FDB Panel Fittings News

21/09/2018

FDB IP65/67 compression latch - now also in black

The standard DIRAK compression latch from FDB Panel Fittings is now also available in black to pair with black hinges and other enclosure hardware. The black finish with white insert markings offers a particularly clear indication of the latch position.

This IP65/67 latch offers a full 6mm of compression to ensure good gasket pull down along with excellent vibration resistance to prevent nuisance opening. It is useful especially on vehicles and machine controls where vibration is problematic.

Square & Triangle inserts (8mm) are standard & 3mm & 5mm Double Bit inserts. The 1-078 set height version is supplemented by the 1-079 option with a threaded square shaft to accept an adjustable cam accessory which permits depth variation of from 17mm to 73mm without the use of tools.

Enclosure gasket profiles from FDB Panel Fittings

Our Online store covers a full range of Gasket, Sealing profiles,  window sealing and associated accessories for specialist industrial applications such as custom enclosures and cabinets, control panels, HVAC, electrical control panels, electronic housings, food processing equipment, automotive vehicles, railway rolling stock and rail-side cabinets, agriculture and marine. Sections are available in EPDM, NBR, Neoprene and PVC.

Where electromagnetic compatibility is necessary, we can also supply special profiles with EMC/RFI shielding in combination with water and dust sealing – contact us to discuss your requirements.

For further information, please refer to our Knowledge Base article KB01.1

New stainless steel L handle for padlock security

This new DIRAK stainless steel L handle has been designed to suit deep door panels such as used in acoustic enclosures, refrigeration, HVAC applications, large plastic doors and other access panels in food and hygiene areas where its IP65 sealing is of advantage.

Explained Gary Miles, M.D. here at FDB Panel Fittings – “DIRAK has again done an excellent job with this stainless steel L handle in providing versatile padlock use with flexibility of fitment. In particular they have provided for use of their adjustable cam adapter which enables an exact fit to be achieved to compensate for gasket set and is especially necessary where doors are subject to ongoing vibration, so ensuring security of the installation.”

The L handle with cam adapter can be adjusted manually without tools and accepts standard cams of varying depth. Handle construction is in highly polished AISI 316 for easy cleaning with a high degree of resistance to corrosion, temperature and chemical action, e.g. cleaners.

 

New low noise Sliding Slam Latch from FDB Panel Fittings

Our new DIRAK sliding slam latch provides a low noise secure door closure mechanism for internal doors, cupboards etc. It is expected to be of value in specialist vehicles such as caravans, commercial vehicles, railway rolling stock and similar. Explains Gary Miles, our M.D. here at FDB Panel Fittings “In the event of the transportation of containers, for example for small animals or similar, in addition to vibration resistance and secure locking of doors and hatches, a stable closure is essential. For this reason DIRAK have developed their new sliding slam latch, which due to its sliding release prevents unintentional opening from the inside and furthermore is virtually noiseless during use.”

The new sliding latch is fitted with rubber plugs and a felt washer to cushion the latching components so making it extremely quiet while enabling easy operation. The housing incorporates a sliding bolt with integrated stop which allows independent locking by simple door closure – which can then only be opened by activation of the handle. Mounting is adjustable from the rear by means of integral slot nuts.

Locking variants are offered with cylinder barrel keyed alike 1333 or keyed different. Construction is in robust zinc die with finish in black.

Reinforced plastic and polyamide locks

21 July 2018
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We have tracked the growth in both availability and use of plastic type locks and seen a substantial benefit where extra strong glass reinforced plastic such as polyamide can frequently offer comparable performance to zinc die, and sometimes even stainless steel dependent on application – with great savings in cost. These high strength engineering plastics […]

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Full range of quarter turn locks online and with Rocfast!

13 July 2018
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Quarter turn locks are the solid, reliable standard for specialist panel building and here at FDB Panel Fittings they form the backbone of our business in the shape of products from the most respected manufacturers from insert latches to swinghandles – all backed by our Rocfast assembly and logistics service. Quarter turns come in various […]

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Traditional L handle – ex-stock Online

7 July 2018
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FDB Panel Fittings have added a sleek, robust non-locking L handle to their Online Store selection. The 1608 handle is ideal for simple low-security access or for use in combination with more complex closure systems. Explained Gary Miles, M.D. at FDB Panel Fittings, “we have found that customers appreciate more and more the easy availability […]

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Enclosure hardware – a bit of a speciality!

29 June 2018
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    Here at FDB Panel Fittings – the name says it all – we specialise in panel fittings – otherwise referred to as enclosure hardware – hence the theme of “panel fittings for every enclosure” covering probably the UK’s largest range of locks, hinges, handles, cable management support systems, and accessories for virtually all industrial applications. […]

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Rod latches and rod locking systems

23 June 2018
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Rod latches and multipoint rod locking systems are a convenient way to spread gasket pull down forces around the periphery of a large cabinet door to enhance sealing, while the multiple latching points provide better resistance to unauthorised opening. They can be coupled with a simple quarter turn latch or lock, or with any of […]

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New Toolless assembly quarter-turn latch to IP69K

14 June 2018
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We have the new program 1000 EMKA toolless assembly quarter-turn latch which saves up to 80% of assembly time (and a lot of fiddling around), while offering protection against dust and water ingress up to IP69K. This polyamide/zinc die latch mechanism for enclosures or access panels offers a choice of 20 different inserts to suit […]

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