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Stainless Steel Printer Enclosures

Our enclosures reflect well on you.

Printer Enclosure Options:

Prevent water from damaging your printers with our NEMA-4X stainless steel washdown-rated enclosures. Reduce down time by keeping your electronics dry and running properly.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Continuous TIG welded construction of polished 304 stainless steel assures robust characteristics for longevity
  • Wash-down, rain gutter style door seal prevent direct spray from contacting the door
  • Single ½-turn easy to operate door latch allows operators to quickly and easily open the door
  • Pull out drawer is designed for quick access for label roll changes and equipment access
  • Top-hinged door allows door to swing nearly 270º to relieve the operator from door obstructions while in use

Washdown Enclosure Features:

FAQ

Yes.  Not only can we make it any size, but we can: add as many doors as you need, shelves as you want, windows in any location and add a stand to support the enclosure.

Yes.  We can add an aluminum panel on any side and provide a standoff on the bottom.

Yes.  We design and fabricate all enclosures at our Sioux Center, IA location.

The highly loaded hinges invariably crack and break the enclosure at the attachment point. This allows the environment to penetrate the enclosure. Repetitive purchasing of lesser quality and replacement of damaged internal components often cost more than our stainless steel products. Give me a dented enclosure over a cracked enclosure any day.  (See our info PDF)

All types – Zebra, Datamax, Intermec, Sato, Honeywell, Printronix and more.

I have just received the custom fabricated washdown enclosures. The whole order process and all dealings with your company was a pleasure from start to end. I must comment that the design and workmanship were well above what we expected. Aesthetically the final product was great, not to mention that during the design phase they had thought of things that we would not have done. They are well built and I am sure will last for many years. Delivery schedules were advised and beaten, not may custom design manufacturers can say that. Thank you for a job exceptionally well done.
Dave E. - Dartronics, Inc.
Engineering

7 Design Criteria for Keeping Water Out of an Enclosure

Sloped top ensures water runs off after washdown.

1. Sloped Top – For many food processing facilities, standing water is not welcome. Therefore, the top of the cabinet is sloped ensuring water runs off and does not pool.

Rain gutter (green) protects the door seal (purple) from direct water spray.

2. Rain Gutter – a rain gutter prevents a high pressure water stream from achieving a “direct shot” at the door seal. The rain gutter acts as a deflector for the high pressure water stream when the door is closed.

High quality gasket material seals the door to the enclosure ensuring the elements stay out.

3. Quality Door Seal – Most of our enclosures use a 1-in wide x 0.25-in thick gasket. This ensures a continuous seal even if door alignment starts to deviate over years of use. The gasket material is blended Neoprene that is mixed with EPDM and SBR. In addition, the gasket is made of a closed-cell foam that does not absorb water.

Half-turn latch makes opening and closing the enclosure virtually fool-proof

4. Multiple Locking Handles – We use multiple cam-locking handles that lock the door in place, but also pull the door towards the seal as you turn the handle. We also use several handles along the door edge to ensure positive pressure along the entire edge of the door or access panel. (Even the handle has an internal gasket.)

5. Penetrations are kept to a minimum – We weld external flanges where ever possible so components (i.e. light bars, antennas) are connected to the flange vs. securing the component directly to the enclosure, which would require drilling holes and creating a potential water entry point. Any cables are then run through the Cord/Cable Entry.

Washdown cable access ensures water stays out even under harsh environments.

6. Well-Insulated Cord/Cable Entry – Our well protected cord/cable entry allows you the advantage of wiring your enclosure without having to cut and splice your cables. It can accommodate many cable entering the same location. The cables are sandwiched between multiple layers of closed-cell foam.

Double-Shear Point External Hinges

7. Double-Shear Point External Hinges – External hinges allow the door to make an even seal around the entire outside edge vs. internal hinges which often have reduced seal material in the vicinity of the hinge.

Stainless Steel Enclosure Gallery

Downloadable PDF Resources

IP Enclosure Rating Chart

NEMA Rating Characteristics Table

Stainless Steel vs. Plastic Enclosures​

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