Enclosures

METCASE enclosures doubles its digital printing capacity

16th December 2020
Alex Lynn

Metal enclosures manufacturer METCASE has doubles its digital printing capacity to meet growing demand for cases and front panels printed with photo-quality legends, logos and graphics.

METCASE first introduced digital printing five years ago. Now increased demand has prompted the company to double its capacity. The new equipment is slightly larger than the existing 1,800x1,800 dpi flatbed printer – and 40% faster. The company is also using new inks which are even more scratch resistant.

METCASE digitally prints customer-specified legends, logos and graphics on its 19” rack cases, instrument enclosures and front panels with outstanding results.

Digital printing is quicker, easier and more cost-effective than traditional silk screen and tampo methods. There are no expensive tooling costs. Set-up is easy and there is low wastage. This helps to make customisation more viable for low-volume orders.

METCASE can print in full colour CMYK up to 1,800 x 1,800 dpi. The technology is suitable for painted or anodised metal surfaces (and plastics) with all different kinds of textures.

Hard UV ink provides excellent scratch resistance; a clear lacquer is applied on top to give added protection. Simultaneous printing of colour and white speeds up production. UV LED curing improves consistency and saves energy. METCASE can print multiple panels or cases at once, reducing lead times still further. The maximum object height is 150 mm.

Digital printing also enables METCASE to create different iterations much more easily. This makes it simpler to add barcodes and QR codes to enclosures and front panels.

Customers need only provide a high 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 front panels and enclosures or free-issued parts from the customer.

Downloadable 3D models for all METCASE enclosures and front panels are available on the website. This allows customers to modify the specifications and see how their components will look when installed.

Other customisation services offered include custom sizes; custom front panels; CNC punching, folding, milling, drilling and tapping; fixings and inserts; painting and finishing.

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