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Metcase has developed a new custom enclosure service based on its range of metal enclosures. Many types of enclosures can be manufactured to order, including desktop, portable, wall-mount and 19in (48cm) rack-mount cases.

The new service is designed to help design engineers develop their own unique housings. By utilising standard extrusion profiles and die castings, and manufacturing special fabricated sheet-metal parts, Metcase is able to achieve a unique solution for the customer at very competitive prices.

Small batch sizes are said to be an important benefit of this service. The typical minimum-order quantity is just 10 enclosures. This can be useful for high-value, low-volume electronics equipment or evaluation batches during new product development.

Working with Metcase, the design engineer can specify all the mounting parameters for their electronic components, assemblies and printed circuit boards (PCBs). Metcase will then manufacture the enclosures to the exact external dimensions required, and CNC punch or drill all the external panels with holes and cut-outs to suit the connectors, PCBs, switches and displays. Special internal chassis and mounting plates can also be supplied.

Metcase offers a range of standard finishes including powder polyester and wet paints, natural or coloured anodising and special conductive coatings such as Interlox 338. The enclosures can be painted in standard RAL colours or non-standard colours matched to a sample. A range of finishes can also be applied to front panels, including company logos.

Key features and benefits

  • Small batch sizes are available
  • Enclosures are manufactured to exact external dimensions required
  • External panels can be CNC punched or drilled to suit connectors and PCBs
  • Wide range of standard finishes, including special conductive coatings, is available

METCASE is the metal enclosures division of OKW and manufactures an extensive range of housings for OEM electronics.

METCASE enclosures are modern, ergonomic and versatile, and are available in a wide range of sizes and product styles for applications such as desktop, portable, wall mounted and 19in rack-based electronics equipment. All METCASE enclosures are designed to make installation of the PCBs, displays, connectors and other electronic components as easy as possible.

The extensive METCASE range includes:

  • Aluminium enclosures
  • 19″ rack mount cases in 1U, 2U and 3U sizes
  • Instrument enclosures
  • Desktop enclosures
  • Portable enclosures
  • IP54 sloping front enclosures
  • Wall mount enclosures
  • 19in snstrument cases.

METCASE also offers a full customising service on its enclosures. Options include CNC punching and drilling, silk-screen or tampo printing, engraving, painting in alternative colours and assembly. The enclosures can also be supplied in different sizes to suit existing PCB sizes and equipment. Bespoke enclosures and sheet metal fabrications can also be supplied to customer specifications.

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