Stahlin has just introduced a line of fiberglass enclosures designed for use in hazardous locations where the concept of increased safety is practiced. Key to the development of the NightHawk™ enclosures is the use of a proprietary fiberglass formulation with the ability to dissipate a static charge, says Engineering Manager Mike Jackson. "The enclosures meet both North American (UL, CAN/CSA) and European (DEMKo) zone requirements," he says. In addition, the enclosures exceed the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. "We wanted to make sure that we did not take a step backward from the performance of our normal fiberglass formulations," says Jackson. A silicone gasket protects the contents from fluids or dust and also provides high temperature resistance. The enclosures are rated to 100C in increased safety applications. The fiberglass enclosures meet Class I T5 temperature requirements. They are also certified for use as a recognized component in Class I, Zone 1 and 2, where there is danger of explosion due to presence of flammable gases, vapors or liquids. They are also suitable for Class I or II Division 2 areas where ignitible concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, dusts, or liquids are not likely to exist under normal operating conditions. At a price 1/3 to 1/2 that of a stainless steel enclosure, lower cost is another benefit of the new fiberglass enclosure.
Additional Details… Stahlin Fiberglass Enclosures, 500 Maple St., Belding, MI 48809; Tel: (616) 794-0700; FAX: (616)794-3378; www.stahlin.com ; or Enter 581.
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