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Electronics Protection Simplified

Front Panels, PCB Retainers, & More 

The Schroff product line features a full suite of complementary products for electronics protection. If you’re using one of the items in the graphic below then chances are Schroff offers the complimentary item. For example, if you’re working with front panels then you may also be using subracks and cases. 

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Manufacturer Profile: Schroff

About Schroff

Schroff, a division of Pentair Technical Solutions, is a leading name in the electronics protection world. Schroff rose to prominence by helping to standardize the 19” subrack system which is now widely used for electronic infrastructure. Schroff continues to offer thousands of products for 19” subracks as well as larger rack systems and other PCB hardware and accessories. Schroff products can be found in applications ranging from data centers to medical equipment to military systems.

 

Schroff Products

  • PCB Card Guides & Retainers
  • Connectors
  • Electronic Cabinets
  • Electronic Cases
  • Subracks
  • Front Panels

To configure Schroff products search or browse bisco’s Schroff microsite or utilize one of Schroff’s product configurators.

#1 Schroff Distributor – bisco industries

bisco industries is an authorized Schroff distributor and the top Schroff distributor in North America. bisco’s ecommerce site provides easy online shopping for Schroff products by category and attributes. Not only that but bisco stocks hundreds of Schroff products all ready for same day shipment. Visit biscoind.com today!

Visit bisco at Del Mar Electronics & Design Show 2016

bisco industries is excited to be exhibiting at the Del Mar Electronics & Design Show (DMEDS) 2016. The show starts tomorrow, May 4th and will run through May 5th at the Del Mar fairgrounds in San Diego, CA. The yearly trade show brings together manufacturers, distributors, and other industry players for training and networking. The show is free to attend and features over 65 seminars covering topics from 3D printing to cooling solutions. A full list of seminars and exhibitors is available at the DMEDS website.  

DMEDS 2016 Hours

  • May 4th, 2016 – 10 AM – 5 PM
  • May 5th, 2016 – 10 AM – 3 PM

bisco is partnering with Pentair (Schroff / Birtcher / Calmark) for DMEDS 2016 and will be located at booth 516. Be sure to stop by booth 516 to hear from Pentair product experts and to learn how bisco can help optimize your supply chain. For additional information contact bisco Area Manager, Scott Webb. We look forward to seeing you at DMEDS 2016!

Manufacturer Profile: Birtcher

About Birtcher

Birtcher, now known as Schroff (a Pentair brand), designs and manufactures rugged printed circuit board (PCB) card guides, retainers and inserters/extractors used primarily in conduction cooled frame systems. Birtcher / Schroff PCB hardware is used on a wide variety of applications including electronics systems in vehicles, ships, and planes that must withstand various temperatures, turbulence, vibration, and shock. Birtcher / Schroff products are specifically designed to hold PCBs securely in place despite high shock and vibration all while providing superior heat dissipation.

Finding & Configuring Birtcher Products

Birtcher / Schroff’s PCB card guides, retainers, and inserters/extractors are highly customizable allowing users to configure everything from the length to the mounting style. To find and configure products for your application view the Birtcher / Schroff PCB hardware catalog.

Authorized Birtcher Distributor

bisco industries is proud to be an authorized Birtcher / Schroff distributor.  As an authorized Birtcher distributor bisco stocks a wide variety of PCB hardware including such popular items as the 42 Series Wedge Loks. To find stock and availablity or to request a quote on non-standard items visit biscoind.com and simply search for the Birtcher / Schroff part number.

Product Spotlight: Schroff 42 Series Wedge Loks

Introducing Heavy Duty PCB Retainers

Schroff (formerly Birtcher) is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of heavy duty PCB retainers and card guides. One of Schroff / Birtcher’s most popular PCB retainers is the 42 Series Wedge Lok. The 42 Series Wedge Lok is designed to secure PBCs in rugged and high vibration environments. 42 Series PCB retainers also offer a lightweight design making them ideal for military, defense, and aerospace applications.

42 Series Wedge Lok Key Features

  • Designed for cold wall applications
  • Aids thermal transfer from the PCB to the cold wall
  • Screw actuated
  • 3 segment, non-shafted design
  • Average clamp force (5″, black anodized) = 269 lbs
  • Max expansion 6.98 mm (.275 in)
  • Flexible mounting options
  • Available with gold chem film, clear chem film, black anodized, hard black anodized, or electroless nickel plating
  • DSCC 84103 / DSCC CID 59590

Installing 42 Series Wedge Loks

42 Series Wedge Loks are designed for installation in cold wall applications. During installation Wedge Loks are first attached to the top and bottom of the PCB. Once the PCB is secured between the Wedge Loks it is inserted into cold wall channels in the card cage. Finally the Wedge Lok is actuated clamping the PCB to the cold wall.      

Configuring 42 Series Wedge Loks

Schroff / Birtcher 42 Series Wedge Loks are highly customizable helping them meet diverse and challenging application requirements. To configure a 42 Series PCB retainer for your application view the 42 Series spec sheet.

Your Authorized Source for Schroff 42 Series Wedge Loks

bisco industries is your authorized Schroff / Birtcher distributor stocking hundreds of 42 Series PCB retainers. bisco’s long standing partnership with Schroff and it’s parent company Pentair means you’ll receive expert service, competitive pricing, and expedited lead times. Visit biscoind.com to find pricing and stock or to request pricing on non-standard items.

