Vande Berg Scales Blog

You are here: Home → Archives → Tag → Enclosures
Apr 26, 2013

3-Dimensional Design Software VS. 2-Dimensional Design Software

The use of 3 dimensional software in the Engineering Design field has greatly improved the overall ease of drafting compared to using 2 dimensional.

By using 3D software, we are able to easily construct a model of what we build, whether it be an enclosure or the various conveyor systems we design. This enables us to better inform you on the products you’re buying!

stainless steel enclosures

We generally design in 3D, so we can see how everything will fit together and to make sure there will be no major problems. Using 3D to produce drawings for the production floor, gives us the added advantage of making bends and cuts for fitting before any actual cuts are made. Once we are pleased with how the parts fit together, we make a flat drawing.

This procedure has come in very handy when creating enclosures with access doors. We are able to change bend radiuses and lengths along with cuts to get a perfect fitting gutter for the door.

The 3D software is also helpful when working on conveyor scales. We are able to place holes for mounting the conveyors to the frames more accurately.

And since the implementation of our waterjet cutting table, we are able exhibit a much cleaner look.

Additionally, 3D design software helps to make sure the conveyor beds line up for smooth belt travel. Being able to do this helps in making pieces on the production floor fit together better and therefore helps your job to move along and be produced quicker!

The use of 2D is more time consuming to create a “3d” version. You must draw lines that correspond to other lines to add the depth look. Most of our 2D is done for sending signoff drawings to customers to approve or make changes to our designs.

We use both 2D and 3D design software. However, the use of 3D software has benefited us to better create custom enclosures and conveyor systems for our customers to meet their specifications.

Stainless Steel Enclosure Brochure

Download our PDF Brochure

  •    //
  • Comments Off on 3-Dimensional Design Software VS. 2-Dimensional Design Software   //
  • Enclosures
Apr 25, 2013

Why Stainless Steel 304 for Enclosures, Conveyors, Etc.

Stainless steel 304 has a minimum of 18% chromium and an added 8% nickel along with 0.08% carbon. It is sought for its welding abilities along with its corrosion and oxidation resistance. It is easy to maintain and has good appearance.

stainless steel enclosures

stainless steel enclosure

Stainless steel is defined as a steel alloy with 10.5% to 11% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel resists corrosion, rust, or staining.

Even with stainless steel construction, corrosion, rust, and staining can be an issue when used in areas of low oxygen, poor circulation, or high salinity (salt content).

What makes stainless steel differ from ordinary carbon steel is the amount of chromium present. Chromium is added for high corrosion resistance and the hardness it offers. The chromium found in stainless helps to create a thin layer of chromium oxide that protects the metal from water and air and leaves the steel shiny.

stainless steel enclosures

Stainless steel is the main building component used in food related applications such as pans and cooking tools as well as in the food industry by the use of enclosures and conveyor systems. Since we often supply to food-based companies, we make sure that what we manufacture will hold up to the chemicals that are used for cleaning, and to the acids that are produced by certain foods.

When you’re deciding to purchase equipment, you want your systems made from materials that will hold up to corrosion but is also reasonably priced. With 304 stainless steel you get both a corrosion resistant material and a nice looking finish for a reasonable price. From enclosures, checkweighers, conveyors, and scales, choose 304 to meet your needs!

Stainless Steel Enclosure Brochure

Download our PDF Brochure

See our 304 Stainless Steel Enclosures

  •    //
  • Comments Off on Why Stainless Steel 304 for Enclosures, Conveyors, Etc.   //
  • Enclosures
Apr 15, 2013

Stainless Steel Equipment for All Your Needs

Scales, conveyors, and labelers may be invaluable to various industries, but we also do work with some other plant necessities that don’t always get recognized.

These aren’t machines that we are talking about.

stainless steel enclosures

Think about all of the stands, tables,cabinets, walkovers, and carts that go into any fully-functional plant.

Sometimes these things are easy to overlook because the issues that they solve aren’t quite as complex.

However, without these items, many businesses wouldn’t be as functional.

Our attention to detail allows us to look past the glamour and realize that there is still a need for good structures and functional transportation and storage products.

Here, we offer a whole line of products to meet those needs.

We make all sorts of tables and stands to your custom specifications out of stainless steel.

This is especially handy for those industries that require clean cutting tables and sanitary environments.

Equipment made out of stainless steel makes these products stronger and longer-lasting than many other common materials, and also keeps them from corroding and weathering like some materials would experience in the same situation.

