3 Questions to Ask When Selecting an Industrial Enclosure

Industrial enclosures play an important role in protecting controls, circuit boards, switches and other critical machine components. To function properly, these components should be shielded from environmental elements such as dust, water, debris and extreme temperatures.

While enclosures are integral, they are often an afterthought in terms of planning specs and budget. To assure the best industrial enclosure selection for proper protection and performance, you should consider the following:

1. In what type of environment will the enclosure be used?

Considering the environment in which the enclosure will be used should help you to determine details like the best type of enclosure material to choose. Factors to consider include:

  • Need for UV resistance
  • Plant or factory conditions
  • Temperature extremes
  • Excessive humidity
  • Exposure to harsh elements
  • Environmental dust or debris
  • The presence of any electromagnetic interference

Understanding your specific environmental conditions will help you make the best decision on which material to choose: polycarbonate (UV light, high temperature and impact-resistant); fiberglass (lightweight; high temperature and corrosion resistant); stainless steel (heavy-duty; corrosion and EMI resistant) or aluminum (lightweight; corrosion resistant).

2. What are the requirements of the application?

Each application has unique requirements that affect the materials, equipment, and components involved. Concerns may include:

  • Required enclosure size
  • Available space
  • Ease of accessibility
  • Mounting requirements
  • Access to duct and power
  • Thermal management for heat generating components

Make sure these are addressed early on in order to save yourself the hassle of having to troubleshoot issues down the road!

3. What specific performance standards will the enclosure need to meet?

Some applications will have particular performance standards that enclosures must meet, such as NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) and UL (Underwriters Laboratories).  

These standards are met during testing when an inspector determines if any dust, moisture or other damaging elements have entered the enclosure. At that point, if the enclosure performs well against infiltration, it is determined to meet the guidelines. Pay attention to these types of ratings in order to decide which option will most effectively protect your components.

Hi-Tech Offers a Variety of Industrial Enclosure Solutions

We provide our customers with a wide selection of enclosure solutions to meet the demands of their specific industry. Protecting vital components from the elements is a major priority—and our enclosures are UL and IP/NEMA rated and designed for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Our enclosures are available in polycarbonate, fiberglass and stainless steel—making them extremely durable and resistant to both heat, chemicals and electromagnetic interference. They are available in a variety of sizes and styles to match your needs and can be customized to match your unique specifications. View our selection of enclosures here.



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Hi-Tech Controls Announcement Regarding COVID-19

As a supplier to critical manufacturing sectors in the area of medical equipment (ventilators, hospital beds, x-ray machines, scales, etc.) as well as utility (communication) and safety equipment (fire and rescue), Hi-Tech Controls, Inc. has been deemed essential and is exempt from any federal and state mandated stay-at-home orders.

In that spirit, Hi-Tech Controls will continue to service you while taking the necessary precautions to keep our team and customer’s safety in mind. We will continue to receive and process customer orders in order to best meet your needs during this critical time.

We are running at full capacity and have committed to increase our inventory levels to over $2 million to meet our customer’s expectation for products.

We have asked all outside salespeople to put travelling on hold and, for the time being, to conduct any meetings via phone or video rather than in person.

We continue to adhere to local and state regulations as much as possible, while also following CDC and WHO guidelines within our own space (keeping a 6’ distance from each other, refraining from conducting meetings, using good sanitizing habits, etc.).  We continue to be committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers as COVID-19 affects the global community.

We are sure that there will be additional challenges. Should something change we will add any updates to this announcement.  With that, we ask for your help to start looking ahead and placing orders sooner to meet your future expectations.  

We are in this together! 

Hi-Tech’s management and staff will do everything we can to accommodate your needs. We wish you all the best – please stay healthy and thank you for your trust!

If you have any questions about products or orders, please contact us at 800-677-8942 or at info@hitechcontrols.com.

Sincerely,

Daniel Spuhler
President / CEO

Hi-Tech Controls Essential Business

As a supplier to Critical Manufacturing Sectors in the area of Medical Equipment (Ventilator, Hospital beds, Scales and X-Ray machine, etc.), as well as Utility (Communication) and Safety Equipment (Fire and Rescue Equipment) we have been asked to remain open. We therefore asked our employee to come to work as well.

We’ll continue to adhere to local and state regulations as much as possible while also following CDC and WHO guidelines within our own space (keeping a 6’ distance from each other, refraining from conducting meetings, using good sanitizing habits, etc.).

Among many other, the following Companies have expressed that Hi-Tech Controls Inc remains open to meet their supply chain needs:

Haas Automation, Inc.
Nidec Motor Corp.
Parker Hannifin Corp.
Ansen Corp.
Douglas Machine
Franklin Electric
Winpak Lane, Inc.
Ambrell
Glentek, Inc.
Etc.

Kind regards,

Daniel Spuhler
President / CEO

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CONTROL CABLE: Power, lighting, signal, relay traffic control, wherever flexible, small diameter cable
is required such as cranes, hoists and some robotic applications. The cable can be used indoors and
outdoors; in pendant, reeling and other flexing applications down to -55degC.


PORTABLE CABLE: Indoor and outdoor use on push button remote controls, industrial robotic systems
and other portable tools and equipment.


SECURITY & ALARM CABLE: Security Alarm, Fire Alarm, CCTV, Security Alarm Shielded.


TRAY & INSTRUMENTATION CABLE: Control and power applications in chemical plants, steel mills, industrial
plants, utility substations and generating stations, residential and commercial buildings. Suitable for aerial,
duct or direct burial.


PVC I PUR SPIRAL CABLE
: Can been used to build machines and plants which shall take on different functions.


WELDING CABLE: Mobile or portable electrical equipment. Can be used on equipment with reeling devices.


