Enclosures for controllers

Hi,

We're putting together a quote for a client for an industrial aquaponics control and monitoring system. Right now we're looking for a good solution to adding in some power relays and solenoid/pump control, and your product line looks very promising.

However, we've been trying to figure out what the situation is for getting enclosures for your boards, and we haven't been able to decipher the long lists of product codes in the descriptions for the cases shown on your site.

Could you let me know if there are cases available for your relay controllers (eg. this or this) and your motion controllers (eg. this)? Also are the controllers compatible with any kind of industrial-standard case, such as something with a DIN rail mount? With it being an aquaponics facility we might need to opt for industrial-standard weatherproofing, depending on where the client ends up mounting the devices. It would also be easier if it could be mounted the same way as the other industrial devices we're working with.

Thanks,

Luke Mayhew

We Build Legends

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Hi Luke,

Thanks for contacting me, sorry for the extended delay in our response to you on the forum, this is not typical, we are swamped!  Ok, so for the products you are referencing, we do not have enclosures available.  We can offer a cusom manufactured metal enclosure design service with full color printing on the top side.  Setup fees are about $500 (max), with unit cost in the $25-$50 range (this needs to be properly quoted, as this is a ballpark figure).  Most of the time, we provide components to clients who integrate our product into their own enclosure, but if you need us to make an enclosure for you, we can do that as well.

Please let me know if you need anythig else.

Ryan

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Hi Ryan,

Thanks for that info. A couple quick questions for clarification:

  1. If we need to use more than one type of board (eg. a relay controller and a motion controller), would the fees you mention be per type of board, or would the fees cover the design/setup for multiple types of boards?
  2. We will need to integrate some parts from other manufacturers - for example, the Raspberry Pi we'll likely be using as the base controller. Would it be possible to also have these parts included in the case design process, or would we need to go with someone else to get enclosures for these parts?
  3. For the AC relay controllers we'll need to make sure to expose regular AC plugs for our clients to use, rather than eg. a screw terminal interface. Would integrating plugs into the case be something you guys can do, or is it beyond the scope of your enclosure design service?

Thanks,

Luke

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Hi Luke,

1) The design fees pretty much cover the CAD work, CNC Laser Cutting, CNC Bending, Graphic Design Services, powder coat paiting in Black, and Printing on the top side in full color.  You will be provided with a prototype enclosure with this fee.  There's really not any restrictions on what you put inside the enclosure, a lot of these fees will be about the same unless the enclosure starts getting really large.

2) I think this really depends on the complexity, if you need to expose all of the Rasperry Pi connections to the outside of the enclosure, this would start to get really complicated.  If the Raspberry pi just needs 4 holes to hold it place on the inside, then no problem.  Exposing one side of the Rasperry pi is usually not too big of an issue if needed.

3) It may be possible to integrate the AC plugs into the enclosure, I think it really depends again on the complexity.  Overall, I think we can handle this for you, but it would be a good idea for us to have some concept drawings to review and all of the actual parts you want to fit inside.  We can then provide you with a more formal quote, unit cost, and lead time.

Hope this helps,

Ryan

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Hi Ryan,

Sorry for the late reply, I thought I'd responded but obviously not! Thanks for all that info - that all makes sense. We'll work on firming up our requirements and see about giving your team a shout.

Thanks!

Luke

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Sounds great Luke, thank you and let us know if we can help.

Ryan