When an organization wants to protect multiple electronics units, they can opt for a multiunit solution, rather than an individual enclosure for each unit.
But, what does that multiunit enclosure look like?
Are the electronics stacked on top of each other or side by side? Are they in the same enclosure together, or separated by dividers? Do they use the same filtration system? Does it save money to get a multiunit enclosure instead of a single-unit enclosure?
Read on to learn more about multiunit enclosure solutions, and whether they’re right for your organization.
Stacked vs. Side-by-Side
One big question is in regard to how the enclosure manufacturer will orient different electronics in one larger enclosure.
That depends on a variety of factors.
Some organizations want to save space while protecting their equipment. Or, maybe they just have limited space to set up multiple machines. In those cases, a vertical enclosure with units stacked upward would be best. The units would be separated by dividers. With this orientation, the organization should consider adding special access and slide-out features in the kiosk design for user-friendly functionality and serviceability.
If a vertical orientation isn’t an option, DustShield can build the enclosure out horizontally. In that case, the right-most unit may feature large gull-wing bay doors, while the rest would feature front doors with pull-out trays.
In addition to space, the machines themselves might dictate the orientation. For example, a full workstation may contain a CPU, monitor, printer and keyboard. The monitor, at least, will need to be at eye level, so that “section” of the entire workstation can be mounted on top of the CPU section. The printer can be mounted to the side. And that’s just one example. At DustShield, we can orient sections in a variety of ways, and even add peripheral accessories if needed.
Shared System vs. Individual Systems
Whether the electronics in different sections share filtration systems or get their own depends on a few factors.
For one, stacked electronics will have dividers between them, which would block air flow between sections. Each would then need its own air filtration system. Side-by-side setups might be able to share.
Some electronics, such as a high-end quality assurance microscope or mass spectrometer, may need its own clean room environment and therefore would definitely need its own air filtration system. But, that enclosure can still be integrated into a workstation.
Enclosure Cost Difference
A multiunit enclosure will feature shared dividers and possibly even a shared filtration system. This means it takes fewer materials to build.
In addition, by building it at once, rather than over time in a hodge-podge manner, the manufacturer can ship it all at once, rather than on different trucks over time.
This all means less cost to the manufacturer, and therefore a lower price for the customer.
Multiunit enclosures offer a number of benefits, but they require planning ahead of time. Instead of piecemealing a kiosk together over time, plan what electronics you want protected and let the enclosure manufacturer know. They can plan out everything to help you save space, save your electronics and even save money.