Dinbite was invented in the midst of the first Gulf War in 1990. Founder Philip Wayman was working with the British Army who had ordered 300 generators to operate in desert conditions in support of military operations in Iraq. Each generator's control panel required two sections of din rail, cut to 300mm long; so the entire consignment called for a total of 600 cut lengths of din rail.
An apprentice was tasked with cutting these pieces of din rail with a hacksaw and file - a tiring and boring task. Philip says;
"after 30 minutes, he had an aching arm and the quality of his work was increasingly poor. Working manually, it takes time, effort and elbow grease to cut din rail sections to an identical length and then to file off the burrs to present a clean edge. The M.O.D. inspector took one look at the rail sections and rejected the entire batch."
The challenge of delivering 600 identical and neat sections of din rail could be met by either starting the process again, under stricter supervision; or to obtain a mechanical cutting machine.
The search for a cutting machine found only large production machines costing upwards of £1,000 - but the task at hand required a much more cost-effective, portable and lightweight device for shorter-term use. Philip got to work with a small team over a weekend to come-up with just such a device and the Dinbite was born! Philip says;
"by the Monday tea break, we had our 600 sections of din rail, all identically and accurately cut with clean edges - and approval from the M.O.D. inspector."
Since that day, thousands of Dinbites have been sold to customers across the globe, and the device itself has been developed to perform even better. Today's Dinbite has an open-throat design to enable trimming of damaged din rail; and a longer arm for easier operation.
We are confident that Dinbite is the most competitively priced, portable din rail cutting device available in today's marketplace.