INDUSTRIAL FLEXIBLE POWER: Drilling rigs, diesel-electric locomotives, railroad and transit car wiring, where
reliability is a prime concern. Also suitable for electrically-driven earth-moving equipment, water-heater leads,
power and control jumpers, case wiring and motor leads.


BUILDING WIRE: General purpose wiring for new construction or modernizing existing systems. Suitable for
lighting and power in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Also recommended for power control
circuits, machine tools, appliances and relay panels.


MINING CABLE: Magnet cranes and other mobile or portable electrical equipment. Can be used on equipment
with reeling devices.

Hi-Tech Controls
7374 S. Eagle Street
Centennial, CO 80112-4221 USA
800-677-8942

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Flexible Control Cables have been used to build machines and plants which shall take on different functions. To raise, sink, slide, drill, transport and much more.

These cables are necessary to ensure a friction less flow of data and material. We are able to offer most of these cables: for many applications on the following pages we present cables for corresponding applications.

Hi-Tech Controls wishes you a Happy Holidays!

Flat Cable


Every day we go through the motions: snooze the alarm – twice, perform all the hygienic tasks we learned as children and grab a coffee to go as we make our way to work. Once we reach the office, we grab another cup of coffee and begin answering emails. The day goes on and you successfully complete your assignments, so you begin your commute back home to spend time with family or to go to happy hour with a few friends.

Whatever your day looks like, there is a system you follow, and if your system is faulty – say the office coffee pot is broken – then your day doesn’t run as smoothly.

Much like conveyor systems, you need proper functionality to accomplish daily tasks. This is why it’s so important to install the proper equipment. When it comes to conveyor systems and trailing cables for crane installations, you need oil resistant cables with small bending radii and high flexibility.

Expert and proper installation is important to ensure accurate operation, so please contact us to request the corresponding instructions.

Hi-Tech offers the following four Neoprene and PVC flat cables:

NEO-Flat-C
NEO-Flat
PVC-Flat-CY
PVC-Flat

Find technical data, cable structure and more about these cables  on our website!

Intrinsically Safe Cable

Intrinsic CableWhen you hear hazardous what do you picture? Perhaps a fire or an explosion of some sort, but what about the sign that told you to stay out? You know, the bright yellow one that warns you of the toxic atmosphere you’re about to enter?

The bright blue jackets on our electrical cables for intrinsically safe circuits act in a similar way. They indicate a separate power circuit for hazardous type -i- that does not allow applications of green-yellow protective conductors. The intrinsically safe design is a technique that limits the energy below what is required to ignite a hazardous atmospheric mixture. This special jacket is oil, petrol and flame resistant and can be installed in damp or dry environments. That being said, installation is not permitted in open air or underground.

We offer three intrinsically safe cables at Hi-Tech Controls with a Flexible Blue (RAL 5015) PVC Outer Jacket for Hazardous Areas.

OZ-BL: Bare copper fine wire conductors, Black cores with white continuous figure imprint to DIN VDE 0293 without earth core, No wire screening

OZ-BL-CY: Bare copper fine wire conductors, Black cores with white continuous figure imprint to DIN VDE 0293 without earth core; Braided tinned copper wire screening with 85% coverage

OB-BL-PAAR-CY: Bare copper fine wire conductors, Color cores according to DIN 47100, Braided tinned copper wire screening with 80% coverage

Contact our sales team, info@hitechcontrols.com, for more information!

High Flex Cable for Drag Chains

Drag chains, or cable carriers, are designed to protect cables on automated machinery, but what good does it do if the cables they’re protecting can’t handle the stress required for permanent operations in machinery? That’s like repairing the roof of your house while termites picnic on the bearing walls. What good is the roof going to be when the damaged infrastructure causes the house to collapse?

The same logic can be applied for applications that require extremely high processing speeds that need flexible cables with high mechanical stress resistance including export-oriented mechanical engineering, machine tools, production lines, robotic systems and systems engineering. Our SUPER-PAAR-TRONIC-C-PUR and SUPER-PAAR-TRONIC 340-C-PUR cables are developed with TPE and polyolefin core insulation, respectfully, and an adhesion-low & cut-resistant PUR-outer jacket. These cables guarantee reliable function and are ideal for multi-shift operations.

For more information on cables for drag chains, please visit our website and contact info@hitechcontrols.com for a quote!

Silicone Cables

We’ve all been subject to Mother Nature’s mood swings when it comes to weather.  One day it’s 76° and sunny, then, not even twenty-four hours later, it’s hailing. It’s a good thing we live in a time where technology can protect us from such extremes. Take our Silicone Cables, for example. They have great environmental resistance properties and are heat resistant for permanent temperatures +356°F and short term temperatures +428°F. They can also be used at temperatures as low as -76°F.

All silicone cables are halogen-free, but their structures vary to offer extra protection where you need it:
FZ-LSi / FZ-LS / Neon Light: ignition cable
SiHF: multi conductor, flexible
SiHF/GL-P: multi conductor, steel braiding
SiHF-C-Si: multi conductor, copper shielded, EMC preferred
SiHF UL/CSA: multi conductor, 302°F, 600 V
Si HF-C-Si UL/CSA: multi conductor, copper shielded, EMC preferred, 302°F, 600 V
SiF / SiFF: single conductor, hook-up wire
SiF /GL, SiD, SiD/GL: single conductor, hook-up wire
THERMFLEX 180 EWKF: multi conductor, H05SS-F
THERMFLEX 180 EWKF-C: multi conductor, copper shielded, EMC preferred, 356°F
UL-Style 3135: single conductor, 392°F, 600 V

Visit our website to learn more and call us for a quote! 303-680-5159