- Often a large casing
- Can be up to 2m high
- Very expensive
- Difficult to make the investment in a mould profitable
A plastic terminal is a custom-made casing for information stands (HMI = Human Machine Interface) or central control units (CPU) of medical treatment devices:
✓ No tools ✓ No initial investment
A kiosk or stand-alone casing with a plastic POS (Point of Sales) tablet holder, or a stand-alone kiosk cover, is a casing created by assembling plastic sheets to protect, embellish or cover electronic equipment.
With the LTP solution, the unit price will be higher compared to injection moulding, but there will be no initial investment costs, and modifications can be made between each series production.
Larger plastic enclosures can be designed as robustly as a metal enclosure if the product design suits the device and its working environment well. Since the company’s foundation in 1985, LTP has developed a number of different methods for strengthening large size plastic projects.
This can be done from the inside by reinforcing the metal or composite frame. One of the significant advantages of plastic is that a central processing unit (CPU) made out of plastic is lighter than one made out of metal. Electronic manufacturers can reduce their transport costs and the end customer has a device that can be easily moved. A plastic point of sale (POS) kiosk is a good example of this.
This type of plastic enclosure usually consists of a bottom plate, the main box with an inner frame and a sloping top for the display. The total weight varies between 5 and 30 kg. The same metal case would weigh x 3 for aluminium and x 8 for steel.
Another common use of a terminal is as the central unit of a medical device. The portable parts of the central unit are then connected via a cable, RFID or Bluetooth connection. A custom-designed plastic casing from LTP creates an aesthetically pleasing product family look for the central unit as well as for the application units. In contrast, to medical devices, products used in an industrial environment must not only have a professional look, but also need to be sufficiently robust against oil or chemicals. With a bespoke plastic stand-alone kiosk, all those requirements can be met..
In the health and beauty sector, plastic covers often need to be made out of UL 94 V-0 material, comply with standards such as ISO 13485 and provide good mechanical strength. LTP technology can meet all these requirements.
From the outset, for example, PVC can be chosen as the raw material because of its resistance to chemicals. Or a standard ABS material be selected, including an extra-strong clear lacquer, which protects the exterior of the device from dirt or cleaning agents.
A custom-designed plastic enclosure allows the development of a lightweight yet robust solution and enables the manufacturer to give the device the right look.
In contrast to metal housings, plastic allows for more aesthetically pleasing shapes, particularly through the use of thickness. For example, in a laboratory, medical or cosmetic working environment, round shapes and hygienic-looking whites are used.
Product designers prefer to use colours such as black, grey and silver in an industrial production environment where a device is exposed to dirt, dust, oils or chemicals. Still, they prefer round, modern shapes to give the device a stylish, state-of-the-art appearance.
Electronics manufacturers have two objectives when working on a new production:
Firstly, the product must offer value-added functions to its user and, secondly, its external appearance must be in line with its target group. Robust yet light and aesthetically adapted to your market, this is what LTP contributes to your sales success.