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Environmental

ADVERSE CONDITIONS?
CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOX.

A cabinet’s job is to protect and create a safe operating environment for industrial, telecom and broadband equipment. BOX by Great Lakes–UL-listed, NEMA-rated cabinets and wall mounts–get the job done when critical infrastructure is susceptible to fluctuating indoor and outdoor environmental conditions.

STANDARD BOX – IN STOCK & AVAILABLE NOW!

We’re known for options, but we narrowed the standard BOX selection to our most popular size and style to make ordering and configuration even more fast, flexible, and easy! A single part number includes the cabinet and accessories that are common to NEMA applications.

NEMA 3 5G Cabinet

IN STOCK, 24-48 HOUR SHIPPING, NEMA Type 3, 39 RMU, 23″ EIA Cabinet

NEMA 4 Edge Cabinet

IN STOCK, NEMA Type 4, 26 RMU, 19″ EIA Cabinet

NEMA 3R Utility Box

IN STOCK, 24-48 HOUR SHIPPING, NEMA Type 3R Utility Box with Sub Panel

Industrial Type 12

Indoor Protection Against Ingress of Dripping Water & Solid Objects

MADE-TO-ORDER BOX

A portfolio of existing UL508A Listed, NEMA 250 Type 3R, 4, and 4X BOX products can be made-to-order by modifying physical cabinet attributes. Collaborate with a Great Lakes sales manager to determine a base product and how it can be modified to fit specific applications.

Industrial Type 3R

Indoor & Outdoor Protection Against Ingress of Water & Solid Objects

Industrial Type 4 & 4x

Indoor & Outdoor Protection Against Ingress of Water, Solid Objects, and Corrosion (4X)

Industrial Custom

OverviewEnvironmentAirflowConnectivityPowerSecurityIntegration

Dish Wireless launched its first smart 5G service, Project Genesis, in Las Vegas in May 2022

Identical to the infrastructure needs of a traditional, indoor data cabinet, a NEMA-rated environmental solution should address environmental conditions, airflow, cable management/connectivity, power and security requirements.

Standard BOX configurations incorporate various accessories and components that address these infrastructure requirements.

Made-to-order BOX cabinets can be configured with various options. Discuss available solutions with your Great Lakes sales member during the engineering process.

In the Spotlight: Edge Compute

The fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is digitizing manufacturing and warehousing. Computers and autonomous systems, fueled by machine learning, construct an enormous cyber-physical system, known as the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems. This autonomous trend of decision-making and action, required for more efficiency and throughput, requires faster and increased processing power–power needed at the edge.

Data travels from a user’s device to a central location for processing, and n some instances, a specific outcome/action is returned to the device. The volume of connected devices and the desire for faster more reliable processing is expected to overwhelm networks in a centralized system. Edge computing is decentralizing the approach: data from edge devices travel to an edge data center or edge microdata center (EMDC), that physically sits closer to users and edge devices. This shortened path enables more total compute power: increased data analysis at a faster rate with fewer potential points of network failure.

The goal of edge computing is forcing data to be installed outdoors, in stairwells and closets, on the manufacturing floor. When the environment is unpredictable, choose BOX by Great Lakes for edge applications!

Additional Markets & Applications

  • 5G wireless
  • Food and beverage production
  • Manufacturing
  • HVAC
  • Public utilities
  • Oil & gas
  • Government operations

Consider the environmental conditions of where equipment will be deployed. A specific NEMA rating, combined with BOX components, will address these considerations and work together to create a safe environment, free of dust, dirt, precipitation, etc.

Ambient Conditions

  • Intense sun
  • Fluctuating temperatures
  • Precipitation
  • Ice formation
  • Ingress of foreign objects (dust, flyings, etc.)
Equipment specifications from the manufacturer

  • Operating temperature
  • Connectivity standards
  • Power requirements
  • Physical space clearance and requirements
Industry Standards

  • Bicsi
  • ASHRAE
  • Government or EPA requirements
Comparison of Specific Applications of Enclosures for Indoor Nonhazardous (non-classified) Locations  

