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CamdenBoss Enclosures Prove a Hit at Fringe
When UK manufacturer
Fringe Electronics needed
a new enclosure for its
Easy-Tune TV amplifier and
signal finder, the company
who came up with a solution that offered a quick
route to market and low
set-up costs. The result was so successful that Fringe is now gearing up for higher volume manufacture in less than 12 months.
Fringe originally contacted CamdenBoss early in 2012 to see
if the company could help with an enclosure for a product line,
the Easy-Tune TV amplifier and signal finder. This product was
developed as a solution to TV aerial set up problems. Easy-Tune
combines the features of a signal level indicator with an adjustable
signal amplifier so that the aerial can be accurately aligned and
the level of received signal adjusted to the optimum level.
In order to have product ready in time for the 2012 camping
season, Fringe Electronics wanted to get Easy-Tune to market as
quickly as possible and was looking for low set-up costs and flexibility in terms of volumes as, initially, the company was uncertain
about the demand for this type of product.
CamdenBoss proposed an enclosure manufactured from flat
plastic sheet for the initial product launch. This was flexible
enough to allow Fringe Electronics to produce a range of four
different iterations of the Easy-Tune product including one for the
export market and all done very quickly indeed. In addition, Fringe
Electronics was very pleased with the clip-together design of the
enclosure, this hidden construction concept eliminating the need
for any fixing screw.
CamdenBoss custom design enclosures enable customers to
have enclosures, housings, covers, panels and parts manufactured
to their own specifications without tooling and on very short lead
times. Enclosures are developed from flat-sheet plastic and are
manufactured using the latest CAD/CAM technology to deliver
bespoke designs that provide products with a unique look.
CamdenBoss’s flat-sheet plastic technology is well suited for
low to medium batch quantities and offers lead times from one
to two weeks for prototyping and three to four weeks for volume
production. It enables highly cost-effective prototyping prior to
volume production and low cost and immediate design changes.
The final design is constructed using CAD/CAM technology and
the process is designed to minimize design revisions and keep
costs and time to a minimum by ensuring all components are
coordinated from start to finish.
New Crystals Operate Over Extended -55°C to
125°C Temperature Range
Fox Electronics has enhanced its HC49
line of resistance weld crystals with two
versions that maintain stability and tolerances across an extended temperature
range of -55°C to 125°C. The SMD HC49SDLF and thru-hole HC49SLF offer frequencies from 3.2 MHz to 80 MHz in the
same compact 14 mm by 5 mm package
with maximum heights of 4.5 mm and 3.6 mm, respectively.
The large temperature and frequency ranges, as well as the
compact, robust housing make the crystals well suited for a variety
of harsh environments including mobile devices and exterior
telecommunication installations. Applications where the electronic
systems are subjected to fluctuating weather conditions and bandwidth requirements are high, find the combined attributes of the
crystals useful for long-term, proper operation.
Both crystals feature frequency tolerances as low as ±10 ppm
at 25°C and frequency stabilities as tight as ±90 ppm from -55°C
to 125°C. Aging is only ±3 ppm per year and the drive level is 100
uW. The maximum shunt capacitance of the extended temperature crystals is 7 pF and the load capacitance is specified from 10
pF for parallel configurations.
Subzero Engineering Introduces PolarXpress
DCiM SaaS Monitoring Solution
Subzero Engineering has
released PolarXpress, a webbased environmental monitoring system with real-time
PUE measurement. PolarXpress is most commonly used
to determine intake air temperature and humidity levels,
allowing a safe increase in
air conditioning set points to
maximize energy savings.
In addition to temperature and humidity monitoring and PUE,
PolarXpress also measures water leakage, object presence with
IR motion, open/closed position of racks or aisle-end doors, and
data center lighting status through the use of wireless sensors
Key features of PolarXpress monitoring system include: a health
check that provides the status of critical assets, easy re-arrangement of racks and perforated tiles to accommodate changes,
and specific user permission levels deployment for administrative
control. The system will graphically depict the problem and corresponding area on the homepage and send alerts through email
Subzero Engineering creates the complete custom set-up in advance. The client’s data center floor plan is uploaded into the data
base where the racks are created and placed within the floor plan.
Sensors are logged in to the appropriate places on the racks within
the program and then tagged so that they can be installed in the
appropriate location on the floor. Once the gateways are plugged
into the system, they immediately report back to the web-based
user interface. Subzero offers set-up, sensor replacement, trouble
shooting, and technical support at no additional charge.
Flexenclosure Attracts $24 Million in Venture
Flexenclosure has secured a $24 million investment from the
International Finance Corporation (IFC), Industrifonden and Andra
AP-fonden (AP2). The new capital will be used to further develop
Flexenclosure’s eSite and eCentre technologies, green ICT solutions aimed mainly at the developing markets in Asia and Africa.
eSite is a portfolio of energy-efficient hybrid power systems
for base station sites in areas where grid power is unreliable or
unavailable. eSite can deliver a 90 percent reduction in diesel
fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy related operating
expenses compared to traditional diesel based systems.
eCentre is a prefabricated, fully equipped modular data center
solution, to house and power data and telecom equipment.
Optimized for energy efficiency and low total cost of ownership,
eCentre is specifically designed to be fast to deploy and fully
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Electronics Protection - July/August 2013
Newer Technology Releases Next-Generation Power2U AC/USB In Wall Charging Solution
Subzero Engineering Introduces PolarXpress DCiM SaaS Monitoring Solution
Specifiers of Enclosures for Components in Outdoor Applications: Be Aware of Material Selection Issues
Formable Phase Change Materials as Latent Heat Sinks for Portable Electronic Devices
How to Protect Electronic Circuits from Power Surges
Diamond Heat-Spreaders: Growth Methods and Applications
Standards-Based Design & Electronic Packaging Solutions
Reducing Room-Level Bypass Airflow Creates Opportunities to Improve Cooling Capacity and Operating Costs
Harnessing Laboratory Wind Tunnels
New DVR Enclosure with Prepackaged Thermoelectric Cooler
New Silver Conductive Aqueous Based Sodium Silicate System for EMI/RFI Shielding
Citizen and MechaTronix LED Cooling Cooperate On New Generation CitiLED COB’s
Eaton Expands 5P UPS Product Line to Provide Efficient Protection for Any IT Environment
Flex-Block System Puts Free-Standing Enclosures on New Footing
Gore Introduces Acoustic Vent for Protecting Electronic Devices
Calendar of Events
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