OKW Odenwälder Kunststoffwerke Gehäusesysteme GmbH of Buchen at COMPAMED 2017 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

OKW Odenwälder Kunststoffwerke Gehäusesysteme GmbH

Friedrich-List-Str. 3, 74722 Buchen
Telephone +49 6281 40400
Fax +49 6281 404144

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COMPAMED 2017 hall map (Hall 8b): stand E30

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COMPAMED 2017 fairground map: Hall 8b


Lisa Binninger


Friedrich-List-Straße 3
74722 Buchen, Germany

+49 (0) 6281 404 192


Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Electrical and electronic components
  • 02.28  Switches
  • 10  Equipment and technologies for laboratories and manufacturing
  • 10.02  Manufacturing equipment
  • 10.02.17  Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled
  • 11  Manufacturing Services
  • 11.03  Machining


  • 11  Manufacturing Services
  • 11.16  Forming
  • 11.16.37  Tooling


Our products

Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Wearable enclosures

OKW wearable enclosures are ideal for electronic components and sensors that are worn on or close to the body – the new generation of ‘wearable technologies’. Our ergonomic and aesthetic enclosures enable wearable computers and other on-the-body electronic devices to function simply and elegantly, without restricting the user. Their simple operation by means of keys, touch screens or push buttons offers users complete control in all situations – reinforcing their feelings of security and well-being and reducing stress. Larger versions have a convex design to match the curves of the body and offer a generous surface area for interfaces. Our smaller enclosures are highly practical and unobtrusive. Accessories include comfortable wrist straps or hand straps, belt/pocket clips and fastening eyelets for attaching lanyards and belt straps etc.
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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Handheld enclosures

The manufacture of advanced and ergonomic handheld enclosures has been the major focus of our programme for many years. Today, we offer an exceptional variety of sizes and styles to suit both indoor and outdoor electronic devices. OKW handheld enclosures have an aesthetic and timeless design and are very comfortable to hold, which guarantees safe and fatigue-free operation.

Our standard enclosures have many in-built features which makes them compatible with modern electronic assemblies. Options include: battery compartments for N, AAA, AA, C and 9 V type cells, mounting points for PCBs,  display modules, PCMCIA cards and connectors, high protection classes  from  IP 54 to IP 65, recessed areas for protecting membrane keyboards and product labels, plus moulding in reinforced, impact-resistant plastic for industrial use, or infrared-permeable material for remote control signals.

A wide range of accessories allows you to equip the enclosures with additional features, e.g. belt/pocket clips, lanyards, desk and wall stations with contacts for battery charging and data transmission, tilt stands and much more.  Choose the handheld enclosure whose size and design meets your own special requirements.

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Wired enclosures

OKW’s wired enclosures are ideal for cable connected applications, whether hand-held, desk-top, wall mounted or freely suspended. The integrated cable glands made of soft TPE material are suitable for round cables from ø 3.4 – 5.9 mm and represent a seamless continuation of the high-quality design of the enclosure. If required, a strain relief device can protect the flexible cables from mechanical stress.

Depending on the type of enclosure, options include holding clamps for hanging the devices on to round tubes, wall suspension elements for permanent or short-term storage, double-sided cable routing on each end of the enclosure and much more.

The range also includes hand-grip style enclosures with an integrated trigger action push button for startup, operation and stand-by mode switching.

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Enclosures for suspension arm systems

OKW operating and display enclosures are ideal for mounting on tripods and suspension arm systems. Several models have integrated handles, which are particularly suitable if the display and control panels have to be realigned frequently. Effortless swivelling, tilting, inclining, turning, pulling etc. – all this is no problem. Alternatively, there are also flat housings for operating panels. The narrow design of these, as well as the finger recesses on the back, ensure that the unit is securely held during positioning.

These enclosures also offer generously dimensioned operating panels for displays and touch screens from 16 cm (6.4 inches) to 34 cm (13.4 inches). The rear interface mounting allows tidy cable routing via the enclosure connection, the system is partly compatible with the VESA standard (100 x 100 mm).

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Wall mount enclosures

OKW wall mount enclosures are available in an extensive range of sizes and individual styles. Firstly, you can select your enclosure with or without a separate terminal compartment, which provides plenty of room for the wiring. Also, many versions have an ergonomic sloping control panel which means that once the enclosure is mounted at a suitable height, the displays and control legends can be very easily read by the operator. High quality materials like ABS, ASA+PC (UL 94 V-0) or polycarbonate allow the enclosures to be used in many different applications on walls, machines or on any level surface.

