I may have mentioned once or twice that I’m a little grace-challenged. Ironically, I do better in heels than in flats or tennis shoes. Which is an amazing feat considering, at 5’1” I’m almost always in 3”+ heels. I’m kind of like that Sandra Bullock movie where she plays the tom-boy cop who goes undercover as a beauty queen. She walks onto the screen, sashaying in her sassy dress and stilettos heels, and falls flat on her face. Ya, that’s about right. I found it’s all about the stabilization: protecting myself from the degradation (and pain) of a fall. Either I need something to help me stay upright (even if that’s just planting my feet in a dancer’s position), or keep the momentum moving so I don’t have time to fall.
Plastic electronic enclosures also have a stabilization process. The material has an added UV stabilizer to protect it from the degrading effects of UV light. Similar to applying sunscreen to protect your skin, plastics manufacturers add UV stabilizers, such as benzophenones, to the material prior to injection molding the product. These additives work by absorbing the radiation from the light, dispersing the absorbed energy as low-level heat, and thus preventing free-radicals from forming.
It’s this UV stabilization that protects your NEMA enclosure from material degradation while in use in the field. Polycase has several series molded in UV stabilized polycarbonate designed to meet NEMA ratings. Not only does Polycase offer you UL’s highest flame ratings for safety, but now also UV stabilized products for your outdoor use.
What projects are you working on for your UV stabilized enclosure? Leave me a comment, I’m listening!