rod locks

Round rods from FDB

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 a wide selection of swinghandles including robust vandal resistant types. We offer a wide range of round rods in steel and stainless steel with fixing eye or rollers ex-stock from our Online store and have flat rods available to order.

For guidance on multi-point locking, refer to our Knowledge Base article KB02.1

Multipoint locking rods from FDB

Often it seems the unsung heroes of cabinet locking are the rods and rod guides which actuate the locking mechanism to ensure multi-point closure and gasket pull down – these are the components which ensure closure and sealing of large cabinet doors, and which connect to the lock and facilitate secure access control.

Here at FDB Panel Fittings we have a wide stock of standard round rod styles and lengths in stock – available from our Online store – which are compatible with our Swinghandles and quarter turn latch locks. We also have stainless steel round and flat rods for where that added robustness or corrosion resistance is required.


IP65 2 point cabinet latching from FDB Panel Fittings

The DIRAK 6-501 2 point latching system provides rod locking operation with an IP65 profile cylinder suited to industrial control and equipment cabinets where its clean installation without external knobs or handles offers a smooth “no catch” external surface.

Unusually the 6-501 is offered in both vertical and horizontal configurations so that it can be used on upright cabinets and on wide control desks where the top angled surface of the desk also require secure closure.

Contact us to specify your IP65 rod locking system

round rods from FDB Panel Fittings

Our Online shop has a great range of the most popular rod components for multi-point cabinet locking systems, with round and flat rods in many lengths, together with suitable rod guides, as well as rod eyes and adapters to set up your 2 or 3 point closure correctly. 3 way rod latch from FDBQuarter turn lock and rod systems are also available in stainless steel for those really arduous applications – rod latches too are offered in steel and stainless steel for ex-stock delivery.

As usual our Online shop is supported by our Knowledge Base documentation re multi-point locking and our helpful tech’ sales team available to discuss by phone at 020 8568 1616 or contact online.

Cabinet Locking Rods Online

21 August 2014

Our Online store is proving of great interest to specialist panel builders and when it comes to control cabinets or server cabinets with large doors then multi-point locking is generally required for security and protection purposes – so we have incorporated a great selection of cabinet locking rods and rod latches into our ex-stock program just a […]

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Guidance on Multi-Point Locking

9 January 2014

Adding to our new Knowledge Base range of downloadable data sheets, we have recently issued a version which covers Multi-Point locking for secure latching of doors. This is intended to serve our specialist panel builder customers in electrical controls/distribution, electronics, telecoms and related industries. Both pre-assembled complete systems and bespoke modular systems are addressed for […]

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High speed rod guide

29 August 2012

Fixing of cabinet door hardware, like locking systems, can be a bit fiddly – so manufacturers are taking serious steps to reduce the time taken on this task. Consequently, we are delighted with this clip-on rod guide for flat rods. This quick push on guide fits to an M6 weld stud and then accepts a […]

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Panel Fittings for Commercial vehicles

13 August 2012

Our engineers have been aware that commercial vehicle manufacturers have special requirements for their components – for example specific hinges and lock inserts. Consequently we are now pleased to offer a range of transport related hardware with the durability to withstand high vibration environments with a high degree of vandal-resistance built-in. These are particularly applicable to utility […]

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Our “One Stop for Panel Components”

8 August 2012

We 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, […]

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3 October 2011

Our new clip fit guide for round locking rod systems complements the version recently introduced for flat rod systems. This round-rod-guide will suit all those panel builders using the traditional and cheaper round rod systems, while speeding assembly. Such multi-point rod mechanisms are common in larger cabinets from 1200mm to over 2m in height where they […]

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