The Real Benefits and Advantages of Modular Floor-Standing Enclosures You should Know About

Without a doubt, when you are looking for enclosures for your electrical systems and installations, a modular floor-standing enclosure is better than most. Compared to traditional or standard uni-body floor standing enclosures, modular floor-standing enclosures offer a lot more benefits. But the fact is that there is often the mistaken impression that modular floor-standing enclosures are more expensive or are less flexible or versatile, but that’s just not true at all. Here is your guide to modular floor-standing enclosures – and what their real benefits and advantages are.

 

What is a modular floor-standing enclosure?

The most basic advantage of a modular floor-standing enclosure is its strength – strength that is not only literal, but figurative as well. The frame of a good quality modular floor-standing enclosure will be made from metal, with holes that can be punched in or pre-punched before delivery so users will no longer have to do any welding or drilling when adding accessories. With modular floor-standing enclosures, several frames can be attached to each other (whether it’s side to side, side to back, back to back, top to bottom, and more) so there is a seemingly infinite variety of configurations. What’s more, modular floor-standing enclosures are convenient and easy to use compared to traditional enclosures with one body with metal parts and seams that are already welded together, which do not allow for easier configurations or additions.

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It’s functions

The primary function of a modular floor-standing enclosure, as you may already know, is to protect workers and staff from the risks of issues with electrical equipment. The second purpose of a modular floor-standing enclosure is to protect the equipment itself from its surrounding environment. Whilst a uni-body floor-standing enclosure offers the same protection as a modular floor-standing enclosure, the modular enclosure offers the added benefit of allowing an integrator, designer, or user to make more varied assemblies, ranging from the most basic to the more complex, according to their needs or requirements.

 

The main physical distinctions between uni-body and modular floor-standing enclosures

There are a number of differences, most notably physical, between uni-body and modular floor-standing enclosures. First is the hinges or latches. Almost all uni-body cabinets or enclosures make use of piano hinges for the doors. The latching is often accomplished with the use of several clamps which are placed around the perimeter of the door, or a handle. But modular floor-standing enclosures are different. A typical modular floor-standing enclosure will feature captive, discrete or distinct hinging which is not easily noticeable, allowing for better aesthetics.

There is also another difference when it comes to rails. With modular floor-standing enclosures, rails can be added in simply by sliding the panel from the front, the rear, or the side openings. But with uni-body enclosures, the rails can often only be inserted by laying the actual uni-body enclosure or cabinet onto its back and then lifting the unit’s panel with the use of a forklift or a crane.

 

The intangible distinctions between uni-body and modular floor-standing enclosures

There are also a number of intangible or non-physical distinctions between uni-body and modular floor-standing enclosures. For one, modular floor-standing enclosures allow for a cleaner, more efficient, and more productive plant or production area. The entire floor or area will not only be cleaner and more aesthetically-pleasing, it will not look ‘dated’ as well. With a modern modular floor-standing enclosure with hidden hinges for the doors and single locks (not ugly, noticeable clamps), the plant area becomes more organised and looks more spotless and contemporary.

Another intangible distinction between uni-body floor-standing enclosures and modular floor-standing enclosures is the fact that modular floor-standing units or enclosures offer more flexibility, especially when it comes to making future changes. If the unit needs to be changed or modified, it can be done with ease and convenience, in a much smoother and faster operation. If, by chance, there are any mistakes, these can be easily corrected with a modular floor-standing enclosure compared to a uni-body enclosure.

 

Some common misconceptions about modular floor-standing enclosures

As mentioned, there are some common misconceptions about modular floor-standing enclosures, particularly in regards to its strength, number of parts, assembly or configuration, and cost. These misconceptions have definitely been proven wrong by some high quality modular floor-standing enclosures today, such as the range of floor-standing enclosures from Tempa Pano.

Let’s take a look at some of these misconceptions – and disprove them:

  • Modular floor-standing enclosures lack strength and durability

Some think that since the walls of a modular floor-standing enclosure are thinner than that of a uni-body enclosure, they are less sturdy or strong. This is entirely incorrect. The fact is, the overall strength of a typical modular floor-standing enclosure does not come from its walls, but rather from its frame. This is because the load that is exerted on the modular floor-standing enclosure because of the equipment’s weight is transferred to the enclosure’s vertical framing.

  • Modular floor-standing enclosures require a lot of parts that need to be ordered separately

This is another misconception about modular floor-standing enclosures – that a typical enclosure will consist of so many additional parts that need to be ordered separately in order for the enclosure to be fully assembled. The fact is that a typical modular floor-standing enclosure will usually just consist of two main parts: the core assembly or frame (along with the mounting panel) plus the side walls. There are some other parts included as well, such as the door, the mounting plate, the top cover, the rear panel, and the side rails, etc., but these actually allow for easier installation since they are already pre-fitted – and they don’t have to be ordered separately.

Another related misconception about modular floor-standing enclosures is that assembling them requires some special skill or knowledge. This is not true at all – whilst a little bit of work on assembly is necessary, the accessories of the system can be added on by anyone without any special training. With a uni-body floor-standing enclosure, any modification would require more challenging work such as welding, cutting, or bending. With a modular floor-standing enclosure, this is not necessary.

