FDB Panel Fittings News

FDB bridge, bow, grab and pull handles

Our Online store offers a good selection of bridge/grab/bow handles for drawers and doors in industrial and office environments – even for use with a gloved hand as they come in sizes from 150mm to 220mm and in polyamide, chrome finished steel and in stainless steel for urgent ex-stock delivery. We also have many other handles available from our international sales partners  such as DIRAK, EMKA, PINET, Weston Body Hardware, Gold and Wassall, Lowe & Fletcher.

Contact us for our Rocfast kitting and logistics service.

Compression latches from FDB Panel Fittings

These compression latches from our sales partner DIRAK often find their application in what may be considered “special” niche situations such as rail or road vehicles, food processing plant and similar, where they provide security and rugged operation.

Compression latches are by design especially vibration resistant to nuisance opening and so are applicable to closing of doors and drawers where a rough ride is expected, or where security from vibration is a paramount consideration, as in many road or rail applications.

The compression feature of these latches also confers a very high degree of sealing with IP67 being achievable in many cases if required. The actual gasket compression is generally in the order of 6mm, which aids full gasket pull-down and full sealing which is often required in wash-down areas of food processing or in pharmaceutical manufacturing areas.

DIRAK compression latches include many types of quarter turns, plus a roller cam/rod lock system for larger control cabinets, e.g. for lineside rail installations or other challenging areas.

In line with their compression features many of these latches include a cam depth adjustment which permits tailoring of fit between the door and frame during manufacture of the panel or during installation.

Swinghandle system for specialist cabinets from FDB Panel Fittings

For many years the traditional handle for cabinets had an “L” or a “T” configuration but these were often awkward and caught on clothing where there was limited space – such as in control rooms – and then the swinghandle was created and has in many ways become the “new normal”. It’s benefits of non-catching low profile and ergonomic leverage have streamlined specialist cabinet design and the modular approach that came along with it has greatly simplified high quality installations.

For our offerings of swinghandles to IP65 in zinc die and stainless steel please see our  Online Store

Panel Fittings for every enclosure from FDB

For over 40 years we at FDB Panel Fittings have taken pride in developing a specialist service for the supply of panel and electrical enclosure hardware (locks, hinges, handles, enclosure gasketing, cable management and accessories) to the metal/plastic fabrication industries including panel builders and OEMs – in that time we and our customers have experienced the ups and downs of our world economy – but none more dramatic than the Covid 19 pandemic – and perhaps never more importantly than in this phase when long supply chains are no longer beneficial and are being restructured to more local sources – we are here to help you.

We are proud to provide probably the UK’s largest range of locks, hinges, handles and accessories for virtually all industrial applications. This supply process continuously focuses on our ability to provide a friendly personal service based on detailed product knowledge and experience with an extensive product range. Encompassing everything from cable management support systems to cabinet hinges, enclosure gasketing and locking systems which include many stainless steel variants and anti-vandal handle designs – with our extensive stock-holding we expect to deliver most items direct from our warehouse. See our Online Store for your urgent needs.

At this time when staffing levels are low our Rocfast program saves time, money and mistakes by guiding customers through the process of specification, component matching, ordering, assembly, packaging and logistics – direct to site – worldwide.

The Rocfast assembly and logistics program focuses primarily on lock assembly including all major industry brands – and is designed to take the hard work out of an order process that often requires specification of individual lock components and time consuming self-assembly prior to installation. Our expert team rapidly identify the optimum specification of components then order, assemble and deliver to site, to workshop or to metal former/subcontractor in line with our theme of providing “Panel Fittings for every Enclosure”.

The Rocfast service includes all ¼ turn favourites with appropriate keys, with IP rated sealing if required, with cams of all types, traditional L or T handles, swinghandles and compression locks as applicable. Contact us to receive your Rocfast service.

Cabinet rod locking systems, guides, connectors and operating mechanisms

29 May 2020
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We have a wide range of cabinet rod locking systems including rod guides, rod connectors and operating mechanisms for use with cabinet handles such as L and T type as well as quarter turn locks and swinghandles. Round rods in steel and stainless steel are available to standard lengths up to 900 mm with blind […]

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Panel Fittings has a handle on clip-in technology

22 May 2020
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Together with our sales partner DIRAK we have recently introduced an upmarket, rugged, recessed handle with clean design style. The DST handle offers extra-secure retention with IP65 sealing for large manual equipment. This new handle features tool-less installation with D-Snap technology and deep hand grip. The unusual IP65 sealing means that the DST can be […]

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We are continuously adding to our range of quarter turn locks and latches

15 May 2020
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As panel fitting specialists to the enclosure and cabinet industries one of our core foci is the area of standard quarter turn locks and latches – including compression variants from our leading international  sales partners such as DIRAK – coupled with EMKA, PINET, Western Body Hardware, Gold and Wassall along with Lowe & Fletcher. These […]

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New Stainless Hinge from DIRAK

7 May 2020
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The specialist team at DIRAK have recently launched their new 180° stainless steel hinge for specialist cabinets where corrosion-resistance and robust service performance are defined requirements. The new screw-on hinge in AISI 303 features integral M5 threads for internal screw fixing which both speeds up installation and enhances security. Designed to fit industry standard 20mm […]

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Door stays Online

1 May 2020
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It is easy to overlook the need for cover stays, wind Stops, telescopic stays and associated accessories – which is why we here at FDB Panel Fittings have thought of them for you – our Online selection includes steel and stainless steel to keep doors and covers propped open – to enable installers and service […]

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New DIRAK 3-point Cam Adapter for large cabinets

24 April 2020
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We are now able to offer the new 3-point zinc-die rod adapter from our sales partner DIRAK. This adapter enables a quick, low-cost solution to multi-point locking with centre-cam and double-rod mechanism for larger cabinets using UK traditional round rods with circlip retention. Multi-point closure enhances sealing and security by assisting gasket pull-down and resisting […]

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