Novel tooling concept keeps small plastic enclosure costs low
19 October 2014
The Modulbox XT/XTS range was developed by Hitaltech to address the many issues surrounding the selection of standard off-the-shelf enclosures.
Standard, off-the-shelf DIN rail mounting, wall mounting and panel mountable plastic enclosures produced by Hitaltech's manufacturing partner, Italtronic, are suitable for customers seeking a quick solution to a problem or where only small volumes are required and the customer is reluctant to invest in tooling.
Modulbox XT/XTS enclosures address a variety of issues, such as matching a 'standard' enclosure to an application - one that offers adequate provisions for input and output terminals, indicators and switches or which meets aesthetic requirements, for example.
Using flexible tooling, this standard range can be easily, quickly and inexpensively customised. It is possible to produce custom sizes, shapes and openings by simply changing certain parts of the mould tool.
Manufactured from UL94 V0 flame retardant PC/ABS material and now available from 2 to 12 modules wide, the product has been restyled to offer improved aesthetics and increased internal volume to accommodate larger components and/or improved airflow.
Three main types of enclosure are being offered:
-Type A has a two step shape similar to the existing Modulbox range.
-Type B has two steps on one side of the box and a high side on the opposing side.
-Type C has high sides on both sides of the box, giving a significant increase in internal volume.
Features across the range include wall mounting fixing holes, internal slots for mounting vertical PCBs and optional ventilation slots. A range of standard and customisable front panels and terminal covers are available, as are optional extras, including custom colours, silk screening, laser marking, and a range of input and output terminal blocks that can also be customised.
As well as offering a large range of standard enclosures, the new XT tooling concept enables custom inserts to be developed for all four sides of the enclosure, allowing customers to have their own unique design. Low cost custom inserts can be produced that allow openings to be created during the moulding process, thus eliminating the need for expensive machining.
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