  • Modular floor-standing enclosures are more costly than uni-body floor standing enclosures

The fact of the matter is that the price of both modular floor-standing enclosures and uni-body floor-standing enclosures do not differ greatly from each other. They are almost the same price, and, what’s more, if you use a uni-body floor-standing enclosure, there are usually some hidden expenses as well. Also, a uni-body enclosure often has a shorter lifespan than a modular floor-standing enclosure.

All You Need to Know about the Newest and Latest Range of Floor Standing Enclosures

 

Floor standing enclosures have proven to be very useful in many different electrical installations, especially when it comes to electrical installations which require extra safety, security, and protection. And with the right floor standing enclosure, you know very well that your electrical components and units can perform and be utilised to their utmost advantage as well as last for a longer time, not to mention provide you with better peace of mind as well.

 

But whilst there may be a variety of different floor standing enclosures out there, there are some enclosures that definitely stand out and deliver beyond your expectations. One such type of floor standing enclosure is the latest range from Tempa Pano.

 

The main benefits

 

Floor standing enclosures, especially those that are produced by Tempa Pano, already come with everything you may need, although the side panels are often ordered separately, especially if you are planning to put two free standing enclosures side by side or together.

 

Floor standing enclosures have their specific use and purpose, but none more so than the latest ones on offer. These new enclosures not only feature a rating of IP55 – they are also specially-designed and tested to be resistant to water and dust, and are made only from the strongest and highest quality sheet steel.

 

Your options

 

You have two main options when it comes to height: 1500mm as well as 1800mm, although if you prefer to have one with a 2000mm-height, this is also available upon request. The width also comes in six variations, from as narrow as 400mm to as wide as 1200mm. Depths come in four choices, ranging from 400mm to up to 800mm. If you have a large control panel installation, a bigger size and depth should be completely ideal for your needs.

 

What it comes with

 

These floor standing enclosures, as mentioned, come with all the components you may need. These include a front as well as a rear frame and a rear panel. It also includes one single door for floor standing enclosures sized 400mm to 800mm and two doors for enclosures with widths from 1000mm to 1200mm.

 

The floor standing enclosures are also supplied with a mounting plate which is 2mm in thickness as well as a plinth measuring 100 millimetres in height. If you prefer not to have a plinth, this is also possible. Of course, the enclosure is also equipped with a top cover along with side rails.

 

Other specifications you should know about

 

These floor standing enclosures from Tempa Pano come with an IP rating of IP55 and are normally made from sheet galvanized steel, although you also have the option of requesting for a floor standing enclosure made from stainless steel if you so require. The thickness of the panels and frame are 1.5 millimetres, whilst the door thickness is at 2 millimetres, which is the same thickness for both the plinth and the mounting plate as well.

 

The front door of these floor standing enclosures is made from strong and solid material, and you can also choose to have the front door in a glazed version. When ordering the Tempa Pano floor standing enclosure, you can also request for holes to be punched in advance so when it is delivered to you, you no longer have to worry about the required punching.

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The floor standing enclosures are sturdily-built, especially since they have a welded frame and a door as well as a rear panel PU sealing gasket that are foamed in. The hinges of each floor standing enclosure are designed to be specially-concealed, and they are also equipped with a polyamide lock which has a swinging handle design. You also have the option of multiple mounting plates, and you also have several options when it comes to the cover and plinth.

 

As mentioned above, you can choose to have the holes already punched in before the floor standing enclosure is delivered to your door, but you also have different options in regards to sizes, colours, and flat packs.

 

Free accessories

 

It doesn’t end there, however. When you order a floor standing enclosure, it also comes with some complementary or free accessories, basically everything you would need to make for a completely functional and efficient floor standing enclosure. This includes an eye bolt, a rain canopy, a door inside mounting profile, and a cover plate and profiles. Along with these, the floor standing enclosure comes with a hinged cover plate, a short mounting plate, a partial mounting plate, and an infill mounting plate. Other complementary accessories such as carriage depth slide and support, partition profile, L, U, and Z profiles, L and Z brackets, a busbar and depth profile, and a ladder busbar profile are also included. The perforated shelf (which also makes up part of the complementary accessories) is adjustable and can be pulled out. You will also receive a plan pocket, a plastic cover plate, an earthing cable, and lastly, a door interlock system for enclosures which are joined.

 

You may already be well aware that it’s important to choose the right floor standing enclosure for your needs and requirements, especially when it comes to safety, practicality, and efficiency. And with the many choices and options you have with this latest and newest range of Tempa Pano floor standing enclosures from Expert Electrical, you will be more than satisfied. Expert Electrical has a wide range of other electrical supplies as well, including a broad miniature circuit breaker selection, fuses, motor control gears, lamps and tubes, sensors and safety supplies, and more. In addition, any order over £102 (including VAT) also comes with a free delivery service within the UK mainland, and an affordable delivery fee of only £11 (excluding VAT) to areas outside the UK mainland such as the Scottish Highlands, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Isles of Man and Wight, and the Channel Islands. This delivery fee also applies to continental European countries such as Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Germany.

 

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