Eaton Offers B-Line Fiberglass Enclosures
James R. DukartEaton is offering a new line of fiberglass enclosures for harsh environment usage.
The new line is part of the company’s B-Line product family, and offers several type 4X NEMA-rated enclosure packages.
The company says that benefits to fiberglass over traditional metal enclosures and junction boxes include lighter weight and easier handling as well as the fact that fiberglass is corrosion-resistant over a broad range of chemicals, something of particular interest in food & beverage as well as pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing sites, where frequent wash downs of equipment are required.
Fiberglass also provides a non-conductive insulating material and is easy to punch, drill and saw, says Jack King, commercial marketing manager for Eaton, and is fire and UV (ultraviolet ray) resistant.
Target markets for the use of fiberglass enclosures, Eaton says, include waste water treatment, oil and gas, rail or transit systems, bridges, marinas, manufacturing, outdoor landscaping, food & beverage manufacturing as well as restaurant and retail locations, health care, agricultural and pharmaceutical manufacturing and the pulp and paper industries.
Among its new fiberglass product offerings, Eaton includes four families of its JIC Series, three of the Premier Series, two small junction box families, two each NEMA free-standing and wall-mount families, three families of push-button enclosures and one Type 3R line.
King stresses that the best and most appropriate and future-ready use of any NEMA-rated enclosures necessitates a good understanding of the customer’s wiring and electric needs, as well as the use environment. The presence of hazardous materials, fire hazards, excessive dust or moisture and exposure to both sunlight and salt-water can have significant effects on how enclosures both perform initially and withstand the elements.
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