FDB multi-angle lid and door stay

It can be surprising sometimes just how many variants of a simple design are available – take the humble cover or door stay for example – we have in stock adjustable ones, telescopic ones, vibration proof types and wind stops – oh and steel or stainless steel. So whether for convenience or for health and safety reasons our stays can help the specialist panel builder support a door or prop a cover to enable safe access with a quick and simple locking mechanism. See our Online shop or contact us for more.

FDB2563 - multi-angle lid and door stayWe are pleased to have a new adjustable multi-angle lid and door stay – ref 24-7-3580  available in stainless steel. This is a valuable new accessory and joins our  already wide range of stainless steel enclosure and cabinet hardware fittings.

The AISI 304 stainless steel adjustable stay enables locking of a lid or door in multiple positions by use of a manually sliding lock lever. It is ideal for applications experiencing shocks or vibration in situ. It is considered suitable for commercial vehicles, off road/agricultural vehicles, railway rolling stock, also for enclosures for telecoms, commercial and street furniture and industrial equipment.

The 24-7-3580 support stay is extendable from 224mm to 350mm in 6mm pitched increments and may be installed singly either LH or RH, or in pairs. Maximum compression load is 290N.

Gas Struts Knowledge Base Guide from FDB Panel Fittings“I have a tail gate, machine guard, skylight, cabinet door etc. that needs supporting/lifting/counterbalancing – how can you help?” A common enough enquiry experienced byour experts here at FDB Panel Fittings, so we are delighted to now have available a Gas Struts Knowledge Base Guide to address this situation with information on applications, operation, key selection criteria, force characteristics, life expectancy and standard sizes/rod ends etc.

This useful downloadable document – which is available at – aims to give enough guidance to introduce gas struts to new users or to help experienced users to specify a suitable unit. The Knowledge Base Guides are backed by the extensive experience of staff here at FDB – who can help you refine a specific choice from the standard product range or to define custom requirements. These include use on coaches, horse boxes, medical/rehab equipment, as well as AISI 316 stainless steel units for marine, off-shore, food and pharmaceutical industries.

FDB one stop shop for Panel ComponentsWe are pleased to announce that we have far exceeded a 3000 plus inventory of specialist industrial access hardware for electrical enclosures, cabinets, electronic racks, control panels, HVAC equipment, lockers/furniture, amusement machines, retail displays, telephone and vehicle security.

Our Panel Fittings range now features locks of many types from quarter-turn through compression locks/latches and combination to pin tumbler, padlocks and rod locks. Standard handle types are catered for, including grab handles, T, L, swinghandles and winghandles. Many items are available in stainless steel 303, 304 or 316, making them suitable for use in chemical, food processing or marine situations where corrosion resistance, coupled to rugged performance are critical factors.

We have been leading specialists in the panel hardware arena for over 30 years and pride ourselves on providing “The Full Package”. As Terry Cantle explained: “We work hard to ensure that we provide real added value – not only with our product, but also by consulting closely with customers in order to provide a proven and reliable single source. We not only ensure specifications are met, but also that costs are minimised.”

Alongside locks and handles the natural complement is a standard range of hinges which in this case provides a huge selection of internal, external, lift-off, piano, weld-on, bolt-on and clip-in types – again with stainless steel variants if required. The innovative D-SNAP technology for tool-less panel joining and hardware fitment parallels traditional technologies with the added potential to save costs and time.

So, whether a project calls for toggle latches, busbars, combination or change locks, neoprene seals, gas struts or eye bolts, we continue to expand our portfolio and service support – a good example of which is the popular Rocfast assembly and packaging service.

IP65 tunnel safety systems

14 October 2011

As market-leading panel fittings specialists we have taken a particular focus on an IP65 range of products for the tunnel/traffic control environment, where safety and reliability are of course paramount and primarily involves the use of high quality stainless steel ¼ turn locks, swinghandles and hinges with matching grade gaskets. In contrast to other types of […]

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FDB Panel Fittings for Every Enclosure

20 September 2011

Welcome to our news blog – covering the range and use of FDB Panel Fittings for industries including manufacturing, industrial, electrical, controls, electronics, telecommunications, marine and many more – infact ” for every enclosure “. For your convenience please use the tags below to find further information. Share the post “FDB Panel Fittings for Every Enclosure” […]

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