Popular 42 Series Wedge Loks

Manufacturer Profile: Bivar

Since their first product launch in 1965, Bivar has been a leader in the manufacturing of LED indication products and enclosure hardware. Bivar prides themselves on helping designers, engineers, and purchasers stay at the forefront of technology. Bivar products are used extensively in telecom/datacom applications, medical applications, industrial applications, and other electronic applications.

Bivar LEDs & Enclosure Hardware

Bivar strategically manufacturers both LEDs and associated electronic hardware allowing users to spec in multiple components from one manufacturer. Bivar’s LED indication solutions are highly configurable and are critical to enhancing machine-to-human communication in numerous applications. Bivar’s extensive selection of LED indication products includes:

  • LED Light Pipes
  • Through Hole Mount LEDs
  • Surface Mount LEDs
  • Panel Mount LED Assemblies
  • Board Mount LED Assemblies

Bivar’s electronic enclosure hardware is designed for precise alignment and component placement. Bivar enclosure hardware includes:

  • LED Mounts & Holders
  • PCB Standoffs
  • PCB Spacers
  • PCB Card Guides
  • PCB Inserters & Extractors
  • Subrack Accessories

bisco – Authorized Bivar Distributor

bisco industries is an authorized Bivar distributor and stocks hundreds of Bivar LEDs and electronic hardware components. bisco also offers a large selection of complementary items from enclosures to fuses. To find stock and get pricing for all your Bivar and electronic component needs visit biscoind.com.     

What is a PCB Card Guide?

Printed circuit board (PCB) card guides, also called PCB retainers, are short narrow strips of material formed into shallow tapered troughs. PC boards are inserted into the top of the trough while the bottom is secured to an enclosure wall. Most card guides secure the PCB in place through the use of pressure but some card guides utilize levers or screws to lock the PCB in place. Card guides are fabricated from a variety of materials including nylon, aluminum, beryllium copper, and stainless steel. By securing circuit boards in place, card guides prevent damage to PCBs caused by vibration and movement.

The Top Names in Card Guides

For many years Pentair, under their Schroff, Birtcher, and Calmark brands, has been the leading manufacturer of PCB card guides. In fact, many of their branded products such as Wedge Tainers, Lok Tainers, PCB Tainers, and Card Loks have become synonymous with PCB card guides.  Other top card guide manufacturers include Bivar, Essentra (formerly Richco), and Keystone Electronics.

Learn More About PCB Card Guides

Check out these helpful catalogs from Calmark, Birtcher, and Keystone to learn more about PCB card guides.  As always, bisco representatives are standing by to assist you in configuring products, locating crosses, and finding price and availability information.

Essential Hardware: PCB Card Guides

Card guides are key to the performance and reliability of most electronic devices. Card guides attach to the edges of printed circuit boards (PCBs) securely holding them in place. Since card guides are used in nearly all electronic applications they must meet the demands of many different environments. Card guides can be found in applications ranging from military communication equipment to network servers.

PCB card guides typically come in two primary mounting configurations: vertical and horizontal. Card guides are also available in many different materials, sizes and locking configurations. Other variations include card guides specifically designed for high vibration or static sensitive conditions.

Whatever your specifications chances are bisco industries can offer a PCB card guide that meets your requirements. We are an authorized distributor for several card guide manufacturers including Essentra (formerly Richco). To search Essentra PCB card guides, get pricing and availability, and place orders visit biscoind.com today!

New Vertical PCB Card Guides from Keystone Electronics

A new assortment of durable nylon card guides for vertical mount circuit boards are among the latest PCB hardware available from Keystone Electronics Corp.

Engineered to stack and secure printed circuit boards (PCB’s), these new vertical guides install directly into an adjacent board with no need for chassis mounting. All Keystone vertical card guides employ the same footprint to enable bracket height change without need for redesign. In addition, no-tool installation and removal of the card guides and boards streamline the produc­tion process. In addition, these new vertical card guides are supplied with locking pins for secure PCB hold.

A major manufacturer of interconnect components and electronic hardware, Keystone also maintains an application engineering group supported by expert stamping, machining and as­sembly functions.

bisco industries is your local authorized Keystone distributor. Our website, biscoind.com, offers a complete searchable selection of Keystone products. biscoind.com not only offers Keystone product specifications but online pricing and ordering as well. Visit biscoind.com today to find right PCB card guide for your application.

9 Card Guide and Ejector Brands from bisco industries

bisco industries is a master distributor of electronic components and fasteners. We offer stock on over 200 product lines and are an authorized distributor for over 150 manufacturers.

bisco carries a wide variety of printed circuit broad (PCB) hardware including card guides and ejectors. PCB card guides are used to mount circuit boards in constricted spaces, such as a rack. PCB ejectors and extractors are mounted directly onto the board, providing a handle for technicians to pull the board without touching any of the circuitry.

bisco industries offers PCB card guides and ejectors from the industry’s top manufacturers including:

Don’t forget that bisco also supplies heat sinks, fans, batteries, spacers, standoffs, component holders, fuses, brackets, potentiometers, switches, and relays, making us your one-stop-shop for PCB hardware. In fact, the printed circuit board industry is the second largest industry group that bisco serves. Let us put our product knowledge and industry-leading quality processes to work for you. Visit biscoind.com or contact our e-commerce team for immediate quotes.

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