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September 2013

Desktop and portable 19 inch rack enclosures

INSTRUMET is the latest range of 19” instrument enclosures from METCASE. These stylish, versatile and light weight cases conform to DIN 41494 and IEC 297-1 standards for 19” equipment.

The enclosures are designed to accept standard 3U subracks and chassis, and are available in three sizes: 3U x 10.5” x 350 mm, 3U x 19” x 350 mm and 3U x 19” x 450 mm. Two versions are available with ABS side handles for desktop use, or a tough diecast tilt and swivel carry handle bar for portable applications.

INSTRUMET 19” enclosures have a clean and modern appearance with no visible fixing screws on the case panels - the fixings are hidden on the underside. The enclosures are manufactured in aluminium which gives them a significant weight advantage over other steel 19” housings on the market.

The assembly consists of two diecast front bezels, the top and base covers and a removable rear panel. The base and rear panels have ventilation slots for cooling.

All models have internal support rails which ensure easy installation of heavy subracks or chassis. The case parts are painted in a modern colour combination of window grey, RAL 7040 (bezel), and light grey, RAL 7035 (top, base & rear panel).

The front bezels have caged nut apertures for mounting subracks, chassis, or 1U, 2U or 3U front panels. The equipment is inset in the bezels to protect the controls from accidental operation or damage.

INSTRUMET 19” cases are supplied fully assembled, and include four moulded non-slip feet with tilt legs. All of the case panels are fitted with M4 x 10 mm earth studs for electrical continuity. METCASE also offers a full customising service on these enclosures with machining, silk-screen printing and much more, providing a fully finished housing ready for the electronic components.