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OKW is now offering its standard plastic enclosures in a bioplastic material formulated to replace the fossil plastics currently being used.

Renewable biomaterials — in this case Biograde C7500 plastic, produced by FKUR Kunststoff — are largely CO2 neutral, irrespective of their subsequent utilisation.

After they have been used, they only release the same amount of CO2 as they absorbed from the atmosphere during their growth phase.

Biograde C7500 is obtained from almost 100 per cent renewable raw materials. The initial products are cotton or wood.

Key benefits

  • The material has similar properties to ABS and can be processed using the normal injection-moulding method.
  • For indoor applications, there are no restrictions to the lifecycle of the enclosures.
  • The heat-distortion temperature is as high as 123°C.
  • Customer-specific colouring is also possible through the use of 15 natural dyes.
  • Parts made of Biograde C7500 are biodegradable — after the biomaterial has been crushed mechanically, it is broken down into its non-toxic initial products by micro-organisms.
  • The biomaterial is said help to preserve raw-material deposits and to reduce dependence on petroleum.

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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