Digital print service for front panels & enclosures

4th March 2015
Nat Bowers

METCASE, OKW’s metal enclosures division, has announced that it is pioneering the use of digital printing for front panels, rack cases and instrument housings. Saving customers time and money, the state-of-the-art technology enables legends, logos and complex photo quality graphics to be quickly and easily printed on front panels and enclosures.

METCASE can print in full colour CMYK up to 1,800x1,800dpi on painted or anodised metal surfaces (and plastics) with all different kinds of textures. Hard UV ink provides excellent scratch resistance and the surfaces are also lacquered for added protection.

Digital printing is significantly faster than traditional silk screen printing and more cost effective because there are no expensive tooling costs, making it suitable for low volumes. The process also enables different iterations to be created much more easily, simplifying the task of adding barcodes, QR codes or sequential numbering.

Printing is carried out on a large A2 flatbed area so multiple panels or cases can be printed at once, speeding up the process still further. The maximum object height is 150mm.

Customers need only email METCASE a maximum resolution PDF or EPS file - or a DWG/DXF CAD file including the print details. Other formats are also possible. METCASE offers this service on its own products or free-issued panels and enclosures from the customer.

Other customisation services offered by METCASE include bespoke sizes and colours, internal mounting plates and brackets, CNC milling, drilling, punching and folding, painting and anodising.

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