OKW introduce bioplastic hand held enclosures

15th August 2013
Nat Bowers

OKW have today announced the introduction of a new series of hand held enclosures manufactured in BIOGRADE bioplastic material. Available from stock, the SOFT-CASE series of hand held enclosures are available in four standard sizes with external dimensions ranging from 51 x 82 x 14 to 92 x 150 x 28 mm. Typical applications include modern high value electronic devices such as portable instruments, medical and wellness devices, mobile data logging and data capture equipment.

BIOGRADE is CO2 neutral, technically compostable and biodegradable, and has similar mechanical and physical properties to ABS. For most applications this bioplastic is suitable as a replacement for the existing fossil plastics, which have been used until now. Electronics design engineers can now ensure genuinely green credentials for their electronics by using an off-the-shelf biodegradable housing.

Uniquely for handheld enclosures, the design is suitable for wide format displays and keypads. The top of the enclosure has a wide recessed area for locating an LCD or membrane keypad, and a raised panel on the long edge can be used for mounting USB, power or serial connectors and controls.

Accessories include intermediate ring mouldings which increase the internal height, belt and pocket clips, tilt feet, wall mounting clips, and battery cradles and contacts. Customising options for SOFT-CASE include CNC milling and drilling of holes and cut outs, silk-screen and tampo printing of legends and logos, EMC shielding and assembly of components.

The three larger size cases are available with battery compartments for fitting 1.5V AAA, 1.5V AA or 9V cells. Screw pillars are provided on the inside of the top and base parts for fitting PCBs, and the cases are assembled by four self-tapping screws. Prices start at £8.

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