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19" Rack Chassis for ScienceDesk™ Workstations


  • Standard EIA Equipment Rack
  • Fits Securely Under the ScienceDesk Frame
  • Various Accessories Including Shelves, Drawers, and a Rack Box

PSY175

19" Rack Chassis

RAU200

Rack Chassis Drawer

RK4101

Rack Chassis Shelf

Application Idea

ScienceDesk Equipped with Rack Chassis and Drawer

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Features

  • 19" Rack Chassis with 8U Capacity
  • Attaches to the Underside of the ScienceDesk™ Frame
  • Drawer and Shelf Options for Organization
  • Rack Box System Allows for Custom Fiber-Based Assemblies

Thorlabs' 19" EIA equipment rack is ideal for increasing the functionality of a ScienceDesk™ workstation. The rack chassis attaches to the bottom of a 3' (900 mm) or 4' (1200 mm) wide ScienceDesk frame. Once attached, the ScienceDesk can be used with our range of 19" rack hardware provided below. This includes drawers, shelving, and rack box systems. 

Please Note: These accessories are compatible with our current ScienceDesks (SD Series) and cannot be used with our former generation (PS Series) products sold before March 2009.

Sample ScienceDesk Workstation Configuration

Click on the various ScienceDesk accessories or text in the photo below for more information on that item.

 

Fully-Loaded ScienceDesk
Monitor MountMonitor Mount Overhead ShelfOverhead ShelfOverhead ShelfOverhead Shelf Sample ShelfSample Shelf Computer ShelfComputer Shelf Keyboard HolderKeyboard Holder CastersCastersCastersCaster ScienceDesk FrameScienceDesk FrameScienceDesk FrameScienceDesk FrameScienceDesk FrameScienceDesk FrameScienceDesk FrameScienceDesk Frame Wrist RestWrist Rest Rack ChassisRack ChassisRack Chassis DrawerRack Chassis and Drawer Under Table ShelfUnder Table ShelfUnder Table Shelf Tool CaddyTool CaddyStorage TrayTool Caddy and Storage tray Organizer Breadboard BracketsBreadboard BracketsBreadboardBreadboard Brackets Side ShelfSide Shelf Instrument ShelfInstrument Shelf TabletopTabletopTabletopTabletop 
ScienceDesk Transmissibility

The Following Accessories are Not Shown in the Image Above

  • Overhead Shelves with 12° TiltOverhead shelves with a 12° downward tilt for easy viewing and storage of equipment in the lab.
  • Post-Mounted Components Tray: A 300 mm x 300 mm tray for holding small parts.
  • Post-Mounted Breadboard Brackets: Bracket for Attaching up to 300 mm x 300 mm or 12" x 12" breadboards to a mounting post.
  • Overhead Storage Tray with Rack: Steel tray for included tool caddy and a front-located steel rack for included linbins.
  • Frame Risers: Designed to raise the standard ScienceDesk tabletop to a heoght of 910 mm (35.80"), making it an ideal standing desk.
  • 12-Outlet Power Strips: Available with US-, EU-, or UK-style plugs. Fits to the rear rail of the desk or underneath the overhead shelf.
  • Storage Rack: Adds plastic storage bins to the side or rear panel of the ScienceDesk. Cannot be used with the Under Table Shelf.
  • LED Strip Light: Fits underneath the overhead shelf.
  • Cable Tray: Ideal for keeping electrical and fiber optic cables tidy.

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ScienceDesk 19" Rack Chassis

19 Inch Chassis
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19" Rack Chassis Shown with a Mounted RBD201 DC Controller
  • Standard 19" EIA Equipment Rack
  • Fits to the Side Rails of the ScienceDesk (Shown in Photo to the Right)
  • 360 mm (14.17") High, 8U Capacity
  • Heavy-Duty, 3" Wide Vertical Channels
  • Load Capacity: 60 kg (132 lbs)

This heavy-duty instrumentation rack is manufactured from industrial-grade steel, U-channels, and angle extrusions. It can support up to 60 kg (132 lbs) when the weight is distributed evenly throughout the height of the rack. Each side of the rack attaches to a support bar, which in turn fixes to the upper side rails using two M8 bolts (supplied). The chassis can be mounted centrally as shown to the right, or to the left or right of center.

