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Size is normally the first and the most dominant criterion when looking for the right enclosure for a specific application. Enclosure performance, i e material performance, is usually the second property consider- ed.The following list of benefits and drawbacks indicates the basic differences between the various FIBOX enclosure materials.

COMPARISON OF MATERIALS

The following table gives a general idea of the properties of the various materials. For more detailed information on material performance in your specific application environment please consult your local FIBOX representative.

**** = Excellent

*       = Poor
1)       Polyester powder coated AISi cast aluminium
2)       Glass fibre reinforced

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Outdoor use **** *** ***** **** **** * *
Indoor use ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****
Cost *** ***** * * ** *** *****
Light weight ***** ***** *** * ***** ***** *****
High rigidity *** * **** ***** *** *** *
Impact resistance ***** *** **** **** *** *** *
CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
Salt water environments ***** ** ***** ****1) *****   ***** **
Neutral salts ***** ***** ****1) **** ***** ****
Acids, low concentrations ***** **** ***** ** **** **** ****
Acids, high concentrations *** * *** * * **** *
Alkalis, low concentrations *** ***** **** * ** **** *****
Alkalis, high concentrations * **** **** * * *** ****
Petroleum *** * ***** ***** **** * *
Hydraulic oil ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****
Alcohols **** *** **** ***** **** ***
Solvents * * ***** ***** *
Cooling fluids *** ***** ***** *** *****

Data subject to change without notice.

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