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New 10.5” TECHNOMET Desktop/Portable Enclosures For 42HP Electronics

Technomet 10.5" vs Instrumet 10.5"

METCASE now offers a choice of two 10.5” desktop/portable enclosures for electronic instrumentation: new TECHNOMET  and the proven INSTRUMET. Both are ideal for mounting standard half-width (42HP) sub-racks, chassis and front panels.

They suit a wide range of applications including test and measurement, networking and communications, industrial computers, sound and studio systems, laboratory instrumentation and industrial control. Recently, a number of our clients have been specifying 10.5” enclosures for gas analysis equipment.

But which of these housings is best for your electronics? TECHNOMET 10.5” or INSTRUMET 10.5”? Read this comparison guide…

Technomet 10.5"

Advanced Construction For Superior Ergonomics And Aesthetics

TECHNOMET is METCASE’s most progressive enclosure design – no question. As advanced as all our other instrument enclosures are, TECHNOMET is number one. Its cohesive styling – with no visible fixing screws – is the culmination of a design obsession that’s been building for years. We wanted to create a fabricated aluminium enclosure that rivalled moulded plastic housings for feel and finish.

And TECHNOMET has achieved precisely that. First as a range of desktop enclosures…then as 19” rack mount enclosures…and now as 10.5” enclosures. Each enclosure has diecast aluminium bezels that fit flush with the fabricated aluminium case body to offer superior quality, ergonomics and aesthetics.

Yes, INSTRUMET too has diecast front and rear bezels – as befits a premium aluminium electronics enclosure. And this helps to explain INSTRUMET’s enduring popularity over the years but TECHNOMET takes quality to the next level.

Size, Ventilation, Portability

TECHNOMET 10.5” offers the greater choice of heights: 3U and 4U, compared with INSTRUMET 10.5” which is available only in 3U. TECHNOMET 10.5” is also available in custom heights (5U and 6U). INSTRUMET is slightly deeper at 350 mm (TECHNOMET 10.5” is 330 mm deep). Despite the different external depths, the internal useable depth of both models is almost the same. Both models can be specified in custom depths.

Both also have ventilation holes in the base and rear as standard. And both can be supplied customised with more (or less) ventilation if required. Carry handles are available for the two models. In each case, this arm doubles as a desk stand. It can be adjusted in indexed increments to provide the perfect angle for viewing and operation. TECHNOMET 10.5” and INSTRUMET 10.5” enclosures supplied without this arm are fitted with ABS side handles for easy portability.

Fixings And Inserts

All TECHNOMET and INSTRUMET enclosures are fitted with earthing pillars on every panel. The enclosures can also be specified with custom fixings and inserts – typically with M2, M2.5, M3, M4, M5 or M6 threads (unified fastenings are also available). Options include self-clinch nuts, studs, blind standoffs, through standoffs, PCB clip-on standoffs, 90° panel nuts and cable tie mounts.

Standard colours

Standard And Custom Colours

TECHNOMET 10.5” offers a choice of standard colours – anthracite (RAL 7016) or light grey (RAL 7035). INSTRUMET 10.5” is available in one colour combination: the main case body is light grey (RAL 7035); the bezels are window grey (RAL 7040).

Custom colours can be specified for both models. There is no extra cost if you choose one of our many ‘always in stock’ colours.

Other Customisation Options

Order your enclosures fully customised and ‘PCB-ready’. They can go directly from Goods In to your production line – ready for you to install your electronics.

Specify enclosures and front panels to your exact requirements: CNC machined, finished, digitally printed with logos and legends. View our full range of customisations services

What Should I Do Next?

You’ve probably already clicked on the links in paragraph one of this blog post and viewed TECHNOMET 10.5” and INSTRUMET 10.5” in more detail. But did you watch the videos? If not, we recommend that you do. Click the ‘Video’ tab on each of the two pages to see exploded views of the enclosures:

Further Reading

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