OKW unveils new CONNECT enclosures for cable connected electronic devices

Suspending an enclosure on a wire creates a problem for electronics designers because without a solid mounting surface such as a desk or wall, the housing inevitably twists and turns in the air – exposing the ‘wrong’ side and any fixing screws used.

OKW has developed a simple solution: its new CONNECT enclosures have two ‘fronts’ (and therefore no underside!)

That may sound like a contradiction in terms but it works: two front enclosure shells that clip together without fixing screws (speeding up installation times).

But CONNECT’s two fronts are not the same:

  • One is convex for comfortable handheld use. This also allows plenty of space for LEDs.
  • The other is flat with a recess to allow a membrane keypad or product label to be fitted.

CONNECT has been designed for a wide range of applications including medical and wellness devices, data systems engineering, network technology, building services systems, measurement and control.

The medical sector – a key market for OKW – will be particularly significant for the CONNECT range.

The cases’ long flat sides can accommodate a bank of USB connections – ideal for diagnostics or monitoring equipment that involves large numbers of sensors being attached to a patient.

Also, accessories for CONNECT include a bedrail clamp for storing a unit when it is not in use.

CONNECT has been designed to be tough. It is moulded not from ABS (which is used in many enclosures) but instead from ASA+PC-FR. This material is UV-stable and is flame retardant to UL 94 V-0.

The enclosures’ soft touch TPE cable glands feature integrated strain relief to stop cables from kinking. They fit into cutouts at either end of the case. These apertures can be blanked off with end parts if required.

Inside the case, there are four attachment domes for mounting a PCB with self-tapping screws.

CONNECT is available in three sizes: 54 x 22mm in lengths of 76, 116 or 154mm. The standard colour is off white (RAL 9002) but custom colours are available on request.

Customisation options also include EMC shielding, CNC machining, lacquering and adhesive foils, digital printing of parts and labels, membrane keyboards, display windows, plastic and aluminium panels, installation and assembly of accessories.