Rocfast

As specialists in panel fittings for cabinets and enclosures we deal with premium manufacturers and stock a wide range of lines for same day dispatch – see our Online shop or call us direct.

 

FDB compression lock

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 – this includes of course our Online shop for quick and simple delivery.

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.

Built to order – built to last – 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.

This 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.

 

Lock range from FDB

Our Rocfast enclosure lock assembly and logistics service includes all our 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. This specialist service program can efficiently provide to site modern modular component systems or traditional single kit formats and with one-off or scheduled program deliveries as well as separate packaging of locks/backnuts/keys etc to suit schedule requirements. Where required complete fitting kits can be supplied including lock/s, hinges, gasket, and with lock cylinders+keys forwarded to a separate destination if desired.

This Rocfast program has proven successful in saving time, money and mistakes by guiding customers through the process of specification, component matching, ordering, assembly, packaging and logistics – direct to site – worldwide.

Contact our skilled and helpful team to organise your Rockfast service.

Rocfast Panel Fittings for every enclosure from FDBHere at FDB Panel Fittings there are many years of combined experience in supplying panel hardware, from which we have found that the selection process for correct panel hardware is largely to do with the application. For example there is little point in fitting low cost, light duty locks and hinges to enclosures destined for use in shipbuilding or mining for instance. Of course they will work for a short time but not for very long. Conversely, it should not be assumed that fitting expensive stainless steel fittings is the answer. As with most things, the optimum solution is based on more than one factor – and can make very important differences in cost and reliability – this is where FDB are able to provide truly independent advice and can often act in a “Project management” role – finding an optimal application solution. Balancing weather-ability, corrosion resistance, strength/ruggedness, supply constraints etc. e.g. by matching a stainless handle with a polyamide housing, as a compromise of performance/cost between polyamide at the low cost end and stainless at the high cost end.

A good example is the latest “Buzz” technology in enclosure hardware – Compression Locking, which was confined to a somewhat limited range of applications until it recently came out of patent protection, so that now a much wider market is finding it beneficial. A number of manufacturers seem to have had their own parallel version of this technology under development for some years and have been able to quickly bring their expertise in design/manufacture to provision of a very greatly expanded range of compression latch variants.

However the question stands “is a compression facility beneficial and where?” Well certainly the anti-vibration role of these locks is excellent in preventing opening of panels such as on trucks, railway rolling stock gen-sets, air-con and heating and ventilating systems.

Similarly the ability to provide “soft” gasket compression is valuable on cabinets with EMC gasket to ensure a firm contact, or indeed on large door panels where the closure force needs to be distributed over substantial distances or adjusted to allow for manufacturing tolerances, also compression technology provides several millimeters of soft gasket compression and cam depth adjustment.FDB compression latches

The result then is that customers are finding they are also now in a position to consider “soft-close” compression technology for ¼ turn locks, swing handles, T handles etc, where it may be that the different closure feel is important, or that the additional degree of anti-tamper performance conferred by the design is a valuable security factor

This is just one of many trends in cabinet hardware which tends to work over fairly long time frames. During recent years there have been many new developments in enclosure hardware and today there are products available for almost all industrial applications. Not just locks and hinges but a whole raft of complementary products including grab rails and handles, stays, door seals and numerous accessories.

IPxx degree of sealing is by now a well recognised front line consideration and most engineers will be aware that for example IP54 or IP55, while potentially suitable for external use is not weatherproof or waterproof. Our sales team have become adept at looking beyond this to the complete picture including: frequency of use, ease of operation, degree of corrosive environment, the cost/material balance, key possibilities, zonal security requirements, walk-by clothing entanglement, gloved hand usage, vibrational considerations, e.g. where vehicle mounted, wash down and pressure hose use, type of gasket used, door type and opening required, special industry standards, e.g. railway, offshore, mining, machine tool guarding.

