Custom Panels, Enclosures and Plates

DataPro Tech Info > Custom Panels, Enclosures and Plates


Thank you for your interest in our custom Front Panels!

To begin the quoting process, we'll need to gather some information about the panel or panels you'd like to create. Lead time for Front Panels is typically 3-5 days, plus additional time for complex panels, large batches, and some finishing options. Final quoted prices will include programming, setup, and milling time. Please contact our Sales department with any questions.


Check out some of the finished products we've made for our customers!


Questions?
Contact our Sales Team:

(206) 782-5259

or email us at sales@datapro.net


Quoting

To request a quote, just email us your requirements. For the quickest and most accurate quoting, we'll need the following vital pieces of information about your project:

Download our interactive quote request form!

  1. Quantity
    We have no minimum order quantity, but larger batches typically result in a lower per-unit price. Why not get some spares?

  2. Material
    We stock a variety of popular materials and in multiple thicknesses and colors. If you have a specific requirement that isn't listed here, email us!

  3. Panel Corners
    The corners of your panels can be left square, or milled into an angled or rounded shape.

  4. Edge Treatment
    Depending on the material, the edges of a panel can be chamfered at a 45° angle, or milled into a rounded bevel. If you have a specific radius in mind, include that with your drawing. Otherwise, we can pick one that will work best with your chosen material.

  5. Anodizing
    Panels cut from bare aluminum can be anodized after milling, eliminating the silver edge seen on panels cut from pre-anodized aluminum. This is most economical for orders of multiple panels, as it incurs a minimum batch charge.

  6. Engraving and Laser Marking
    If desired, indicate the type (engraving or laser), exact placement, and copy on your drawing. If you have a preference for size or font, please include that as well. Otherwise we'll default to Helvetica and pick an appropriate size to fit.

  7. Drawing
    To give you the most accurate quote possible, we require a drawing to be submitted with your quote request. This drawing does not need to be to be overly technical, or to scale, but must include the following information:

    1. Width and height of the panel
      If your panel is an irregular shape, please include the lengths of each edge.

      • Maximum panel size up to 18x48" (46x122cm)
        Maximum Panel Size is 18x48
    2. Size and location of mounting holes
      We'll need to know the diameter and location of mounting holes.

    3. Location of standard cutouts
      Indicate roughly where you'd like your cutouts to be. If the location is specific, include its distance from two edges of the panel.

    4. (Optional) Usable area of panel
      This should indicate the area in the back of your panel in which components can be installed. It is generally within the perimeter of the mounting holes, and may be determined by the dimensions of the enclosure the panel will be mounted over.

    5. (Optional) Dimensions, clearances, and locations of nonstandard cutouts
      If your panel includes any cutouts that are not on our list of standard cutouts, please include as much information about them as possible. We may also request a sample of the connector that will be installed in the cutout.


Options

Corners
Panel corners are squared by default, but can also be cut at a 45° angle, or rounded.

Edges
The perimeter of the panel can be left square, chamfered at a 45° angle, or rounded into a bevel.

Laser Marking
For clean lines on almost any type of material, laser marking works best. Text or graphics can be applied over a 4x4" working area.


Engraving
Recommended for use with our sandwich plastics, engraving also looks pretty good on anodized aluminum panels. It can be used over a larger area than laser marking, but is generally more time-consuming.


Anodizing
While pre-anodized aluminum is available, we can also anodize your panels post-cutting. Anodizing is available in a number of colors, and provides an attractive, protective finish.



Materials

We stock a variety of common materials in multiple colors and thicknesses, but can source nearly anything with a very short turnaround. If you don't see what you're looking for here, just contact us.

0.125" Acrylic
This acrylic material is lightweight and durable, with outstanding resistance to sunlight and weathering.

Beveling Chamfering Engraving
Black Yes Yes No
Matte Black Yes Yes No
White 90% Opaque Yes Yes No
White 75% Opaque Yes Yes No
Matte White 75% Opaque Yes Yes No

0.125" Sandwich Plastic
Made of three layers, with a contrasting color sandwiched between two shell layers. This makes for excellent, high-contrast direct engraving.

Beveling Chamfering Engraving
Black No No Yes
White No No Yes

Anodized Black Aluminum
An affordable and sharp-looking alternative to batch anodizing. This pre-anodized black aluminum lasers beautifully. The only downside is the bare aluminum showing on the edges.

Beveling Chamfering Engraving
0.125" Yes Yes Yes
0.090" Yes Yes Yes
0.063" No Yes Yes

Bare Aluminum
A popular and durable material, available in a variety of thicknesses.

Beveling Chamfering Engraving
0.125" Yes Yes Yes
0.090" Yes Yes Yes
0.063" No Yes Yes
0.040" No No No

Cutouts

The following cutouts are guaranteed compatible with our full array of panel-mount couplers and cables. If you need any cutouts not listed here, just include them on your drawing with as much detail as possible.

Cutout Name Compatible Coupler Compatible Cable
BNC CCP-BNC -
C13 PC Power Outlet XX-PWR-C13 -
C14 PC Power Inlet XX-PWR-C14 -
DB9 RS232 Serial CCP-D09MM 1023, 1122
DB25 Parallel CCP-D25 1013
Decora 75PWRUSB All Decora inserts
DisplayPort CCP-DSP 1170
DVI CCP-DVI 1143
Ethernet CAT5/CAT6 Cable CCP-C5E, CCP-C6 1770, 1771
F-Type Coaxial (TV Cable) CCP-FTV -
FireWire 400 - , 1390, 1398, 1388
FireWire 800 CCP-FW800 -
1-inch Grommet Grommet included -
1.5-inch Grommet Grommet included -
HDMI CCP-HDMI 1160, 1168
Keystone Snap-in All Keystone parts -
Keystone Snap-in (Dual) All Keystone parts -
Household Light Switch - -
Power 120V Duplex ZZ-PWR-X2 -
PS/2 CCP-PS2 1169
RCA CCP-RCA -
Speaker Post/Banana Jack CCP-PST* -
Stereo 3.5mm (1/8in) CCP-3.5 1223, 1224
Stereo 1/4in - 1225, 1226
S-Video CCP-CSV 1164
SMA Antenna CCP-SMA -
TNC Antenna CCP-TNC -
Toslink Optical (via Keystone) CCK-TOS -
USB Type A CCP-USBA-FLX 1490, 1588, 1590, 1598, 1599, 1698, 1688, 1687, 1699
USB Type B - 1580, 1589, 1591
USB 3.0 Type B - 1691, 1687
VGA CCP-VGA 1152, 1154, 1156, 1157
XLR Pro Audio Female XX-XLR-F-PM (solder-on) 1231
XLR Pro Audio Male XX-XLR-M-PM (solder-on) 1232
*Not recommended for use on conductive (metal) panels. We recommend using a CCK-PST with a Keystone cutout instead.

© 1986-2014 DataPro International Inc