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Outdoor enclosures: Aluminium vs stainless steel

01 February 2023

It’s the age-old adage of doing what you’ve always done! When it comes to enclosures, it’s no different: people stick with what they know. When it comes to putting enclosures outdoors, stainless steel is usually what they select.

However, there are other materials out there that may perform better in an outdoor setting or for the application you have, and could be more cost effective. Let’s consider aluminium, for instance. 

A general perception can be that this material is not as strong and durable as stainless steel, especially when used to manufacture enclosures. However, despite stainless steel being heavier and stronger, aluminium is approximately a third of the weight of stainless steel. Therefore, aluminium has a better strength-to-weight ratio.

Another point to consider is the impact rating of both these materials when they are used outdoors in a public setting, as they can be the target for vandalism...

Read the full article in DPA's February issue

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