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Electronic instrumentation is – by definition – a high value, prestige product. These devices are often at the cutting edge of research and development. They provide the essential data needed for precision control. So the enclosures housing the technology must reflect that.

It’s not simply a question of vanity, though enclosure aesthetics play an important part in showcasing the technology. It’s also about safeguarding the electronics to ensure the precision accuracy, reliability and longevity of the device. There is also the important matter of ergonomics – the device must always be comfortable to view and operate.

So what makes a good plastic instrument enclosure? Generally, they’re designed to house a display and controls on the front panel – rather than on the top – with a rear panel for interfaces. But there are exceptions, two of which feature towards the end of this blog post.