The KM6-RF extruded U section panels are available in heights of 3U and 6U and widths of 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12HP, and the handles include as standard a pre-location pin and an ESD protection pin; a live extraction micro switch and additional screw fixings are optional extras. Each handle has three coding positions, giving a possible 4096 combinations to prevent incorrect board insertion if both upper and lower tiebars are coded. The panels are suitable for use in systems such as cPCI and VME64x that require conformity to the IEEE1101.10 specification and the handle operating mechanism is fully compatible with the long first-make/last-break pins specified for cPCI systems. An additional benefit of the design is that standard 1.6mm KM6 guides are positively retained by the casting on the front tiebar, giving extra security for use in environments subject to shock or vibration. A two stage operating mechanism, which latches the panels into the engaged position, ensures full engagement of the PCB into the backplane connector.
The panels are available as standard with either a vertically brushed iridite finish or with a RAL7035 polyester overlay to the front face; in-house customisation capability includes silk screen printing and drilling and milling holes, cut-outs, slots and recesses to accept switches, connectors, displays and indicators.