“I often make one-off projects with Arduinos that end up being a jumble of wires bridging between the Arduino, a solderless breadboard, and anything that I’m controlling or sensing.”
That’s the “confession” behind Matthew Lind’s Industrious Arduino R3 Box Kit listing, a scenario that most tinkerers, including myself, can certainly relate to. Poke a few LEDs into your female headers, plug a sensor here or there, and you’re done for the moment, or much longer. He goes on to add that, unlike many of us, his more permanent projects go into a generic box or become a custom PCB.
In order to find a happy middle ground between “wires strewn everywhere” and a well-planned wiring solution, he decided to make the Industrious R3 Box Kit. This device accommodates an Arduino Uno R3, or anything in that form factor, such as the Arduino 101 shown in the image above, and packages it in a compact enclosure. I/O pins, along with an included prototyping area, are then broken out into screw terminals.
While this can be used on its own, what is exciting from an industrial automation standpoint are the little clips on the back that allow it to be mounted on DIN rails. This means it can hang in a cabinet next to industrial equipment, opening up lots of possibilities for Arduino usage. Be sure to check it out in the video below!