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Functional Test Fixtures – Getting the Enclosure Right

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Ergonomics, Equipment and Floor Space, Seismic, Power … and more. 

As a QA Functional Tester your job is to ensure circuit defects are flagged as early as possible and are well documented. You must emulate the environment where the product is expected to operate. You are the last phase on the production line – responsible for communicating status to the team as it pertains to the project release schedule. 

One problem, the tool you are using – your current test fixture – is not the right tool for the job. You have done your research and can’t seem to find anything that will address your issues without blowing your budget. 

We have good news for you; Emcor helps customers solve problems like this every day.

  • If we can’t find an exact solution for your fixture using our catalog components, we will modify our products to fit your needs.
  • If your requirements need a completely custom solution, our skilled design team is on hand to work with you to create it.
  • We will manufacture your enclosure in our plant—right here in the USA.
  • Our products are guaranteed to protect your test equipment; even in the harshest environments 

Read more about some of the issues our customers have brought to us – and how we have helped provide solutions. 

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Catching up with Richard Grant, Designer and Engineer at Emcor Enclosures

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Emcor Enclosures designs and builds metal enclosures for sensitive electronics. Based in Rochester, MN, Emcor serves a variety of markets, including: security, government, test/measurement, aerospace, energy, and data communications (IT and data centers).

 

We recently had a chance to speak with Richard Grant, a designer and engineer on Emcor’s data center enclosure team.

Q: Can you tell us a little about what goes into building racks and cabinets for data centers?
RG: There are a variety of different rack/cabinet products (server cabinets, wall mount cabinets, switch cabinets, open frame racks, etc) that can be used for, or in conjunction with, a data center. Each one has something unique about the design/build. The underlying theme is that they need to protect the equipment they are housing and they need to be strong. They also need to accommodate the customer’s unique situation.

Q: You mentioned that you make them strong. Can you tell us a little more about that?
RG: Sure. Electronics and their components can get heavy and sometimes they need to be mounted on a wall to conserve space. That means they need to be sturdy! We use 14-gauge cold-rolled steel (you know, the same stuff in the Ford commercials). They are tough—able to handle 200 lbs. of load. In fact, we are getting ready to test our new wall mount cabinet for up to 500 lbs.

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Emcor’s New Protector Series Datacom Server Cabinets Featured at 2016 BICSI Winter Conference

Rochester, MN – January 27, 2016. Emcor Enclosures, a business unit of Crenlo, will display its datacom, IT and networking operations solutions at the 2016 BICSI Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 1-3, 2016. Emcor will debut its Protector™ Series server cabinets and wall mounts as well as its popular Guardian™ Series and hot aisle/cold aisle containment solutions.

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The Protector™ Series of server cabinets provide a reliable to way to keep data and electronics safe. The cabinets deliver superior ventilation and integrated cable and power management—the three biggest challenges for space-constrained data centers.

The wall-mount version is available with both “swing-out” and “fixed” functionality and offers a variety of sizes and depths to accommodate equipment and fit tight spaces. Removable side panels on the racks allow administrators to access systems as needed.

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See Emcor’s Datacom Cabinet & Rack Solutions at BCISI 2016, February 1-3, 2016 in Orlando, FL

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Stop by and see us at BCISI in booth 1233!

BCISI is the premier event for information and communications technology (ICT) professionals to expand their industry knowledge, technical base and to network with other industry professionals. The show runs January 31-February 4. See us in the exhibit hall during these dates and times.

We are excited to debut our new Protector™ Series of server cabinets and wall mounts at BCISI. The solutions provide a reliable way to keep data and equipment SAFE and solve the biggest data center enclosure challenges by offering:

  • Outstanding overall system ventilation (74%!)
  • Integrated Cable Management
  • Power Management

We’ll also be showing our premier Guardian™ Series enclosures and famous, patent-pending “1-N-Hung” wall mount cabinet installation, as well as our hot aisle / cold aisle containment solutions.

Please click to visit the BCISI site and plan your visit. Also don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a time to meet us in our booth!

Crenlo’s Emcor Enclosures & Karis Technologies Partner to Provide Comprehensive Data Center Solutions

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Rochester, MN – July 7, 2015. Crenlo, an international leader in the manufacturing of cab and equipment enclosures, announced today that its Emcor Enclosures business unit has entered into an exclusive strategic alliance with Karis Technologies, a leading data center solution provider. Together the two companies will provide customers with comprehensive data center applications and solutions.

By combining the strong infrastructure history of Emcor Enclosures together with extensive product and design expertise of Karis Technologies, Emcor will now offer customers a highly differentiated set of data center solutions. They range from pre-configured Guardian™ Series server cabinets (available seven days from order), to fully custom cabinet, power and cooling solutions—meeting the demands of the most difficult new data center environments.

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Crenlo & Expanding Emcor Datacom Enclosures featured in Post-Bulletin.

Crenlo and Emcor Enclosure’s growing business in datacom server cabinets, enclosures and racks were recently featured in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

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The Emcor assembly line at the company’s manufacturing plant on Valley High Drive in Rochester.

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Kevin Hovde, a 38-year employee of Crenlo, welds a large piece of steel framework at the company’s manufacturing plant on Valley High Drive in Rochester.

Excerpts from the article follow:

“Crenlo, a major manufacturer in Rochester for 64 years, is looking to grow by capturing a larger piece of the $2 billion computer component enclosure business. . . . Crenlo now employs between 650 to 700 people at its two Rochester facilities. It also has a loyal workforce, with 26 years the average employee tenure.

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Racks and Enclosures Should be an Afterthought

In an article for Mission Critical magazine, Steven Leidig, manager of enclosure engineering at Crenlo, discusses the importance of having an established design in place before ordering racks and enclosures for a data center.

Building an efficient data center requires significant analysis of a number of factors, including the number and type of servers needed, expected power usage, cooling requirements, airflow design, footprint, layout, cabling paths, and more. Each of these considerations can affect the others, and as such, the rule of thumb is that procurement should not take place until the design has been firmly established— a rule that is often broken, especially when procuring server racks and enclosures.

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EMI Shielding for Enclosures Calls for Application-Specific Thinking

In an article for COTS Journal, Joel Young, engineer at Crenlo, discusses why shielding of military electronics from electromagnetic interference (EMI) often necessitates the use of a custom enclosure.

There’s a special art to designing the proper EMI shielding for a system. Because every scenario is unique, getting the adequate protection means a lot of custom modifications to enclosures.

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