Benefits of Polycarbonate Enclosures

November 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM


Enclosures are a great way to keep your valuable equipment safe, they can be used across a variety of applications to protect critical equipment from the chemicals, environmental elements, physical contact, theft and damage. When deciding which type of enclosure is the best fit for your application, there are a lot of options available, from cooling & heating, to power and the materials they’re made from. So let’s take a look at the benefits of polycarbonate enclosures to see how they compare.


Enclosures can be made with several different types of materials. Metal and fiberglass are very popular options, but polycarbonate offers a long list of benefits including:


·        Impact resistance – Polycarbonate is an engineered thermoplastic able to withstand 4 times the impact of fiberglass


·        Lightweight – Polycarbonate is up to 40% lighter than fiberglass and up to 6xs lighter than stainless steel, making one-person installation easier and decreasing shipping costs


·        Cost effective – When compared to fiberglass and stainless steel, polycarbonate is the least expensive option, especially when considering the cost of manufacturing


·        Durability – Unlike fiberglass, polycarbonate maintains its shape, color and strength when exposed to UV light, making it a durable choice to withstand harsh conditions


·        Easier to Modify – Polycarbonate cuts easily and cleanly, it will not splinter or produce dangerous gas like fiberglass, which equates to easier modifications


·        Cleaner, Sturdy Designs:


-   Polycarbonate enclosures are offered with a clear lid or can be made as a completely clear structure, whereas fiberglass usually requires a window to be specially installed that can be expensive and leaky

-   Polycarbonate features 100% non-metallic hinge designs that are made to last, compared to fiberglass which normally uses a steel hinge pin that will eventually corrode


Clearly, polycarbonate enclosures deliver a long list of benefits that can allow them to outperform and outshine their stainless steel and fiberglass counterparts. If you’re contemplating whether they might be the perfect solution to protect your valuable equipment, check out our full line of polycarbonate enclosures.


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