Rack-mounted enclosures are objects that are used to store various things such as electronic components, measuring instruments, testing units, servers, processors, network hubs, sound processors, stereo decks and CPUs. If space is an issue for you, these types of enclosures may be mounted in shelves or on walls. The units are generally made out of steel or aluminum sheets. A standard enclosure may be made out of 14 gauge cold rolled steel that is .075 inches thick. They are also available in stainless steel models. They are modular in construction and multiple units may be stacked.
A good rackmount enclosure should help to protect your sensitive equipment from harmful things such as dust, moisture, pollen, extreme temperatures, humidity, and corrosive fumes. The enclosure should also be easy to access. The enclosures are available in a variety of heights and colors and you can usually get them custom built to suit your personal needs. The rackmount enclosure should also be built rugged and strong.
If you are thinking about buying a standard rackmount enclosure or would like to have one custom made for you there are a few important things that you should take into consideration when buying or designing one. You need to take into account various factors such as your heating and cooling needs, security protection, physical environment interface, human interface factors, the enclosure’s materials and finishing and the equipment integration.
Rackmount enclosures feature the required openings for cables and connectors thus allowing the connectors to be fitted without having to open the enclosure. The units are made of lightweight materials and are specified by their interior size, their weight capacity, and their weight when empty. Casters can also be attached to the bottom of the enclosures so they can roll. These enclosures may be positioned both horizontally and vertically. The units also feature holes, which allow dividers to be adjusted according to the device's height. The frames may be powder coated or painted for a stronger and more attractive finish. Locks may also be installed at the customer's request and they are a very good idea to keep out unauthorized operation.