Emerging technologies driving the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 are accelerating the need for network connectivity and compute everywhere. Protecting the sensitive—and expensive—equipment that powers and connects these networks is paramount, so it is important to understand where they will be located. Harsh indoor and outdoor environments require special electrical enclosures that ensure reliable, uninterrupted operation of the equipment inside.
In this paper, Chatsworth Products (CPI) examines three key enclosure ratings, as established by the National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA), that will best protect the sensitive, expensive equipment housed inside. However, selecting an enclosure with an improper rating is one of the most common errors when specifying a NEMA Type enclosure. This can result in inadequate protection for equipment, leading to wasted time and money, or worse, network outages and crippling downtime.