Blog - August 2017
At METCASE we believe there’s no excuse for any enclosure that – to put it diplomatically – lacks aesthetic finesse.
Your product’s enclosure is the first thing your customers will see, the first thing they’ll touch. Sure, your electronics inside are brilliant. And they’ll discover that soon enough. But they’re not the first impression. And we all know how important those are…
Great aesthetics are vital – not just for the sake of being pretty – but because they go hand-in-hand with ergonomics. They differentiate your products.
They give your electronics an unfair advantage. How can your rivals possibly compete with you when they’ve already lost the opening battle? When first impressions of their product were poor?
If accountants designed 19” rack cases, their logic would go something like this…
“The cases don’t need to look good because they’re just boxes sitting behind a smoked glass door in a server cabinet. Nobody will see them very often – right?” Wrong! (But no offence to accountants.)
Rack mount enclosures need ergonomic grab handles because they get pulled out of their racks much more often than non-engineers imagine. And they need a choice of ventilation options as standard – plus a choice of removable panels that offer rapid access to components. Such as our COMBIMET 19” rack cases.
Good rack cases should have smart anodised aluminium front panels that are easy (and therefore cost effective) to customise with CNC machining and digital printing. Quite often the 19" electronics equipment can be used in a rack or on a desk – the user decides. For this application the rack cases need to have a smooth housing design with no visible fixings and an option for fitting tilt feet. Just like our UNIMET 19" rack cases.
Modern rack cases should come in a wide choice of standard sizes so you can just order what you need straight from stock. And they should arrive fully assembled – not in bits like a furniture flat-pack.
Aesthetics are even more important for instrument enclosures for a whole load of reasons.
Users will be staring straight at them for extended periods of time as they read the data displayed. They’ll be picking them up so the handle must be supremely comfortable.
Unlike rack mounted cases, which tend to hang out in herds, instrument enclosures are solitary creatures that sit alone on a desktop or laboratory bench. They are the focus of all the attention.
So they have to look great – they’re getting judged every time they’re used.
That’s why we spent years doing what no other manufacturer had done before. We created the new TECHNOMET series, a range of metal instrument housings engineered to fine tolerances normally associated only with plastic enclosures. Flush fit diecast aluminum bezels at the front and rear give these enclosures a smooth appearance. Snap on aluminium trims hide all the fixings. The tilt/swivel handle doubles as an adjustable desk stand.
Never forget – the old adage that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover doesn’t stop people from doing precisely that.
So let’s make the ‘cover’ for your ‘book’ irresistible.
Find out more by contacting our sales team.