1. The global electrical enclosures market is expected to reach $9.49 billion by 2026. How do you anticipate the growth of the electrical enclosure industry in India? What can be the factors that will drive the growth?
The Electrical & Electronics industry is one of the booming industries in India, and the need for enclosures is also growing with that. The electrical enclosure market growth is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.27 percent in 2021-2023. There will be steady growth in the coming years because of the upturn in need of electronics, IoT growth, Industrial automations, and many other factors.
The acceptance of industrial & home automation, booming of Indian startup companies, rapid urbanisation, improved power structures, and needs of alternate energy sources are all aiding the market growth of electrical enclosures. The two major reason which drive the growth are–
IoT Adoption in India: The Indian internet of things (IoT) market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 13.2 percent from 2020 to 2025. The pandemic also triggered changes in enterprise behaviour that lead to IoT adoption in India. Many startups have come forward with innovations to tackle the pandemic, and verticals such as banking, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail have started moving their on-premise applications to cloud based platforms to optimize reach and performance. IoT has gained the most popularity in home automation in recent times due to the people’s interest towards smart homes. IoT enabled automation, analytics, and data collection are giving a major push to the Industry 4.0 movement which optimizes workflow and analytics.
Schemes by Govt. of India: The Indian Govt’s initiatives like Make in India, Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components & Semiconductors (SPECS), Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI), and Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) have boosted Indian -Electronics Manufacturing.
2. The design phase in enclosure manufacturing is a crucial part of the entire process. It gives a blueprint to the final product. However, problems like assumption, mismanagement of dependencies, and a lot more often hamper the total output. What should be the approach of the manufacturers in the designing stage? How the problems can be overcome?
For a product to be commercially successful, there are two core points – design and functional characteristics. Design is what attracts the customers to buy a product, and to design a product is not that easy, as the manufacturing feasibility has a key role in it. Most players in the market suffer because of this, as the most aesthetic design may lead to the incalculable issues. As a design and manufacturing company, we work in two ways. Customers prefer us for the design and manufacturing, or they’ll have the design developed at their end or done by someone else. Most designs that we receive from the client had potential DFM issues or that they are expensive to manufacture. The reason is that most of them know how to design and don’t know how to design for manufacturing.
When getting started with a project, we get to know the complete details of the device like application, usage, target customers, environment and other aspects. We send-out an input sheet which will request for all the details, including the
finish of the product, which is a potential thing for the manufacturing. Our phases start with ideation, where we share different product aesthetics in the form of hand sketches. This will give an idea to the customer of how the product will look like. This will save time and can capture the customer’s expectation. Once the shape is finalized, then the CAD design will be done. This is where the DFM will also be considered.
Having tool room inhouse is an advantage for us at Radiant Design, where the DFM will be done in the design stage itself. Our expertise designers have ideas of what can be done and what cannot be done.
3. With industry 4.0, the need arises for IIOT sensor technology to be housed within enclosures robust enough to meet the challenging demands of the modern smart factory. How do you propose to meet this requirement?
Industry 4.0 is a key game changer for the Indian manufacturing sector. Its breaks the gap between virtual & the real world and also optimizes the workflow, supply chain management, and many other activities. Power management and employee safety can also be ensured through IoT. Industrial ‘things’ cannot be deployed with just electronics and programmes; it needs a perfect casing that can withstand the environment. Most hazardous environments like oil & gas, chemical industries, and mining need specialized cases for the electronics to sustain.
The casing design will differ with each industry. While designing enclosures for industries having dust explosion, the casing should be sealed enough to protect the electronics. A few casings may be installed over or into the machines that will be prone to vibrations and shocks. The casing should be robust enough to handle these. The specification and standards will also differ with the environment it’s going to be deployed.
Design is what attracts the customers to buy a product, and to design a product is not that easy, as the manufacturing feasibility has a key role in it
Our portfolio has numerous industrial enclosures which are designed and manufactured at our end. Our material experts will suggest the best material as per the requirement, and our designers are capable enough to develop the casing for any industries.
4. Problems like heat and moisture had always been a major challenge for enclosure manufacturers. Additionally, with recent complicated designs and waterproofing needs, this problem has escalated even more. How can this issue be dealt with in context to recent needs?
The truth is that the modern technology has made these easy. The innovations in materials and new technologies have eased-out the job of water and fire proofing. The modern world is focusing on creating materials that have equivalent property to metal but lighter than them. The challenge as a designer will be in choosing the right components and right materials for the application. As a manufacturer, the accuracy has to be maintained, as even a slight difference can end in admittance of external bodies.
We have had many customers coming to us stating their device fails not because of waterproofing, but because of accumulation of moisture inside the enclosure due to pressure difference between inside and outside the enclosure. We usually suggest to use Breathable Membranes to compensate the pressure difference.
5. As the need for smaller and lighter items grows, manufacturers are having problems developing an enclosure that allows them to assemble everything in one place. How is this bringing-in challenges for the enclosure manufacturers? How can this be overcome?
The only solution to overcome this is getting all the solution and sourcing under a single roof. All the post processing services, including the ultrasonic welding, logo engraving/printing, assembly and others, can be carried-out at a same place to ensure safety, longevity and avoid excess cost for handling. We offer services from end-to-end, including the engraving/printing, assembly and packaging so that customers don’t depend on multiple suppliers for multiple process.
6. How do you see the future of the enclosure manufacturing segment in India?
The world was seeking for more trusted sources for electronics manufacturing post the outbreak of covid-19, and India has all the essential elements in place to seize the opportunity. Increasing demand in electronic goods made India one of the preferred investment destinations for global and local players. The nation which once had only two mobile phone companies is now the second largest mobile phone manufacturing hub. The rapid urbanization and government initiatives will take Indian electronics and enclosure market to a new high level. India’s Top players like TATA are now investing into the electronics industry which is a major positive to the market.