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Polycarbonate VS Metallic Enclosures

One of the main decisions you have to make when purchasing an enclosure is what material the enclosure needs to be made of.  For those applications needing a highly protective NEMA Rating such as NEMA 4 or NEMA 4X, most engineers choose Stainless Steel due to its corrosion preventative properties.  However, NEMA 4 or NEMA 4X are not required to be made of out Stainless Steel or any other specific material.  A NEMA Rating denotes a level of protection against ambient conditions, not a specific material.  NEMA 4 & 4X enclosures can be made out of other materials such as aluminum, fiberglass and polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate enclosures are probably the most popular non-metallic alternative because they are:

  1. Typically 45% to 65% less expensive than a similar sized metallic enclosure. 
  2. Weight much less than metallic enclosures so they can be used in a wider range of environments.  This also means lower shipping cost for customers.
  3. Easier to modify & cut for customization than the metallic and other non-metallic alternatives.
  4. Far more resistant to impact than Fiberglass enclosures.
  5. Able to retain their original color longer than non-metallic enclosures.

The main drawback to polycarbonate enclosures is their size limitation.  Stainless Steel enclosures can be customized to nearly any dimensions you need for your applications.  Polycarbonate enclosures usually are no larger than 20” x 20” which limits their use in larger applications and each size must have an individual mold so the dimensions cannot be modified.

Checkout our line of Attabox Polycarbonate Enclosures here on ISC Online and if you need any steel enclosures please visit our friends over at ISC Sales.

3 Things to Look for in Air Knives

We recently expanded air knives and after exhaustive training and research I wanted to pass some knowledge to our community. For those of you who don’t know an air knife is a non contact method of drying used primarily for drying and debris removal. This is done by focusing compressed air through small outlet channel, to produce a sheet of high pressure air flow.

Some of the things to consider when choosing an Air Knife:

1. Size: One plant uses air knives to clean bottles coming down a manufacturing line, while another uses several of them in series to dry the paint on vehicles. So, it’s important to have an idea for the amount of surface air that needs to be covered.

2. Air pressure Velocity:  This may seem like common sense, but the further you position the air knife from the actual item the lower the blow off pressure. While blow off pressure is important, the distance the unit will be placed from the subject material can be even more important.

3. Noise: Not all air knives are rated for OSHA noise specifications, trust me you do not want a loud whistling sound piercing your ears every time you turn the system on.

It is also important to make sure you have an air compressor that can supply the 100 PSI the air knife needs to effectively function.

If you have more questions about air knives click the live help button on our website.

3 Things to look for when Pressure Washer Shopping:

Pressure washers are a fast and efficient way to clean, treat or prepare almost any surface. But you may be getting bogged down in the details when deciding which one will be best for you. While building the web-pages for our pressure washers, I learned there are really only 3 main things to consider when shopping.

1. Fuel: What fuel would be easiest to power your system should be the first choice. Electric models tend to last longer, because they have less moving parts. On the other hand Gas and Diesel powered pressure washers generally provide more power (psi).

2. PSI: This basically means the force of the water comes out of the washer. PSI will determine whether the unit is used for light duty (car washing,) or heavy duty (striping the bark from trees.)

1300-1800 PSI

2000-3000 PSI

3000-4000+ PSI

Light duty, less frequent jobs (Car washing, shutter cleaning, spot cleaning) Heavy duty, more frequent jobs (Deck and pavement cleaning, sidewalks) Very frequent, heavy cleaning jobs (Industrial cleaning, concrete pavement, siding, paint stripping)

3. Hot vs. Cold Water: Cold pressure washers are ideal for removing dirt. However, if the surface you are cleaning is mixed with oil or grease, a cold water pressure washer won’t clean as well as a hot water pressure washer.

Check out our full line of pressure washers at ISC Online, and if you’re having trouble selecting the right one give us a call!

Welcome to the ISC Online Blog

Here we will be posting about topics related to various products we carry, solutions we have provided for customers, articles that impact various manufacturing industries and the occasional piece of internet humor.

In late 2011, ISC Sales leadership recognized that some lower priced items like pneumatic components, static shielding bags & small electrical enclosures are products that customers want to purchase quickly without getting a custom quote and sending in a purchase order.  We also wanted a way to expand our product offering beyond ISC’s existing divisions.  These motivations grew into the idea of having an e-commerce store and thus ISC Online was born.

We launched the site in July 2012 with an assortment of lower priced items from ISC Sales.  These products consisted of some pneumatic couplings, Attabox electrical enclosures, 3M static control products and transformers.  Since then we have added a wide range of products like pneumatic tools, portable generators, electric motors, HVAC equipment & safety products.

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