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OKW’s metal enclosures division, METCASE, is pioneering the use of digital printing for front panels, rack cases and instrument housings — saving customers time and money. METCASE’s new digital technology means that legends, logos and complex photo quality graphics can be printed on front panels and enclosures quickly and easily. 

METCASE’s new digital printing of front panels and enclosures saves customers time and money

METCASE can print in full-colour CMYK up to 1,800 x 1,800dpi on painted or anodised metal surfaces and on plastics with all kinds of textures.

Printing is carried out on a large A2 flatbed area, so multiple panels or cases can be printed at once, speeding up the process. The maximum object height is 150mm.

Customers need to email METCASE a maximum-resolution PDF or EPS file or a DWG/DXF CAD file including the print details. Other formats are also possible. METCASE offers this service on its own products or on free-issued panels and enclosures from the customer.

Key benefits

  • Hard UV ink provides excellent scratch resistance and the surfaces are also lacquered for added protection.
  • Digital printing is said to be significantly faster than traditional silk screen printing and more cost effective because there are no expensive tooling costs — making it ideal for low volumes.
  • The process enables different iterations to be created more easily, making it simpler to add barcodes, QR codes or sequential numbering.

OKW manufactures a huge range of plastic enclosures for housing OEM electronics equipment from handheld devices to wall-mounted systems. The company has a worldwide reputation for developing innovative enclosure systems that are manufactured to the very highest quality standards.

OKW electronic enclosures are ergonomically designed and provide visually pleasing and highly tactile housing solutions that can accommodate the latest electronic components. For example: membrane keypads; LCD display modules; TFT screens; flexible PCBs; and battery packs.

OKW enclosures are available in a very wide selection of sizes and types including:

  • Miniature key-fob-style enclosures
  • Handheld enclosures
  • Instrument enclosures
  • Wall-mount enclosures
  • IP65 and IP66 sealed enclosures
  • Portable enclosures
  • Desktop enclosures
  • Keypad enclosures
  • Sloping front enclosures
  • DIN-rail enclosures
  • Potting boxes

The company also offers an extensive customising service, which includes CNC machining and drilling, silk-screen printing, painting and moulding in alternative colours, EMC shielding, assembly and much more.

OKW also manufactures an extensive range of tuning knobs and collet knobs in modern and traditional styles.

The company manufacturers its enclosures and knobs to international standards including: EN ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001: 2004.

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