• Hitaltech’s latest additions to its range of Raspberry Pi-compatible enclosures now include Raspberry Pi 4 compatibility
• Individual product availability from RS Components cuts development costs for prototypers
• Options remain to customise enclosures as production scales up
Hitaltech, the connecting technologies and enclosures experts, has expanded its range of Raspberry Pi-compatible enclosures with new products modified for Raspberry Pi 4. With the products now being stocked by RS Components (RS), there’s good news for designers, who can source single Hitaltech products easily and cost effectively.
DIN rail enclosures for Raspberry Pi
Hitaltech’s DIN rail mounting enclosures are modified versions of the company’s popular Railbox and Modulbox models. Specially designed to meet the needs of heating, lighting and energy applications (but suitable for a far greater range of purposes), the off-the-shelf enclosures offer a surprising amount of design-friendly flexibility, with a wide variety of shapes and sizes, room for expansion boards and multiple connection options.
Available from RS
RS is a leading global provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions. Only the most trusted products join its range, so Hitaltech MD Andy Fitzer is understandably delighted that the Raspberry Pi enclosures are the latest in a long line of Hitaltech products to feature.
“RS is the product designer’s and prototyper’s go-to source for components,” he said. “A number of our Raspberry Pi-compatible products are already available, along with many more of our connectors and enclosures, and we have more joining them soon.
But with an existing, thriving direct sales business, why use a third party? Andy explained. “As a product designer, you’re working with single products with a view to scaling up production later. You want to keep development costs low so you will typically choose an off-the-shelf product. Hitaltech releases individual products via RS to keep those costs extremely low for developers. Then, when they’re ready to scale up, they can come direct to us to explore customisation and mass production options.”
From prototype to production
Those customisation options are extensive, helping to enhance product performance, improve product quality, boost production efficiency and stand out from the competition.
“We can take an existing enclosure and machine it, creating bespoke cut-outs without the bespoke price tag,” Andy explained. “And custom printing lets you add logos, diagrams and colour coding without the fiddly, time consuming expense of transfers and sticky labels. It’s all part of delivering what the service manufacturers need, when they need it.”
Kristian Olsson, Vice President of Industrial Automation and Control, is keen to stress the importance of the new introduction: “At RS, we aim to offer our customers a full selection of the devices they need to operate automated processes safely and efficiently. The close partnerships we have with well-respected, specialist equipment manufacturers like Hitaltech mean that we can offer our customers a full range of solutions for all their industrial applications.