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Or more to the point, what makes it a hybrid, rather than simply a standardised model with a lot of customisation? The answer lies in one word: ‘design’. That’s because creating this enclosure required much more than simple machining, but it stops short of being a fully bespoke enclosure. It is – as we have discussed – a true hybrid.

 At first glance, you may think this enclosure is based on a UNIMET because it has a bezel at the front but not at the rear. However, it’s most definitely a UNIMET-PLUS (because there are chassis plates inside) but the rear has been significantly redesigned.

The rear is bezel-less – just like a UNIMET enclosure – but it’s not the same as UNIMET. Specifically, the folds in the aluminium are 90° – rather than UNIMET’S 180° – to create a more pronounced ‘frame’ effect about three sides. Opting for the UNIMET-style rear means that once the four rear screws have been removed, the rear panel can be left pretty much in situ when the U-shaped top is removed.

And the hybrid UNIMET is different inside too. Yes, it has the internal chassis plates of UNIMET-PLUS, but they have been machined to allow warm air to flow out through the custom ‘wraparound’ ventilation slots in the sides and top. There are none of the PCB guide rails standard to UNIMET-PLUS – and no holes in the custom chassis plates in which to clip them. Instead, the hybrid UNIMET has PCB mounting pillars.

On top, the bespoke carrying handle is screwed in place via custom drilled and tapped mounting holes. The handle is not from the usual range of accessories for either UNIMET or UNIMET-PLUS. Carry handles are available as accessories for both these standard models but they are of the more complex tilt/swivel variety that doubles as an adjustable desk stand for easier viewing and operation.

From there, customisation takes over from bespoke design. It’s simply a matter of adding machined front and rear panels. There are:

  • apertures for a switch, fan, interfaces and connectors
  • legends, logo and graphics
  • a display, and a membrane keypad

Supporting the case are round black feet, rather than the usual light grey (RAL 7035) rectangular case feet (accessory).