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Quick Prototyping by Copperhill Technologies

Posted by Wilfried Voss on

As they say, a picture tells a thousand words. The above image demonstrates a predicament we encountered a few days ago. The enclosure we are using for our SAE J1939 Gateway And Data Logger With Real-Time Clock is not available at the moment, and it might take a few more months before new supplies arrive. At the same time, a customer of ours was in need of six units, and we needed a solution.

We have an excellent hardware designer, who took the printed circuit board (PCB) and constructed a new enclosure. Polycase offers a great variety of enclosures, and it was easy to find an enclosure that could accommodate the PCB with a few slight modifications (the DSUB9 connector is usually mounted directly to the board) plus the necessary cutouts.

In general, the global supply situation forced us to create new designs, and we are in the process of replacing a number of devices. However, while we grow with the challenge, the new designs result in more powerful solutions that open doors to more applications, specifically for the Internet-of-Things (IoT).