Valuable electrical equipment housed inside cabinets is typically protected by some type of thermal management system to maintain safe operating temperatures. The electrical cabinet is designed to keep out dust, dirt and water but overheating is one of the single largest threats facing the electrical components leading to potential malfunctions, failure and unplanned costly downtime. Continue reading
Electrical enclosure fans are an economical answer to cooling enclosures in locations that are not extremely harsh, where humidity is not a concern, and temperatures slightly above ambient are acceptable for the electrical components in the enclosure.
As with any type of equipment, problems with enclosure cooling fans, such as wiring issues, like a short, blown fuse, or loose connector, can arise. Here are suggested fixes that can permanently resolve any electrical enclosure fan problem. Continue reading
Cooling fans for electrical enclosures are an excellent solution for applications in which extreme temperatures or certain other environmental factors are not an issue.
There are many types of electrical enclosure cooling solutions available, from the most high-tech air conditioners and closed loop heat exchangers to the most simple filtered fan systems. Of course, not every solution is right for every application, which is why it is so important to select the right cooling unit for your electrical enclosure.
Provided the conditions are right, the lowest cost method of cooling an enclosure is to use filtered fans. The reasons are simple: fans are cheap, cost very little to run, and are capable of moving a significant amount of air. Furthermore, there is not a lot that can go wrong with them. The basic requirements for the successful use of fans include: Continue reading
Under ideal environmental conditions, enclosure cooling fans offer the most cost effective solution to adequately cool sensitive electrical components. Cooling fans function best when located indoors where minimal levels of dust and dirt exist, away from moisture and corrosive chemicals. The ambient air temperature should be low enough to properly cool heat producing components.
Industrial electrical equipment is crucial to the operation of many manufacturing operations and their reliability is of utmost importance. Businesses cannot afford costly downtime due to electrical component malfunctions from overheating or damage from dust and dirt, moisture or corrosive chemicals.
A cooling fan is the most economical choice for temperature regulation inside an electrical enclosure with moderate ambient temperatures and limited humidity. The costs of procuring an enclosure cooling fan and running one are an order of magnitude lower than those associated with air conditioners. However, the process of selecting the right type of cabinet cooling fan for your requirements can be tricky. If you have not had experience using cooling fans before, these are the common mistakes to avoid. Continue reading
Using enclosure fans to cool electrical components in cabinets is simple and efficient. They are robust, inexpensive and easy to maintain, providing long term protection for vital and costly electrical equipment. Unless environmental factors that preclude the use of fans, such as excessive airborne particles or oils, exist, the ability to use enclosure fans to keep components cool is an economical solution that will reduce operating and maintenance costs.
The electrical enclosure cooling fan is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is an excellent, efficient and the most economical enclosure cooling solution. On the other hand, it has several stipulations to its use that makes it unsuitable for many applications. If any of the items in the following list applies to your application, you will not be able to solve the thermal management problem with the enclosure cooling fan. Continue reading