My ongoing quest to integrate the Frac and Euro *Neighborhoods* continues! FErails and Synthcase PSU/distro's do it whole rows at a time. This one is for less-than-full-row accomodation of the *imports*. I've been working on a new product for you (actually many new products for Frac, but those will come later). Anyways, I'd like to get some feedback on this one?
I've seen the need for a simple way to put a single Euro module into an otherwise fully Frac system. Or a few Euro's. Or a single compelling wide one... Of course you can make a new panel and adjust/replace components to meet the changed power. But that clearly falls outside a *simple* solution! But it does look good. And that's important in a frac system. Point is, to be Frac worthy, IMO any adapter needs to look better than the 3U to 5U solution I've seen elsewhere.
So I've come up with the EUinFU adapter set. Say YOU in FOO.
(some will think this is better pronounced Eww! in Few. As in as *few* of these as possible! <Channels TLC> "I don't want no Eu's! Eu's aint never gonna get no love from me!" And that's okay.) For the rest of you:
The EUinFU has three components: Two aluminum adapter rails and specialised hardware, a Format converting power PCB chicklet, and a scored snap-able multi-width filler plate to keep things looking clean and fully enclosed. I figure the worst case desirable width is 6FU, since this would cover Ken Macbeths 42HP X-series (at 8.4", just .3 per side shy of 6FU) But I think a much narrower solution will fit most needs? And could be used side by side for bigger blocks of the *imports*?
Here's the first question: Do I need to provide BOTH a 1.5 and a 3.0" width EUinFU? Specifically, do we really need a 1FU euro adapter? Would you want to add Euro modules of 7HP and less? (1FU=7.5HP) For those wondering why not just make ONLY a 1FU version, it's about stability an minimising fiddly-ness. With a 2FU version we're using 2 frac screw locations per adapter rail. Only 1 otherwise.
Next question: Will 100ma (MAX) be enough 12V power for any given Euro module you'd like to add?
Last Question: Price? I figure these could be done for about 40-60USD min. in small qty. dropping perhaps 10-15USD if demand goes up?
<edit> Need to add that I can't convert a Euro module to use a different PCB. Some have PCB's which won't fit between the 4.25" distance of typical Frac rails. I mentioned Ken's above, it might not fit for this reason!
Kind regards, Randal
randaleem, in PM wrote:As for adding Euro into Frac, piecemeal. I've got that nearly handled. Only consid left is how to best cover the remaining space between the *narrower* HP you've put in the 1FU or 2FU-or more- adapter. Actually, just typing this now it came to me! I've been wrestling with how many aluminum panels to include, whether I could get away with fishpaper... But If I include ONE wide black phenolic panel, with scoring on the backside to accomodate the possible needs, that would cover it! (pun intended! )
So now I just need to get it into production! EUinFU=15 to 12v chicklet PCB, two adapter rails, hardware and the scored filler panel. Pronounced You in Foo! What would be the right price? I'm thinking 40-60USD depending upon width? Could get that down if volume went up. Wanna buy one? What width Euro module(s) would you be wanting to add to your Frac? I need to start a thread about this!