cases the consumer can decide on using a steel variant for an enclosure. A good example of a steel enclosure is the Hellerman Tyton Steel Enclosure range. The benefit of using a steel variant is the material is more robust and has a higher impact resistance which means the components inside are better protected. Also with steel enclosures they can be obtained in much larger sizes than Gewiss enclosures. The disadvantages of steel enclosures are that they are substantially more expensive over the budget priced Gewiss enclosure. Steel enclosures are also more bulky and are considerably heavier which could make installation a bit more complicated.

The standard IP rating of a steel enclosure is IP66 which ensures a higher level of ingress protection. The first number of the IP66 rating means that it is completely dust tight so no solid matter can enter the enclosure. The second number of the IP66 rating means it is protected against powerful jets of water meaning that a powerful jet can be aimed directly at the enclosure with no harmful effect.  The Hellerman Tyton steel enclosure offers an IP66 rating which enables it to claim its weatherproof status. This can be beneficial if the steel enclosure needs to be installed outdoors or at a position where water or liquids can be hazardous. This is great for industries such as the food industry and chemical industry where liquids could possibly damage internal components. On the other hand Gewiss enclosures offer an IP rating of IP56 which is slightly inferior to the steel enclosures but they can still be used outdoors.

Once an enclosure has been selected, in many cases the enclosure will need a mounting plate to mount the components inside the enclosure. Gewiss offer a range of mounting plates to suit the enclosures so there should be no problem in sourcing the correct mounting plate for the enclosure. Overall the Gewiss enclosure is a good option for a budget priced installation and will keep costs to a minimum.

 

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