Installing a polycarbonate enclosure requires careful planning and consideration to ensure the enclosure serves its intended purpose effectively and durably. There are some important considerations to keep in mind.
Remember that each installation scenario is unique, so adapt these considerations to your specific needs and circumstances.
For installation of specific enclosure components, please see the below.
1. Location and Environment
- Choose a suitable location for the enclosure that provides adequate protection from the elements, direct sunlight, moisture, and other potential hazards.
- Consider the temperature variations in the environment.
2. Size and Configuration
- Determine the appropriate size of the enclosure to accommodate the equipment or items it will house.
- Consider future expansion needs as well.
- Decide on the enclosure's configuration, such as wall-mount, pole-mount, or freestanding, mounting feet, flange, rail mounting.
3. Material Quality and Thickness
- Select high-quality polycarbonate material with the appropriate thickness for the intended application. Thicker material offers greater impact resistance and durability.
4. Access and Maintenance
- Plan for easy access to the enclosure's contents for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades.
- Consider including features like hinged doors, removable panels, or locks for security.
- Consider door opening orientation, left or right.
5. Ventilation and Cooling
- If the enclosure contains heat-generating equipment, plan for proper ventilation and cooling to prevent overheating. This could involve vents, fans, or even air conditioning.
6. Sealing and Waterproofing
- Ensure proper sealing to prevent water and dust ingress. The use of gaskets maintain a protective barrier.
7. Mounting and Fastening
- Use appropriate mounting hardware and methods to securely attach the enclosure to its intended location. Consider the weight of the enclosure and the load it will bear.
8. Electrical Considerations
- If the enclosure houses electrical components, ensure proper grounding, cable management, and compliance with electrical codes and regulations.
9. UV Resistance
- Choose UV-resistant polycarbonate to protect against UV radiation if the enclosure will be outdoors.
- Depending on the contents of the enclosure, security measures might be necessary. Consider locks, tamper-proof fasteners, and other deterrents.
11. Fire Resistance
- Evaluate whether the enclosure needs to meet certain fire resistance standards, especially if it contains sensitive or critical equipment.
- Consider how the enclosure will fit into its surroundings aesthetically, especially if it's in a public or high-visibility area.
- Will any screen printing or digital graphics be needed on the enclosure.
13. Regulations and Compliance
- Ensure that the enclosure and its installation adhere to any relevant local, regional, or industry-specific regulations and standards.
14. Static Control (If Applicable)
- In environments sensitive to electrostatic discharge, consider incorporating materials or features that provide electrostatic protection.
15. Impact Resistance
- Evaluate the risk of impact from vandalism, falling objects, or other sources. Choose a polycarbonate material with the appropriate impact resistance rating.
- Are any modifications such as holes/cutouts, custom windows, EMI/RFI shielding needed.
17. Budget and Longevity
- Balancing cost-effectiveness with durability is important. Choose materials and design features that align with your budget and the expected lifespan of the enclosure.
18. Professional Installation
- If you're unsure about any aspect of the installation, it's recommended to seek the expertise of professionals who specialize in enclosure installation.