Other options include: protection classes from IP 54 to IP 67, hinged lids and covers, recessed surfaces to protect membrane keyboards and product labels, security kits, aluminium front panels, glass panels for touch screen applications, coloured cover strips for colour-coding functions etc.

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Desktop / Keyboard housings

OKW desktop and keyboard enclosures feature ergonomically designed sloping front sections which allows the controls, keypads and displays to be positioned at a perfect viewing and operating angle. As a result, the operational data to be collected and entered quickly and reliably. All the enclosures have a highly attractive appearance which makes them ideal for applications where external design is very important. From our wide range of models you can select an enclosure that will fully meet your requirements i.e. control panel size, viewing angle, PCB size etc.

Standard options include: protection class IP 54, battery compartments for AA or 9 V cells, separate terminal compartments, recessed areas for membrane keyboards, separate lids for installing card/bar code readers, wall mounting sets etc. Front panel housings are also available for installing complete prefabricated electronic assemblies.

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Table-top / instrument enclosures

OKW table-top and instrument enclosures have been designed to provide an almost unlimited number of opportunities for packaging your electronics. The enclosures can be configured in different designs and combinations, not only for compact applications but also for larger systems. Our instrument enclosures are characterised by their high-quality finish and installation-friendly design, which allows rational assembly of the components. Anti-slide feet also ensure reliable positioning on the desk.

Depending on the type of enclosure, standard options include: battery compartments for AA and 9 V cells, ergonomically sloping control panels, recessed areas for membrane keyboards, front / rear panels made of plastic, aluminium or perspex, ventilation slots for good heat dissipation, integrated handles as well as adjustable carry handles, which allow the units by be canted at an ergonomic angle.

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Portable instrument enclosures

OKW mobile instrument enclosures are available with an integrated handle or with an external tilt/swivel carry handle. The enclosures with the integrated handle have extra large operating panels for pushbuttons, membrane keyboards, displays or touch screens. They are also ergonomically inclined by 15° when in an upright position. Protective side bags provide space for instruments, sensors and cable attachments. Accessories include wall/desk stations with contacts for data transfer and battery charging. Alternatively, enclosures fitted with the tilt/swivel carry handle allow the user to set the device at different view angles to suit the work location. Depending on the material chosen, these enclosures are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use.

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Universal enclosures

OKW universal enclosures are designed for a very wide range of electrical and electronic applications. Whether table top or desk top, wall or ceiling-mounted, mobile or interconnected – these enclosures can be used universally and convince the user with their excellent aesthetics, ergonomics and reliability. The extensive range includes many different basic formats and designs. All models offer easy access for installation of  printed circuit boards and electronic components.

Depending on the type of enclosure, there are battery compartments for AAA, AA and 9 V batteries, protection classes up to IP 66, integrated mains plug parts, wall-suspension elements, belt / pocket clips, hinge/cover retention devices, security kits etc.

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Product category: Enclosures, humidity and temperaturecontrolled

Aluminium enclosures

For the first time ever, OKW has combined aluminium with plastic to produce a harmonious blend of materials in its advanced new range of enclosures. Synergy is available in 36 different models from launch. These beautiful new housings feature an extruded aluminium case profile, which has a very high quality surface finish. The plastic top and base parts are assembled by internal fixing pillars. The top is recessed for a keypad and the base includes a battery compartment lid. Separate battery cradles for 2, 3, or 5 AA cells are available. The base is inset for fitting cables up to ø3mm through the underside. Four case shapes are offered; round, square, rectangular and oval. The plastic parts are flame retardant (UL 94 V-0) and UV stable. A wall mounting kit is also offered. Synergy enclosures can be supplied fully customised. Different heights can also be accommodated.

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Product category: Switches

Potentiometer / Tuning knobs

OKW Gehäusesysteme has over 40 years' experience in the development and production of potentiometer knobs. Today we can offer a wide range of modern and traditional tuning knob designs for spindles from 3 to 8 mm.
Our latest operating elements combine special technical features with a contemporary appearance. This includes optional LED illumination, flush-fitting installation, a main body which is slightly inclined towards the internal axis, function-oriented marking elements, modern colour selection etc.

The OKW range of tuning knobs is well tried and tested for rotary potentiometers with round and flattened shaft ends in accordance with DIN 41591 or 6/4.6 mm. The knobs are fitted using the proven collet fixture, lateral screw fixing or simply by pushing them on. Choose from round knobs, wing knobs, spindle-shaped knobs, pointer knobs or simple rotary switches. Different sizes and combinations offer a wide range of possible solutions.