Stainless steel equipment is also easier to clean and wash than other materials because stainless steel doesn’t rust when it comes into contact with water.

enclosure gallery

If you need clean or sturdy products to facilitate and store operations in your plant, don’t overlook the rugged, custom-specified parts that we make here.

We know stainless steel and how to work with it from many years of working on scales, and you have our promise that we put the same attention to detail into these tables, stands, etc. as we do into each scale that we produce!

Take a look and make sure that your plant is fully equipped with the right products to get the job done!

Stainless Steel Enclosure Brochure

Download our PDF Brochure

Apr 13, 2013

Stainless Steel Enclosures: Keeping Your Equipment Protected

With all of the groundbreaking scale technology being talked about, it can be easy to occasionally forget about some of the simpler things, like protecting wires and sensitive hardware.

Your plant has the toughest machinery you could afford because by nature it is a rough environment.


These machines stand up to any mess or corrosion that you throw at them, but what about the electronics?

You could have the nicest machines in the world, but with the level of automation and assistance that accompanies most new machines, you would be dead in the water without the computers and sensitive electronic equipment to keep them running!

But many important electronic systems are rather fragile and vulnerable to the elements, so how are you supposed to protect them in your harsh plant environment?

The answer is with stainless steel enclosures!

stainless steel enclosures

The solution that we have to vulnerable electronics is to house them inside custom fabricated stainless steel enclosures that are fully capable of keeping the elements out.

Every plant has different needs and requirements.

Often certain plants are required to perform thorough wash-downs that would wear on sensitive equipment in no time. However, with our enclosures, you wouldn’t have to worry about water and other contaminants getting in and ruining your sensitive equipment.

Our stainless steel enclosures are completely resistant to the outside elements but, at the same time, completely accessible to those who need to use the equipment housed safely within.

stainless steel enclosures

These enclosures are truly invaluable to any plant, as they eliminate a steep opportunity cost by drastically prolonging the life of expensive equipment.

It might seem strange that a company that does so much work with scales and conveyors would also have a hand in forming steel enclosures, but we know the value of expensive equipment!

That’s why we put so much effort into making our scales sturdy and rugged.

We know what needs to be protected and we want to help our customers keep their plants running as smoothly as possible.

We’re the natural choice for stainless steel enclosures! Few manufacturing companies understand a harsh, commercial environment as well as we do!

Talk to us about protecting your valuable equipment today and keep your sensitive electronic devices in tip-top shape!

Stainless Steel Enclosure Brochure

Download our PDF Brochure

See how we protect your equipment with NEMA-4X stainless steel enclosures.

  •    //
  • Comments Off on Stainless Steel Enclosures: Keeping Your Equipment Protected   //
  • Enclosures
Apr 4, 2013

Stainless Steel Enclosures Reflect Well On You

There are many reasons companies buy our polished 304 stainless steel custom fabricated enclosures.

stainless steel enclosures

Stainless Steel Enclosure

These shiny boxes are ideal for protecting, among other items:

  • Printers
  • Labelers
  • Computers
  • Scanners
  • Monitors
  • Communications equipment
  • Supplies

Yes, just about anything that could be ruined by exposure to water, dust, or chemicals can be well protected by our NEMA 4X rated enclosures.  With continuous TIG welding, a rain gutter style door seal, and easy to operate latches you will find yourself replacing your sensitive equipment less often.

Plus, you save the time and hassle associated with moving at-risk items for remote storage and retrieval.

With options like automated cooling units, sliding drawers, key locking door handles, articulating arms, plexi-glass windows, and external communications ports you can make sure that your productivity will be enhanced even more.

From something as small as a “Weight Indicator Box-In-A-Box” to a six-compartment double HMI enclosure you can get just what you want.

stainless steel enclosures

Stainless Steel Stand with two see-through windows

Aside from the obvious need to protect things from harsh environments, one of our recently-acquired customers had an additional reason for selecting us to design and build their custom stainless steel enclosure.

They wanted to project a better, more professional image when prospective customers and investors toured their plant.

We built an enclosure that was customized to hold a box labeler, a verification scanner, an Event Printer on a sliding drawer (see top picture), a weight indicator, and an articulating arm that held an all-in-one touchscreen computer.

It was just what our customer needed to protect its electronic equipment in an enclosure that was a perfect reflection on our customer’s professionalism.

See examples of NEMA-4X Printer Enclosures

Stainless Steel Enclosure Brochure

Download our PDF Brochure

  •    //
  • Comments Off on Stainless Steel Enclosures Reflect Well On You   //
  • Enclosures