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April 2022

LED illumination for CONTROL-KNOBS 46

From now on, size 46 CONTROL-KNOBS can also be illuminated. For this purpose, a new circuit board was developed, fitted with 12 LEDs (RBG backlight, without controller).
Illumination options:
- translucent optic ring on the top surface
- translucent optic ring on the top surface with pointer line on the side

In addition to the optionally illuminated CONTROL-KNOBS 46, please order the LED illumination unit with 12 LEDs, available as an accessory, as well as the base 46 for installing it.

CONTROL-KNOBS are designed as control elements with a rotating function and, with a suitable rotary pulse generator, also with a touch function for menu-driven user interfaces. This optional illumination allows you to create an impressive accent for modern device design.

CONTROL-KNOBS

April 2022

CONTROL-KNOBS receive iF Design Award 2022

The CONTROL-KNOBS range of tuning knobs received the prestigious iF product design award in 2022.

For OKW, it is particularly important to express the high quality of the products through their design. New product developments therefore demonstrate a finely-tuned combination of functionality, aesthetics and ergonomics.

Customers praise the innovative design and touch sensation, according to the first feedback on the CONTROL-KNOBS since they were launched on the market in 2021. Control units should not only be easy to handle, users should also want to touch the operating elements. This is the added value that CONTROL-KNOBS offer.

"This design award is now the icing on the cake," says Kay Hirmer, responsible for strategic product management at OKW Gehäusesysteme.

CONTROL-KNOBS, which are available with and without optional LED lighting, prove that you have the knack for modern unit design! Find out more.

CONTROL-KNOBS

April 2022

Trade fair spring - ALL ABOUT AUTOMATION in Friedrichshafen

"A small, fine, local trade fair for customers and interested parties from the international Lake Constance region", is how Michael Reimold, Sales and Marketing Manager at OKW Gehäusesysteme, sums up the trade fair setting around All About Automation in Friedrichshafen.

Numerous customers and interested parties from southern Germany and the neighbouring regions in Austria and Switzerland took advantage of the opportunity to visit the trade fair and talk to the OKW sales team in person on 5 and 6 April 2022. The focus was on current enclosure and tuning knob trends for a variety of solutions in industrial automation as well as in customisation services.

You can find further local dates for the All About Automation trade fair in 2022, as well as trade fairs where OKW will be exhibiting its products, in our trade fair calendar.

For all those who were not at the All About Automation, we recommend that you click the following link "Smart enclosures for smart industry".

Smart enclosures for smart industry

March 2022

RAILTEC SUPPORT now available in PA6 FR material and in grey

The versatile subracks are available in a modular design for individual assembly in sizes 72 and 107. Combining these parts with intermediate parts allows optimum adaptation to the relevant width requirements.
The PCBs can be easily and efficiently inserted into the profile. End pieces reliably close the sides of the enclosures.

Subracks with bases are ideal for mounting on EN 60715 TH35, TH15 and G32 DIN rails, or alternatively without bases for wall mounting (wall suspension element available as an accessory).
The PA6 FR material is new, as is the colour grey, similar to light grey RAL 7035. The geometry of the parts is unchanged.

RAILTEC C / RAILTEC SUPPORT

February 2022

Bracket according to VESA standard for the SMART-TERMINAL on request

The VESA standard is used in many suspension arm and wall suspension systems to attach devices to them easily and securely.

On request and in conjunction with the SMART-TERMINAL enclosure, OKW can now offer a 2-part wall suspension element made of anodised sheet aluminium in accordance with the VESA 100x100 standard.

Installing the VESA adapter is quite simple: slide it sideways into the existing grooves on the rear side of the enclosure, then screw the plastic covers with design seals or the aluminium end plates to the aluminium profile. The unit can then be installed on the wall (wall plate from the 2-part set).
To lead the cables through, both the VESA adapter and the wall plate have corresponding cutouts, thus allowing the unit to be connected at the rear.

If required, SMART-TERMINAL enclosures can also be mounted directly on commercially available swivel arms and wall suspension systems with 100x100 mounting holes using the VESA adapter.

Thanks to the bracket, the attractive aluminium profile enclosures are versatile in use and easy for the user to operate and read – specifically adapted to the application in question.

Simply ask our experts. We shall be pleased to advise you!

SMART-TERMINAL

January 2022

Change in Technical Management at OKW

After more than 30 years, our highly respected Technical Director Egon Weinlein moved into the passive phase of his early retirement programme on Friday, 21.01.22.

In his career, Egon Weinlein significantly shaped our company culture and contributed to OKW Gehäusesysteme becoming the successful and future-oriented company that it is today.

Since 1989, more than 40 new enclosure and tuning knob series have been developed, introduced onto the market and established in the long term under his responsibility. In addition, Egon Weinlein himself established the quality management system at OKW and devoted great personal attention to it over the years. At the same time, he always raised the awareness of his colleagues for the high level of quality of the products in order to improve customer satisfaction. He encouraged necessary changes through ongoing training and face-to-face meetings.

We wish Egon Weinlein all the best in this new phase of his life.

Since the beginning of the year, Philipp Schell has assumed responsibility as Technical Director at OKW Gehäusesysteme. After his training in model construction, he successfully completed his master craftsman's examination in the model construction trade. As a designer, he extended his specialist knowledge in enclosure and tuning knob technology development at OKW. Furthermore, he has an in-depth understanding of quality management.

Photo (left to right): Philipp Schell, Egon Weinlein, Yvonne Ellwanger, Christoph Schneider

January 2022

Booster vaccination for OKW group of companies

Vaccination, including the relevant booster, is an important contribution towards combating the pandemic. Especially now that it is known that vaccination protection against the new virus variant decreases significantly only three to four months after basic immunisation, and that this new virus variant is also steadily on the rise, there is need for action.

Since December, OKW has therefore been offering its employees the chance to have their Corona vaccination boosted quite easily by the company doctor, Dr Michael Mikolaiczik, in the company's own first-aid room. First and second vaccinations are also being offered here.

Last Saturday, 22.01.2022, another 39 vaccinations were carried out within this framework. For the OKW group of companies, it is important to offer its employees the best possible support in this respect in order to create a "normal" working day as far as possible; this is rounded off by a voluntary test offer, also for vaccinated employees, as well as by flexible working models.

The team responsible for coordinating the vaccinations for the group of companies, including Dr Michael Mikolaiczik as the doctor in charge and his wife Claudia Mikolaiczik who, as a medical assistant, carries out the vaccinations, is now well-established and experienced in the procedure. In this way, employees can easily and without stress maintain their vaccination protection directly in the company building or, of course, obtain their basic immunisation.