Fibreglass enclosures now also ready for outdoor use

Mike Edwards   

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With its newly developed fibreglass enclosure (right), Rittal has now completed its AX range of compact enclosures.

Rittal has rounded off its AX range of compact enclosures with its newly developed fibreglass enclosures. The manufacturer is now said to offer the best of two worlds: the advantages of sophisticated technology combined with the benefits of an extremely robust material.

The AX fibreglass enclosure protects the electrical components even in very harsh environments, such as outdoors. Its new mounting functions make rapid expansion possible and provide a greater scope for installation using smart technology, the company says.

Rittal is replacing its previous KS series with the AX series. The development is based on the company’s technology for sheet steel and stainless-steel enclosures, which can be used to greatly simplify and speed up manufacturing processes in panel building and switchgear manufacturing, the company adds.

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The new enclosures are fully suited for outdoor use thanks to a fibreglass that is reinforced with glass fibres and which has a seven times higher UV resistance. For this reason, they have a UL F1 outdoor rating (UL 746C).

An integrated rain protection strip on the upper and lower edges of the door, which protects the gasket against dust and rainwater, means that the enclosure is doubly sealed.

The Class II protective insulation for up to 1000 Vac ensures increased personal protection. The protective insulation and the high protection categories of up to IP66 or NEMA 4X remain intact even the enclosure is populated.

Thanks to the intelligent enclosure design, interior installation is said to be unproblematic and does not affect the encapsulated enclosure area. The enclosure is also UL 508A approved and has UL94 fire class V-0.

The fibreglass enclosure range is offered in 14 different enclosure variants ranging from 250 x 350 to 800 x 1000 mm (W x H). Eight of them are available with a viewing window and six without.

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