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Blog - October 2015

Ergonomic enclosures for wired electronics

Wired applications pose their own specific challenges for electronics designers – particularly if the unit is suspended on a wire. Most standard enclosures are designed for either handheld or desktop use. Hanging free on a wire is not in their brief. Until now…

OKW’s new CONNECT range has been purpose designed to meet all the demands required of wired enclosures. It is aimed at electronics applications where the unit is connected to a cable, sits between cables or where the units are joined with USB connectors. Cases can either be suspended or lay flat. Choose CONNECT for data systems engineering, network technology, building services and safety systems, medical devices, measurement and control.

CONNECT’s smart snap-together construction means there are no visible fixing screws so the enclosures look great whichever way you see them. And you’ll enjoy faster installation times.

Long flat sides can accommodate plenty of interface ports for maximum connectivity while rounded corners make the cases comfortable to hold. One side is convex – further enhancing the ergonomics – while the other is flattened and recessed to accommodate a membrane keypad or product label.

There are cutouts at both ends. To complete the enclosure, specify either end parts or integrated cable glands (ø 3.4 – 4.2 mm; ø 4.2 – 5.0 mm; ø 5.0 – 5.9 mm) with built-in strain relief. CONNECT is available in three sizes: 54 mm x 22 mm in lengths of either 76, 116 or 156 mm. Four fixing pillars inside the flattened case shell accommodate dia. 2.2 x 5 mm PCB screws.

CONNECT is moulded in ASA+PC-FR (UL 94 V-0) so it offers greater UV resistance than ABS enclosures. The standard colour is Off White (RAL 9002). A holding clamp for round tubes up to dia. 32 mm is available as an accessory. Customisation services include bespoke colours, CNC milling and drilling, printing or engraving of legends and logos, special finishes and materials, EMC shielding and assembly.

CONNECT is one of four wired enclosures offered by OKW. The other three are contoured SMART-CASE, award-winning BLOB and ergonomic SENSO-CASE (which features a trigger option). View them all here.

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