Type of Enclosure

Provides a Degree of
Protection Against the Following Conditions
1 * 2 * 4 4X 5 6 6P 12 12K 13
Access to hazardous parts X X X X X X X X X X
Ingress of solid foreign objects (falling dirt) X X X X X X X X X X
Ingress of water (Dripping and light splashing) X X X X X X X X X
Ingress of solid foreign objects (Circulating dust, lint, fibers, and flyings **) X X X X X X X
Ingress of solid foreign objects (Settling airborne dust, lint, fibers, and flyings **) X X X X X X X X
Ingress of water (Hosedown and splashing water) X X X X
Oil and coolant seepage .. X X X
Oil or coolant spraying and splashing X
Corrosive agents X X
Ingress of water (Occasional temporary submersion) X X
Ingress of water (Occasional prolonged submersion) X
* These enclosures may be ventilated.
** These fibers and flyings are nonhazardous materials and are not considered Class III type ignitable fibers or combustible flyings.
Class III type ignitable fibers or combustible flyings see the National Electrical Code, Article 500.
Comparison of Specific Applications of Enclosures for Indoor & Outdoor Nonhazardous (non-classified) Locations
Type of Enclosure
Provides a Degree of Protection Against the Following Conditions 3 3X 3R* 3RX* 3S 3SX 4 4X 6 6P
Access to hazardous parts X X X X X X X X X X
Ingress of solid foreign objects (falling dirt) X X X X X X X X X X
Ingress of water (Dripping and light splashing) X X X X X X X X X X
Ingress of water (Rain, snow, and sleet **) X X X X X X X X X X
Sleet ** X X
Ingress of solid foreign objects (Windblown dust, lint, fibers, and flyings) X X X X X X X X
Ingress of water (Hosedown and splashing water) X X X X
Corrosive agents X X X X X
Ingress of water (Occasional temporary submersion) X X
Ingress of water (Occasional prolonged submersion) X
* These enclosures may be ventilated.
** These fibers and flyings are nonhazardous materials and are not considered Class III type ignitable fibers or combustible flyings.
For Class III type ignitable fibers or combustible flyings see the National Electrical Code, Article 500

Standard BOX cabinets are configured with airflow solutions appropriate for the size of the cabinet and anticipated installed equipment. If considering a different airflow option, discuss requirements with Great Lakes Technical Support prior to ordering. Any change in the standard BOX cabinet configuration will cause a longer lead time.

Made-to-order BOX cabinets can be configured with various airflow options. Discuss available solutions with your Great Lakes sales member during the engineering process.

Airflow Options:

  • AC Unit
  • Heater
  • Heat exchanger
  • Fan assemblies
  • Ducting
  • Insulation
  • Solar shield
  • Cabinet best practices

Standard BOX cabinets are configured with cable access and electrical knockouts that accommodate the anticipated installed equipment. If considering different cable management or connectivity requirements, discuss requirements with Great Lakes Technical Support prior to ordering. Any change in the standard BOX cabinet configuration will cause a longer lead time.

Made-to-order BOX cabinets should incorporate any required cable access and placement into the cabinet design. Discuss available solutions with your Great Lakes sales member during the engineering process. 

Connectivity Considerations:

  • Equipment manufacturer requirements (i.e. length of cables, bend radius, etc.)
  • Industry installation standards (i.e. Bicsi)
  • Cable and conduit entry locations
  • Gland plates and grommets to protect access until needed
  • Any onsite BOX modifications, such as drilling or creating new holes and knockouts, can compromise the NEMA rating of the cabinet. 

Standard and Made-to-Order BOX cabinets can be configured with power solutions prior to shipping. Discuss requirements with Great Lakes Technical Support prior to ordering. Any change in the standard BOX cabinet configuration will cause a longer lead time.

Power Options and Considerations:

  • DC plant (charger)
  • Inverter system
  • UPS
  • Input voltage: 120vac | 208vac (1-ph or 3-ph) | 240vac | 480vac| 48vdc | 125vdc
  • Required system capacity
  • Maximum system capacity, considering growth
  • Type and quantity of input receptacles

Standard BOX cabinets are configured with handles and access control that provide various degrees of protection. If considering a different access control, including intelligent access, discuss handle and cabinet compatibility with Great Lakes Technical Support prior to ordering. Any change in the standard BOX cabinet configuration will cause a longer lead time.

