Enclosures and Panelling
The task of assembling an enclosure is by panel joining. Side panels, rear panels, lids, floors, and brackets are all joined to make a simple enclosure frame. Once the enclosure is complete, doors are mounted and held in place with hinges. These hinges are commonly installed with fasteners, such as screws, but can be welded into place. To allow for the opening and closing of the enclosure door, a handle or latch is also installed.
The selection of fastening and access hardware will also have an impact on other design criteria, such as speed of assembly, cost, functionality, and aesthetics -- even "design for disassembly" needed for the maintenance of the enclosure, or when the product has reached the end of its lifecycle. All these design requirements will have an impact on the final product and will influence the fastening and access hardware selection. Most sheet metal enclosures, be it electrical, electronics, domestic cupboards are constructed using panels. Panels of different sizes are arranged in desired configuration and assembled either by welding in case of permanent method or using fasteners for easy dismantling purposes.