Material Specifications & Compatibility Chart
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Material Selection Chart

Polycarbonate (PC)
  • High impact resistance
  • High degree of protection
  • Light weight
  • Good resistance to chemicals
  • Wide temperature range
  • Self-extinguishing
  • Easily machined using standard tools
  • Excellent insulation properties
  • Suitable for outdoor use
  • Also available with clear cover
  • Because of the fiberglass used, achieving the correct color shade may be difficult
  • Acryl-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)
  • Cost effective
  • Light weight
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Easy to machine using standard tools
  • Lower impact resistance than polycarbonate
  • Narrower temperature resistance range than polycarbonate
  • Low UV radiation resistance
  • Not suitable for outdoor use
  • Not self-extinguishing
  • Aluminum
  • Lighter than steel
  • High impact resistance
  • Good resistance against solvents
  • Wide temperature resistance range
  • Excellent corrosion resistance
  • Machining may be problematic
  • Expensive
  • Polyester (Glass-reinforced)
  • Excellent temperature resistance
  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Good corrosion resistance
  • Good resistance against solvents
  • Suitable for highly demanding industrial environments
  • More expensive than thermoplastic materials
  • Machining problematic
  • Material is not recyclable
  • Powder Coated Steel
  • High impact resistance
  • High degree of protection
  • Easy to customize, special dimensions possible
  • Corrosion risk
  • Stainless Steel (AISI 304)
  • As AISI 304, Also:
  • Extremely high resistance to corrosion
  • Excellent suitability for off-shore industry
  • Excellent suitability for paper industry
  • More expensive than stainless steel
  • Customizing more difficult than with powder coated steel
  • Acid-proof Steel (AISI 316)
  • High impact resistance
  • High degree of protection
  • Excellent corrosion resistance
  • Excellent resistance to UV radiation
  • Suitable for outdoor use, canopy for rain is recommended
  • Suitable for industrial environments
  • Excellent suitability for e.g. the food industry
  • More expensive than powder coated steel
  • Customization more difficult
  • Protection (IP) Ratings per EN 60529 / DIN VDE 0470-1

    International Protection, EN 60529 - Click to Enlarge

    IK Marking, EN 50102

    IK Marking, EN 50102

    Type NEMA Ratings & Approvals

    Type NEMA Rating

    NEMA RatingIP-ClassIndoorOutdoorIn- and OutdoorProtection against:
    NEMA 1IP 23xFalling dirt and moisture
    NEMA 2IP 30xSplashing water and dirt
    NEMA 3IP 64xWind carried dust, rain and hail
    NEMA 3RIP 32xRain and hail
    NEMA 3SIP 64xAs 3, outdoor equipment under ice load
    NEMA 4IP 66xAs 3, Protection against water spray, ice accumulation
    NEMA 4xIP 66xAs 4, corrosion resistant
    NEMA 6IP 66 - 68xAs 6P, ice accumulation, corrosion resistant
    NEMA 6PIP 67 - 68xSubmersed in water for specific time & depth
    NEMA 12, 12KIP 65xDirt / non-corrosive drops of liquid
    NEMA 13IP 65xSame as 12, oils and non corrosive coolant


    Polycarbonate and ABSHinged PCAluminumPolyesterSteelStainless Steel
    ULx (only PC)x (only PC)x (only PC)xxx
    cULx (only PC)x (only PC)x (only PC)xxx