Made-to-order BOX cabinets can be configured with various handles and access control options. Discuss available solutions with your Great Lakes sales member during the engineering process.

POPULAR INTELLIGENT ACCESS SOLUTIONS

SEAL-E1102


SEAL-E5000

SEAL-XE

SEAL-AP

Authentication
Method
Locking handle, use in conjunction with optional RFID reader, SEAL-E5000 (sold separately) RFID reader (use in conjunction with SEAL-E1102 locking handle) Digital Key Digital Key
Access Control
Software
3rd Party integration, Wiegand interface Mfr. admin suite Proprietary mobile app Proprietary mobile app
Key Features
  • IP65
  • Vibration-proof
  • Graffiti-proof
  • Key override
  • Use with SEAL-E5000 or other popular readers
  • IP65
  • 125 Khz or 13.56 Mhz
  • TCP/IP
  • LED handle status
  • IP65
  • Digital key delivered to authenticated user’s mobile device
  • Off-network technology is cyber resilient
  • Armored padlock for use with hasp lock swing handles
  • Digital key delivered to authenticated user’s mobile device
  • Off-network technology is cyber resilient
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Regardless of indoor data cabinet or BOX solution, the cabinet can be configured with Great Lakes accessories and third-party components, prior to shipping–it’s part of Great Lakes STACK integration services. STACK creates a streamlined deployment process that reduces freight costs, labor costs, and creates the ultimate savings—time. Each cabinet arrives configured to your exact specifications so that it’s “move-in ready” for your site.

Integration of Accessories & Components:

  • Internal cable management
  • Internal accessories for best practices: filler panels and brush grommet
  • Bonding and grounding
  • Power components: overall power solution, receptacles, battery, etc.
  • Intelligent access control
  • Lights
Kitting & Packaging

  • GL or the customer can source components and have drop shipped to GL
  • Packaged per customer request
  • One part number encompasses product and kitted components–EASY ORDERING!
  • Ideal solution for large project rollouts–consistent product delivered to each location
Shipping
  • Bulk packing to reduce packaging material and reduce shipping costs
  • Specialty crates
  • Standard or shock pallet
  • Inside delivery and white glove service are available
  • MADE & ASSEMBLED IN THE USA

  • EIA & SUBPANEL OPTIONS FOR EQUIPMENT MOUNTING

  • INTEGRATION OF ACCESSORIES & COMPONENTS

  • OEM & INVENTORY MNGT. PROGRAMS

STRATEGIC DEPLOYMENT

NEMA & INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS

SINGLE STYLE, MANY LOCATIONS

A major grocery retailer uses one style NEMA 4X cabinet to protect rack mount equipment found throughout its distribution centers: near freezers; warehouse floor; and outdoors at the facility entrance. A single Great Lakes SKU includes the cabinet, installed accessories, and the access control handle which regulates entry to the cabinet. One style cabinet, fully integrated, simple ordering–it’s important when time is money.

OEM COLLABORATION & GROWTH

As one of the most advanced sheet metal fabricators in the Northeast, it makes sense that Great Lakes serves as an OEM provider for one of the most sophisticated manufacturers of control panels in the Great Lakes Region. Consistent, quality production of multiple styles of NEMA 12, 3, and 4 products has created a strong partnership and continued growth for both companies. Collaboration efforts ensure that production, customization, and inventory requirements are always met and exceeded.

STACK, SECURE, READY

A NEMA 12K cabinet with intelligent access control rises to the challenge of protecting rack mount equipment from airborne hazards and accidental/intentional physical threats from user access. The cabinet is integrated (we call it STACK!) with accessories and select third-party equipment at Great Lakes so that it ships and is ready for immediate deployment upon delivery. Afterall, time and security is of the essence as this customer revamps its manufacturing facility so that it is equipped for government contract work.

GULF COAST MILITARY DUTY

Functional electronic equipment is important to any military operation, but especially so when it’s helping guide the US Air Force’s newly deployed freighter jets. NEMA 4X cabinets, deployed in hangars on this base, protect equipment from the Gulf Coast’s tropical environment: severe heat, rain, and salt water. Computer equipment is safely stored in the bottom compartment while a flip down cover  with compression latches provide quick access to a monitor and keyboard.