Rain or Shine, Your RIB Will Work Fine!

May 14, 2019
Tech Tuesday

It’s been raining here a lot recently in Indiana, and it’s got me thinking about outdoor use of our products. You can’t use most normal relays outside as they are only NEMA 1 rated. NEMA 1 is a rating defined by the National Electronics Manufacturers Association. In a nutshell (enclosure pun intended), NEMA 1 means that the device is protected from falling dirt and debris, and you are protected from the potentially harmful (voltage pun intended) electronics inside. However, NEMA 1 enclosures don’t have any protection against the weather. Water can usually get inside a NEMA 1 with ease, causing damage to the electronics inside and possibly even to devices connected to it.

Luckily there is another type NEMA enclosure we offer: NEMA 4/4X. Unlike NEMA 1 enclosures, NEMA 4/4X enclosures are rated for outdoor use. They offer protection against rain, snow, ice, corrosion, and have the same protection against dirt and fingers that NEMA 1 enclosures have. We have a large selection of products with NEMA 4/4X rated housings, including the classic RIBU1C in the form of model RIBU1C-N4. We also have other enclosures that are NEMA 4/4X rated, so you can protect whichever device you have. Just look for the “-N4” at the end of a product name.

If you want more information on our products with NEMA4/4X rated enclosures, be sure to call or email us at tech support.


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Tym Moore is an Electrical Engineer who hails from the best state of Colorado.
He graduated from Colorado State University in 2017 and moved to Indiana shortly afterward to marry his now wife. Outside of work, Tym spends most of his time driving back home, and complaining about how flat Indiana is.

Be sure to give Tym a call for tech support. He will always do his best to find a solution for you.