In test measurement and calibration theft detection and nuclear power industries, scientists depend on electronic devices to capture extensive data for various research applications. The inner components of these electronics are extremely sensitive and need to be protected by high quality enclosures to ensure they function accurately and extend their operating life. A compromised enclosure can mean false results, which can devastate the careful preparation and execution of an experiment.
TEGAM Inc., specialists in the design, manufacture and support of a wide variety of test measurement and calibration instruments, sought a vendor that could support its high quality RF power sensor calibration systems, RF attenuation measurement systems, resistance standards, ratio standards and ohmmeters at a low-cost. The need was for high quality enclosures to protect the electronics of its test measurement and calibration instruments.
To meet these needs, Buckeye Shapeform provided professional custom enclosures. Each project began by providing TEGAM with 3D AutoCAD model drawings. Once the design was approved, a prototype was constructed. The use of alternate materials, without finishing, lowered the project’s cost in the initial stages. This alternate method allowed TEGAM to verify the qualities of the custom enclosure. Once approved, the drawings were updated and production went into effect.The first request was to modify Buckeye’s XPAND-A® enclosures to create the DT72B AC Ratio Standard. Later, a customized DSC Series enclosure helped TEGAM to create the 1750 High Speed Micro Ohmmeter. Most recently a modified BMX enclosure was created for the 1830A RF Thermistor Power Meter.
Since 1997, Buckeye has fabricated and finished custom enclosures for TEGAM’s test measurement and calibration products. Over the years, custom enclosure designs have been fabricated with special sizing, modified front and rear panels, hole punching, PEM fasteners and other hardware additions, such as applied custom-made standard and imperial knobs, support brackets and finishing including custom colors to fit TEGAM’s unique product specifications.
Newton Research Labs, which develops and manufactures precision, non-contact inspection and measurement devices, realized a problem with enclosure units that were manufactured from bent sheet metal. The enclosures were of poor quality and fit for its products. Because Newton’s industrially rugged systems served a range of industries, the systems needed high-quality enclosures to protect the valuable components inside. Newton sought a supplier that could provide a custom, high-quality enclosure with a crisp, professional appearance.
Newton’s engineers fabricated, finished and supplied a 3D AutoCAD model drawing of a standard 1U enclosure and chassis. This prototype allowed easy modification to Buckeye’s FC-B enclosure, which housed the control components for each of the three newly developed products for the nuclear power industry. Buckeye adhered to the needs of Newton engineers and worked side-by-side with them to create a custom enclosure solution. From the beginning of the project, the engineers at both companies worked together.
During the project, Buckeye reviewed Newton’s inventory of existing die tools. Buckeye suggested that one tool be designed for punching ventilation slots close to the specifications of the product. Repositioning some electronic components inside the unit saved on the expense of purchasing a custom-made die tool. Timely and accurate communication between engineers for both companies, allowed for an exceptional end product to be developed, while reducing costs and production time, resulting in better overall project savings.
Buckeye Shapeform, Inc.
Filed Under: Design World articles, Electronics • electrical, Sensors (position + other), Test + measurement • test equipment