Quick guide: industrial components for outdoor cabinets

Outdoor cabinet

Outdoor cabinets have specific requirements to stand up to the elements and the threat of vandalism or theft. This goes for whatever cabinet you’re designing, whether an industrial cabinet, outdoor electrical enclosure, telecom cabinet or cable junction box.

To help make your job easier, we’ve put together this guide to help you design your cabinet. We’ve made free CADs of our solutions available for download. You can also try before you buy on most products by requesting free samples.

Keep in mind that just as outdoor enclosures vary, so too can the location of components within the enclosure. This is a general guide for the electrical panel box parts that outdoor cabinets typically require. For example, an outdoor telecom cabinet will often have a rear door, so you might need to mount some solutions on the roof or side panels to allow the door to open with ease.

Protecting your outdoor cabinets

Outdoor cabinets can be vulnerable to tampering and vandalism, so it’s good to know that we offer solutions that meet DIN V 1630:1999-04. Some of our access hardware components are also certified to WK2 standard. This means they’re tested for protection against physical force and the use of small tools, such as screwdrivers.

Environmental factors are another concern. We’ve addressed these issues with our own internal testing facilities, ensuring that components are robust and durable enough to resist the corrosive effects of salt spray.

NEMA and IP ratings

The first issue you need to be aware of is NEMA or IP ratings. Both of these are standards that tell you the level of protection against dust, dirt, moisture, water and other foreign objects, such as tools or fingers. If you want an outdoor NEMA cabinet, or one that is IP rated, then some of your components need to carry this rating as well. This will maintain your cabinet’s rating. You can learn more about IP and NEMA ratings and how they compare here.

Fiber-optic cabinets If your application is a fiber street cabinet, the components shown here are suitable, from outdoor cabinet hinges to electrical enclosure locks and latches. However, you’ll also need fiber-optic cable management, designed specifically for optimizing network performance and enabling easy access for maintenance. View components designed for fiber cabinets here.

Ideal components

Let’s look at the different parts attached to the frame, and what components you need to consider.

Front or rear door

If you want to access your electric cabinet design from both sides, then these components work for either front or rear doors.


There are many different types of cabinet hinges. For an outdoor cabinet, your priority should be to prevent tampering. These outdoor cabinet hinges will help keep the equipment housed in your outdoor cabinet safe and sound.

Top and side panels

If you’re designing an outdoor wall-mounted data rack cabinet, you’ll only have access through the front door. Instances like these give you the rear panel to work with. You can place the components below on either the top, side or rear panels.

Rear panel

Typically, the components that can go on your side panels can also be placed on your rear panel, as long as that panel is inaccessible. You can also consider these components:


Fiber-optic cabinets

A fiber-optic cabling installation provides better and faster data than installations that rely on standard copper cables. The only issue here is that fiber-optic cables are more fragile than copper cables. This is why, for example, reducing bend radius is critical. And it’s why you need good fiber cable management in place. But it’s not only about bend-radius protection or fiber-optic cable protection. Running fiber-optic cable also means you have to think about cable routing paths and ease of cable access.

Here are the components you’ll need for effective fiber-optic cable management.

Internal panels

Don’t forget: masking solutions

You’ll also need to consider masking solutions to protect your cabinet during manufacturing. We can help with this, too, with a complete range of solutions. Check out our wire hooks, which support hanging loads during paint or powder finishing, surface treatments, and material handling. Also, masking caps for painting and other treatments, and high-temperature masking pull plugs. We also offer a popular range of masking tape.

Download free CADs and try before you buy

Free CADs are available for most solutions, which you can download. You can also request free samples to make sure you’ve chosen exactly what you need. If you’re not quite sure which solution will work best for your application, our experts are always happy to advise you.

Whatever your requirements, you can depend on fast despatch. Request your free samples or download free CADs now.


Email us at sales@essentracomponents.com or speak to one of our experts for further information on the ideal solution for your application 800-847-0486.