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Edge protection and sealing sections from FDB Panel Fittings Online

Whenever a steel panel is installed the question seems to arise – what can we or should we do about protecting the edges or sealing the way it closes against ingress of tools, dust or water? As often as not the answer confirms that there is a need and some sort of continuous push-on gasket profile will do the job. Sometimes a simple edge protection is enough – other times a good level of sealing is needed – both are accommodated with our range of standard sections.

Small T handles from FDB Panel Fittings

From our sales partner Lowe & Fletcher – these T handles are a great choice for cabinet handles – especially where there is plenty of space for people to pass or where their extra convenience is valued – or where it is important to match an existing installation. Gary Miles – MD here at FDB Panel Fittings explained “We continue to see demand for this type of traditional T handle which suits cabinets and enclosures in many public space applications and in industrial situations generally. We have a variety of sizes in stock – manufactured in chrome-finished zinc die with/without caulking cam as required. A selection of small T versions in our 1600 series are ex-stock from our Online store in both locking and non-locking formats.”

Small T handles are easy to operate and available as locking or non-locking variants, complete with /without caulking cam to assist in sealing for outdoor applications such as garage doors, shutters and Metal Office Furniture also indoor applications of covers, hatches, doors and panels for equipment of all types. They are manufactured in zinc die with chrome finish with 90 deg. or 180 deg. operation. These T handles can be fitted with two or three point cam.

The FDB Panel Fittings sales team advise that we now have full stock of easy-to-fit generically traditional T style lock handles for all types of common industrial applications, from production line to office, specialist vehicles to marine, offshore to hangers, control rooms to distribution centres.

With sophisticated ergonomic design, they typically come easily to hand and are comfortable to use. Their leverage allows operation of internal rod systems for multi-point gasket sealing and added security, which is increasingly important for the protection of sophisticated digital processes.

The nice thing about the T handle design is that your hand goes easily to it and turns naturally – then with the integral, quarter turn function everyone can see the status of the lock – with a suite of cabinets one can see at a glance if one of them is not aligned and therefore unlocked.

Traditional in style the T handles available from the Online store are ex-stock to help with those urgent panel builds that require the operational feel of a traditional handle. They are suited for installation of electrical panels and many other industrial applications to office storage cabinets.

Locking L Handle from FDB Panel Fittings for cabinets and enclosures now ex-stock

We are delighted to offer traditional L handles for specialist cabinet manufacturers which are now available ex-stock and online from the FDB Online Store – one example being the Lowe & Fletcher 1602 locking L-Handle. Now available from the Online store this handle is manufactured in zinc die with chrome finish and concealed fixing. It features an 8mm square spindle x 75mm (other lengths on request) with 90° or 180° movement.

Other types and sizes are offered with/without locking options or with padlock facility. Typical applications include furniture, electrical enclosures, electronic cabinets, specialist motor vehicles, railway rolling stock and similar. Many T and L handles are simply latch handles but most are also available with associated locks usually integrated into the handle itself. Sealing levels available are variable dependent on requirements from simple low level non rated items for office or indoor industrial applications.

The range of L handles from FDB Online are manufactured in black or chrome zinc die cast, polyamide or stainless steel for use either as standalone locking handles or with multi-point rod lock control mechanisms. Tabs/cams are listed in a great variety of depths to suit the design parameters of the door/frame and the gasket to ensure proper sealing.

L handles provide a traditional and comfortable way of operating latches with or without key locks. Generally they are a simple fit into a keyed hole then assembled with a back-nut to provide a cam or tab latch. They are available in zinc die, polyamide or stainless steel – many of them are compatible with multi-point locking systems by using rod mechanisms to provide an additional two points of closure. This enhances security especially on large cabinet doors both in terms of sealing and preventing unauthorised opening – while still enabling single-handed opening/closing.

With sophisticated ergonomic design, these handles typically come easily to hand and are comfortable to use. Their leverage allows the operation of internal rod systems for multi-point gasket sealing and added security, which is increasingly important for the protection of sophisticated digital process controls.

