FREMONT, Calif., 29 Dec. 2006. Elma Electronic Inc. in Fremont, Calif., is introducing an AdvancedTCA handle with a slide-motion button to latch the handle shut and to activate an optional micro-switch. This function is similar to the latching button on Elma's IEEE handles.
In the closed position the handle is flush against the panel to protect against inadvertent opening prior to activating the micro-switch. Moving the sliding button activates the micro-switch and unlatches the handle so that it pivots out by a few degrees and presents itself to the operator for removal.
This enables the user to grab the handle easily and make the most of leverage. The ergonomics reduce the amount of force necessary to disengage the handle.
The Elma G2 ATCA handles are one-piece assemblies. Other ATCA handles in the industry have several parts, such as handle, shoulder screw, washers, and nuts.
The Elma handle requires one screw to hold it to the front panel, and one screw to attach the printed circuit board to the handle-mounting tab. The body of the Elma handle is zinc. For more information contact Elma online at www.elma.com.