Miscellaneous

FDB magnetic catches

The team here admire the way that some manufacturers use materials to their customers’ advantage while keeping aesthetics in the forefront of their design – such a manufacturer is our sales partner Sugatsune whose range of neodymium magnetic catches stand out for their high performance and very neat design.

Back in the eighties the first neodymium magnets were devised by companies in Japan and America. They are enormously strong compared to ferrite magnets and have found themselves at the heart of many aspects of modern technology, from hard drives to hybrid and electric cars.

We like them because their density and strength allow incredibly thin magnetic catches to be produced like the MC159. At less than 3mm thick it is an easy to fit closure device which does not disrupt the integrity of your design. Perfect for sheet metal applications it can also be utilised in furniture production where the ample 4kg force will keep large doors closed. A lower strength version, the MC-158 has the same great looks but lesser strength at 1.5kg for those light weight applications, at the other end of the scale an 8kg force version has also recently been introduced.

But the focus is not just on looks – they have concentrated on sound too. Whilst the satisfying “Click” of a magnetic catch closing might reassure most, in some applications a quiet close is also desirable and “sealed catches” offer this feature. The MC-MS45 is covered in silicone rubber to deaden sound and the MC-JM45 is perfect for clean rooms, being completely sealed in polypropylene making them NSF approved.

For general use they have nickel plated versions and for more corrosion resistant latches like the MC-159SUS, they coat the magnet with an acrylic resin. For temperatures exceeding 80°C and up to a whopping 250°C there are catches like the MC-YN001 HP made from a Samarium Cobalt magnet.

Also worth a mention within this great range is the tiny 2.2mm thick MC-YN001 magnetic catch family. The MC-YN001 family is smaller and thinner and comes in nickel-plated or corrosion resistant stainless steel.

Magnetic catches are available on our online store.

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New from FDB Panel Fittings - a universal key for railway applications

Explains FDB Panel Fittings, M.D. Gary Miles “In the railway industry we work with many different key types for various applications, requiring people to carry a lot of keys wherever they go. So we created a convenient and flexible product to better serve this industry – a universal key for 4 different inserts so that engineers can conveniently open multiple applications with one key”.

The universal railway key offers a single piece with the 4 common key types to save on carry weight and ensure that engineers can always have the right key, right there to hand – with extra leverage for hard to turn locks, and an integrated eyelet for easy attachment.

This stainless steel key includes the conical square insert (Berne key), the socket square 7.6mm insert (UK), the DÜWAG insert and traditional conical square 9mm. Contact us for your universal railway key.

The EMKA slide shoe which fits over a standard cam provides a means of tightening up door closure, saving paint damage and smoothing operation – it is now available in black, which can offer an enhanced visual aspect to the installation for specialist electrical or electronic enclosure panels.

See our previous post for more on the slide shoe concept here.

Keys for Cabinets

10 November 2017
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Our Online Store has a wide range of keys in metal and polyamide suitable for all general purpose quarter turn locks and handles for specialist cabinets and enclosures, such as quarter turns, L and T handles, swinghandles etc. We have crescent, food/medical, multi-key, polyamide and zinc die to suit all types of industrial situations. Share the […]

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Panel fitting accessories for every enclosure

7 July 2017
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We keep adding to our accessories package so it is worth checking what is available – you never know when you might need an adapter, a lock anti-rotation device, a finger pull, a ball catch or a slide shoe. Maybe you only have simple well known requirements for most of your cabinets – but when […]

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Front and rear mounted cage nuts for 19″ and other applications

13 January 2017
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Traditional rear insert cage nuts for 19″ racks or other punched rail mounting systems have been a mainstay of panel mounting for many years – now we have also introduced the Dirak  front insert cage nuts for even simpler and quicker assembly – M5, M6 and M8 sizes are available. Rear mounting is fine where access […]

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Smooth operator roller cam suits quarter-turn locks

13 October 2016
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The new DIRAK 1-105 roller cam increases operator comfort and feel while protecting paintwork – protecting interior equipment from contamination, e.g. servers, caused by paint chipping or corrosion. The roller action offers lower friction and a soft plastic surface in place of the hard metal ramp of most cams which can cause paint damage and […]

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New adjustable cam for quarter-turn latches

29 September 2016
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The new DIRAK 7-077.01SL  is an adjustable cam to enable correct fit to be achieved on new enclosures or cabinets and to compensate for gasket set over time and is especially necessary where doors and covers are subject to ongoing vibration, so ensuring security of the installation. This novel cam arrangement may be re-adjusted manually […]

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New adjustable clamping lever

20 September 2016
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The 6-141 adjustable clamping lever offers quick, easy and tool-less fixing of components with push-button activated release or adjustment – it is available at our Online store. It is suitable for short-term location of work pieces or frameworks which require frequent manual re-setting, e.g. during production processes – or for temporary structures such as instrument […]

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