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What is DIN Rail Mounting?

By ·Categories: Tech Explained·Published On: May 13th, 2021·1.8 min read·

DIN rails are a common method for installing industrial computers alongside other equipment in an electrical cabinet, rack or on a wall. But what is DIN rail mounting? And for that matter, what exactly is a DIN rail? In our latest Tech Edge video, we take you through the basics. Check out the video, or read the transcript below.

What does DIN stand for?

DIN rails are named for the German translation of the German Institute of Standards where this particular rail-mounting system was first established in the late 1920s. The rails come in a few different variations, but have similar characteristics around the world, which makes them a great mounting solution for all sorts of electrical equipment.

Now, there will likely be slight differences depending on the particular equipment you’re trying to mount, as well as the DIN rails that you’re using, but let’s look at two DIN rail mounting examples from our own product line.

What is DIN rail, and how does the mount work?

For some industrial systems, like this Helix 500, the first step is to attach its wall mounting brackets. These will serve as the mounting points for the actual DIN Rail clips.

Photo adding mounting brackets to a Helix 500 industrial computer

Next we attach the DIN Rail clips to the wall mounting brackets, and now you’re ready to mount the system.

To mount it on the DIN rail, you simply seat the bottom of the clip into the bottom channel of the rail, and press in and up slightly until it clicks into place.

For other systems like the CL200, the DIN rail clips install directly to the chassis. To remove or reposition, you just press down to compress the internal spring and it releases.

So there you go, that’s how you install an industrial PC on a DIN rail. If you have questions, be sure to leave them in the comments. If you enjoyed this video, give it a like and be sure to subscribe for more. From the whole team here at OnLogic, thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time on Tech Edge.

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About the Author: Darek Fanton

Darek is the Communications Manager at OnLogic. His passion for both journalism and technology has led him from the newsrooms of local papers to the manufacturing floor of IBM. His background in news gathering has him always on the lookout for the latest in emerging tech and the best ways to share that information with readers. In addition to his affinity for words, Darek is a music lover, juggler and huge fan of terrible jokes.
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