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NEW SQUARE ENCLOSURES FOR MAXIMUM OPERATING COMFORT

Protec sloping front plastic enclosures

Blog - October 2019

The PROTEC has a square basic shape with plenty of space for fixtures and fittings.Because of this, the new enclosure range is ideal for wall-mounted applications or as a modern desktop device. The ergonomically favourable inclination of 20° allows optimum operation of the terminal units and makes it very easy to read the data, even at different distances and angles.

Author: Oliver Herrlich, Development Engineer at OKW Gehäusesysteme

Protec designer enclosures for desktop and wall mounting

Ergonomic and aesthetic

Electronic components require a protective cover, i.e.an enclosure all around. However, it not only keeps away harmful external influences! If the enclosure is properly selected and configured, the end product is not only ergonomic and functional to handle, but its appearance is also aesthetically pleasing and of high quality.

OKW Gehäusesysteme has been developing standard enclosures made of plastic and aluminium in cooperation with the experienced industrial designer team polyform from Munich since the 1980s. These enclosures significantly support the concept of high quality devices. The new PROTEC series of enclosures fits seamlessly into the development concept of the manufacturer. Viewed from above, the PROTEC features a square shape with rounded contours. This makes the enclosures series appear very aesthetic and modern, but leaves the user enough scope to realise "his product". The options offered by OKW range from CNC machining (e.g. for interfaces, displays, threaded holes, engraving), painting, printing, assembly work and membrane keyboards/decor foils, to coating the inside of the enclosure with aluminium. This EMC service is used to protect the electronics from interference from outside and to reduce increased internal emission noise.

PROTEC enclosures for wall mounted enclosures

Optional IP65 protection class

Thanks to its two-part construction, the PROTEC allows a wide range of installation and assembly options. A wall suspension element completes the system. The fields of application are wide, also on account of the high protection class, e.g. for the Smart Factory, IIoT devices, as central control units, surveillance systems and access control systems in outdoor areas. As high-quality wall mounted and desktop enclosures, the series can also be used in many other industries: for data acquisition systems, computer peripherals, measuring and control technology, medical technology and health care.

Protec enclosures in three versions

Vartiant Diversity

The enclosure range has an inclination of 20°. This is generally regarded as ergonomically ideal for easy operation of the terminal devices and for reading
the data – even at different distances and angles from the device. PROTEC can be ordered from stock in three different sizes with 140 x 140 x 76 mm, 180 x 180 x 92 mm, 220 x 220 x 108 mm (W x D x H). The series is also available in three different versions:

  • Version I features a recessed area at the rear for the installation and protection of interfaces or supply lines. The appearance also plays an important role here, because the plug-in connections are not visible at fi rst glance.
  • Version II includes not only the top and bottom parts, but also an additional cover for the flush covering of the interface area. As a final touch,  the cover snaps firmly into the existing guides.
  • In Version III, a deep cover provides additional volume for built-in components/functions, e.g. for a terminal box, the integration of controllers/ tuning-knobs, on-off switches/buttons, a finger print scanner, a gooseneck microphone and much more. To complete assembly, the high cover is firmly screwed to the bottom part of the enclosure with two Torx screws.

A recessed operating area for integrating and protecting membrane keyboards, operating elements and touch systems has been provided on the square cover surface. The sizes of the touch displays of the PROTEC 140 are 5.7"/14.5 cm, PROTEC 180 – 7"/17.8 cm and the 220 version allows the installation of screen diagonals of up to 21.3 cm / 8.4".

Individual Finishing

The top part is screwed to the bottom part at the back with four stainless steel Torx screws, and the entire screwed connection is thus outside the field of vision, creating a homogeneous appearance. The range of accessories for the enclosure series includes suitable brackets made of sheet aluminium for each version. These allow the concealed and flush mounting of the device on the wall, with removal prevention function at the same time. The PROTEC series is made of high-quality V0 material in the colour grey white (RAL 9002). The electronics compartment can be sealed with an optional sealing kit (in the range of accessories) up to the high protection class of  IP 65. The bottom part features two different board levels; also (or additionally) the upper part offers the option of mounting a PCB on the integrated screw pillars.

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