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April 2020

OKW granted the status of a KRITIS company

Since the onset of the COVID-19 lung disease, OKW Gehäusesysteme has been producing more high-quality enclosures for medical applications than ever before, as well as tuning knobs, which are essential for the operation and control of respirators, for example. As a result, OKW has now been confirmed as a systemically relevant KRITIS company. This means that, according to the criteria of the state of Baden-Württemberg, OKW is "indispensable" for the supply chain in medical research and development.

OKW hopes that its status as a KRITIS company will give it easier access to materials and transportation capacity. However, this can also give employees directly involved in the supply chain access to emergency care for their children, despite the closure of kindergartens and schools.

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April 2020

Save lives, heal illnesses and improve people's quality of life

Enclosures and tuning knobs for medical applications

Medical technology is a highly regulated but also continuously growing industry. The focus is on people – products, equipment and processes are constantly being developed and manufactured for the prevention, diagnostics and therapy of diseases. High-quality empty enclosures and tuning knobs by OKW make a significant contribution here.

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March 2020

Operating elements for medical systems

OKW Gehäusesysteme has a wide range of modern tuning knobs for operating medical equipment, e.g. for ventilators, emergency systems, analysis, diagnostics and therapy equipment, medical IoT and for tracking and monitoring systems.
The COM-KNOBS range of tuning knobs supports the appearance of modern medical applications. Reliable operation is ensured by a collet fixture for electromechanical rotary potentiometers with round shaft ends in accordance with DIN 41 591. COM-KNOBS are available in knob sizes ø 16, 20, 23, 31 mm and in 40 and 50 mm with a wide range of accessories.

TOP-KNOB tuning knobs are the ideal solution for lateral screw fixing on round shaft ends in accordance with DIN 41591 or for mounting on axles with flat shaft ends ø 6/4.6 mm. The lateral screw fixture is innovatively concealed by functional marking elements in different colours and shapes.

OKW range of tuning knobs >>

March 2020

Important update regarding COVID-19

The rapid spread of the corona virus (COVID-19) causes many open questions for all of us. Almost every hour we have to deal with new information and changing challenges. Especially in these turbulent times, it is extremely important to have a partner by your side that you can rely on.

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March 2020

OKW at the embedded world trade fair 2020

Last week (25.02 to 27.02.2020), OKW Gehäusesysteme showed its products at the embedded world trade fair in Nuremberg. As the name suggests, the event focuses on all technologies related to embedded systems: the security of electronic systems, distributed intelligence, the Internet of Things, e-mobility and energy efficiency. The high-quality plastic and aluminium enclosures by OKW are ideally suited to these fields of application and attracted lively interest from the visitors to the trade fair. 200 companies had cancelled their participation at short notice due to the spread of the corona virus, and so the number of visitors, at 13,800, was significantly lower than in previous years. However, OKW was able to confirm the encouraging results from previous years.

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February 2020

SMART-CONTROL - for easy installation in standard room corners

For precise use, devices used for the large-area monitoring of security areas or public spaces should be placed as high up on the ceiling as possible. Various sensors can also be used there for easy communication. The devices are often mounted on walls, the corners remain empty.

OKW Gehäusesysteme has designed a suitable solution for these unused areas – SMART-CONTROL. The devices do not interfere, they are ideally protected from damage, are space-saving and make optimum use of the usually empty room corners.

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February 2020


The IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) focuses on industrial processes and workflows. The objectives include improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and ensuring faster processing. This can affect the areas of logistics and production, but also energy supply or the medical environment. The use of intelligent, interconnected systems facilitates smooth communication with each other.

The new EASYTEC wall-mounted enclosure has been optimally designed for the integration of smart sensors for the IIoT and the IoT.

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February 2020

At the ELECRAMA trade fair in India for the first time

OKW Gehäusesysteme participated in the ELECRAMA trade fair in New Delhi in cooperation with the Indian representative "Enclosure Systems India" from 18-22.01.2020.

Under the heading "we are all about electricity", ELECRAMA is the largest trade fair for electronic components in India and has been held every two years in changing cities in the country for the past 30 years. 1,250 exhibitors from a wide range of electronic sectors were spread over 16 exhibition halls and attracted more than 300,000 visitors in 5 days.

On the joint stand, OKW, together with its local representative, was able to present its extensive portfolio of high-quality plastic and aluminium enclosures and tuning knobs to the Indian public. The range of design-oriented standard enclosures in particular attracted a lot of interest among many Indian visitors. There was a large number of visitors at the exhibition stand, and some interesting new contacts were generated for the Indian market.

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January 2020

The Turtle has a new home

After a two-year planning and construction phase, the move to the new administration building took place on Saturday, 30th November. This is located directly next to the previous headquarters of Odenwälder Kunststoffwerke Gehäusesysteme GmbH in Friedrich-List-Strasse in Buchen.

“Innovation with tradition" – this philosophy of the family-owned business, which has been based in Buchen since 1984, is the thread running through the construction project. It was important to preserve the basic structure of the building, which was built in the 1950s by Dr. Herbert Schneider, the grandfather of today's managing director Christoph Schneider.
“It is important for us to keep today's generations aware of the family and company history. This is the intention behind our OKW Museum, which has existed for many years and which covers the history of the company from its foundation to the present day. Not only the products, but above all the people, have made possible the basis on which we invest today for the future. In our new building there will therefore also be 'windows into the past' as reminders. We are very proud of the result – the combination of stable old stock and the latest technologies concerning climate and energy," says Managing Director Christoph Schneider.

In the previous office building, the individual departments were separated from each other by several building sections and very long walking distances. All administrative departments have now been brought together in a clear spatial structure. In addition to attractive workplaces, central communication points have also been set up to focus even more on cooperation in a pleasant environment.
At the same time, a further construction phase has already been started to link the administrative area with the production and logistics areas. A spacious lecture room, a presentation area for enclosures and tuning knobs as well as a common canteen are to be created here.

“According to the idea, there will be a connecting wing in the truest sense of the word. A space is to be created to serve as a meeting place for employees as well as national and international customers and partners for presentations, training sessions or simply for a chat over lunch. Even in times of digital communication media, we want to focus on the value of personal contacts," says Yvonne Ellwanger, authorised signatory.