Well suited to office and industrial applications, these modern variants of a proven traditional L design are convenient and natural in feeling during operation, excellent in larger spaces where they suit floor standing cabinets and large enclosures. They are available in polyamide, zinc die chrome and black powder coat, plus in polished stainless steel with a wide selection carried in stock for urgent delivery to customers production facility or project sites.

FDB Panel Fittings are an independent manufacturer/distributor, serving specialist panel builders, delivering ex-stock hardware with a package of locks, latches, hinges, gasket profiles, swinghandles and panel accessories. These L handles are a good example – as a proven design style from proven specialist and independent distributors they are tough, ergonomic and aesthetic for convenient operation of cabinet and enclosure doors, backed up by stock and expert service.

Lowe & Fletcher Knob lock from FDB Panel Fittings

We are pleased to offer this ex-stock 1605 Knob lock from sales partner Lowe & Fletcher for the twist-and-go operation of cabinet doors to suit various applications, including metal office furniture and doors for industrial workspaces and elsewhere. Now available from the Online store.

Knob locks present a compact option with simple rotary action that is convenient and style-compatible with many existing installations. They feature rear mounting for security and a clean appearance achieved with a satin chrome body and black plastic handle. Spindle length and cam may be customer specified.

FDB Panel Fittings – handles

Bridge handles are an essential but often un-noticed component for many applications – until it isn’t there or the item fitted is uncomfortable to use! Variously referred to as bridge handles, pull handles, grab handles or similar they are found on cabinet doors, displays, drawers, equipment, access panels etc for opening, sliding, lifting, or positioning – a truly ubiquitous hardware item. So much so that we carry stocks in polyamide, zinc die and chromed steel to suit the workshop or office environment and are able to deliver urgently.

Front or rear mounting options are available, as are screw covers on suitable items.

FDB Panel Fittings Camlocks Online – ex-stock with urgent delivery

One of the strengths of being a long established distributor of enclosure hardware is that we have access to many major manufacturers and are delighted to support the L&F claim that they supply “Locks for any Application” such as lockers, wooden and metal furniture, postal boxes, automotive accessories, bicycle locks, cash boxes and tills, heavy-duty vehicles, windows and doors, a wide variety of enclosures and many more.

medium T handle

Many L&F products can be found on our Online store where we stock for urgent delivery. Examples would be latches, Camlocks, spanner locks, T handles, L handles, knoblocks, latchlocks, slam locks, sliding door locks and mini locks.

FDB Locks and latches for office furniture

As leading Enclosure hardware specialists here at FDB Panel Fittings we work hard to ensure our range of quarter turn latches, locks, wing knobs, spanner locks, stainless steel and long body latches is available ex-stock to accommodate office furniture doors and panels which may be thicker than those on steel enclosures, being often of compound laminate construction.

This industrial quality door furniture hardware is designed to suit office environments and daily usage on office furniture of many types. They feature a robust format with appropriate IP protection – typically up to IP65 and may be fitted with a wide selection of cams/tabs to accommodate varying door/frame depths, they are suited to control/distribution/storage/filing/equipment cupboards/cabinets and enclosures.

Typical L handles for office/industrial use

As a supplier of hardware components, we work every day with panel builders who need to achieve various levels of protection depending on the specific configuration of the installation and the environment in which it will operate. To help achieve this – whether IP44 or IP67 or something else, we offer a high-quality selection of locks and latches alongside the hinges and gasket sealing profiles.

Generally, in terms of IP protection, we tend to focus on the locks and latches since they are more self contained – whereas hinges and gasket must be evaluated in so far as the cabinet design is suited to them and facilitates their overall sealing.

eg in regard the sealing between lock body and door, and in terms of placement of the lock and especially considering the operation, dimensions and adjustment of the cam or tab which greatly affects the integrity of the gasket seal.