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Case Study: Development of an Enclosure Structure for Radioactive Microwave Equipment

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Client Information:

Client: R&D Centre, Government of India

Industry: Radioactive Microwave Equipment and Air Quality Monitoring

Project Objective: Develop a safe, sturdy, lightweight enclosure for equipment testing in India’s open environment.

Client's Challenge:

The R&D Centre, operating under the Government of India, specializes in Radioactive Microwave equipment used for pollutant level measurement and air quality monitoring. To conduct outdoor equipment testing, the need for a safe and robust enclosure was evident. This enclosure needed to meet the following criteria:

  • Sturdy yet lightweight design
  • Non-interference with the operation of the equipment
  • Cost-effective solution

Approach:

While plastic seemed a logical choice for manufacturing due to its lightweight nature, it lacked the robustness required for the harsh environmental conditions in India. Consequently, the decision was made to utilize high-grade Aluminium from the 5000 series, which combines the desired lightweight characteristics with strength. The project involved meticulous planning, from material selection to maintaining quality throughout production, all while keeping costs in check.

MechKonnect's Solution:

  1. Material Selection:

MechKonnect’s expert team opted for high-grade Aluminium from the 5000 series, known for its suitability in sheet metal applications. This choice ensured the material’s lightweight yet robust nature, capable of withstanding India’s challenging outdoor conditions.

  1. Design and Quality Engineering:

MechKonnect’s collaborative team of Design and Quality Engineers played a crucial role in the project. This collaboration was vital to ensure both the quality of the enclosure and adherence to production timelines.

  1. Precision Cutting:

Advanced Laser Cutting machines were employed to cut the Aluminum sheets with utmost precision. Each parameter was meticulously considered, ensuring that each assembly component fit seamlessly together.

  1. Sheet Bending:

To minimize the risk of human error, the cut portions were carefully bent using a Hydraulic sheet bending press. This step was essential to maintain the structural integrity of the enclosure.

  1. Surface Finish:

The final enclosure assembly underwent a thorough process, including sandblasting and powder-coating up to 100 microns to achieve an impeccable surface finish. High-quality sealants and fasteners were utilized to ensure a gap-free enclosure.

Summary:

MechKonnect provided an end-to-end solution for the manufacturing of the enclosure, sparing the client from the hassle of managing multiple processes independently. Leveraging MechKonnect’s extensive vendor network and dedicated team, the project was completed within a remarkable two-week timeframe. This rapid turnaround enabled the client to conduct testing and implementation within their stipulated timeline, preventing last-minute errors and ensuring the success of their vital equipment testing and air quality monitoring initiatives.

MechKonnect’s commitment to excellence and expertise in material selection, design, and production processes made them an invaluable partner in meeting the client’s challenging requirements.

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