Both Hoffman and Rittal include good informationin their catalogs, at least they used to include it.
And I can easily imagine the aluminum of some types of buttons corroding away in justa few weeks of gulf salt spray. The problem is that not everybody advertises their non-corroding controls, and they do cost a lot more initially.
Probably, the worst panels I have seen ever, were at a couple of offshore platforms in Campeche Bay. The panel components had suffered a terrible corrosion damage because of the marine atmosphere, but even worse: the pushbuttons had disintegrated completely, probably from UV light damage from the sun. Selectors were completely stuck and couldn't be rotated at all. All these damage was inflicted in less than two years of ambient exposition.
Those panels were to house the igniton system of the platform flare burner. Inside, we found that the ignition coil was too lightly constructed, and the manufacturer had placed a sticker (that was brown colored from oveheating) stating a Duty Cycle of only 30%, so that it required a cooling rest period after only two minutes of operation. I doubt the manufacturer did ANY calculations on temperatures inside the panel, that was a NEMA-7 Explosion-proof box, about 24" side square box.
Call that a completely "Monkeyish" design and execution.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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