Polycarbonate enclosures offer several advantages over other material types, such as plastic, fiberglass, stainless steel, and other metal enclosures, making them a popular choice in various installations, including outdoor and indoor applications. Some of the key advantages include:
Polycarbonate is known for its excellent impact resistance and strength. It is virtually unbreakable, making it ideal for applications where protection against physical impact or vandalism is crucial. It can withstand impacts that would shatter glass or crack other plastic material.
Transparency and Clarity
Polycarbonate has clear options, which provide excellent optical clarity and transparency, similar to glass. This makes it suitable for applications where visibility of the enclosed components or equipment is important, such as in displays, camera housings, and electronic enclosures.
Polycarbonate is lightweight compared to materials like metal or glass. This is advantageous for applications where weight is a concern, such as in portable devices or situations where easy handling is required.
Polycarbonate has good resistance to UV exposure and harsh environments, which makes it suitable for outdoor applications. It doesn't degrade when exposed to sunlight or UV light, making it a durable choice for enclosures used in demanding environments.
Polycarbonate is resistant to a wide range of chemicals, including many solvents and cleaning agents. This property is essential in environments where the enclosure may come into contact with various substances.
Corrosion is one of the major causes of failure in electrical enclosures. Polycarbonate enclosure material has built-in corrosion resistance, offering protection for your electrical equipment.
Polycarbonate has a high heat deflection temperature, meaning it can withstand relatively high temperatures without deforming or melting. This makes it suitable for industries that involve heat-generating components or environments.
Ease of Modification
Polycarbonate is simple to work with and can be easily molded, machined, and fabricated to fit end user needs. This flexibility in manufacturing allows for custom designs and precise fitting of components.
Polycarbonate is a good electrical insulator. It helps prevent the conduction of electricity and can be used to house electrical components safely.
Polycarbonate’s combination of properties often makes it a cost-effective choice. Its durability, impact resistance, and other advantages can outweigh its initial higher cost.
Polycarbonate is recyclable, which aligns with sustainability goals and environmental considerations.
Polycarbonate can have good flammability resistance properties, depending on its formulation and additives. AttaBox® Enclosures comply with UL-945VA, the highest, most flame-retardant UL94 rating.