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Protecting Electronics with Plastic Enclosures: Advantages and Applications

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 9, 2023 10:00:37 AM / by Jon Gelston

Plastic Enclosure For Electronics

Specialized plastics are generally the ideal material used in today’s manufacturing of electronics enclosures. Compared to metal enclosures, plastic electronic enclosures offer a number of unique advantages such as enhanced durability and resistance to extreme temperatures. Additionally, production cost savings are often possible due to the efficiency of custom plastic molding design and manufacturing processes.

The Benefits of Plastics for Protecting Electronic Enclosures

The many advantages of custom molded plastic enclosures make the material a viable metal replacement for many electronics applications.

Extremely Durable and Shockproof

Modern plastic materials are engineered to be extremely tough and durable. The material can be fine-tuned to provide maximum durability in extremely specific operational conditions. Furthermore, plastics are generally much more shockproof than metal counterparts. This property further adds to the device’s durability, allowing it to absorb bumps, shakes, and drops without damaging the internal electronics.

Resistant to Extreme Temperatures and Weathering

Today’s specialized plastic materials are engineered to reliably withstand extreme temperatures, both heat and cold. Plastic also makes an excellent insulator, helping to shield vital electronic components from damaging temperatures. Additionally, unlike metal enclosures, plastic electronics enclosures will not rust or corrode due to weathering.

Non-Conductive and No Signal Interference

Plastic is not conductive of electricity, making it the ideal material for enclosing the most complex electrical devices. Furthermore, unlike many types of metal enclosures, plastic enclosures can be engineered to exhibit minimal or no interference with electrical signals and radio transmissions. Clean electrical passthrough is imperative for many modern electronics devices which require reliable digital connectivity.

Cost-Effective and Economical

Modern plastic molding processes are highly customizable and extremely efficient. Custom injection molding specialists such as AIM Processing are able to design, modify, and produce complex plastic enclosures and components more economically than many metal fabrication options.

Plastic Molding Services for Custom Electrical Enclosures

AIM Processing provides unparalleled experience in the total engineering, manufacturing, and integration of custom plastic electrical enclosures. As an ISO 9001:2015 registered American manufacturer, we are committed to delivering the highest of quality standards and responsive customer support for your entire project.

Topics: Electronic Enclosures, Quality, Plastic vs. metal, Waterproofing, Outdoor enclosures

Jon Gelston

Written by Jon Gelston