Meet the 'BLOB' - OKW's latest plastic enclosure
15 February 2012
OKW's latest innovation in plastic is the ‘BLOB’ series of contoured enclosures. When grasped, the user’s fingers naturally rest in the control areas where keypads and controls are easily located, making these new products both ergonomic and intutitive to use. The two-part design comprises a top and bottom moulding made of high quality ABS (UL 94 HB), and the enclosures are available in two standard colours - off-white (RAL 9002) or lava grey (NCS S 5702-B).
The range consists of three different types: the handheld ‘UNIT’ version has external dimensions of 130 x 60 x 30 mm. This has a lower grasp area and a recessed keypad/control section, and is suitable for left or right handed operation.
The ‘CONTROL’ version has external dimensions of 114 x 76 x 31 mm, and can be held with one hand and operated with the other. Depending on the position and definition of the display and operating area, different sensory gripping options are available.
The ‘PANEL’ model is designed for handheld or desktop operation and has external dimensions of 200 x 165 x 36 mm. This model can be held and operated with both hands or operated on a tabletop. The two symmetrically positioned gripping areas clearly demonstrate the orientation of the product.
‘CONTROL’ and ‘PANEL’ versions have a separate recess where special functions can be highlighted. All models can be battery operated with round (1.5V AAA or AA), or button cells. Special cable glands, which can be positioned at any point on the split line, and can be used for cable connection for power and data transfer.
BLOB enclosures can also be sealed to IP 54 using the accessory sealing gasket kits available as accessories. Prices start at £10.
As with all its enclosures, OKW can customise the BLOB, adding holes for keypads, connectors, controls and displays. It can also silk-screen print legends and logos and provide EMC shielding on the internal surfaces.
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