Monday, May 12, 2014

Compac Filtration chooses Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures for Protecting Sensitive Controls in Commercial Aquatics Applications

Compac Filtration is a company that began designing and building pumping and filtration equipment for commercial pools and spas in Florida over 40 years ago. The company has since grown to provide just about anything and everything that has to do with the commercial aquatics industry, internationally and nationwide. As shown below, Compac Filtration provides products including large water slides, control panels, pumps, wet playground equipment and much more.  Additionally, Compac Filtration has built equipment for some industrial applications such as chemical pumping systems and large water transfer/booster skids.



Compac Filtration recently faced a challenge in which they needed to incorporate non-metallic enclosure housings to protect the electrical components of their designs, such as VFD’s, starters, PLC's, HMI's, Breakers, Control Relays, Switches and Indicators, Surge Arrestors, Terminal Blocks and more. Metallic enclosures were not an option, as they are prone to corrosion and therefore incapable of providing the long-term protection necessary for the harsh environments in which these important controls are constantly exposed to, which is water and chlorine.



“We researched and tried many of the fiberglass enclosure manufactures when we became a certified UL508A control panel shop, and when we found Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures, they seemed to be the best fit for us,” stated Travis Atkinson, an Engineer at Compac Filtration. He added that, “Stahlin is made in the U.S. and offers a very large offering of different products that seem to cover any and every type of application in which we would place our controls. I was definitely sold when I visited their plant during an education learning session, now called SpecTECH. We currently use Stahlin enclosures on just about every control panel we build, including our AccuPump® system, a complete patent pending motor control system designed to reduce energy consumption.”




Compac Filtration uses primarily Stahlin’s DiamondShield® and N-Series enclosures. The DiamondShield ® series was developed to be easily customizable for a variety of applications, and was designed with pleasing aesthetics. The unique internal panel management capabilities provide the end user with only the features they need for their application, while still being able to utilize every cubic inch of valuable internal enclosure space. Stahlin’s N Series Type 4X configurations are large control enclosures, used in a variety of applications involving diverse environmental conditions. The Type 4X product is designed to meet the rigorous demands of indoor and outdoor applications.

“Stahlin’s enclosure design, accessory options, and UV resistance featuring patented SolarGuard®, the best available protection against UV degradation, has worked great for us for over five years. We work in very corrosive environments and non-metallics have always been a better choice for us,” Travis stated. He sums up Compac Filtration’s experience in using Stahlin enclosures, stating that, “Stahlin has been great all around.”
The commercial aquatics industry relies on electrical components to run filtration systems, pump systems, controls and more, every day. Common conditions of aquatic applications, such as outdoor applications, wet environments and exposure to chemicals, all create a challenge for protecting electrical components due to the increased rate of corrosion. Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures offers solutions that provide long-term protection against corrosion, unlike metallic enclosures. Innovative design features and patented UV-resistant composites make Stahlin a top choice among non-metallic enclosures, and provide a practical and reliable solution for diverse and demanding applications.
In addition, Compac Filtrations’ understanding of the mechanical properties of materials from SpecTECH EDU enabled the company to choose the best product for the application. To learn more about material science, and how to make a proper selection for materials that perform better than others, attend SpecTECH EDU.
SpecTECH EDU is a two-day, highly interactive and focuses on real-life applications, case studies, processing tours, multimedia, lab work, materials demonstrations, learning-by-doing, and direct one-on-one time with professionals who are experts in enclosures and materials.

For a full course curriculum, view our Course Outline.

For more information, visit: 

www.Stahlin.com

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