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Industrial application DIN rail solutions

01 May 2020

While engineers often use a standard 19-inch rack enclosure for their larger, multi-instrument test installations, this configuration is often not a good fit for industrial and laboratory situations.

Instead, an arrangement is needed that can handle units of different sizes, form factors, and interconnections; provide full, easy access from one side (the front); enable sufficient cooling and filtering for a hot and dusty environment; support neat cable dressing with full labelling; and provide for physical protection and user safety where needed. 

An alternative that meets these requirements and is better suited to the diverse needs of industrial installations, is the DIN rail mounting system standard. This is a very widely used arrangement for mounting, accessing, and protecting the broad array, form factor, and size of electronic units needed by the application. It is designed for flexibility and ease of installation, connection, and access in industrial and other installations.

Basics of the DIN rail 

A “DIN rail” is a mounting rail for electronic modules that can be used for power supplies as well as many other devices – such as circuit breakers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), proportional–integral–derivative (PID) controllers, loop transmitters and receivers, motor drives, relays, metering units, to cite a few – all of which are available with DIN rail mounting capability. 

Read the full article in the May issue of DPA

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