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Corrosion-resistant PC cabinets from Fibox

29 April 2014

At this year's the Hannover Fair, Fibox unveiled its new ARCA range of corrosion-resistant, glass reinforced polycarbonate (PC) cabinets.

Two years in the making, and following extensive market research, ARCA is available in sizes ranging from 300x200mm to 800x600mm, in landscape and portrait versions, plus a range of accessories.

IP66 and IK10 protection is offered as a standard feature for these corrosion-resistant and fully UV stabilised enclosures. Fibox says:

"The UK Control Panel industry has been dominated by the use of sheet steel cabinets for decades. Sheet steel enclosures are relatively easy to make. The technique of bending and welding flat sheet is tried and tested and the results are consistently good.

"However, it doesn’t matter how good the subsequent paint finish is, when installed in harsh and demanding surroundings, sheet steel enclosures will corrode, and once the paint begins to lift there is really no long term solution.

"For many years the only alternative to sheet steel wall mounting cabinets has been Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP). The manufacturing process is somewhat archaic and involves using a dough like material, or latterly a blanket of GRP which is laid into a mould and heated until it forms the shape of the enclosure.

"Then comes the laborious task of cleaning the sharp edges and making them look something like presentable. GRP is not the most user friendly material to use either. It is recommended that face masks and arm protection are used when handling it due to the glass fibres which are present in the surface and in the atmosphere which it is claimed can be damaging to health. GRP also has a habit of de-laminating through time, thus exposing the glass fibres to the environment.

"Fibox has spent a lot of time and money on developing injection moulding techniques and tools which can produce enclosures in a material which is not only a match for sheet steel and GRP, but exceeds the specification. We have used Glass Reinforced Polycarbonate for many years but only when moulding enclosures which are small in comparison to the cabinet ranges available today.

"Fibox can now unveil a range of wall mounting cabinets manufactured from this material which for the first time is more than a match for the more established GRP and sheet steel products which dominate the market at present. It is called Fibox ARCA.

"With sizes ranging from 300 x 200 to 800 x 600 available now, and 1000 x 800 at an advanced design stage we can safely claim that the market now has a viable alternative for those panel builders and installers looking for a corrosion resistant cabinet which will protect their equipment, whatever the weather.

"The tooling used to create the new Fibox ARCA IEC cabinet range is state of the art, resulting in a product which is not only extremely robust, but aesthetically sound. And because the end product has no exposed metal parts, it can be installed in the most remote and exposed of areas and then forgotten about."

Features at-a-glance:
High grade Glass reinforced Polycarbonate material which makes it totally non corrosive
IP66 Ingress protection 
IK10 Impact resistance
Lightweight construction
UV stabilised
Double insulated construction
RoHS compliant
-40c to + 80C operating temperature
A multitude of locking options
Reversible door hinge design 
Landscape or portrait option 
Various wall mounting options, including brackets to allow trunking to be installed behind the cabinet. A variable pole diameter mounting option is also available as standard
A host of internal accessories, including mounting plates in 3 materials, internal lockable doors and DIN rail chassis assemblies which require no tools to install
Can be safely machined in situ or in the workshop without the risk of conductive swarf residue or harmful fibres in the atmosphere
PUR gaskets mean the cabinet can be repeatedly opened and closed without distortion and the IP rating is maintained for the life of the enclosure
Original packing case is designed to be reused after population of the ARCA cabinet for shipping the end product to site safely and without damage


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