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Metcase has developed a bespoke metal enclosures service whereby many different 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 that exactly match their requirements.

As part of the service, Metcase utilises standard extrusion profiles and die-castings and manufactures special fabricated sheet-metal parts.

The typical minimum-order quantity is just 10 enclosures. This is said to be useful for high-value, low-volume electronics equipment or evaluation batches during new product development.

Key information

  • Working with Metcase, the design engineer can specify all the mounting parameters for his or her electronic components, assemblies and printed circuit boards (PCBs).
  • Metcase will then manufacture the enclosures to the exact external dimensions required and will CNC punch or drill all the external panels with holes and cut-outs to suit the components.
  • The company can also supply special internal chassis and mounting plates for the components; these parts can be manufactured in steel or aluminium material.
  • 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.
  • Front panels can be machined with all the necessary cut-outs for the displays and controls; they can also be anodised or painted and silk-screen printed or engraved with control legends and company logos.

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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