The cost difference between an electrical enclosure offering IP54 and IP67 protection is huge.
Protecting circuitry, electrical connections, wiring for displays, manual switch gear, sensors and breakers are the basic functions of an electrical enclosure, but if enough consideration has not been given to the protection rating of the enclosure, the difference between a junction box that meets cost pressure and a well specified unit that offers total protection requirements would ultimately result in a failed installation; essentially due to moisture ingress, condensation or dust build up; and that could happen, even in a relatively normal working environment.
But if your installation has to be positioned underwater or in an environment where sea spray, moisture, soil or dust are prevalent, there's no question that your enclosure needs to be of the highest IP rating.
Until now says GH Lucas.
Exclusively available in the UK from GH Lucas, the Magic Box 100 has now been introduced to the market, which for many applications negates the need to specify costly, high IP rated enclosures.
The new Magic Box 100 system comprises a standard 100m x 100m x 50m box, complete with multi-choice knock-outs, ready to pour gel, glands and stopping plugs that offer contractors a truly universal, multi-purpose IP68 box that has until now not been available as a ready to use kit.
Typical installations of these boxes are directly buried, in ducts or traps, fully submerged at any depth (submersible pumps for example), directly exposed to UV and weather agents, in tunnels or at the base of columns for street lighting, bollards and traffic signals.
So, to sum up, these new innovative gel filled Magic box 100s are suitable for use on applications that are intended for full submersion; they are claimed to be totally re-enterable, offer an unlimited shelf life, be totally non toxic, and take only 10 minutes to cure. They comply fully with RoHS, COSHH and WEEE. They are REACH compliant, and are said to offer greater than IP68 ingress protection (tested to a depth of 100 metres).