Raspberry Pi cases protect in industrial environments

DIN-rail enclosures from Phoenix Contact make integration of Raspberry Pi-based computing a reality in the industrial environment, says RS Components, as it announces the addition to its portfolio.

The RBI-BC DIN-rail enclosures offer a high level of protection as well as a range of expansion options, enabling Raspberry Pi computers to meet the rigorous demands of the industrial environment, says the distributor.

The range can house the Raspberry Pi model A+, B+, or the Pi 2 and Pi3 Model B boards. They can be used to enable the set-up of several Raspberry Pi computers and I/O modules, which can be connected to the DIN-rail to form a complete system via the HBUS.

There is a large range of expansion possibilities, for example, by adding optional perfboards or individual PCBs, inserted into the same housing as the Raspberry Pi and connected up to the HBUS by using a pin strip connector.

The housing system saves time and offers safe installation due to tool-free mounting on a TS35 DIN-rail, or on a wall via a base latch. The housing also complies with DIN43880 enabling it to be integrated into a distributor housing. Users can connect the GPIO strip to sensors or the power supply with PTSM connectors. The Raspberry Pi’s microSD card can also be replaced and backed up, even while still mounted in the system.

The Phoenix Contact portfolio currently offers a range of options, including the complete RPI-BC housing system, which includes a lower housing part for DIN-rail or wall mounting, base latch, upper housing part, housing cover and PCB holder for mounting the Raspberry Pi board.

The lower housing part and upper housing part are also available separately. All the parts are available in light grey polycarbonate with an IP20 rating, and are suitable for operation over the –40 to +105 degree C range.

The distributor also offers a range of RPI-BC accessories from Phoenix Contact, including adapters and socket and pin strips for connecting up perfboards and compatible PCBs.



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