Questions tagged [enclosure]

An enclosure is a box to hold your electronic device.

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Is it reliable to use old computer hard disk as an external hard drive to store data? [closed]

I have a hard drive which cannot boot windows but works for even at higher transfer rates also its 6 years old, I found cheap enclosure SATA to USB 3.0 enclosure that works for even 100Mbps transfer ...
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Is there any difference between grounding bus bars and bus bars in general?

My intuition says no, there is no difference, other than ground bus bars are bonded to the grounding reference. As a followup, can any busbar be used as a current-carrying conductor by using ...
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BLE Connection Issue with Metal Case

I am working on an IoT project which using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). The Device Case is Metal Body. In our testing we have found that without the Metal Body the Device BLE is working absolutely fine ...
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Glue connector to metal/resin case

Want to use this type of connector https://cletk.en.alibaba.com/product/60724170404-804809515/Usb_Cable_Charger_Magnetic_Dc_Power_Cable_Connectors_Power_Adapter.html?spm=a2700.icbuShop.41413.12....
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Power connector for small product

I have a small (50mm x 30 x 12) battery-powered device to which I want to add a charging connector. I've been looking at panel mounted connectors such as this https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/...
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Air circulation and condensation in custom enclosures for outdoor project

I am designing 6 custom enclosures in mild steel to be placed outdoors for 5 months in London UK. They will be interconnected, only one will contains 4 power supplies, all with conformal coating and ...
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What are the practical tradeoffs between cable glands and sealed connectors for harsh hybrid (ground/sea) applications?

Cable glands are typically 2 thread assemblies. Normal nut and sealing O-ring mounts gland on wall of enclosure. Special nut tightens seal rubber on cable, producing IP67 or better ingress protection. ...
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Which material enclosure to avoid impeding signal of Bluetooth and wifi?

I’m making an enclosure for: https://www.digikey.in/product-detail/en/ESP32-PICO-KIT/1904-1030-ND I read that Bluetooth signal can be impeded by 37% by a plastic case. If that is so, then how does ...
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Aligning PCBA on a plastic enclosure

I am trying to align a PCBA very accurately (within +/- 0.5mm positional tolerance) on a plastic enclosure. I'm thinking about using two 2mm diameter dowel pin that is press-fitted into the plastic ...
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Packaging PCB and battery inside enclosure - foam

What's the name/type of the dense foam that's generally used in consumer electronics to stop components from vibrating around and tightly packaging everything together? In my case, this would be for ...
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Do enclosed switching power supplies follow any standard for their chassis size and mounting hole distances?

Do enclosed switching power supplies follow any standard for their chassis size and mounting holes distances? or each manufacturer has its own conventions?
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Where to measure ambient temperature limit inside of an enclosre?

In a project, we are to place several components inside of an enclosure. Some of these components are to be considered safety critical, and their specified operating conditions must not be exceeded. ...
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WiFi Module inside a metal body

I am using ESP8266 (2.4GHz wifi) in my product which has metallic enclosure on outside but only plastic on the other side. I will be placing this device outside home near gate. Will it be problematic ...
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Should I ground PCB to an aluminum enclosure when using in car?

I have been working on a bluetooth audio adapter for car, and I plan to put it in a metal enclosure when it is finished. The bluetooth adapter is very low power and I'm powering it directly from the ...
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Enclosure/boxes for high voltage PCB

It is time to choose the proper enclosure for a high voltage PCB. We will need to do holes for LV external connectors and external connectors for high voltage wires. I was looking for standard boxes ...
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Electrical Standards - Earth Wire at Low Voltages?

I got a question about safety standards: I'm designing a consumer device and I'm not sure whether I need an earth wire. I have an AC-DC converter plug that outputs 5 V and up-to a maximum of 1 A ...
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How to keep users from breaking push button switches

I'm designing an enclosure for a device with a push button switch. The external button on the enclosure is physically large so I am concerned people will apply too much force and break the switch or ...
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Are these (dis)assembly screw symbols standardised?

Sometimes there are these two half-arrow symbols on PCBs and on enclosures. See the images, for examples. Those symbols are often placed near the screws, that are to be unscrewed upon disassembly. ...
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Placing piezo disk in vibration sensor

I am designing a vibration sensor in enclosure to be placed on vertical surfaces, like windows, doors, etc. My first try was with ready made sw420 module, but looks like it is to sensitive for my ...
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Grounding PCB Within Aluminum Enclosure

I have been doing some research on this question and, while I found a number of questions here asking something similar, I don't quite get the side-by-side comparison I am looking for. Therefore I ...
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Durable, UV-resistant labeling for electronics enclosure

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question. I'm asking here in hopes that someone has dealt with this. If this is the wrong forum, please do not vote me down. If necessary, I'll simply ...
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Heat dissipation by convection for ICs placed upside down

I'm currently designing a PCB with a couple of fast electronic elements (600MHz ARM, DDR3 ram etc.) and I'm quite puzzled which layer should those elements be placed upon. The product will be closed ...
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Does paint affect EMI ability of enclosure?

This could be a very stupid question, but when it comes to RF you never know. Does painting (non-conductive) over the top of a grounded metal enclosure affect its ability to absorb/block RF ...
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Identify this packaging

I've seen this packaging used by many companies, specifically in mobile equipment, automotive ECU's, marine, and other harsh environment applications. I doubt all these manufactures are making the ...
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Mounting Lithium Packs in Enclosures

I am planning to use a battery cell similar to the picture below in a product I'm designing. Is it ever appropriate to mount these directly on top of a PCB? (all components will be on one side of the ...
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Can water condensation appear on PCB in IP67 enclosure box?

