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Sheet Metal Boxes

Published on Aug 3, 2023 7:00:00 AM by Jim Erhart

Jim Erhart

a close up of an intricate sheet metal boxSheet metal boxes are a fundamental component of industries worldwide, offering durability, customization, and cost-effectiveness. In this blog, we will explore the world of sheet metal boxes, their applications, benefits, and why Accurate Metal Fabrication is your go-to partner for all your sheet metal box needs in North America.

Understanding Sheet Metal Boxes

Sheet metal boxes are containers fabricated from sheets of metal, typically steel (hot rolled, cold rolled, or stainless) or aluminum. The type of metal used comes down to the specific application you'll need (which we will investigate below). Steel is cut or sheared to a specific size and width to form any enclosure, braked and formed to stringent tolerances, and welded to form a box-like structure. These boxes come in various shapes and sizes, making them highly versatile and suitable for various industry applications.

Various Applications of Sheet Metal Boxes

Steel is one of the most versatile substrates in the world. And because of this, it can be used in various applications - from perforated metal to steel tube and sheet metal boxes. This article would go on for days if we explored every application. Instead, we will look at some of the highlights that steel enclosures are used. These include:

Industrial and Manufacturing: The industrial and manufacturing sectors use metal for housing electrical components, control panels, machinery, and more. They provide protection against environmental factors, ensure safety, and help in an efficient organization. One example is Fresh Gear, a durable rapid sanitizing system that keeps PPE fresh and clean.

Electronics: Electronics manufacturers rely on sheet metal boxes for enclosures and chassis due to their ability to shield sensitive components from electromagnetic interference (EMI) and provide optimal heat dissipation.

Automotive: Sheet metal boxes are integral to the automotive industry, especially in the parts andinterior of a weapon rack services sectors. The enclosures carry the tools and parts needed to keep engines and other parts running. These metal cabinets are often made on wheels, giving them increased mobility for servicing your vehicle by trained technicians. Other automotive sheet metal box uses include enclosures for batteries, electronic systems, and engine compartments. They offer robust protection, ensuring the reliability and longevity of automotive components.

Data Centers: Metal Enclosures keep data centers moving across North America. They are used to house critical infrastructure that helps business technologies run. These sheet metal enclosures are designed with perforated metal panels necessary to ensure the proper airflow cools the hard drives and other technology that helps keep businesses up and running.

Receptacles: It's a dirty job, but something must do it! Whether for trash, medical purposes, or even animal poop, trash receptacles are a typical sheet metal box that we take for granted daily. They can be made to look like a simple box, one that locks (critical for medical waste) or more decorative for outdoor uses. Receptacles' most popular use is in the electrical industry. Electrical junction boxes provide critical power whenever you need it.

Weapon Racks: Universal weapon rack system provides maximal flexibility and accommodates the weapons you use now and in the future. Weapon racks for the military are modular so that they can accommodate various weapons of various sizes for secure storage.

Benefits of sheet metal boxes

Benefits of Sheet Metal Boxes

Durability and Strength: Sheet metal boxes are known for their exceptional durability and strength. The use of high-quality metal made in the USA, combined with precise fabrication techniques from a domestic metal fabricator, ensures that these boxes can withstand the demanding environments they are placed into and provide long-lasting performance.

Customization: Any enclosure can be tailor-made to meet specific customer requirements. With the ability to customize dimensions, cutouts, finishes, and features, there is always a solution in steel or aluminum that will fit your industry or application.

Cost-effectiveness: Sheet metal boxes offer cost-effective solutions compared to alternative materials like plastic or fiberglass. The efficient manufacturing process, ease of customization, and material recyclability make them an economical choice.

Recyclability: Metals, such as steel and aluminum, are infinitely recyclable, making them an excellent environmental choice. Other materials, like plastic or wood, don't offer a fully green choice when the box or enclosure has gone beyond the life of the sheet metal box.

Partners You Can Trust - Accurate

Accurate Metal Fabrication: Your Trusted Partner

Accurate Metal Fabrication stands out as a reliable and experienced partner for sheet metal boxes. Headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, we offer:

Expertise and Experience: With over 80 years of experience in metal fabrication, our skilled artisans, project managers, and engineers understand the unique requirements of different industries and deliver top-notch sheet metal boxes that exceed expectations.

State-of-the-Art Facility: Equipped with advanced machinery, including our 6KW Bystronic laser and Power Coating Paint Line, our production facility in Cicero, IL, enables us to provide precise, high-quality sheet metal boxes that meet the highest industry standards. And because of our centralized location, we have no problem bringing in raw materials or shipping to locations nationwide on a Just In Time basis.

Commitment to Customer Satisfaction: At Accurate Metal Fabrication, we prioritize customer satisfaction. We integrate with our clients, offering personalized support throughout the design and manufacturing process. This effort and detail ensure that the final product matches their needs. We don't stop there, as our project managers make it a point to build a relationship with everyone. We want to be your partner on today's job and every job you may have in the future.

Sheet metal boxes offer exceptional versatility, strength, and cost-effectiveness across various industries. Accurate Metal Fabrication's expertise, customization options, and commitment to quality make us the ideal partner for your enclosure requirements. Reach out to us today to discuss your project.


Topics: Fabrication, Metal Kiosk, Metal Enclosure, Junction Box, powder coating, 2023, sheet metal box

Jim Erhart

Written by Jim Erhart

Jim Erhart serves as the Marketing Manager for Accurate Metal Fabrication. Jim has more than 15 years of experience working in the metal and steel industry with a focus on steel tubular (HSS) products in various sales and marketing roles. He received a bachelor’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Saint Xavier University.