DIN rails are the long metal strips that form the core part of a global industry standard component rail-mounting system in equipment cabinet racks.
DIN rails are designed for securely attaching electrical and industrial control products – such as circuit breakers, terminal blocks, power supplies, actuators, solenoids, etc – inside a typical equipment rack housing cabinet or frame.
DIN rails exist purely for the purpose of physical (mechanical) component support, rather than as any sort of connective or conductive element within a wider electrical system.
The advantages of a DIN rail system for mounting hardware components are numerous:
They save time and work – components simply snap or slide into place on the rail, rather than having to panel mount each individual component separately.
They save space – DIN rails allow for tight configurations of components and provide a convenient site for bringing internal and external wiring circuits together, ideal for limited space applications.
They’re cost-effective – both in terms of DIN rail pricing itself and the potential it offers for high-density adjacent mounting. This can significantly reduce the overall amount of wiring and cabinet space needed.
They promote neat and well-organised component layout, which is better for all-round safety and maintenance access.
They adhere to universal sizing and mounting protocols. Installers can be guaranteed dimensional uniformity across a whole suite of relevant products.
There are various types of DIN rail including top hat, miniature top hat, C section, G-type sections, slotted and non-slotted.
Environmental factors are especially important in selecting which type of DIN rail and mounts you’re going to install, such as potential exposure to suboptimal ambient conditions, protection requirements and cooling availability.
DBI Control use Eldon’s range of DIN rail which is made of galvanised steel – among the most robust and reliable in most applications. If you are interested in finding out more about Eldon DIN rail, or any other Eldon products, call 01244 288138 or email [email protected].