Does IP67 box protect PCB from moisture? If not, is it OK to have an outdoor air humidity sensor soldered on PCB in IP67 housing? Also if it doesn't block moisture, is there any reason to use IP65/...
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Do metal enclosures block radiated emissions better than plastic ones?

Why are some enclosures made of metal instead of a lighter insulated material? Is there any electrical reason for that? Will such enclosure block radiated EMI in and out better than a plastic one?
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Is the meshed metal cage connected to the earth terminal in these embedded power supplies?

The SMPS below has screw terminal mains entry as line, earth and neutral: Is its meshed metal cage in general connected to the earth terminal internally? I could check it if I had one but at the ...
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PCB hanging upside down in its enclosure

Would this be a problem in a moderately high vibrations / shocks environment (passenger car interior) ? The screws are 1.8 mm thread diameter, 5 mm long, the PCB being some 90 x 60 mm with nothing ...
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PCB enclosure tolerances [closed]

I can imagine problems of PCBs not fitting into their enclosures or misaligned screw/hole pairs. Are these type of problems common, especially with the dirt cheap enclosures? I am planning to use one ...
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What is the best way to mount a LiPo battery in a project box?

If you were going to use a LiPo battery such as this one: . . . and needed to mount it safely and securely inside a project box similar to what is pictured below what best way to achieve that?
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I designed a touch PCB keypad what can I do for silking and covering

I want to design a custom keypad for my board. I put my board in a Plastic box 15cm x 19cm and the box has a simple box door. I want to put a keypad and a 2x16 character LCD in this door to control ...
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Safely housing a power supply

I'm building a 3-d printer, which will be driven by a smoothieboard. This needs a 24V power supply. I've bought the one shown below: What I don't know is how to house this safely. I think there's ...
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Flat Yagi antenna Enclosure

So, I was annoyed that my Yagi antenna was enclosed in a plastic-tube, which lets it roll around and fall off the table occasionally, but without its enclosure the elements hooked in anywhere. So I ...
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How to fix a PCB inside this enclosure?

This is a related question to How to fix this in an enclosure without glueing. However, for a protoboard/PCB, how could I attach it to the enclosure? The bottom of the enclosure has holes for ...
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Heat problems when using 5 buck/switching converters in a double isolated enclosure?

I want to use 5 step down converters (220 VAC -> 5V DC) inside an enclosure inside an enclosure (double isolation). The step down converters are similar to these. There will be 5 of them, where one ...
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Manufacturing of Translucent LED Indicating Symbols (e.g. router indicator lights) [closed]

I've been researching how manufacturers create custom LED-illuminated symbols such as those seen on the router in the image below: I haven't been able to find any information online from custom ...
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Inline Voltage Divider - do they exist?

I'm looking for a neat off the shelf solution to halving a voltage via a resistor network. Some kind of small module, (probably GND, signal in, signal out) that can be wired inline with a sensor that ...
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How to mount pcb with IEC320-C14 power entry connector inside enclosure

I am making a PCB which has one IEC320-C14 and one IEC320-C13 connector on it (Like this one). The PCB will be quite small, just large enough for some sensing circuitry; between 5 and 8 square inches. ...
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Moisture Trapped in IP66 Enclosure

I got a field report of a product which is sealed in an IP66 aluminum die cast body. it was observed that water/moisture had condensed inside the enclosure over and over and creating some white marks ...
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Questions about earth grounding enclosures

A text mentions about the importance of connecting the earth wire to an instrument case/enclosure as follows: Instruments with ungrounded cases can become lethal devices in the event of ...
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Ways to thermally manage a small enclosure?

hopefully this is an okay place to ask this question, but anyway, I'm working on a project to measure efficiency of a mono-crystalline solar cell based off temperature in the enclosure. The solar cell ...
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Watertight enclosures - what production steps are required to ensure no condensation on the insides?

Background We want to waterproof an electronic device and the specifications call for IP-65 protection. To this end, we have selected a sealed polycarbonate box to put the electronics in. The ...
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5.8GHz omnidirectional antenna inside wood

If one would enclose 5.8GHz transmitting omnidirectional antenna inside dry wooden block (wood would be cut to semi-precisely fit the antenna), how much it would attenuate the signal? (roughly) And ...
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A question about a sensor in a metallic enclosure

I need to mount this sensor inside an aluminum or metallic enclosure. Then the sensor will stay inside the enclosure. The enclosure will be mounted outdoors on a bridge concrete or some part I dont ...
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Mounting a sensor against the inside of an enclosure

I have a plastic ABS project enclosure which I'm trying to figure out how to mount a sensor to the inside of, against a window that will be placed into the enclosure wall so that it looks through the ...
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DIY EMC Tents for EMC/RFI testing?

Been looking into doing from preliminary work on EMC testing in house prior to sending various bits of machinery to certification labs. One suggestion is that we carry out the testing in an EMC tent ...
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Grounding an Enclosure

I have been working on a hi-fi audio amplifier, and I plan to put it in a metal enclosure when it is finished. The amplifier is (relatively) low power, so I'm powering the system from a wall-wart ...
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Temperature sensor reads higher inside enclosure

I have an HIH6130 temperature and humidity sensor inside a plastic enclosure with a Particle Photon. When it takes reading while inside the enclosure, the readings are ~ 2 degrees too high, vs ...
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How do I make my electrical enclosure waterproof, what type of connectors I use?

We are designing this meter which will monitor house hold consumption. The problem that I am facing right now for days and weeks now, how do I make the meter water proof. I have tried everything but ...