The P Style GrayBox consists of six parts (front panel, rear panel, two sides, top cover and bottom cover) plus hardware. Front and rear panels are different, as are top and bottom covers. The extruded parts, shown below, convey the strength and ruggedness of the GrayBox design as well as show specific details.
Front Panels are made of rugged extruded aluminum. They are easy to machine, including selective removal of the screw slot detail when additional interior working space is required. The upper and lower tracks support the front edges of the top and bottom covers. Overlays are particularly suitable since all edges are protected by flanges. Silk-screening can also be done.
Rear Panels are made of rugged extruded aluminum. They are easy to machine, including selective removal of the screw slot detail when additional interior working space is required. The recess at the top allows for the fastening of the sliding top cover. The lower track supports the back edge of the bottom cover. The flat rear surface is particularly suitable for silk-screening.
Sides are made from rugged 1/8" (3.2 mm) thick aluminum extrusion. They are easily machined and contain the threaded screw holes that receive rack mounting hardware. The upper track supports the sliding top cover while the lower track supports the captured bottom cover.
Vented Side Option
Sides are available with a standard ventilation pattern. Refer to the P Style Technical Data Sheet for specifics concerning slot size and location. In rack mount applications sideways airflow is often the most efficient and unobstructed.
The top cover slides in from the rear to allow easy access to the interior, and is easily removeable.
The bottom cover of the P Style GrayBox is recessed 0.080" (2 mm) to allow for up to size 6 (or M3.5) pan head screws to be used for mounting components without having to countersink. The heads of these screws are contained entirely within the profile of the recess.
P Style Enclosures can be assembled with two front panels, two bottom covers, and two sides - an option to consider when limited access to the interior is either acceptable or desirable and the lowest price is important. In this configuration both top and bottom covers are captured.