Is a Plastic Enclosure Right for You?

Thursday, April 27, 2017Categories: Plastic Enclosure Technology

When it comes to enclosure technology, plastic is the most versatile and cost-effective solution on the market today. In manufacturing, it’s the efficient, flexible and quick-turn solution that saves precious time and money. But how do you determine if it’s right for you? We’ve compiled some things to consider when deciding if a plastic enclosure is right for your product.

Versatility across many industry applications

Buckeye Shapeform’s plastic enclosure technology produces fully customized, professional quality cases that are built to suit various needs of manufacturers in the medical, military and aerospace, test instrumentation and telecommunications industries. Depending on the type of plastic used, these enclosures can be impact and chemical resistant; FDA and USDA approved for use in food processing plants; bulletproof or flame retardant to undergo extreme temperatures.

A faster turn-around with little to no tooling costs

When using a standard extruded aluminum or metal enclosure, refining the product midway through the design stage can be cost-prohibiting. With Buckeye Shapeform’s plastic enclosure technology, there’s no tooling or molds to buy or build for special designs and hole sizes, allowing for the flexibility to change on-the-go. Having that flexibility in real-world product design and development helps reduce the time and cost spent on an enclosure.

Plastic types for every application

Buckeye Shapeform offers a wide variety of plastic materials, all of which are compliant with Restriction of Hazardous Substances rules. With its plastic enclosure technology, Buckeye Shapeform can create completely customized plastic enclosures in a variety of different plastic types:

  • ABS
  • High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
  • Polycarbonate
  • Acrylic
  • Kydex

Manufacturers benefit from plastic enclosures when they’re looking to reduce weight; have an impact-resistant, chemical-resistant and flame-retardant product; or use a static resistant material that the USDA approves for food.

Could a plastic enclosure be right for you? Contact our experts or download our white paper for more information on Buckeye Shapeform’s plastic enclosure technology.

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