Once the chassis is fitted, the ScienceDesk can be used with our range of 19" Rack Hardware available below and other industry-standard 19" lab equipment.

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PSY175 Support Documentation
PSY17519" Rack Chassis for 3' (900 mm) Wide ScienceDesks
$295.22
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PSY176 Support Documentation
PSY17619" Rack Chassis for 4' (1200 mm) Wide ScienceDesks
$321.48
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19" Rack Drawer


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Open RAU400 Drawer Unit Showing Included RAU001 Divider Kit
  • Available in 3 Heights: 2U, 3U, and 4U
  • Full Extension Ball-Bearing Drawer Slides
  • Black-Powder-Coated Finish
  • Rubber Lined Bottom to Protect Components and Devices
  • Sold Complete with Divider Kit (Item # RAU001)
  • Lockable for Added Security

This versatile Drawer Assembly is ideal for general storage. It fits the 19" rack chassis detailed above and is available in 3 heights: 2U, 3U, and 4U. The drawer is made from 1.2 mm (0.05") thick steel with a black-powder-coated paint finish. It moves on smooth roller bearing runners and features a coupling on the drawer slide, allowing for removal of the drawer from the housing. Each drawer is lockable and comes with two keys, four 12-24 screws with nuts for securing the drawer to the rack chassis, a rubber base mat, and an RAU001 divider kit. Additional RAU001 divider kits are available separately.

The RAU001 drawer divider kit is provided to allow the user to build smaller storage bins. As shown to the right, it is comprised of two plastic pieces that span the depth of the drawer and two that span the width. The dividers can be moved and interlocked to build different arrangements; they can also be cut into smaller lengths to build custom bin sizes.

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RAU200 Support Documentation
RAU20019" Rack 2U Drawer with RAU001 Divider Kit, Lock, and Keys
$177.55
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RAU300 Support Documentation
RAU30019" Rack 3U Drawer with RAU001 Divider Kit, Lock, and Keys
$182.80
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RAU400 Support Documentation
RAU40019" Rack 4U Drawer with RAU001 Divider Kit, Lock, and Keys
$188.06
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RAU001 Support Documentation
RAU00119" Rack Drawer Divider Kit
$34.33
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Fixed Rack Shelves

Rack System Storage
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Equipment Rack with Optics stored in an RK4102 Shelf and Optomechanics Essentials Kits on RK4101 Shelves

Thorlabs' Rack Shelves are ideally suited for storing optomechanical components in a standard 19" rack. The RK4101 Rack Shelf provides a flat surface that is perfectly sized for holding our optomechanics essentials kits. The RK4102 Rack Shelf contains 77 Ø1/2" holes on 1.5" centers, allowing components mounted on Ø1/2" posts to be conveniently stored.

When used with our 19" equipment rack, these shelves take up 3.5" or 2U of space. These shelves attach to a standard 19" equipment rack using 12-24-threaded mounting screws, which are not included. Mounting screws are sold at the bottom of the page (Item # RK5000).

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RK4101 Support Documentation
RK4101Fixed Rack Shelf, Plain 17" x 11" Surface
$65.41
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RK4102 Support Documentation
RK4102Fixed Rack Shelf, Ø1/2" Holes, 1.5" Centers
$92.72
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Rack Box Systems

RBX32 Chassis with Lock Button
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Rack Box Chassis Lock when Opened; Press Green Button to Unlock and Close
  • 1/4" (6.35 mm) Thick Optical Breadboard in an Easy Slide Chassis Box
  • 1/4"-20 (M6) Mounting Holes on 1" (25 mm) Centers
  • Large Working Surface [15.5" x 16" (39.4 cm x 40.6 cm)] is Accessible when Rack Box is Extended
  • Chassis Sold without Subpanels to Enable Configuration of Application-Specific Systems
  • Roller Bearing Slides; Rated for 175 lbs.
  • Easy Access to Optical Layout
  • Fully Protected when Closed

