Authored by Nitesh

The enclosure of your EEE or IoT device will serve the end consumer for years and will protect the device from water ingress, corrosion, harsh weather conditions, high impact, electric shocks, and other situations in most cases.

The durability and accessibility of your device are directly proportional to its success, and challenges with the enclosure can result in opportunity loss amounting to a large portion of your target market share.

Selecting the right IoT enclosure, on the other hand, can increase its accessibility and market attraction at the same time. In this blog, we cover the five most important things you must take care of before manufacturing your EEE or IoT enclosure.

#1 Type of material based on factors like thermal resistance, weatherproof factor, durability, and others

There are a lot of options in terms of materials like ABS plastic, steel, aluminium, polycarbonate, and others. Your decision to choose the material should be based on multiple considerations, including:

  • Electrical insulation requirements
  • Thermal and chemical resistance
  • Corrosion and scratch resistance
  • EMI/RFI shielding
  • Internal/external end-use case
  • Weight
  • Machinability
  • Weatherproof factor
  • Durability
  • And others

#2 IP, NEMA, UL or other ratings based on the end use-case

Compliance is something you cannot ignore, and you might have to comply with different rules based on where you sell your device.

Some of the most common compliance certifications that you must consider are:

  • IP certification for water and dust ingress
  • NEMA rating for water and dust ingress and durability from specific weather conditions
  • UL rating
  • RoHS compliance

#3 Total cost of ownership and type of manufacturing process (Sheet metal, 3D printing, and others)

Cost optimisation is something you cannot ignore in order to be competitive in the market. One of the most significant factors that influence cost is the manufacturing process. You can choose from 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication, injection moulding, and others.

You must consider the following:

  • Machinability of the material with the specific manufacturing process
  • Cost of materials
  • Scalability of the manufacturing process
  • Access to and availability of expert technical know-how for the specific process
  • Scope for future changes
  • And other factors

#4 Design that separates the aesthetic look and feel from your competitors

At the end of the day, the design is a major deciding factor for the end customer. The device’s design should be planned and accessed before you start manufacturing.

The manufacturing process you choose, materials, shape, components of the device, and other factors influence the design. Detailed DfM feedback can help you do a detailed analysis of the design. It can help you create a design with an edge over the competition both from a usability and aesthetics point of view.

#5 Considerations for components and scope for future modifications (based on specific use cases)

Your IoT enclosure should account for the right balance of space for device components and future changes that you might have to consider. Keeping extra and limited space for components and future considerations are both challenges that need to be addressed before we start manufacturing.

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