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Product category: Machining


We can supply enclosures exactly to your requirements, ready to install all of your components and assemblies. Tell us what you need to complete your design using our products. We can fully modify our enclosures and tuning knobs with machining, processing and finishing according to your exact specifications.

And what if you need a larger size or additional features than offered by our standard enclosures and tuning knobs? No problem. We can develop your own customer-specific variant using the standard design as a basis. With the help of our 3D models, we can design practically any special size to meet your needs and requirements and produce the products in the existing plastic materials. When used in conjunction with standard parts, for example a new larger top and an existing base, you can benefit from significant cost savings over a whole new design while still having plenty of scope for an individual company-specific product design.

From conception or development to series production, we can offer you the solution you need, for any quantity. Your advantage: one supplier with global coverage for the complete "Electronic packaging solution”. All you have to do is to install the electronics in the case. Take a look at our comprehensive range of services below!

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Company news




Nov 6, 2017

Bundled competences for an optimum product solution – OKW, ANSMANN AG and Hoffmann + Krippner

An electronic device consists of many different components, which all have be efficiently combined with each other to ensure optimum, user-oriented functionality. The joint distribution partnership between OKW Gehäusesysteme, ANSMANN AG and Hoffmann + Krippner offers an individual and efficient product solution.

In principle, the basic structure of every electronic device is always the same. First you need the relevant electronics that are to be installed. Then they need protection by means of a suitable enclosure, an operating unit such as a touch panel or keyboard, and of course a suitable power supply using batteries etc. The field of application does not matter, whether it is building technology, medical and laboratory technology or machine and plant engineering. OKW Gehäusesysteme offers a wide range of design-oriented plastic and aluminium enclosures as well as tuning knobs. The standard products can be individually modified through a range of machining and finishing techniques such as mechanical processing, painting, printing or EMC coating. Hoffmann + Krippner is a manufacturer of customer-specific membrane keyboards and complex operating units. These include the development of capacitive and resistive touch screen systems, which are finished using production processes such as full-surface bonding or "optical bonding". The company ANSMANN AG, a specialist in customer-specific energy solutions, has specialised, among other things, in the development and production of rechargeable batteries, battery packs, primary batteries, battery chargers and power supply units. With the intelligent battery management system "Battery Intelligence", ANSMANN AG offers a retrofit solution with a bidirectional communication interface. It covers all aspects of power supply, such as hardware and software as well as mechanical systems and certification. The strengths of each individual are used to offer solution-oriented assistance as early as the concept phase.

The COMPAMED is taking place in Düsseldorf from 13 - 16 November 2017. OKW, ANSMANN AG and Hoffmann + Krippner are taking part in the trade fair under the motto "WORKING TOGETHER" with a joint stand in Hall 8b, Stand E30.

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Aug 16, 2017

COM-KNOBS - New metallic-look cover

OKW Gehäusesysteme has extended its standard COM-KNOBS series of tuning knobs by including covers with a metallic look. The elegant appearance of the tuning knobs in a matt chrome finish adds a special enhancement.

COM-KNOBS are characterised by an aesthetic design and reliable operation thanks to their tried and tested collet fixture. With this fixture, the knobs are mounted from the front, guaranteeing a firm fit on the axle. COM-KNOBS are available in the two colours nero and volcano. Different knob sizes are available, each offering room for a matching push-on cover. Each variant can also be obtained with a recess for an additional marking element. The existing covers with a colour choice of modern pastel shades and in black have now been joined by 4 more covers in a metallic look, made of an ABS material. These elegant versions are available for knob sizes ø 23, ø 31 and ø 40. The cover for the size ø 40 is available with or without a finger recess for rational handling during adjustment.

Among possible applications, the COM-KNOB series is ideal for rotary potentiometers with round shaft ends in accordance with DIN 41591 in measurement and control engineering, communication, medical and laboratory technology, heating and air conditioning, health care, fitness and building. The tuning knobs can also be modified to meet customers' requirements, for example mechanical processing for interfaces or for printing with a logo.

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Aug 16, 2017

STYLE- CASE – Hand-held enclosure in a brilliant gloss finish

The new STYLE-CASE hand-held enclosure by OKW Gehäusesysteme combines top-level ergonomics with modern design. A pleasant touch sensation as well as the sweeping design make work easier in all applications. The plastic enclosure is ideal for remote control units and controllers as well as for mobile data recording in medical technology, in the home and in industry.

