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Framework key to scientific instrument design

Framework key to scientific instrument design Choosing to use an aluminium profile system can be borne out of a functional requirement, perhaps to satisfy load bearing or temperature resistant requirements, but it can also be a design choice based on using an aesthetically pleasing product.

When Ravenfield Designs chose MK Profile Systems 40 series profile to build its latest scientific instrument, the choice was based on both the functional and the design properties of the MK system. The rheometer, used to measure the flow properties of materials at extremely high temperatures was constructed from MK components. It used standard extrusions in the 40 series to build a rigid frame, which holds a stainless steel case, sealed to the frame with 40 Series 'doorframe'. There is a 100kg transformer in the base, a load which the profile barely notices.

Ravenfield Designs then used MK Profile's 40 series clean room profile to make electronic locks for the door.  Standard steel parts were readily attached using M8 screws where needed and the use of SI thread norm bores to many MK Systems accessories allowed them design freedom for extra parts. Electronic systems were hung on the rear panel of the instrument, using standard DIN rail components on a 2mm skin panel, rendering the door very stiff. The use of pre-cut MK profile, designed in conjunction with MK Profile Systems here in the UK, has allowed Ravenfield Designs to build a highly attractive framework, with easily accessible panel work.

Ravenfield Designs was established more than 30 years ago to design scientific instruments and machines for the world's researchers. It has consistently exported more than 90% of its output over those 30 years.
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