The Low Tolerance Spec
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Protecting the Electronics inside of an enclosure
A popular and often overused catchphrase is, "to think outside the box". I have learned that in the telecommunications market that it is better to think inside the box. The reason I make this statement is because a very important component of a telecommunications enclosure is the electronics inside the "box". Not only are the electronic components expensive but the cost of failure is a great cost to consider. For example, a failure of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) unit would result in lost TV reception, high speed internet access and land line phone service. Some above ground - below ground fiber units may support up to 10,000 customers from a single box. Imagine having 10,000 unhappy customers on your hands. It is not a good situation!
Effects of Temperature
Operating temperatures of the project will have a profound effect of the longevity of the elastomer and rubber seals. If the proper material is not select for the intended operational temperature ranges the possibility of product failure increases.
Designing a custom made gasket should be treated almost like an online dating profile. What qualities are you interested in the most for your product? What are the least important aspects that won’t affect the overall performance of your product? Selecting the right properties in your gasket design will ultimately lead to a material that is best suited for your project without hindering its operation. Trust me, if there were a gasket that excels in every category, there would not be a need for so many gaskets on the market and everyone would use this mystical all-purpose product for everything.
Topics: Quality of Design