The three-part STYLE-CASE consists of the top part as well as a bottom part in which a removable battery compartment cover is integrated. In addition, each enclosure has an integrated battery compartment for 2 x AA round cells. A matching set of battery clips is available as an accessory. The enclosure is screwed together with corrosion-free Torx screws in the bottom part. The enclosure is optionally available in two versions: in ASA+PC-FR material with high UV protection in traffic white (RAL 9016) and in infrared-permeable PMMA Plexiglas in jet black (RAL 9005). Highly polished surfaces guarantee a particularly elegant appearance. Its ergonomic design makes it pleasant to hold and thus facilitates sequences of hand movements. A recessed operating area is integrated in the top part for the use and optimum protection of decor foils and membrane keypads. The STYLE-CASE is available in the size 166.5 x 63 x 31 mm (length x width x height). To improve its protection class, a sealing kit is available for the enclosure and the battery compartment (as an optional accessory). This offers the electronics ideal protection from dust and splash water. Self-tapping screws for mounting the PCBs are also available.

Standard enclosures can be processed or finished in our own Service Center. The STYLE-CASE can thus be modified according to customers' requirements, e.g. with mechanical processing for interfaces, printing of logos, a functional EMC aluminium coating on the inside of the enclosure or through membrane keypads/decor foils.

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Aug 16, 2017

EVOTEC – For contemporary desktop applications

With the new EVOTEC enclosure range, OKW Gehäusesysteme offers a modern desktop application. With their robust construction and yet attractive, ergonomic design, these enclosures are ideal for tough working environments. In addition, different operating fronts offer enormous scope for design.

The enclosure has a two-part design, and consists of a high top part and a flat bottom part, including an assembly kit. The enclosure is screwed together from below using corrosion-resistant, stainless steel Torx screws. The enclosures are made of the UV-resistant, flame-resistant material ASA+PC-FR (UL 94 V-0) in off-white (RAL 9002). Thanks to an optionally available seal, the EVOTEC achieves the high protection class IP 65.
Depending on the usage and intended purpose, you can choose between different top parts. The following dimensions are available (width x depth x height): Size 200 with the dimensions 200 x 124 x 45 mm. For this version there is a flat top part and also desktop versions with a control and indicator panel ergonomically inclined at 12°. This design makes it particularly pleasant to work with, and operating data can be recorded quickly and reliably. The two "Desk" versions are available with and without a recessed surface for membrane keypads or decor foils. Thanks to its height, the EVOTEC has a large interface panel on the rear of the top part, ideal for D-SUB connectors, round plugs etc. The flat surfaces are particularly practical, allowing the enclosure to be used in a wide variety of ways. For a stable position on the desk top, the enclosure has non-slip rubber feet that can be mounted on the bottom part. The standard range of accessories also includes self-tapping screws for installing PCBs.

The EVOTEC enclosure range can be modified directly in-house according to individual customer specifications. Possible options are, for example, special colouring in accordance with customers' CI guidelines, a functional EMC aluminium coating on the inside of the enclosure, machining processes for interfaces, individual lettering and printing, the production and fitting of digital printed foils and much more. Applications include measurement and control technology, medical and laboratory technology as well as environmental technology.

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About us

Company details

OKW Gehäusesysteme develops and sells innovative, high-quality plastic enclosures, aluminium enclosures and tuning knobs. The combination of these with a wide range of in-house services and technologies creates electronics packages which are unique, which maintain their value and which are geared to customers' requirements.

For over 40 years now, OKW Gehäusesysteme has been setting creative standards in enclosure technology and in system components. We can supply about 3000 articles quickly and reliably from stock - directly or through a global logistics network. OKW enclosures are more than just packaging. They give your product its face, they offer functionality and their design is convincing. The OKW range of enclosures covers many different applications, for example hand-held enclosures, wall-mounted enclosures, flush mounting / DIN enclosures, desk-top enclosures, table-top enclosures, instrument enclosures, electronics enclosures, standard mounting rail enclosures etc. Choose the enclosure whose design, size and configuration best meets your particular requirements.

Even the standard enclosures offer innovative and practical design features and compatibility. These include battery compartments for AAA, AA, C, D and 9V batteries, holders for button cells, the installation of standardised displays, PCMCIA cards, high protection classes up to IP 66 and IP 67, fastening pillars for electronic and mechanical components, recessed surfaces to protect membrane keyboards etc.

Excerpt from the service programme: personal touch thanks to individual lettering, attractive variety of colours and surface finishes, digital printing directly on the enclosure (ABS) or as a décor foil; different design versions can easily be implemented, membrane keyboard with an individual design, mechanical processing for interfaces etc., application-oriented EMC (aluminium vapour-plating), injection moulding in special materials and colours, individual installation options.

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Sales volume

10-49 Mio US $

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max. 50%

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Area of business

Components, parts, modules, Original Equipment Manufacturers

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