These versatile prototyping Rack Box Systems are ideal for building custom fiber-based assemblies. Fourteen subpanel slots allow for an extensive series of quick-connect subpanels that provide support for fiber optic and electrical systems. Subpanels designed for fiber connections, electrical connections, cooling fans, and AC power entry are available below, as are blank panels. The chassis is offered without subpanels for customers wishing to build application-specific systems.

These systems lock the chassis in place when open. To close the chassis, press the green button located on its side (see image to the right). When the chassis is closed, the maximum height of a mounted assembly is 4.7" (119.4 mm).

These rack boxes attach to a standard 19" equipment rack using 12-24-threaded mounting screws, which are not included. When used in a rack system, the height of the rack box is 5.20" or nearly 3U. Mounting screws are sold at the bottom of the page (Item # RK5000).

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RBX32 Support Documentation
RBX32Rack Box Chassis with Slide Out Rails, 1/4"-20-Tapped Breadboard
$762.74
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RBX32-BFP Support Documentation
RBX32-BFPRack Box Chassis with Blank Front Panel, 1/4"-20-Tapped Breadboard
$730.17
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RBX32/M Support Documentation
RBX32/MRack Box Chassis with Slide Out Rails, M6-Tapped Breadboard
$762.74
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RBX32-BFP/M Support Documentation
RBX32-BFP/MRack Box Chassis with Blank Front Panel, M6-Tapped Breadboard
$730.17
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Fiber Connection Panels

  • Optical Fiber Subpanels for Our RBX32 Rack Box Chassis
  • Each Panel Contains Four Fiber Mating Sleeves
    • RBX-FC: ADAFC1 FC/PC to FC/PC Mating Sleeves
    • RBX-APC: ADAFC4 FC/APC to FC/APC Mating Sleeves
    • RBX-SMAF: ADASMA SMA to SMA Mating Sleeves
  • "Snap-On" Modular Design

Thorlabs' selection of fiber connection panels allows setups or instruments inside a rack box chassis, such as our RBX32 available above, to be connected to fiber components outside of the rack box. Each panel contains four mating sleeves that can be removed, allowing for panels to be customized according to the requirements of the system. The "snap-on" panel design allows for quick attachment to or removal from a rack box chassis.

Electrical connection panels and blank panels with the same profile are also available below.

RBX-FC
Our RBX-FC panel contains four ADAFC1 FC/PC to FC/PC Mating Sleeves designed for 2.2 mm wide key fiber optic cables. Flat FC/PC connectors are significantly less alignment sensitive than their angled FC/APC counterparts, making these wide-key-slot mating sleeves acceptable for narrow and wide key FC/PC connectors. Although these mating sleeves are mechanically compatible with narrow key FC/APC connectors, the wide-key slot makes it difficult to properly align the angled, narrow key FC/APC connector. For FC/APC applications, we therefore recommend the RBX-APC panel. 

RBX-APC
Our RBX-APC panel contains four ADAFC4 FC/APC to FC/APC Mating Sleeves designed for 2.0 mm narrow key fiber optic patch cables. These narrow-key-slot mating sleeves allow for proper alignment of angled, narrow key FC/APC connectors. These sleeves are also mechanically compatible with narrow key FC/PC connectors, but the flat FC/PC connector is significantly less alignment sensitive, which makes the RBX-FC wide-key-slot mating sleeves shown immediately above an acceptable alternative.

RBX-SMAF
Our RBX-SMAF panel conatins four ADASMA SMA to SMA Mating Sleeves. It is directly compatible with SMA905-style connectors and is not intended for mating an SMA906-style connector to another SMA906-style connector.

