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Environmentally Diverse IoT Enclosures

Environmentally Diverse IoT Enclosures

Our client, a world-leading provider of wireless connectivity in the IoT sector, approached us with a brief to design and make an outdoor enclosure to support a suite of smart sensor devices. This would seem at first like a straightforward enough proposition; it’s a box. However, when the real requirements start to emerge, it needs skill and experience to create this within a short timescale and constrained budget.

Firstly, the overall size and appearance is important; it must be installed in public places and be unobtrusive (i.e. not attract complaints). It must be able to be mounted in many different locations in different ways – capable of accommodating different brackets – and there are likely to be situations that require specific mounts; the enclosure must be readily customisable.

Environmental sealing is critical; water must not get in but condensate must get out, a complex and involved problem with many potential solutions. The inside of the box must carry fixtures and supports for the electronics modules, power supplied, connectors etc. Then there are a whole host additional requirements; EMC shielding, solar loading, thermal performance, and etc. Finally, we must produce a design that can be manufactured efficiently at the right cost and volume from initial prototypes through to production runs.

Our approach was to create detailed 3D models of the PCB from which models of the enclosure could be created. This allowed realistic 3D renders of the enclosure to be prepared and agreed with the client so that there were no surprises when the initial units were made.

We followed this up with a complete manufacturing data pack (manufacturing drawings, BoM and assembly drawing) such that our client can make product on a build-to-print basis in the future.

This project delivered a flexible multi-use solution, without the tooling costs and timescales traditionally associated with bespoke mechanical enclosures. This, combined with our ability to move seamlessly from a circuit design, through layout and mechanical design to produce a full CAD model of the equipment, meant we were sufficiently confident in the whole design to immediately transfer into production, thus saving time and minimising risks.

Adaptive Electrophoretic Displays

Adaptive Electrophoretic Displays

Contact Us – Email: hello@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 200

Environmentally Diverse IoT Enclosures

Environmentally Diverse IoT Enclosures

Our client, a world-leading provider of wireless connectivity in the IoT sector, approached us with a brief to design and make an outdoor enclosure to support a suite of smart sensor devices. This would seem at first like a straightforward enough proposition; it’s a box. However, when the real requirements start to emerge, it needs skill and experience to create this within a short timescale and constrained budget.

Firstly, the overall size and appearance is important; it must be installed in public places and be unobtrusive (i.e. not attract complaints). It must be able to be mounted in many different locations in different ways – capable of accommodating different brackets – and there are likely to be situations that require specific mounts; the enclosure must be readily customisable.

Environmental sealing is critical; water must not get in but condensate must get out, a complex and involved problem with many potential solutions. The inside of the box must carry fixtures and supports for the electronics modules, power supplied, connectors etc. Then there are a whole host additional requirements; EMC shielding, solar loading, thermal performance, and etc. Finally, we must produce a design that can be manufactured efficiently at the right cost and volume from initial prototypes through to production runs.

Our approach was to create detailed 3D models of the PCB from which models of the enclosure could be created. This allowed realistic 3D renders of the enclosure to be prepared and agreed with the client so that there were no surprises when the initial units were made.

We followed this up with a complete manufacturing data pack (manufacturing drawings, BoM and assembly drawing) such that our client can make product on a build-to-print basis in the future.

This project delivered a flexible multi-use solution, without the tooling costs and timescales traditionally associated with bespoke mechanical enclosures. This, combined with our ability to move seamlessly from a circuit design, through layout and mechanical design to produce a full CAD model of the equipment, meant we were sufficiently confident in the whole design to immediately transfer into production, thus saving time and minimising risks.

Adaptive Electrophoretic Displays

Adaptive Electrophoretic Displays

Contact Us – Email: hello@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 200

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