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Old 04-21-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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So I'm curious what everyone is using for control panel enclosures. I used a metal cash box that worked out pretty well with exception I'm now about out of room running three different voltages and a bunch of relays. I've seen people use the plastic enclosures from the LHS but I'm not a big fan of that. I'm on the hunt specifically for metal ones that are pretty spacious. Maybe this would be a good resource thread anyway so post some pics!

Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Here you go

http://shop.mobileweb.ebay.com/searc...16x8+enclosure
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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AutomationDirect.com is where we shop for enclosure and most electrical supplies.

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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Stumbled upon this site today: http://www.customaluminumbox.com/. Going to see what it would cost to have a custom size made. The black powder coat looks pretty sharp!

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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Stumbled upon this site today: http://www.customaluminumbox.com/. Going to see what it would cost to have a custom size made. The black powder coat looks pretty sharp!
Excellent find!! Thanks for sharing!

 
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #6
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I use a 5 quart aluminum pressure cooker from Goodwill; $9. I took the handles off, tapped the side to accept a 3/4" pipe and ran the wires through it. Nothing like it.

 
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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I bought my steel enclosure on ebay from Electrical Replacement Parts.
By far the best price I've found, and the box will survive a nuclear blast.
They've got stainless too if you're a bling whore

Sort of related, I got all my DIN-rail mounted stuff from Tier1Automation.
Really good prices, free shipping, and you can buy just 1 of something if that's all you need.
That was my only complaint with AutomationDirect - I don't need 50 pieces dammit!

 
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:06 AM   #8
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I'm looking at this one:

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=143

 
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:20 AM   #9
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Quote:
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I bought my steel enclosure on ebay from Electrical Replacement Parts.
By far the best price I've found, and the box will survive a nuclear blast.
They've got stainless too if you're a bling whore

Sort of related, I got all my DIN-rail mounted stuff from Tier1Automation.
Really good prices, free shipping, and you can buy just 1 of something if that's all you need.
That was my only complaint with AutomationDirect - I don't need 50 pieces dammit!
Thanks! Always looking for better suppliers.

 
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:28 AM   #10
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Tier1 did not have several items we use often included illuminated 22mm pushbuttons.

 
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