A major long term trend is toward greater use of stainless steel hardware; consequently we have established a comprehensive range of stainless steel locks, hinges and handles suited to petrochemical plants, hospitals, food processing establishments, medical environments, outdoor installations, marine and offshore industries. The range includes piano hinges, integral recessed lock/handles, weld-on hinges, bolt-on hinges, grab handles, spanner locks, rod locks, concealed hinges, lever and T handles. Importantly for marine/offshore installation many are available in stainless grade 316 as well as the more common 303 and 304 with satin and electro polished finishes. Stainless steel fittings are suited for control cabinets, electrical equipment and instrument housings, especially where exposed to the elements or frequent wash down processes. These stainless products are of course designed to complement the standard range of die-cast and mid steel fittings and in many cases are interchangeable with them.New heavy duty hinges from FDB Panel Fittings for railways, garage doors, gates and agricultural equipment

In one large project our team certainly rose to the challenge when they were called in to supply locks for the new T45 warships. Like any very large single community the T45s face security issues for their personnel, in this case the requirement was for a zone based wing lock system to cover personal lockers, wardrobes and other storage areas. With typically over 2000 locks on each ship a project based master key system was specified for crew cabins and furniture or lockers in communal areas.

This ideally suited our expert Rocfast team who were able to carry out planning, supply, specialist project packaging, administration of coding/delivery and long-term backup support. Not only was it important to have a zoned security with key operated wing locks offering a very high number of “differs” – up to 5000 different combinations with master keys – it was also important that the locks and keys were separately labelled for specific locations and delivered at a very early stage so that they could be brought together later during final fit out.

Another good example was the requirement for quarter-turn latches to suit 18000 galvanised steel water meter boxes for domestic installation in the Middle East. For security, a plastic clip-in, quarter-turn latch was specified by the customer – simple to fit and, bearing in mind the quantity, relatively low in cost.

However, our technical sales team felt that the latch would be unsuitable for the service conditions that were likely to be encountered by the boxes. A small but extremely robust die-cast lock with steel cam was suggested for evaluation by the client.

In order to stay within the budget constraints it was proposed that the lock be supplied zinc-plated rather than with its usual chrome-plated finish. A further problem was the very short delivery period for the boxes themselves – a period of just 3 months for the fully equipped boxes with a fixed completion date and no possibility of slippage with container shipment pre-booked. We were able to deliver at the required rate of 1500 locks a week, but after four weeks increased this to 2000 thus allowing the contract to be met in 10 weeks.

FDB have successfully tendered for the supply of panel hardware to many diverse and prestigious projects including: London’s Millennium Wheel, The Channel Tunnel, Russian Oil Pipeline, Hungarian Buses, The Thames Barrier, T45 Destroyer fleet and the London Underground flood defences.

Hardware solutions for building, rail infrastructure, boat building, road transport, HVAC and engineering

11 March 2016
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              Here at FDB Panel Fittings we are proud to offer probably the UK’s largest range of locks, hinges, handles and accessories for industrial applications – today this increasingly means providing hardware solutions for building, rail infrastructure, boat building, road transport, HVAC and machine engineering. This is alongside our traditional […]

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Stock and staffing expansion at Panel Fittings

13 January 2016
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In a significant move to ensure rapid delivery times and excellent technical sales support for customers, we have greatly increased stockholding and personnel levels at our Isleworth facility in Middlesex. Hundreds of new products are now stocked in depth with extensive additional stock of popular items serving the specialist panel builder and vehicle transport industries with locks, […]

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Rocfast assembly and logistics service saves time, money and mistakes

22 May 2015

We hear quite a lot about re-shoring of manufacturing to the UK, Europe and the US – and certainly from the interest and business levels we see reported at exhibitions and the trade media this seems to be a time of growth for UK manufacturing companies – who are often now stretched to increase output […]

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FDB visit RailTex

15 May 2015

A couple of our senior people – Gary Miles, MD and Sophie Carter, Marketing/Sales – paid a visit to RailTex yesterday and enjoyed the “buzz” at the NEC. The rail industry is an important one for us as we have many standard locks,  vibration proof locks, compression locks and hinges – including a range of stainless steel products […]

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FDB Panel Fittings at Southern Manufacturing

11 February 2015

As Sophie is demonstrating we are ready and waiting at Southern Manufacturing Exhibition Farnborough on stand X121 – and looking forward to chatting with you about your panel fittings needs, from standard spanner locks to swinghandles and stainless steel quarter turns – supported by our Rocfast assembly and logistics program – plus our Online shop. Share the post […]

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Miscellaneous really useful bits of panel fitting hardware

16 January 2015

While putting together our Online store it was interesting to notice how many really useful miscellaneous items we have in our catalogue and because it is a section that is rarely viewed we thought it worthwhile to pay it a little attention in our blog – in the hope that it will help customers to […]

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