Enclosures

Thermoplastic enclosures protect critical circuitry

6th February 2020
Mick Elliott

Thermoplastic enclosures suitable for critical electrical and electronic equipment in hostile environments are in stock at distributor RS Components.

The Cardmaster and Piccolo ranges of ABS and polycarbonate thermoplastic enclosures are from Finnish manufacturer Fibox.

The Cardmaster enclosure is intended for packaging measurement, monitoring and process control equipment, and comes in sizes ranging from 166x160x80mm to 390x316x167mm.

It has two compartments: one for circuit boards and sensors, with PCB insertion slots, and another for terminals and wiring.

Cardmaster polycarbonate enclosures provide IP65 ingress protection, IK07 or IK08 impact protection, and are available to meet NEMA Type 1, 4, 4X, 12 and 13 enclosure standards, the UL 746C 5V polymer safety standard, and the UL 508 standard for industrial control equipment. ABS versions can meet IP65, IK07, NEMA Type 1, 4, 4X, 12 and 13, plus UL 94 HB flammability standards.

Screw secured with a fixed opaque frame or smoked transparent hinged covers are available to allow easy access and inspection by industrial maintenance engineers.

The Piccolo range is designed specifically to house pushbuttons, terminal blocks and other control devices. It is also well suited for mounting components for controlling lifts and hoists.

Piccolo is a single-chamber enclosure with dimensions from 110x80x65mm to 230x140x125mm. Polycarbonate versions meet IP66/67, IK08, NEMA Type 1, 4X, 6, 12 and 13, UL 746C 5V and UL 508 requirements, while ABS enclosures offer IP66/67 and IK07 protection.

Enclosure surfaces have a high-quality finish to allow printing.

Transparent and opaque covers are available on the PC range, and opaque on ABS.

Fibox Cardmaster and Piccolo enclosures are temperature rated at –40°–120°C (short-term) and –40°–80°C (continuous) for polycarbonate models or –40°–80°C (short-term) and –40°–60°C (continuous) for ABS versions.

Both ranges are available now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

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