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RBX-FC Support Documentation
RBX-FCFC/PC to FC/PC Optical Fiber Subpanel
$65.41
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RBX-APC Support Documentation
RBX-APCCustomer Inspired! FC/APC to FC/APC Optical Fiber Subpanel
$65.41
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RBX-SMAF Support Documentation
RBX-SMAFCustomer Inspired! SMA to SMA Optical Fiber Subpanel
$65.41
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Electrical Connection Panels

  • Electrical Connection Subpanels for Our RBX32 Rack Box Chassis
    • RBX-BNC: Four BNC Connectors, Each with Rear Solder Terminals
    • RBX-DB9: Two Female DB9 Connectors, Each with Rear Solder Terminals
    • RBX-SMA: Four T4285 SMA Female-to-Female Connectors
  • "Snap-On" Modular Design

These panels provide common electrical connections for standard 19" racks. Thorlabs also offers a complete selection of BNC, SMA, SMC, and banana plug electrical adapters and cables.

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RBX-BNC Support Documentation
RBX-BNCBNC-to-Solder-Terminals Electrical Feedthrough Panel
$30.99
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RBX-DB9 Support Documentation
RBX-DB9DB9-to-Solder-Terminals Electrical Feedthrough Panel
$20.28
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RBX-SMA Support Documentation
RBX-SMASMA Female-to-Female Electrical Feedthrough Panel
$102.70
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Cooling Fan Panel

  • 115 V/230 VAC-Powered Cooling Fan
  • Operates at 3000 RPM
  • Maximum CFM Rating: 25
  • Four 8-32 Button Head Screws Included

This cooling fan attaches to a wide slot on the back of our RBX32 Rack Box Systems (pictured above). Up to two fans may be attached per chassis. The metal panel contains four through holes that accept the four included 8-32 button head screws.

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RBX-FAN Support Documentation
RBX-FANCooling Fan Panel
$69.86
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AC Power Entry Module Panel

  • 125/250 VAC Compatible
  • Current Rating: 0.1 to 15 A
  • Four 8-32 Button Head Screws Included
  • C14 Three-Pin Inlet Connector Compliant with IEC/EN 60320-1

This power module attaches to a wide slot on the back of our RBX32 Rack Box Systems (pictured above). The metal panel contains four through holes that accept the four included 8-32 button head screws.

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RBX-AC Support Documentation
RBX-ACAC Power Entry Module Panel
$81.16
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Blank Panels

  • RBX-BLK1F: Blank Panel for 1 Standard-Width Slot
  • RBX-BLK5F: Blank Panel for 5 Standard-Width Slots
  • RBX-BLK1B: Blank Panel for 1 Wide Back Slot
  • "Snap-On" Modular Design

These blank panels are ideal for customers who wish to design their own connector layouts or use connectors that are not offered from our stock. They can also be used to prevent dust from entering through unused slots.

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RBX-BLK1F Support Documentation
RBX-BLK1FBlank Panel for 1 Standard-Width Slot
$15.39
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RBX-BLK5F Support Documentation
RBX-BLK5FBlank Panel for 5 Standard-Width Slots
$25.32
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RBX-BLK1B Support Documentation
RBX-BLK1BBlank Panel for 1 Wide Back Slot
$15.76
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Pilot Point Pan Head Screws

  • Rack Screws with Large Pan Heads
  • 12-24 Threading
  • Pilot Point Reduces Cross-Threading
  • Includes Hard Plastic Washers to Eliminate Marring of Instrumentation

These rack screws are designed to mount our Rack Box Chassis, Fixed Rack Shelves, and other rack-mountable equipment into standard 19" equipment racks. Sold in packs of 50, they feature a combination head compatible with both Phillips and flat head screwdrivers. Hard plastic washers are also included.

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RK5000 Support Documentation
RK5000Pilot Point Pan Head Screw and Washer, 12-24 Threads, Qty. 50
$16.45
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