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19" Rack Chassis for ScienceDesk™ Workstations
19" Rack Chassis
Rack Chassis Drawer
Rack Chassis Shelf
ScienceDesk Equipped with Rack Chassis and Drawer
Thorlabs' 19" EIA equipment rack is ideal for increasing the functionality of a ScienceDesk™ workstation. The rack chassis attaches to the bottom of a 3' (900 mm) or 4' (1200 mm) wide ScienceDesk frame. Once attached, the ScienceDesk can be used with our range of 19" rack hardware provided below. This includes drawers, shelving, and rack box systems.
Please Note: These accessories are compatible with our current ScienceDesks (SD Series) and cannot be used with our former generation (PS Series) products sold before March 2009.
Sample ScienceDesk Workstation Configuration
The Following Accessories are Not Shown in the Image Above
This heavy-duty instrumentation rack is manufactured from industrial-grade steel, U-channels, and angle extrusions. It can support up to 60 kg (132 lbs) when the weight is distributed evenly throughout the height of the rack. Each side of the rack attaches to a support bar, which in turn fixes to the upper side rails using two M8 bolts (supplied). The chassis can be mounted centrally as shown to the right, or to the left or right of center.
Once the chassis is fitted, the ScienceDesk can be used with our range of 19" Rack Hardware available below and other industry-standard 19" lab equipment.
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Open RAU400 Drawer Unit Showing Included RAU001 Divider Kit
This versatile Drawer Assembly is ideal for general storage. It fits the 19" rack chassis detailed above and is available in 3 heights: 2U, 3U, and 4U. The drawer is made from 1.2 mm (0.05") thick steel with a black-powder-coated paint finish. It moves on smooth roller bearing runners and features a coupling on the drawer slide, allowing for removal of the drawer from the housing. Each drawer is lockable and comes with two keys, four 12-24 screws with nuts for securing the drawer to the rack chassis, a rubber base mat, and an RAU001 divider kit. Additional RAU001 divider kits are available separately.
The RAU001 drawer divider kit is provided to allow the user to build smaller storage bins. As shown to the right, it is comprised of two plastic pieces that span the depth of the drawer and two that span the width. The dividers can be moved and interlocked to build different arrangements; they can also be cut into smaller lengths to build custom bin sizes.
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Equipment Rack with Optics stored in an RK4102 Shelf and Optomechanics Essentials Kits on RK4101 Shelves
Thorlabs' Rack Shelves are ideally suited for storing optomechanical components in a standard 19" rack. The RK4101 Rack Shelf provides a flat surface that is perfectly sized for holding our optomechanics essentials kits. The RK4102 Rack Shelf contains 77 Ø1/2" holes on 1.5" centers, allowing components mounted on Ø1/2" posts to be conveniently stored.
When used with our 19" equipment rack, these shelves take up 3.5" or 2U of space. These shelves attach to a standard 19" equipment rack using 12-24-threaded mounting screws, which are not included. Mounting screws are sold at the bottom of the page (Item # RK5000).
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Rack Box Chassis Lock when Opened; Press Green Button to Unlock and Close
These versatile prototyping Rack Box Systems are ideal for building custom fiber-based assemblies. Fourteen subpanel slots allow for an extensive series of quick-connect subpanels that provide support for fiber optic and electrical systems. Subpanels designed for fiber connections, electrical connections, cooling fans, and AC power entry are available below, as are blank panels. The chassis is offered without subpanels for customers wishing to build application-specific systems.
These systems lock the chassis in place when open. To close the chassis, press the green button located on its side (see image to the right). When the chassis is closed, the maximum height of a mounted assembly is 4.7" (119.4 mm).
These rack boxes attach to a standard 19" equipment rack using 12-24-threaded mounting screws, which are not included. When used in a rack system, the height of the rack box is 5.20" or nearly 3U. Mounting screws are sold at the bottom of the page (Item # RK5000).
Thorlabs' selection of fiber connection panels allows setups or instruments inside a rack box chassis, such as our RBX32 available above, to be connected to fiber components outside of the rack box. Each panel contains four mating sleeves that can be removed, allowing for panels to be customized according to the requirements of the system. The "snap-on" panel design allows for quick attachment to or removal from a rack box chassis.
Electrical connection panels and blank panels with the same profile are also available below.
This cooling fan attaches to a wide slot on the back of our RBX32 Rack Box Systems (pictured above). Up to two fans may be attached per chassis. The metal panel contains four through holes that accept the four included 8-32 button head screws.
This power module attaches to a wide slot on the back of our RBX32 Rack Box Systems (pictured above). The metal panel contains four through holes that accept the four included 8-32 button head screws.
These blank panels are ideal for customers who wish to design their own connector layouts or use connectors that are not offered from our stock. They can also be used to prevent dust from entering through unused slots.
These rack screws are designed to mount our Rack Box Chassis, Fixed Rack Shelves, and other rack-mountable equipment into standard 19" equipment racks. Sold in packs of 50, they feature a combination head compatible with both Phillips and flat head screwdrivers. Hard plastic washers are also included.