‘aluPLUS’ – The New Industry Standard Diecast Enclosures

For 2011, ROLEC has announced the new 'aluPLUS' series of diecast enclosures which incorporate many modern features previously unique to the 'aluCASE' designer series. By including these unique features on industry standard enclosures, the company is offering a much higher degree of sophistication not previously available in this segment of the market.

Typical applications for the 'aluPLUS' will include process control equipment, monitoring and detection systems, flow metering, industrial measuring devices, terminal housings, electrical equipment, machine controllers etc. Unlike older diecast enclosures on the market, 'aluPLUS' has a very modern 'sharp' external design which includes unique snap-on design trims. These fit into the lid section and hide both the assembly and mounting screws, and thus provide a clean appearance with no visible fixing screws. With 'aluPLUS', it is no longer necessary to machine the lid to fit membrane keypads or polycarbonate labels, a 1.7 mm recessed area is already provided. Also, external mounting brackets are no longer required as the enclosures can be mounted to a wall or machine while still assembled. There is no need to remove the lid, thus avoiding any possible damage to the components or sealing gasket. The clip-on trims are simply snapped into place after the unit is mounted. The 'aluPLUS' enclosures are rated to IP 66 as standard, but can also be specified to IP 67 and IP 69K with special factory fitted gaskets. The enclosures are manufactured in diecast aluminium and powder painted in a fine textured light grey, RAL 7035. At launch, the range is available in the four most popular industry standard sizes: 122 x 120 x 82 mm, 220 x 120 x 82 mm, 160 x 160 x 90 mm and 260 x 160 x 90 mm. Other industry standard sizes are planned. Screw bosses are provided in the base and lid sections for PCBs, mounting plates, earth leads and other components (screws included). Prices for the 'aluPLUS' start at £49. Accessories include special lid fixing screws with integrated retaining straps. These keep the lid in situ during installation and servicing. ROLEC offers a full customising service on these enclosures with CNC milling, drilling, silk-screen printing, assembly of cable glands and terminals and much more, providing a fully finished housing ready for fitting the components.