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Industry Focus: General Manufacturing, Industrial
Product Type: Enclosures

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In the past, enclosure accessories were limited to being Recognized Components which might have required the end user to initiate additional evaluation in order to allow the use of these products. The new certification for environmental-rated accessories for enclosures utilizes the UL Listing Mark, so enclosure accessories can be installed without further evaluation.

New Listing Certification for US and Canada (FTTA/FTTA7)

This new Listing certification for enclosure accessories assists manufacturers who utilize Type or IP rated enclosures (for example, Types 3R and 4X or IP55 and IP66) in being able to use Type or IP rated enclosure accessories such as window kits, hole plugs, filter fan kits, etc. The benefits of this new Listing certification are two-fold: it is more cost efficient for manufacturers and it can also accelerate market access for end users.

Types of Listed Products

  • • Bolts • Breather Vents • Drain Vents
  • • External Mounting Means • Filter Fan Kits • Gasketed Screws
  • • Gland Plates • Hole Seals • Overlays
  • • Rain Shrouds • Sealing Washers • Ventilation Kits
  • • Window Kits


New Recognition Certification for US and Canada (FTTA2/FTTA8)

This new Recognition certification for enclosure accessories assists manufacturers who utilize Type or IP rated enclosures in being able to use Type or IP rated hinging and latching accessories. This makes it possible for enclosure manufacturer end users to cost efficiently accelerate market access as there are no latching and hinging hardware corrosion protection and plastic requirements, gasket testing, and traceability issues.

The new environmental-rated accessories for enclosures certification utilizes the UL Recognition Mark and allows manufacturers of Type or IP rated enclosures to choose latching and hinging hardware that carry the same level of Type or IP rating as the enclosure itself.

Types of Recognized Products

  • • 3-point Handles • Butt Hinges • Butterfly Latches
  • • Captive Fasteners • Compression Latches • Concealed Hinges
  • • Ear Type Hinges • L-Handles • Piano Hinges
  • • Quarter Turns • Swing Handles • T-Handles


Why choose UL?

UL drives global research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving product safety, performance and interoperability needs. UL’s global network of technical experts and state-of-the-art facilities, along with UL's longstanding relationships with regulatory authorities, partner laboratories and industry technical leaders, helps manufacturers gain the compliance credentials they need to compete in a more complex global supply chain.

  •    -   Knowledge You Can Trust – UL's experienced staff will advise you from the initial design stage of product development through testing and production. Their experts can assist you in understanding the certification requirements for your specific markets.
  •    -   Speed & Efficiency – UL's cost-effective systems and state-of-the-art facilities cut through the red tape and help accelerate your time to market.
  •    -   Single Source Provider – UL meets all of your compliance needs and, by bundling safety, performance and interoperability services, also helps save you valuable time and money.
  •    -   Global Reach & Access – UL's global network of expert engineers helps you understand the various national and global requirements for your specific market application.


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Extremely space-saving and flexible

The C60xx series of scalable ultra-compact Industrial PCs combines maximum computing power in what is currently the most compact format with a wide range of options for installation in the control cabinet. It is ideally suited for control, visualization and communication, for example into the cloud.

The latest Intel processors − in three different performance classes, from the Intel Atom with one core to the Intel Core i7 with eight cores – offer maximum scalability and power density with an optimal price-performance ratio.

Performance classes and application areas

The C601x series offers Intel Atom computing power for a wide range of automation and visualization tasks. Due to their impressive computing power in relation to their size, the PCs are mainly suited for use in Industrie 4.0 applications, for example as an IoT gateway.

The C603x series unites high-performance Intel Core-i processors with extremely compact housing dimensions. The processors from the 65 W class have only been used in the much larger ATX-based Industrial PCs up to now. The devices thus represent a new dimension in terms of power density. They are suitable above all for particularly complex automation and visualization tasks, but also for a wide range of other applications in the field of image processing, the handling of large volumes of data and in the IoT environment.

The C602x series is the link between the C601x and the C603x, and the fanless integration of Intel Core-i-U processors of the 15 W class opens up new application areas and options.

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TE Connectivity has recently upgraded its rugged, high-speed Mezalok mezzanine connector family to support the growing demand for higher data rates and improved processing power in military electronics. The upgraded connectors have increased data rate support up to 32+ Gb/s. The Mezalok connector family has been designed specifically for mezzanine cards in rugged applications and is standardized as the interconnect for XMC 2.0 (VITA 61). Rapidly evolving technologies in signal intelligence, radar, communications and surveillance are driving the need for more powerful embedded computing solutions. 

Mezzanine cards are often used to provide additional functionality and processing capability within a small form factor. TE designed the Mezalok connector family to support these applications. Typical applications include application-specific high-speed input/output (I/O) protocols, graphics, memory and digital-signal processing.

“New designs in rugged embedded computing require higher speeds and high pin counts in order to pack more functionality into smaller plug-in modules,” said Jason Dorwart, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “TE recognizes this trend and is continuing to build on this platform to help solve customer needs, offering new options in stack height, pin density and higher speeds, giving the system designer a broader solution set to work with when needing a fast, rugged and reliable mezzanine connector for extreme environments.” 

TE’s highly reliable Mezalok mezzanine connectors more than double the speed and durability of competing technology, making it one of the most viable options for today’s military and commercial aerospace applications.

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For their next meeting with an OEM or system integrator, can panel builders simply grab their smartphone and project the digital prototype of a control cabinet onto the desk of the managing director? Or right into the customer’s production facility? This admittedly sounds fantastical – but is already a reality. The new augmented reality (AR) add-on for the EPLAN eVIEW Free cloud software, in combination with the free Vuforia app from PTC, enables the free projection of completely assembled control cabinet into virtual space.

With EPLAN eVIEW Free AR, a new augmented reality (AR) application, EPLAN now brings the digital twin wherever users happen to find themselves. Designers can share their 3D designs of the control cabinet layout from EPLAN Pro Panel with co-workers and business partners via the cloud. EPLAN Program Manager Digitalisation Tim Oerter oversees the development of AR solutions and explains how to get started with EPLAN eVIEW Free AR: “A control cabinet is constructed in EPLAN Pro Panel and subsequently uploaded to the EPLAN ePULSE cloud environment. This makes it possible to share 3D designs with other users within an ePULSE organisation.” This also automatically generates both a link and a QR code that can be forwarded to the desired recipients. They can then use their smartphone or tablet computer to scan the code using the gratis app Vuforia View from PTC. Now the 3D design can be displayed anywhere using the camera of the end device – and can thus be projected onto a desktop or in the production environment as examples. Changes can also be made by touching any control cabinet components: simply tap the component and the system opens the 2D view of the schematics, for instance for further finetuning using the redlining and greenlining functions.

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