nVent SCHROFF on board rack for railway applications

12th April 2023
Harry Fowle

Foremost Electronics has announced the availability of the new nVent SCHROFF On Board Rack (OBR).

The OBR is an ideal solution to install electronic systems on trains, trucks, ships, and other vehicles in up to 19" (84 TE) and 36 TE enclosures, where a compact and lightweight solution for secure, durable, and reliable mounting is required.

Manufactured from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and welded to meet AWS and EN 15085 (CL2), nVent On Board Racks are designed to withstand the tough environmental conditions in vehicles and deal with permanent vibration, shock, high temperatures and humidity.

The On Board Racks are available in heights of 3, 6, or 9U for 1, 2, or 3 SNCF sub-racks (NF F 61-005 and NF F 60-002), each supported by a set of slide rails. The rear panel is designed to accept standard connectors. The crossbars can be custom coded with holes positioned to accept coding pins or SNCF sub-racks.

The nVent SCHROFF OBR has a modular design and can be floor or ceiling mounted, for extra installation flexibility. Multiple racks can be stacked on top of each other or side-by-side to accommodate a wide range of electronic systems.

The enclosure is open on all sides with a crossbar which can be custom coded to only accept correct sub-racks and features an integrated cable bar which simplifies organising cables with cable ties and provides additional stability.

The welded stainless steel rack design is durable, corrosion and vibration resistant. The compact size and narrow width facilitate the installation of electronic equipment in locations where space is limited, such as train lockers or under seats and is ideal for both new installations and retrofit applications.

The rack design is rigid yet open on all sides offering light weight coupled with strong supporting energy efficiency. Installed electronics are easily accessible and it provides optimum ventilation and heat dissipation. A side-by-side ganging and stacking kit is available for larger systems.

The nVent SCHROFF On Board Rack is available in 3Ux36HP, 6Ux36HP and 9Ux36HP sizes as standard, manufactured per welding certification EN 15085 (CL2), designed according to NF F 61-005 and CF 61-002 and designed to meet EN 61373

Dave Martin, Business Development Director at Foremost Electronics, says: “The new nVent SCHROFF On Board Rack is ideally suited to meet the needs of the present upgrades of railway rolling stock to provide additional communication facilities for both operator and customer as well as the growing need for system information and advanced signalling. It offers a no-compromise chassis for electronic systems in any vehicle intended for use in rugged environments.”

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