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Enclosure gaskets to fit frame edges ex-stock and Online from FDB Panel Fittings

These Clip-on profiles now available from our Online store combine the characteristics of edge protection profiles and sealing profiles. Their Clip-on design enables quick and convenient installation to provide effective enclosure sealing when fitted to a flange edge. This gives rise to the description “P” type gasket and it is the hollow “P” section that allows a door clamping range from 0.8mm to 6.00mm. This is especially useful when paired with compression latches which typically provide a 6mm clamping range. In these situations, the hollow section can be punched to release internal pressure as the “P” part is compressed.

Combination clip-on sealing profiles extend the properties of edge protection to include sealing by featuring, a sealing part of the profile made of sponge rubber which is then bonded by vulcanization during the extrusion process to a soft rubber with a steel clip-on core.

Our combination profiles consist of PVC with closed cell sponge rubber profiles. These sponge rubber elements are made of high-quality synthetic rubber and are characterized by a high age resistance and great elasticity. The profiles made of NBR are oil-resistant and tested according to UL standards.

FDB Bridge handles

We are aware that the term “handle” covers a wealth of types and styles – which is why we carry stock in depth with listing of 99 line items at our Online store for urgent delivery under the headings of:FDB L and T handles for electrical and electronic cabinets and enclosuresTrimline IP65 swinghandles from FDB Panel Fittings

FDB enclosure gasket to fit channels

These popular gaskets are commonly used to fit a channel on an enclosure frame or door where the hollow section seals against flat mounting surface and tightens into the channel when compressed, to increase sealing. Being flexible and easily compressed this design of gasket is readily installed even around 90° corners without warping or folding.

The profile design features 4-lip sections for optimal sealing of doors and panels, with high tolerance compensation at minimal compression, which enables balanced sealing properties between gasket/frame and gasket/door. Special central lips on the profiles allow defined longitudinal movement but prevent the profiles from falling out when opening the door, they hold the gasket in place so that it retains its correct position while the double symmetry of the 4-lip profiles prevents incorrect fitting. The result is that the compression forces between gasket/frame and gasket/door are nearly the same and consequently the profile provides consistent performance properties. The profile characteristics are the same for both high-pressure and vacuum applications.

Snapline fasteners from FDB Panel Fittings

Snap-line fasteners and joiners featuring the innovative D-Snap® technology offer Tool-less installation with no mounting hardware required. They are suitable for joining panels in order to construct enclosures, desks and other custom housings.

This well-engineered fastening technology ensures innovation and quality in specialist panels. DIRAK-SNAP-Technology combines flexibility, convenience, and security in every application, without the need for tools. These products slide perfectly through the panel cutout and snap into position, creating a strong and secure connection. There is no possibility for loosening or turning. The DIRAK-SNAP-Technology is reliable, sophisticated, and the perfect solution for your application.

Snapline panel joiners are supplimented with locks, handles, swinghandles and hinges to enable the whole cabinet to be constructed from flat pack, on site if required.

Dirak Swinghandle with combination lock and key cylinder from FDB Panel Fittings

Multi-factor authentication for equipment locking is a growing demand in securing access to industrial enclosures and cabinets, so this new swinghandle introduction is a welcome new offering. It provides the benefits of two factor mechanical authorisation, along with IP65 sealing protection for installations where extra security is required. This could suit small server racks or other data and machine control installations in industrial situations where the added level of security can be gained simply and quickly at lower cost than equivalent electronic products.

The DIRAK combination swinghandle is designed for wall mounting enclosures and free standing cabinets (or suites of cabinets) and is convenient to use since it incorporates both a 3 digit combination lock and a profile key cylinder in a standard swinghandle footprint. Fitment is quick and simple using the common 50mmx25mm cutout for LH or RH installation in doors of 1.5mm to 2.5mm thickness. The swinghandle configuration ensures that a low profile is achieved to minimise protrusion in narrow corridors so reducing the risk of catching on clothing while presenting a much reduced opportunity for unauthorised opening.


Stainless steel IP65 swinghandle from FDB Panel Fittings

As the UK engineering industry moves forward again we notice a particular trend toward stainless steel hardware, and are delighted that we can offer a selection of swinghandles in AISI 316 to IP65 with one variant especially offering anti-vandal characteristics such as:

  • The elegant, low profile design and the extremely narrow gap between handle and body.
  • Profile cylinder located within the dish.
  • A cage that protects the locking cylinder from being deliberately pushed or forced through.
  • A low profile which prevents the handle being used as a climbing aid. Dirak Anti vandal swinghandle from FDB Panel Fittings

These are available from stock for urgent delivery from our Online store where we carry a wide range of matching hardware including hinges, quarter turns, sealing/gasket strip, rods, stays, handles and fastener/joiners.

FDB Continuous-Piano hinges for heavy panels

Now available from the FDB Online store are our stainless steel continuous/piano hinges in 1800mm lengths with 30 mm and 25 mm widths to provide full height support for heavy panels. Because they are fixed along the whole length of a door they augment the rigidity of large panels and distribute the weight evenly into the frame while providing additional security, owing to their tamper-proof design.

These hinges are especially suitable for simple sheet panels and can be particularly effective on top edges of large flaps, doors and access panels. Other applications include narrow high trafficked areas where their low profile can aid space-saving and a smooth finished aesthetic. AISI 304 construction confers excellent strength and corrosion resistance for ease of use and long service life.


FDB11s DC immune ex-stock

You have a rush job – perhaps an installation/repair of a mains power system adjacent to a railway where electrical safety is paramount but made more complex by the high level of DC interference nearby. FDB Electrical have a range of DC immune RCBOs available ex-stock – our FDB11 series can be ordered from our Online store for urgent delivery. Contact here for more information.

FDB stainless wing knob

Our rapid service Online store now includes IP65 wing handles in zinc die, polyamide and stainless steel for quarter turn latching and keylocking – also for padlocks. Wing knobs are a compact solution to access control for enclosures where closure requires more force than a key can provide but where size must be minimised – and protrusion reduced to aid safety in confined spaces where snagging on loose clothing may be an issue.

FDB Bullet style lift-off hinges for cabinets and panels

Bullet style – or otherwise “corner” or “torpedo” hinges, from our Online store, are so-called because of their shape and ability to fit right up to the corner of a panel – so providing an industrial-style aesthetic that allows a large door with a narrow frame for excellent space-saving and easy lift-off door removal.

Larger format bullet hinges – once common on fridge doors (and so sometimes referred to as “fridge hinges”) are often selected for their traditional flange fixing style and characteristic shape, which is popular for many applications.

Simple and robust, bullet hinges are available ex-stock in self-colour, black, or chrome, usually with rear screw fixing, otherwise with through flange fixing depending on the styling.